Winking Willies: Sea front restaurant
You cannot fail to see advertising for Winking Willies along the promenade and so after many years of frequenting the town centre fish and chip restaurants we made a visit probably the towns most famous fish and chip restaurant.
This is a traditional Yorkshire fish and chip restaurant over two floors. The ground floor has open style tables but the upper floor has traditional booths , which I prefer. There is also an outside balcony with great harbour views but beware of seagulls!
Full marks to the friendly and efficient staff who were excellent especially the head waitress. The toilets are clean but the hand dryer
Favorite Dish: The food is good but pretty much standard fayre and although well presented has not the same thickness of fish of whiteness of fish that other shops have that we have been to in the town. The fish is also smaller is size than town centre restaurants.
Prices are the same as other seafront restaurants.
Taylors: Cafe with books
We only called in here late one afternoon for drinks but this is a beautifully presented cafe over two floors - the upper floor has a display of books and gifts to buy.
A very nice ambience - the colours are dark and there is mix of seating with tables and chairs and on the upper floor some soft seating on dark coloured leather sofas.
Friendly and efficient staff - you order at the counter and they bring your order to you. Clean restrooms.
I intend to revisit to eat here.
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Mother Hubbards: Great fish and chips
For great fish and chips try Mother Hubbards in Scarborough. This is where the locals go for fish and chips as its not too visible from the street unless you really look or actually know where it is. The entrance is very small (see photo) on Westborough and then there are two flights of stairs (no lift and not accessible at all for disabled people) that take you in to the large dining area. You do need stand near the cash desk to be told where to sit and there are sometimes queues because of the popularity of this restaurant.
And it is as you would expect for a Yorkshire fish and chip restaurant - red leather seats and benches with tables with white table cloths and the usual accompaniments. The waitresses are traditionally dressed in black dresses and white blouses and the place is timeless. It will no doubt be the same in 2015 as it was in 1965.
The fish (haddock of course - cod is for southern softies!) is white and flaky and is fresh from Scarborough and Whitby. The chips are perfect and large and a golden brown and there is of course mushy peas - naturally served with bread and butter and pots of strong Yorkshire tea ( and I have just realised no one from outside England will understand a word of this).
A little hot in the summer and some ceiling fans would help or air conditioning.
Favorite Dish: The haddock is the best in Scarborough. The food is piping hot and well presented. Not a great range of deserts - apple pie or ice cream basically. However I have never seen anyone have a desert as the main meals are so large.
New in July 2011 on my most recent visit - small fish, chips and peas at £5.00. With bread and butter and tea of course but very good value and the small fish are not much smaller than the medium haddock.
Wackers: The second best fish and chips in town
The second best place for fish and chips in Scarborough is Wackers. Mother Hubbards wins by a whisker but do not pass Wackers by - in fact it is better than its competitor in the way it is air conditioned and is on the ground floor - there are no stairs to climb.
The fish and chips are very good but perhaps not as good as my first choice - Wackers is good for things that Mother Hubbards is not - mainly access for everyone.
Re-visited 9/4/2012 - plush green leather seating and reasonable sized tables. The main restrooms are upstairs and quite a trek but there are 3 downstairs toilets (one disabled) and two described as for senior citizens. Clean and well maintained.
The restaurant operates a counter system where you order and pay for food and leave the receipt on your table and a waitress brings the food to your table after it has been cooked.
Favorite Dish: What else - fish and chips! There are just three deserts on offer but I doubt anyone could manage a desert after such large portions of fish and chips.
Tree Tops Restaurant: In Dalby forest
Something for everyone in this beautifully built restaurant that has seating indoors and outdoors - we sat outside in the April sun and admired the views of literally the treetops and beautiful forest area.
This is about 10 miles outside Scarborough and above the Dalby Forest visitor centre but well worth a drive out although you do have to pay a toll to enter the forest (see separate tip).
The restaurant has its own vegetable and herb garden and all other products are locally sourced. You can just have a drink or there are English favourites such as teacakes and scones, toasted sandwiches, paninis and a selection of hot meals such as sausage and mash or specials that change. My son had a wonderful pork and black pudding baguette with salad (£6.95 and not cheap but I guess you have paid to enter the forest and are a captive market).
