Whitby Seafood

As an island nation, the British Isles’s main contribution to world cuisine is arguably its seafood.

From the famous national dish of fish and chips to the plethora of shellfish; lobster, crab, mussels, cockles and whelks, the English appetite for the fruits of the sea is unceasing. Many inner-city restaurants may claim that they alone serve the best in seafood – hundreds of miles from the coast? We think not! It is on England's coasts that fisherman's knowledge of the sea and its bounty has throughout history, woven itself from boat to plate.

Nowhere is this marriage between the sea and the kitchen more evident than in the seaside town of Whitby. Whitby's long-established location as a fishing village has created a rich culture of seafood cooking, matched by a very few. From its humble fish and chip shops and waterfront stalls to its high-end seafood restaurants, Whitby has it all. With an overwhelming choice on offer, we have provided a list of the best places in Whitby to sample its seafood delights

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Magpie Cafe in Whitby

Magpie Cafe

Housed in a merchants house built in the late 18th century, Magpie Cafe is steeped in local Whitby history. Opening its doors as a cafe in 1939 it has slowly built up a strong reputation in Whitby, making itself a Yorkshire landmark within its own right. Its elaborate range of freshly caught fish gives the customer a pretty hard choice. From the common cod, hake, haddock, Dover sole, to unusual catfish, skate, wild sea bass and john dory fish. Described by famous chef Rick Stein as “the place that opened my eyes to how good a chip shop could be”, Magpie Cafe hs built its reputation on the back of its fish and chips, with ques often spilling out onto the street. Now it has added much more to its extensive menu. Sample their fresh mussels, seafood pots, Lobster Thermidor, and much more. The Magpie Cafe also developed menus incorporating steak dishes for those who want something a little less fish-based.

Address: 14 Pier Rd, Whitby YO21 3PU, UK

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Phone: +44 1947 602058

The Fisherman’s Wife in Whitby

The Fisherman's Wife

Located on Whitby's coast only a seconds walk from the sand and waves is The Fisherman's Wife. With over fifty years passing since its opening, this restaurant has granted itself a cult status within the local community of Whitby. With the perfect combination of classic fish and chips with the nuanced sophistication of seafood dining, it is easy to see why. Using only the freshest fish sourced locally from Whitby market, this restaurant offers a huge choice of starters, Fisherman's Wife specials, locally caught lobster, speciality dishes and Lindisfarne oysters. With perfect seaside views, fresh produce, and a breadth of experience, it is no wonder why locals and holidaymakers return time and time again.

Address: Khyber Pass, Whitby YO21 3PZ, UK

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Phone: +44 1947 603500

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Abbey Wharf

Abbey Wharf prides itself on being one of the premier fish restaurants in Whitby. With a 250 seating capacity, including an outside area looking over the famous piers, Abbey Wharf is the ideal seafood restaurant for those looking for a little sophistication to their dining experience. Using Bertha and Josper charcoal-fired ovens, Abbey Wharf delivers tasty seafood dishes with that characteristic wood-fired taste. Sample Abbey Wharfs homemade fishcakes or their signature Hot & Cold Seafood platters, generous sized pieces of their speciality fish also served with a pot of crab and prawns.

Address: Market Place, Whitby YO22 4DD, UK

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Phone: +44 1947 600306

The Moon & Sixpence Whitby

The Moon and Sixpence

The Moon and Sixpence Bar and Brasserie is located the heart of Whitby harbour and is the best place to go for seafood with a twist. Specialising in all things cajun and seafood grills, The Moon and Sixpence serve up mouth-watering seafood to a backdrop of style and luxury. Choose from their elaborate menu including lobster rolls, loaded crab fries and their famous gumbo. Small plates such as popcorn squid and ½ pound shrimp cocktail are also keen favourites in The Moon and Sixpence. Also acting as a hotel, why not enjoy great seafood and hospitality under one roof.

