Review on The Magpie Café

The finest seaside café in the land never lets its customers down. It is, quite simply, incomparable. Set in a black-and-white merchant's house opposite the fish market, the Magpie has been feeding the crowds since the 1960s – and still they come. Devotees will remember when queuing outside was part of the ritual and the owners provided umbrellas if the heavens opened; these days, the new extension provides shelter from the storm.

The reason most people come here is to eat the best fish and chips in the land – even Rick Stein rates the Magpie as number one! Indeed, the place is something of a national ambassador for this much-abused dish. Given the location, there's no doubting the freshness of the cod, haddock, skate, plaice, woof and everything else that finds its way into the fryer.

But that's just the beginning. The kitchen also provides a raft of daily specials, children's deals and vegetarian options, so you might be tempted by seafood hotpot, crab cakes, Whitby kippers with brown bread or seared tuna on aubergine lasagne; there are also few options for meat eaters.

For afters, take a look at the daunting list of homemade desserts – up to 30 of them ranging from jam roly-poly to hazelnut meringue topped with strawberries. Service runs like a dream, thanks to a bevy of local ladies who know exactly what they're doing. To drink, there are beers and wines by the glass – although most people reckon a pot of tea does the trick.

The Magpie Café is also featured in: Good Food Guide, Hardens, AA Guide

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Seafood / International


Ian Robson and Paul Gildroy

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 11.30am through until
Dinner: 9.00pm

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card

Online Booking Availability for The Magpie Café

Facilities at The Magpie Café

  • Childrens menu
  • Disabled access
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 130 covers
  • Family Friendly


WiFi is available


The Magpie Café
14 Pier Road
North Yorkshire
YO21 3PU

Customer Ratings on The Magpie Café

5  / 5

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    Pauline Milton
    December 2016

    Magpie Whitby

    We have visited Whitby many times, always our visit to THE MAGPIE is top of our list for things to do. We travel over 300 miles just to dine in this marvellous cafe, food and staff fantastic. Thank you Magpie. 😛😛

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