However good quality food in an establishment with high standards and the clean kitchen is on view.
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Olivers Mount Cafe Restaurant: At the top of Olivers Mount
Oliver's Mounts cafe restaurant sits high above Scarborough and if you are lucky enough to get a window seat this establishment offers a great view over the town below.
A comfortable cafe where you can just have tea or coffee or a scone or teacake or a full meal.
Fairly standard food - pasta dishes, traditional English meals such as fish and chips or scampi or pies - licenced too and there seems to be a good wine list. Prices obviously vary but I have put mid range prices below.
Open 7 days a week from 10.00 to 16.00 (17.00 on Saturdays or Sundays) - am not sure about winter opening times.
Three friendly women run the cafe / restaurant and service very efficient. Clean rest rooms facilities.
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Jingleby Thorn: Traditional farmhouse tea garden
With a wonderful name this is a traditional farmhouse tea garden open in the spring to end of summer period. The tables are all out in the garden or on the paved area in front of the farmhouse but this is a delightful place for tea and cake if the weather is good.
The menu is traditional English tea garden, - tea, coffee, soft drinks, sandwiches (£1.80 - £2.20) and cakes and scones (70p - £1.50).
Friendly staff and the garden is lovely - a wonderful place to sit and relax. I think there is a small indoor area if it is raining.
You take a ticket and a menu from near the door, take a table and then wait for service - this seemed to be very quick.
The farmhouse falls within the Dalby Forest toll area so only available to people who have paid this toll.
Golden Grid Fish Restaurant: Excellent Fish & Chips
When spending the day in Scarborough it is almost mandatory that you have Fish & Chips at some stage.
We went for an early supper at the Golden Grid. The place was fairly busy, which is always a good sign, and the meal was excellent.
Favorite Dish: “The All In Deal” - Delicious Fish & Chips served with Bread & Butter and a pot of steaming Yorkshire Tea
Followed by an ice cream cone from the next door parlour.
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Le Cafe Jardin: Classy cafe in a busy street
A very well designed and extremley well furnished cafe in busy Huntriss Row , just off the main shopping street.
There is a small take away bakery section on the ground floor but the cafe has three floors but unfortunatly there is no lift.
The furnishings and decor are of a high standard especially on the upper floors and the pictures on the walls tasteful.
This is cafe society at its best in Scarborough.
Re-visited October 2009 - just as good but we had to go to the second floor just to get a table on a busy autumn Thursday - very popular even out of season. Wonderful surroundings on this floor - leather settees and coffee tables but no heating of any kind and it was slightly cold up on this floor.
Favorite Dish: Its menu covers all tastes but its mainly small meals and sandwiches. The cakes are wonderful.
Harbour Bar: Classic ice cream parlour
Linger over a high rise sundae or a vanilla ice peach melba in this seaside milk bar , a retro heaven of banana and cherry, Formica,chrome and neon mirrors and red leatherette. Run by the Alzoni family , the Harbour Bar serves its own delicious Italian style ice cream in a classic cafe interior that has not changed since it first opened in August 1945.
Sir Jimmy Saville pops in occasionally.
The website link has good interior photos - when I visited the cafe was too busy for me to take photos.
Favorite Dish: The knickerbocker Glories at £4.95 are an ice cream lovers delight.
Cafe View: Gorgeous home-made cakes
Cafe View really earns its name - there are few better places to enjoy a sea view in comfort, and the coffee's great. Pop round there on a windy afternoon and you'll get the benefit of Scarborough's lovely coast without freezing to death! They've a big window at the back, and even have binoculars and a couple of kids' bird-spotting guides, so you can look out in comfort while nursing a coffee and delicious home-made cake.
Tables are at the back, near the view, but if you'd rather sit on a sofa they have a cosy seating area near the front, with newspapers and tourist guides to browse through. You won't want to leave... but they won't want you to go either, it's such a friendly place.
This place also has what I consider to be the cleanest and nicest toilets of any cafe I have ever visited (and I've seen a lot!). It is also completely disability friendly.