Address: Whitby YO21 3PR, United Kingdom

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Phone: +44 1947 604416

Harry’s Bar Pub in Whitby

Harry’s Bar

The restaurant is located in Whitby's ‘Harry’s Bar’ and offers a great range of seafood from the classics to old favourites, each with their own signature twists. Why not try the classic french dish of Moules Mariniere, mussels with white wine, cream and garlic and onions – a speciality of Harry's Bar. Other dishes include Harry's Famous Chowder, New York style with seafood. An also must-try dish is the Thai green fish curry, made with Shetland mussels, salmon and tiger prawns.

Address: 10-11 Pier Rd, Whitby YO21 3PU, UK

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Phone: +44 1947 601909

The Edge

The Edge is a modern contemporary bistro, combining a seafood fine dining experience with traditional recipes. Enjoy the traditional dishes such as fish and chips, as well as more unique dishes such as seafood chowders and varied grilled prawns and fish. With three elaborate menus and a specials board that is ever-changing, The Edge restaurant and bistro is the place to go when you wish to try traditional seafood with a little twist.

Address: 13 Bridge St, Whitby YO22 4BG, UK

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Phone: +44 1947 601110


Established in 1980, and voted best fish and chip shop restaurant of 2019. Trenchers of Whitby has cemented itself as a must-visit destination in the North of England thanks to its traditional menu of fish and chips, seafood and British dishes. With options including seafood salads, crab, lobster, fresh fish, homemade pies and lasagnas, Whitby scampi, vegetarian options and a dedicated children’s menu, there truly is something for everyone. Situated along Whitby's Harbour, Trenchers is ideally located for a stroll along the beach and a bite to eat.

Address: New Quay Rd, Whitby YO21 1DH, UK

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Phone: +44 1947 603212

Hadley’s Restaurant

Hadley’s restaurant serves some of the finest fish and chips in Whitby, alongside a choice of other wonderful fish dishes, sides and desserts. Serving only MSC certified fish, British potatoes, home-cooked mushy peas and homemade tartar sauce. They also cook in the traditionaly, with beef dripping! Alongside their traditionally prepared fish and chips, Hadley’s restaurant offers customers whole tail scampi, cod & parsley fishcakes, smoked haddock fishcakes and oak roasted salmon. Only recently Hadley's was voted the ‘Best fish and chips in Whitby' by the readers of the Whitby gazette and their recently added take away service has gone from strength to strength – an instant hit with visitors and locals alike.

Address: 11 Bridge St, Whitby YO22 4BG, UK

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Phone: +44 1947 604153

Fortunes Kippers Whitby
As you walk up Henrietta Street towards the smokehouse the all-pervasive aroma of wafting oak wood smoke fills the air and your nose will lead you towards the world famous Fortunes Kipper House.

Fortunes Kippers

Fortunes Kippers smokehouse and shop is a somewhat Whitby institution. Opening their doors in 1872, Fortunes have been selling the best and most traditional kippers in Whitby and arguably all of Yorkshire. The distinctive aroma will whet your appetite long before you even arrive at the smokehouse. Fortune’s kippers are the only genuine and authentic Whitby kippers because the Fortune family still own and run the only traditional smokehouse in Whitby.

Address: 22 Henrietta St, Whitby YO22 4DW, UK

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Phone: +44 1947 601659

Ocean Shellfish

Ocean Shellfish operate from a small kiosk along the Whitby pier. Do not let their size of operation fool you, Ocean Shellfish sell some of the freshest and delicious seafood to be found along the Whitby seafront. Providing a large selection of crab and lobster, dressed by an expertly skilled and knowledgeable owner. Ocean Shellfish still retains the traditional air of the long-forgotten seaside fish-Munger, a must-visit place when walking the Whitby coast.

Address: Kiosk 8, Pier Rd, Whitby YO21 3PU, United Kingdom

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Phone: +44 7795 901993


Sandside Cafe

Sandside Cafe is located a short drive from the centre of Whitby, for more than a century visitors in search of refreshment, relaxation and hospitality have sought out the cafe-in-a-cabin which stands at the entrance to picturesque Sandsend village. Providing some of the best crabs on the heritage coast, Sandside Cafe’s quaint and relaxed atmosphere is an ideal place to relax alongside the North York Moors.

Address:  E Row Bridge, Whitby YO21 3SU, United Kingdom

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Phone: +44 1947 893916

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