7 Pier Road, Whitby, Yorkshire, YO21 3PU, United Kingdom

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This fish and chip restaurant was established in 1999 by Stuart Fusco. As its name suggests, it overlooks the harbour at Whitby. It offers both takeaway and sit-down options, with a large dining room at ground level and a further dining room upstairs. In 2014 it won the main national industry competition to be named best fish and chip shop in the UK, after having been a finalist several times before. 

The menu offers a range of dishes as well as the ubiquitous fish and chips, including several locally made meat pies and even a vegetarian lasagne. There was a short wine list ranging from £15.75 to £68, with choices such as Ant Moore Moko Black Sauvignon Blanc at £22.50 for a wine that you can find in the high street for around £8 and Doc du Morny Picpoul de Pinet at £19.95 for a wine that retails at £8 and Pol Roger at £48 compared to a shop price of £39. 

Scampi was impressive, each piece containing a single langoustine tail wrapped in crisp batter, the shellfish cooked through nicely and having good inherent sweetness. Scampi can be very disappointing, but this version was spot on (14/20). Crab salad was generous though not shell-free, the mixed salad quite basic in quality but the crab itself fresh and enjoyable (13/20).

The haddock and chips (£10) was excellent, the batter crisp, the haddock having good flavour. Chips were fine, and both proper mushy peas and their own tartare sauce were very good indeed (13/20). Service was friendly and capable, and the bill with soft drinks came to £24 a head. This was a very enjoyable experience, more consistent than the meal that we had the night before at its near neighbour the Magpie Cafe. 

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  • joseph

    Had cod and chips takeaway today. The batter was thick and greasy, covering a very thin flakey portion of fish. Very poor value and will not be using this takeaway again.

  • George

    Two of us had cod and chips today. They were excellent value, well worth the drive of 47 miles from Darlington. Beautiful golden batter around moist flakey cod was complimented by chips as they would be rather than the soggy apology often found elsewhere. Eamon, the manage, and his 2 assistants were welcoming, attentive and friendly. They could not be faulted. Excellent value. Thank you Quayside!!