This place was highly commended in the Regional Tourism Awards last year, and rightly so!
Favorite Dish: Home-made cakes! I've not got a sweet tooth but these are great. In particular, try the scones with jam & clotted cream, the caramel shortcake (more caramel than biscuit, just how I like it!), and the chocolate brownie (ask for it warm with cream)
Also recommended are the home-made soup of the day, and the panini. There's also a meal deal where you can get a soup and a sandwich, with a scone at a special price.
The locally produced pork pies and quiches are also good, but despite the price (they're more expensive than most things but still less than a fiver) they are on the small side so don't order if you are really hungry.
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Oasis Cafe: Best fish and chips in the world!!
No food says you are 'up North' better than fish and chips, and if you want to try the best of the best, it's worth slumming it a bit! Oasis cafe is on the North Bay and looks like a shack with benches outside, but it is home to Scarborough's best fish and chips... and I've not had better elsewhere, either. It's where I take all my friends when they visit!
For just over £3 you can sample locally-caught fish, cooked fresh to order, and eat it on a bench overlooking the sea front. In the summer that sounds great (the queue at the counter is worth braving... it's in an ideal location for a lunchtime snack if you're on the beach or have been surfing), but don't be put off in the winter as the views are just as fantastic (even better if you want to see some awesone storms!) and there are heatlamps around to stop your fingers freezing. Summer opening hours are 6am til late (usually around 10pm), but in December they start to close at around 5 or 6pm. They recently applied for planning permission to build an indoor area, so that could be built by next summer if they are lucky.
Favorite Dish: Gotta be the fish and chips! It's a really basic take-out / cafe but has something for most people. They do great chicken burgers too.
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Old Scalby Mills: A missed opportunity
So you have a very olde worlde pub in a great location ( an old 17th century watermill that is built in to the sea wall) - good residential area, a natural beauty spot outside and the Sea Life centre across from it. And this is the Old Scalby Mills - the building is outdated internally - the toilets needs total refurbishment. The bar area is cluttered. The tables are dirty. The young staff have no interest in serving their customers and it took 45 minutes from ordering a simple order for food for it to arrive at the table. There are only 12 tables and it should be easy to maintain good service with such few tables. Very congested at busy times. A real opportunity to have a first class pub / restaurant has been missed.
Favorite Dish: Oh the food - when it finally arrived it was very good. Only simple fayre - potatoes, toasted sandwiches, fish and chips, giant Yorkshire puddings etc. What a shame service , decor and general standards do not meet the standard of the food.
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Scalby Manor: Do miss this one
We used this pub/restaurant several times in 2006 and were pleased but our first visit of 2007 was a disappointment (from the fading and wearing paintwork on the exterior of the building to the stained seats inside) but we were tight for time and proceeded to order.
Incorrect starters were brought and the young staff ( I did not see anyone over 25) struggled to cope with a busy Sunday evening.
The main meals are OK but my meat had a lot of fat on it and my wife's steak was a poor cut.
Lots of vegetables and far too many potatoes to bulk the meals out.
Quite expensive although you do get Nectar points but noisy with a children's play area at the end of the restaurant.
We will not be going back.
Favorite Dish: If I had to say one thing that would be the deserts which are presumably made off site and frozen but they are very good although over priced.
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Everley Hotel and Restaurant: Worth a drive out to Hackness
A few miles out of Scarborough at Hackness is this hotel / restaurant called the Everley. On first impressions this is not a great inspiring establishment - as you can see from the photo it is not attractive as a building nor is the actual entrance with badly decorated walls but keep walking and it gets better. A public bar to the right abd a restuarant in front of you with great views over the valley in the distance.
The food is superb if a little expensive but for a special occasion well worth the drive. Something for everyone and all cooked to order. The starters are imaginitive and the main courses well presented and plenty on the plate.
Deserts typically English but OK. No mints or chocloates with the coffee which should be expected at these prices but recommended all the same.
Favorite Dish: I had the steak in ale pie and it was one of the largest I have had recently. Full of good quality meat. My wife had the chicken which was well presented and in a tasty sauce.
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