RestaurantsNorth YorkshireWhitbyYO21

survey result

Summary

£39
    £
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The perfect traditional fish ’n’ chip restaurant” – this “hardworking” landmark “just across the road from Whitby Harbour” is accessed “up a narrow flight of steep steps” and probably the UK’s best-known chippie, certainly if our annual diners’ survey is any guide. It is, say fans, “really the best ever” and “the menu not only contains fresh fish, but is also dependent on the catch the previous night”. “Brilliant fresh fish is prepared in many ways”; “you will have to wait for a table, but it’s worth it.”

Summary

£39
    £
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“White flakes of fish, encased in crispy, golden batter, plus chips reminiscent of childhood, and still cooked in dripping, all provide a taste to savour” at this famous (hence “noisy and crowded”) Harbourside veteran, often justifiably nominated for being home to “the best fish ’n’ chips in the UK”. “Most punters go for the obvious, but the specials board is always worth close scrutiny, as the kitchen actually produces superb dishes using the wide variety of fish and seafood available in this amazing port”. “Recommended, but it can get very busy so be prepared to queue in busy periods”. “I was in Yorkshire for a week and went three times! Totally excellent!” Top Tip – marvellous views from the window tables, or you can just take away and sit by the water!

Summary

£39
    £
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“White flakes of fish, encased in crispy, golden batter, plus chips reminiscent of childhood, and still cooked in dripping, all provide a taste to savour” at this famous (hence “noisy and crowded”) Harbourside veteran, often justifiably nominated for being home to “the best fish ’n’ chips in the UK”. “Most punters go for the obvious, but the specials board is always worth close scrutiny, as the kitchen actually produces superb dishes using the wide variety of fish and seafood available in this amazing port”. “Recommended, but it can get very busy so be prepared to queue in busy periods”. “I was in Yorkshire for a week and went three times! Totally excellent!” Top Tip – marvellous views from the window tables, or you can just take away and sit by the water!

Summary

£38
    £
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Our regular fish ’n’ chip fix for years… despite living 150 miles away!” This “epic” Harbourside “stalwart” is often hailed for “the best fish ’n’ chips in the UK” and “nothing seems to have changed since before the fire” last year: the frying is “expertly done, with moist fish, crisp batter; and there are also more adventurous items on the menu, which can be really good (e.g. the seafood stew)”. “Basically, it’s everything you could want from a seaside chippy… and with big portions” (“portion control seems utterly missing!”). “Only drawback is that it can get crowded, but then you’re in Whitby”. Top Tip: “if you can get a window seat then the view over Whitby can be glorious” (but taking away and enjoying your tucker on the harbour wall also comes recommended).

For 31 years we've been curating reviews of the UK's most notable restaurant. In a typical year, diners submit over 50,000 reviews to create the most authoritative restaurant guide in the UK. Each year, the guide is re-written from scratch based on this survey (although for the 2021 edition, reviews are little changed from 2020 as no survey could run for that year).

Have you eaten at The Magpie Café?

Owner's description

Housed in our distinctive black and white building overlooking the harbour, the Magpie Café is in a prime position for you to enjoy the fabulous views of Whitby at the same time as sampling our wide selection of meals. Our specialities include dishes that use prime fresh local fish, seafood and specially selected ingredients.

 Please visit the menu and wine section of the site for more information about the range of mouth watering dishes we can prepare for you and your family. Group and party bookings are possible at certain times; please contact us to find out more.


 

 


 

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £18.00 £22.50

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£7.30 £16.00 £6.25
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £18.50
Filter Coffee £2.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%

Restaurant details

Entertainments,Highchair,Menu,Portions
No dress code
130
0
14 Pier Rd, Whitby, YO21 3PU
Opening hours
Monday11:30 am‑9 pm
Tuesday11:30 am‑9 pm
Wednesday11:30 am‑9 pm
Thursday11:30 am‑9 pm
Friday11:30 am‑9 pm
Saturday11:30 am‑9 pm
Sunday11:30 am‑9 pm

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