Fancy a cocktail and a spot of tapas style dining while in Whitby?… then head to Harry’s Bar. Situated on Pier Road, bang in front of the fish market, Harry’s has become one of the most popular spots in Whitby. Frequented by both tourists and locals alike, Harry’s is a chic lounge bar and brasserie which offers fine dining in a relaxed seafront setting. This Harry’s Bar review should get your inspired to make a visit.
My Harry’s Bar Review
There is something unique about Harry’s Bar, the cozy atmosphere makes for a relaxed afternoon or evening. Whether you plan on enjoying some food or just sipping a drink after a long day walking around town, Harry’s Bar is a perfect fit. Harry’s is a mix of cafe, bar and restaurant and combines fantastic food with dazzling cocktails and fine wines, served up by well-trained bar staff.
What’s the food like?
The menu offers something a little different, with small tapas style (small starter size) dishes of seafood and meat favourites along with sharing platters and a selection of more filling main meals. I can thoroughly recommend the tapas style menu. When I visit with my partner, we always go for 4 or 5 dishes from the tapas menu and find this is perfect for 2 of us who wish to pick our way through an evening meal.
The food at Harry’s Bar is very good. I’ve never had a bad meal there in over 20 visits. Much of the food is locally sourced whenever possible, supporting the local fishing boats and farming communities around Whitby.
The prices are not too bad either and are in line with the other brasserie style bars and restaurants in Whitby. It’s not cheap, but you won’t need to remortgage your house either. The old saying of “you get what you pay for” is certainly true here.
If you’re after a relaxing meal with friends, go for a selection of the tapas style dishes and share between you. Moules Mariniere, Tiger Prawns, Pan Seared Queen Scallops, Baby Back Ribs, Sizzling Mini Fajitas and Teriyaki Medallions of Beef are all dishes I have tried and would recommend.
Do I need to book?
In the height of the season and during weekends booking is recommended. You will struggle to get a table on a Friday or Saturday evening without booking in advance.
What about the drinks?
Something for everyone. Harry’s Bar serves everything from fine champagne, beers, ales, wines and spirits to lush cocktails which are expertly made by the bar staff. They serve a selection of soft drinks along with coffees and tea.
The wine list is extensive enough and should cater for everyone’s needs.
Try the Mojito cocktails.
Can I just come in for a drink?
Yes, please do. Harry’s is a bar, cafe and restaurant and welcomes those who just wish to pop in to quench their thirst.
You can enjoy a drink in the downstairs bar or outside on the seating provided. The seating area outside is perfect for those late summer evenings, I’ve spent many hours watching the world go by, listening to the sound of the seagulls while sipping on an ice cold Peroni. Patio heaters and blankets are also provided if there is a chill in the air.
What’s the atmosphere like?
Relaxed, cool, vibrant. The central location means that Harry’s is nearly always busy, day and night. This makes for a pleasant atmosphere. Friday and Saturday evenings can be very busy, in both the restaurant and bar area but this adds to the atmosphere. If you’re after a quieter evening, this visit during the week or on a Sunday evening, although during the holidays it will be busy throughout the week.
Accommodation at Harry’s
Harry’s Bar also offers boutique Whitby accommodation. They offer 4 luxurious rooms; Moet, Bollinger, Bellini & Martini, with some providing stunning views of Whitby harbour. You can now check availability and pricing online by clicking here
My overall Harry’s Bar review
One of my favourite places to eat and drink in Whitby, Harry’s bar is a cool place which offers great food in a fantastic location. The tapas style starting plates are ideal for a casual evening with friends and family. The cocktails are lovely and sitting outside during the summer months is a great way to soak up the special Whitby ambience.
Tel: 01947 601909
Address: 10-11 Pier Rd, Whitby YO21 3PU
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