Hotspot: Whitby – Where to Get Fish and Chips

Thursday 10th March, 2022 by hostandstay

Whitby is a seaside town in Yorkshire which is always a great hit with tourists. The area has an average 1.4m visitors per year, with plenty to do such as walking up the famous 199 steps or visiting the inspiration for Dracula, Whitby Abbey. 

And no trip to the seaside is complete without some fish and chips – that’s why we have put together a list of some of our favourite chip shops for your next visit.

Magpie Cafe

Housed in a distinctive black and white building overlooking the harbour, it’s the perfect location to enjoy the fabulous views of Whitby. 

It was built in 1750 as a Merchant’s house and during its history was owned by a member of the Scoresby whaling family. For a time, it was also the pilotage where the pilots would wait for orders to bring vessels into the harbour.

The premises were converted into a café in about 1939 and it is known throughout North Yorkshire and beyond as one of the finest fish restaurants in the area, with queues all year round, no matter the weather. 

The menu features all the classic orders such as haddock and cod, but also favourites including fresh mussels or fish pie. You can either sit in the café, or head to the takeaway next door if you prefer to eat on-the-go.


Established in 1980, 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. 

With an average of a 4.5 star rating on TripAdvisor, it’s one of Whitby’s most popular restaurants, with top chef James Martin saying it’s his favourite chippy. It also won the National Fish and Chip Awards for best restaurant of the year. 

If that’s not enough to tempt you to go, maybe the extensive menu and loyalty card scheme will!

Hadley’s Fish & Chips 

Established in 1937 and still a hit with locals, Hadley’s has recently been voted Whitby’s best fish and chips by the readers of the Whitby Gazette. 

With items such as crab cakes, smoked kippers and the standard fish and chips – there’s something for everyone, including delicious Whitby Gins and Brewery Ales, produced just metres away from the restaurant.

Papa’s Fish & Chips

Papa’s is the oldest running family group of fish and chip shops. It was founded in 1966 but arrived in Whitby in 2019 in a five-storey former NatWest bank.

It’s only been in Whitby a few years and is one of the newer chippies, but the chain still holds many awards such as Young Fish Fryer of The Year and the Fish Friers Quality Award.

It’s the ideal location to eat fish and chips opposite the iconic Whitby Swing Bridge on Baxtergate with great links to the town centre and unrivalled views of the harbour and Whitby Abbey.


The Quayside is owned by a Whitby family, who have been serving fish and chips since 1968. 

In 2014 it won the coveted Fish and Chip Shop of the Year and customers can sit in the contemporary restaurant situated on the harbourside or enjoy fish and chips from the take-away and a stroll along Whitby beach.

Want to check what the town looks like before you visit? They also have a live stream camera on their website if you’re feeling nosey.

The Peth, Alnwick, NE66 2JX

The Marine

Fancy something more ‘upmarket’? 

The Marine is a hotel and restaurant located on the harbourside. It’s a great place for seafood lovers with a relaxed setting. 

The menu features showstoppers such as seabass, moules frites and lobster sharing platters – a pricier fish and chip menu but definitely worth it.  

We hope this blog helps you decide on which chippy in Whitby suits you best. 

Planning your next staycation? Visit our holiday cottages in North Yorkshire here.

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