A small fishing village and its surrounding bay tucked away in the North York Moors National Park. Robin Hood’s Bay is located 8 km south of Whitby on the coast.
“Bay Town” as the locals call it, is a timeless hamlet with quaint buildings and a maze of cobbled alleys, bordered by a beach listed as one of the UK’s best spots for fossil hunting. Whether you decide to pop by for a weekend getaway or a day trip, Robin Hood’s Bay is the perfect spot to escape today’s frenetic and more popular spots in North Yorkshire. And to make your visit to this characteristic fishing village easier, we have rounded up a list of the top restaurants to visit when in Robin Hood’s Bay.
Located a 5-minute walk from Robin Hood’s Bay beach, Grosvenor Hotel is a stunning Victorian hotel built in the 1890s. With its characteristic red bricks, its convenient location and a small collection of hotel rooms, Grosvenor Hotel includes a bar/restaurant with a welcoming and inviting flair that makes it a top choice for a hearty meal in Bay Town.
Open daily all year long, the on-site bar is an excellent place to enjoy a freshly cooked meal while listening to live music before taking part in a game of pool. The drinks menu offers a wide selection of wine, beer and coffee, and tea. Whether you start to feel peckish or are starving, you will have a wide range of options at the Grosvenor Hotel, with the menu including a wide range of light snacks, burgers, and sandwiches, fresh fish and chips, steaks and even fresh lobster in season.
Phone: +44 1947 880320
Smugglers Bistro Bar and Lodgings
Formerly known as the Boathouse, Smugglers Bistro, Bar and Lodgings is located just a few meters from the Bay Town beach. This small, atmospheric bistro and bar specialises in fresh seafood dishes, but also offer mouth-watering steaks and a wide choice of gluten-free options, all made with locally-sourced ingredients.
Sit down and have a go at the chilli roasted cod and chorizo with a fresh herb and creamy pesto linguini or if you prefer seafood, the delicious salmon fillet with herb butter, crushed minted peas, and potatoes. Vegetarians will enjoy the hearty mixed bean and vegetable chilli with garlic pitta bread & vegetables. Wash it all down with a glass of wine or a tasty ale.
The Smugglers is also known for its wide selection of quality gin. And if you fell in love with the views, the food and the vibes, why not check if there is a room available so you don’t have to leave this comfy place so quickly?
Phone: +44 1947 880099
At the top of Bay Bank, in the centre of Robin Hood’s Bay, Fish Box is a recent addition to the local dining scene. Opened in 2016, Fish Box, which can also be found in Whitby, is a fish and chip shop offering take-away and eat-in options. If you opt for the latter, we highly encourage you to opt for the outdoor seating if you want to enjoy your meal with fantastic views of the bay.
Besides the usual staples, the Fish Box also serves meal boxes, such as the scampi or the fishcake boxes, both of which are definitely a must-try. Conveniently located near a car park, Fish Box is a popular, fast food-style spot for fish & chips that will certainly stay engraved in your memory.
Phone: +44 1947 880595
The Wayfarer Bistro & Guesthouse
Situated on Station Road, the Wayfarer Bistro is a modern bistro-style restaurant where you can enjoy a hearty meal after a day of exploring the village and the beach. With its inviting décor and its 5 contemporary bedrooms with panoramic views of the bay, the Wayfarer is known for having a delicious menu that changes seasonally.
Here, the menu includes meat and seafood dishes, all made with locally-sourced ingredients as well as daily specials and lighter options. And if you are visiting Bay Town on the weekend, you will love the Sunday’s Steak and Bake menu, with a wide choice of main and side dishes, and a bottle of wine for two.
Phone: +44 1947 880240
Bramblewick Fish & Grill
Bay Town is also home to the Bramblewick Fish & Gril, a restaurant and rooms housed in a 17th-century building. Located just a stone’s throw from the beach, Bramblewick Fish & Grill is where the coast and the countryside meet.
Here, the emphasis is put on seasonal, quality ingredients, whether it is the meat, the seafood, and fish or even the humble vegetables. Furthermore, you can match your order with a selection of delicious wines, tasty beers, and spirits. Whether you want to spend a romantic evening with your significant other or enjoy a tasty meal surrounded by friends or family.
