There are few places outside of London that are featured on ‘must eat at’ restaraunts. One name that always crops up is the legendary Magpie Cafe in Whitby, a small fishing town in Yorkshire.
The Magpie has been in business since 1939, and is less focused on style, and wholeheartedly into making great food. The cafe overlooks the stunning harbour, where the fish is caught the same day as you eat it. Anyone who enjoys fish and chips needs to visit the Magpie before they die. Rick Stein described it as the best place in the country to eat fish and chips, and the queue’s that await you confirm the popularity of the place.
Not only can you get (the greatest) fish and chips at the Magpie, but Lobster thermidor, Whitby kippers with brown bread and a pot of Yorkshire tea…and so on, and a half decent wine list is brief but good value and well chosen.
The fish is the star of the Magpie, and boy, the mammoth portions that arrive are nothing short of spectacular. The fish is incredibly fresh, and is caught out in the North Sea that accompanies your view (alongside the impressive North Cliff which houses the ruins of the Abbey, and the place where Bram Stoker ‘saw’ the arrival of Dracula) and arrives seconds before you do… and the chips… they’re solid 2cm-thick hunks and not for the meek.
This is certainly one place that food lovers have to visit at least once in their lives. Once done, a quick trot over to Henrietta Street for some ales, and your day is done.
The Magpie Café, 14 Pier Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire