We love a fish & chip supper in Yorkshire. And we aren’t ashamed to say that we have some of the best in the UK right on our doorstep.
And, we aren’t the only ones who think so as two of North Yorkshire’s top fish & chips restaurants have been named amongst some of the best in the UK by the Good Food Guide for 2023.
The two restaurants were named in the 23 of the best coastal cafes and restaurants by the beach. The Good Food Guide praises the two Yorkshire spots for their quality dishes that have vistors flocking to them all year round.
Magpie Cafe, Whitby
First on the list is the old faithful Magpie Cafe, which is located in Whitby overlooking the pier. Whitby has some fine fish & chip spots, but the Good Food Guide selected Magpie writing: “It’s tempting to wax lyrical about the crispness of the batter, the sheer delight of the fluffy yet crispy chips, the clamorous chatter and everything else that captivates visitors to this stronghold of honest-to-goodness Britishness.”
.“Having reached the pinnacle of the fryer’s art, the kitchen is ruled by the catch – so be prepared for woof, ling, rock and coley alongside the ubiquitous haddock, cod and plaice.”
It also praised Magpie’s desserts writing: “But do save room for one of the legendary old-fashioned desserts – boozy sherry trifle, rice pudding, fruit crumble with custard.“There is beer, wine and fizz if you want it, although what’s wrong with a proper, strong ‘cuppa char’?”
Seaview Restaurant, Saltburn-by-the-Sea
Next on the list is Seaview Restaurant located in Saltburn further up the coast. Commenting on the restaurant the Good Food Guide wrote: “Gaze over the monumental Victorian pier to the North Sea and the distant wind farms towards industrial Redcar with a glass of chilled Albariño – ‘it really is an astounding vista,’ mused one reader.
“Once settled into the light, bright first-floor dining room with its vast picture windows, tuck into Thai fishcakes with wasabi mayo, fish-skin crackers with taramasalata or a salmon Scotch egg – ‘perfectly soft’, and set on a puddle of pickled fennel and dill hollandaise.”
“Follow with seared sea bass partnered by mussel cider cream, ham hock and dauphinoise potato. King scallops might appear with squash risotto and a shower of truffle, but if it’s colour you want, the roast halibut with squid bisque has it – and ‘an ocean of flavour too’.”
“The availability of the Saltburn crab brioche, made famous by the BBC’s Remarkable Places to Eat, is dependent on ‘what John (our fisherman) catches,’ says the owner.”