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Our Review of Trenchers Whitby

We are constantly asked, “where is the best place to get fish and chips in Whitby?” as we have (very happily) tried so many places. We can genuinely say that we have never had a bad portion of fish and chips in Whitby. However, Trenchers’ offerings are right up there as one of our favourites. Here’s our review of Trenchers.

Established in 1980, Trenchers of Whitby serve fish and chips, seafood, and other popular British dishes daily; this restaurant has something to offer everyone. Loved by locals and tourists alike. It is renowned for locally sourced fresh fish served perfectly with thick-cut chips made to order. In our review of Trenchers, we find out what makes this eatery so popular – from its delicious selection of seafood dishes to its attentive and friendly staff.

Trenchers, Whitby Review

Close up of fish and chips from Trenchers in Whitby.
Trenchers’ fish and chips are right up there as one of our favourites.

Where is Trenchers located?

Trenchers in Whitby is situated on Whitby’s iconic harbour. Before visiting, we had always seen the queues outside Trenchers, like the Magpie just a few yards down the Harbour. So anywhere with queues like that in Whitby must be good.

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However, the queues are not an inconvenience as they are handled very efficiently by staff who continually take names and party sizes. After about a five-minute wait, we were inside.

Location: New Quay Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1DH

Booth style seating and interior at Trenchers in Whitby.
There is plenty of booth-style seating which is excellent if you visit in a group.

What is the restaurant like?

The restaurant is light, airy, and spacious, and the interior is traditional yet clean and comfortable. There is plenty of booth-style seating which is excellent if you visit in a group. You will have lots of space and won’t feel crammed in.

What are the menus like?

The menus are fantastic, with many different choices; we love that they offer three portion sizes for the cod or haddock, so you don’t feel overwhelmed by huge portions. The menu includes fresh seafood salads, crab, lobster, fresh fish, homemade pies and lasagnes, vegetarian options, gluten-free options, and a dedicated children’s menu.

You can view the restaurant menu here.

Close up of fish at Trenchers in Whitby.
The fish was the freshest I’ve ever tasted; it had so much flavour.

What was the food like? Is it the best fish and chips in Whitby.

We had the seafood chowder for a starter which was creamy and delicious. After that, we opted for the cod and chips and haddock and chips in medium-sized portions for our mains; the portion size was still generous! The fish was the freshest I’ve ever tasted; it had so much flavour. The batter was light and crispy, and I lashed curry sauce over my chips which were also great.

My young Son had a junior cod and chips meal which was the perfect portion size, and he loved the food. The fish and chips I had at Trenchers were fantastic and some of the best I have ever had.

Our meal at Trenchers in Whitby.
We had the seafood chowder for a starter. After that, we opted for the cod and chips and haddock and chips in medium-sized portions for our mains.

Is the food locally sourced?

At Trenchers, they only serve the finest quality fish from recognised suppliers. The cod, haddock, and plaice are all wild-caught from sustainable and well-managed fishing grounds and locally sourced where possible. The fresh salmon is farmed off the coast of the Shetland Isles. Fresh crab meat is caught within sustainable areas of the coast of Whitby in areas 37 and 38. They are committed to being environmentally friendly and even ensure that all used oils and fats are collected for biodiesel.

Dessert at Trenchers, Whitby
If you still have room after your food, there are delicious home made desserts on offer too.

Is Trenchers suitable for families or groups?

Trenchers provide an ideal atmosphere for families and groups of any size. Yes, it is very family friendly. The staff were attentive and lovely with us, especially with my little boy, which added to the overall experience. Since visiting, we have made it a must-go on every visit.

What are the prices like in Trenchers compared to other local fish and chips shops?

The prices are reasonable and in line with the other local fish and chips shops and restaurants. As we said earlier, you can choose your portion size to avoid overpaying and wasting food. The portions are generous and good value for money.

Take away from Trenchers
Grab a take away from Trenchers and enjoy fish and chips beside the sea!

Can you get take away from Trenchers?

Yes, Trenchers also feature a takeaway and a takeaway menu. So, you can enjoy your fish and chips with views of Whitby if you prefer.


As you can see, there are many things to love about Trenchers. The staff are welcoming and accommodating, the food is top-notch, and the atmosphere is lovely. We hope that this has been helpful in your search for the perfect place to eat. If you’re ever in Whitby, stop by Trenchers and enjoy a meal with family and friends – you won’t regret it!

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