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
Restaurant reviewed by Jenny McGregorRate this Restaurant
Seafood / International
Ian Robson and Paul Gildroy
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 11.30am through until
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card