For beach-breakers in search of the quintessential seaside experience, three things spring to mind: sun, sand and snacks. It’s no surprise that Yorkshire’s rugged coastline, punctuated by little fishing villages and popular resorts, is a favourite destination among UK holidaymakers, and there’s no better way to get a taste of the region than by sampling the coastal cuisine!

The produce, fresh from the North Sea, is second to none and the proud locals have no doubt that the fish and chip shops in God’s Own Country are more than a match for those found anywhere else in the UK. And with a variety of seaside stalls and beachfront cafés, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Just beware of the seagulls, they can be bold!

Here are some recommendations for those looking to eat their way across our beautiful coastline:


The Magpie Café – Whitby

14 Pier Rd, Whitby YO21 3PU

Famed throughout Yorkshire, and beyond, The Magpie is the jewel in the crown of Whitby’s fish and chip shops. Standing in a picturesque spot overlooking the harbour, the distinctive black and white restaurant has built a formidable reputation for itself on the back of its perfectly battered fresh haddock. Immediately recognisable by the queues, come rain or shine, the restaurant has become a local institution, and one that is worth the wait.

While the majority of hungry visitors turn up for one thing alone, it’s worth remembering that there is a varied menu at the Magpie, full of interesting seafood dishes to try. We recommend the oysters and seafood chowder!

Top Tip: Whether you’re on the move or wanting to soak up the scenery, The Magpie caters for both, with an eat-in restaurant or takeaway option. 


Harbour Bar – Scarborough

1-3 Sandside, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1PE

The family-run Alonzi’s Harbour Bar has enjoyed its perch on the Scarborough seafront since 1945. Largely unchanged since opening, the mirror-clad, red and yellow interior with a traditional buffet counter is now charmingly retro. As is the menu.

Renowned for its sundaes, choose from classics such as knickerbocker glory, banana split and peach melba for a tasty seaside treat!


Sandside Café – Sandsend

E Row Bridge, Sandsend, Whitby YO21 3SU

If you prefer your coffee to be accompanied by sweeping sea vistas, dramatic cliff faces and expanses of golden sand, then Sandside Café is the place to be. A relaxed teashop set in a wood cabin on the beach, the café’s unfussy menu of pies, sandwiches, and a tempting selection of cakes is elevated by its idyllic surroundings.

Popular with visitors and locals alike, the café has existed in one form or another for over 100 years and is now considered part of the landscape.

Top Tip

If a toasty and cup of tea whets your appetite for adventure, ask the owners for directions to the ‘secret castle’ nearby!


Seaside Stalls – Scarborough South Bay

The beauty of British beaches is, perhaps, best experienced with a walk along a pier or a stroll across the sand. It’s also a great way to sample fresh local produce. From sea to stall, it’s possible to get your hands on wonderfully fresh fish right on the seafront.

The South Bay in Scarborough, in particular, has a wonderful assortment of seaside stands, with a variety of tasty morsels to choose from. For a traditionally British taste of the sea, why not grab a cone of cockles and whelks? Served with a healthy glug of vinegar, of course.


Maynard’s Sweets – Filey

4 Murray St, Filey YO14 9DG

This quaint sweet shop has held its spot in the seaside town of Filey for over 80 years, providing locals and visitors alike with nostalgic sugary treats. An emporium of confections, the shelves are bursting with toffees, bon bons, liquorice, jellies, sherberts, marshmallows, mints and much more! Perfect for the whole family, the old fashioned chews are sure to bring out your inner child.

Grab a mixed bag and enjoy your assortment while relaxing on one of Filey’s stretches of golden sand.

Top Tip: If you can’t get enough of the traditional sweets, then don’t fear! Maynard’s reputation has grown so much that they deliver their treats around the world!


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