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The best fish and chips in the world. Period. No argument.

Magpie Café

14 Pier Road Whitby YO21 3PU 01947 602 058

We say

England's best fish and chip restaurant? Well, the Good Food Guide, Rick Stein and other foodie fans certainly think so, not to mention the daily queue of punters that snakes down the street in all seasons and weather (bookings aren't taken). Crispy cod and haddock are sensational here, and servings come in three sizes, but if you don't want your fish deep-fried, pretty much everything from halibut to lemon sole can also be grilled or poached and served with seasonal veg and potatoes. On top of this, there's also a tantalising menu of classy seafood dishes, from the house special fish pie or Whitby crab salad to seafood chowder and lobster thermidor. It's maybe also the place to try some of the UK's lesser-eaten fish, since things like mackerel, gurnard, woof and pollock – a Yorkshire firm of solicitors if there ever was one – generally feature on the menu. An adjacent takeaway – expect queues here too – does the honours at cheaper prices and is infinitely the best choice along the harbour if you want your fish and chips al fresco.

Latest news: The Magpie suffered a devastating fire in May 2017 and is currently closed until further notice. Check their social media channels for updates.

You say Average Rating ★★★★★

Rightly popular! ★★★★★

This place has queues whatever the weather or time - and it's easy to see why! Delicious fish and chips, as fresh as any you'll find, and super-size portions – well worth the wait!

Magpie Café reviewed by on June 4th, 2012

Wonderful! ★★★★★

The Magpie Cafe was the whole reason for our visit to Whitby (we're big foodies). And they didn't disappoint!! Unfortunately they were running low on varieties of fish the night we were there, but the cod we had was incredible anyway. It was certainly a struggle to walk back up the hill to the hostel with such full bellies!! I suggest trying to book weeks ahead, as it really is that busy...

Magpie Café reviewed by on May 29th, 2012

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How much?

Fish and chips from £9.95, other mains £8.95–£22.95.

Facilities

  • Wifi

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  • Family-Friendly
  • Seaside

When?

Daily 11.30am–9pm.

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