“Food, glorious food, what is there more handsome?”
Very little to be honest, especially when you’re visiting the seaside! There are doughnuts, there’s seafood, there’s ice cream, there are waffles, there’s candyfloss; the list goes on and on. There’s an endless supply of culinary delights to choose from and we just want to try them all!
But what if you’re being picky, or simply discerning and want to try the very best food that Whitby has to offer? Well, help is at hand, in the form of this guide to the nine Whitby delicacies that every visitor should try.
Afternoon Tea At The Fabulous Botham's Bakery
Established in 1865 by Elizabeth Botham, Botham's Bakery is the place to go if you fancy a little afternoon tea. They serve bakes that are still made to traditional and original recipes with only the finest ingredients being used.
Afternoon tea is served in their gorgeous vintage style tearoom and comes on beautifully styled tea stands. Examples of the tasty treats you can expect include freshly cut sandwiches such as ham and cucumber and sultana scones with strawberry jam and sumptuous Yorkshire clotted cream. That is not to mention, nor should it be forgotten, that you will also get three dainty and classic fancy cakes, and that all this will be served with a choice of Botham's blend Resolution tea or a cup of cafe 1865.
Phone: +44 1947 602 823
Address: 35/39 Skinner St, Whitby, YO21 3AH
Kippers For Breakfast From The Amazing Fortunes Smokehouse
Take a walk down the ancient cobbles of Henrietta Street and you will not be able to miss the all-pervasive aroma of oak wood smoke that will waft towards you. It is delectable, impossible to ignore, and will make you follow your nose all the way to Fortunes.
Fortunes Smokehouse was established in 1872 by William Fortune and has been passed down through the generations ever since. It uses unchanged traditional smoking methods and produces the tastiest, and ultimately finest smoked kippers. Kippers that have been smoked over three fires for eighteen hours or more using a mixture of oak, beech, and softwood. They are a true Whitby delicacy!
Phone: +44 1947 601 659
Address: 22 Henrietta St, Whitby, YO22 4DW
A Tasty Tipple From The Distilleries Of Whitby Gin
In June 2017, Jess and Luke took a camping trip in the outer-Hebrides where they discovered many distilleries. This led to Jess wondering why, if the outer-Hebrides had many, Whitby didn’t even have one?
Fast forward through the holiday and Jess and Luke arrived home with a new business plan and a small still on its way. They then began the search for the perfect ingredients, botanicals that could be sourced from the Yorkshire coast and moors. Recipes were tested, for the worse and better, on family and friends until they found the perfect mix.
Whitby Gin today contains twelve traditional botanicals including sugar kelp foraged from Robin Hoods Bay at low tide, and honey and heather from the North Yorkshire Moors. It has a nose of a herbal floral air with a hint of sweetness and tastes rich with a clean freshness that lingers. Put simply, blood is no longer Whitby’s favourite tipple, rather Whitby gin deserves to be, and is!
Fish And Chips From Trenchers
I’m sure that every person who has ever been to Whitby, or any other seaside destination, will agree that fish and chips has to be on a list of delicacies. They are a staple food of being at the seaside and thoroughly and utterly yummy.
It needs to be said that I have never personally experienced bad fish and chips in Whitby, and I’ve eaten more than my fair share there. I have, however, found one or two fish restaurants that I definitely prefer, Trenchers, being the favourite. Established in 1980, they serve a traditional fish and chip menu alongside dishes such as crab, lobster, and even a fish lasagne. They also are the winners of Seafish’s restaurant winner at the 2019 national fish and chip awards. High Praise indeed!
Phone: +44 1947 603 212
Address: New Quay Rd, Whitby, YO21 1DH
Ale From Whitby Brewery
Perched on a cliff top and in the shadow of Whitby Abbey, Whitby Brewery is home to some of the countries finest ales. It was built by local Whitby craftsmen and has proved to be the perfect brewing home. Here, only the finest floor-malted barley and whole hops are used.
Whitby Breweries range includes something for everyone including their 4.2% Smugglers Gold. This is a fine golden ale that uses pale barley and gives off a smooth maltiness. For those who prefer their ales darker there is also the 5% Black Death. It was originally brewed with the Whitby Goth Weekend in mind and has a liquorice flavour with hints of chocolate and coffee.
Phone: +44 1947 228 871
Address: East Cliff, Whitby, YO22 4JR
A Well-Filled Pastry At The Humble Pie N Mash
Also in the heart of the Captain Cook District, but this time down Church Street lies the Humble Pie N Mash shop. They sell, no surprises here, pies just like your mother used to make. You can have them on their own, or with mash, or topped off with a sumptuous gravy. None of which really matters, just as long as you have one.
Served in front of an open fire and in unique surroundings Humble Pie N Mash make their own pies every day on the premises. Fillings to choose from include Romany Hommity (potato, garlic, cheese, and spices), slow braised steak and stout, and the delectable roast vegetable and goats cheese.
Phone: +44 1947 606 444
Address: 163 Church St, Whitby, YO22 4AS
Ice Cream Or Sorbet From Trillos
Have you ever wondered what kind of ice cream Dracula would have eaten? Well, me too, and I have it on good authority, that he would have loved Trillos gothic blackcurrant and liquorice flavour topped with dark chocolate sprinkles and strawberry dripping sauce!
Why he would have loved it, really is no mystery; it’s because Trillos make the best ice cream ever and have been doing so for a hundred years. They use only the best quality ingredients; it contains no artificial colourings and preservatives, and best of all its luxurious and creamy.
Flavours, if you’re not akin to Dracula, include all the usual favourites alongside the more unusual such as cookies and cream, rhubarb crumble, banoffee, and amaretto and black cherry.
Grab your Trillos ice cream from the hut down by the bandstand or the Trillos ice cream van which can be found parked on the West Cliff by the Whale Bones.
Sandsend Smokey At The Sandsend Cafe
Our final Whitby delicacy is actually not sold in Whitby. Rather it is found just down the road in Sandsend. It is, however, completely worthy of making it onto our list and definitely not to be missed!
Sandside smokey is a dish to die for that is served to you by a cafe-in-a-cabin right on the edge of Sandsend beach. It has views to die for and is the place of choice to eat for beach lovers, families, couples, and hikers alike. The Smokey itself? Well, it’s a tasty dish of haddock, cheese and egg baked up into a delicious goop and served piping hot.
Phone: +44 1947 893 916
Address: E Row Bridge, Whitby, YO21 3SU