Phone: +44 1947 880187
Tea, Toast and Post
Though somewhat more of a café than a restaurant, Tea, Toast and Post is housed in Bay Town’s old post office. A lovely place favoured by locals and visitors, Tea, Toast and Post has a small yet effective menu of pastries and baked goods (try the amazing scones), sandwiches and homemade soups.
Don’t get us started on the delicious coffee and tea offering. Perfect for breakfast, a light lunch or a cup of coffee or tea in the afternoon, Tea, Toast and Post is definitely a must on your next visit to Robin Hood’s Bay. Plus, you will love the friendly and warm staff and the jukebox playing old tunes on demand.
Phone: +44 7880 732115
Located on the shores of Tom Bell’s Lake, the humble Bay Hotel is housed in a 19th-century building on the waterfront.
Though more on the smaller size, with only 3 en-suite rooms, the hotel hardly needs an introduction. Here, you will find a lovely restaurant on the ground floor where visitors can savour a wide range of options including light snacks or more satisfying home-cooked meals, which can be eaten in the bar or the family room. On warmer days, the family room balcony is an excellent spot to enjoy spectacular views and if there is no more room, you can always catch some sunrays at the outdoor sitting area by the entrance.
Beside its pub-style lunch and dinner menus, the Bay Hotel also includes daily specials with a small variety of delicious meals to please every palate, even the younger ones.
Phone: +44 1947 880278
Falling Foss Waterfall & Tea Garden
If you are looking for the perfect spot to enjoy for an afternoon tea or a summer lunch but don’t mind leaving Bay Town to find it? Then Falling Foss Tea Garden is the answer. This rather small yet inviting tea garden is located in Sneaton Forest, near Falling Foss waterfall.
Whether you’re in the middle of the Coast to Coast trail or just want to venture out to explore the area, Falling Foss Tea Garden is the perfect place for the whole family to relax while enjoying a light lunch, tea, and cake or simply a delicious ice cream.
Open from April to September, this magical tea garden is certainly an address to remember.
Phone: +44 7723 477929
Address: Midge Hall, Whitby YO22 5JD, UK
It is impossible to visit Robin Hood’s Bay without stopping by one of its pubs and have a pint or two. Ye Dolphin is your average traditional village pub established since the 1600s (in fact, you can even find the original entrance door downstairs once you are inside).
Since the late 1990s, the pub also hosts live music gigs on Monday nights, while Fridays are reserved for folk music. As far as the food is concerned, you will find at Ye Dolphin the typical pub grub and, of course, a wide range of beers and drinks. Whatever the time of the day you visit Ye Dolphin, there will always be plenty of food and fun to be had in this historic spot.
Phone: +44 1947 880337
Address: Midge Hall, Whitby YO22 5JD, UK
Set a 10-minute walk from Robin Hood’s Bay, the Fylingdales Inn is located within the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. This traditional country inn boasts a small pub-style restaurant open from midday until 11.30, although the kitchen closes slightly earlier.
At the Fylingdales, the menu includes a few highlights, including spicy Korean chicken wings, garlic king prawns, mouth-watering minted lamb chops. Vegetarians will particularly enjoy a tasty vegetable burger or perhaps the scrumptious mushroom, cranberry & brie Wellington. Lighter lunch and snacks options are also available.
Finally, beer lovers will enjoy the wide selection of local ales, draught, and bottled beers as well as fine wines and quality spirits. And if you are traveling with your dog, you will be happy to know that the Fylingdales Inn is pet-friendly.
Phone: +44 1947 880433
The Cove Cafe Bar & Venue
A former chapel turned venue, the Cove Café Bar & Venue is a place for a coffee break, delicious breakfast or lunch with a view. The location itself is a game-changer, with fantastic views over the bay. Then, the original chapel located above, with its rich history can be privatized for private events, including weddings, plays or even for movie screenings.
Furthermore, on sunny days, the terrace is perfect to enjoy your pick from the wide range of coffee and tea, beer, wine, and spirits. For the hungry mouths, the breakfast menu includes gluten-free options, while the lunch features a soup of the day served with specialty bread, sandwiches and paninis, and small bites too. The food at the Cove is prepared with quality ingredients, all sourced from local suppliers.
Although the food is definitely a must-try, it is definitely the marvellous view of the village on one hand, and the sea on the other hand, that makes a meal at the Cove a memorable moment.
Phone: +44 1947 880180