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.
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.
There are seafood stalls in a variety of places but mainly beside the harbour. When I was a kid I used to love this stuff (I wan't a veggie then) and used to get a pot of cockles or mussels or sometimes a bag of winkles to eat later on the beach (with added sand of course).
Favorite Dish: Long, long ago it was Cockles, Mussels, Winkles, Crab's Legs...
I can't even look at this stuff anymore :-S
This is the seaside, so you have to have chips (or fish & chips). Especially as this part of the country is reknowned for its quality fish (well, more Whitby than Scarborough, but the Scarborough fish is good too).
Tradition is that you eat them on the beach and get a bit of sand into them (its hard to avoid anyway). The gritty crunch of the sand just adds to the taste and the experience. At least that's how it seemed as a kid ;-)
Favorite Dish: Chips, chip butty, chips & peas... this sort of thing.
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.
The old fashioned looking cafe by Peasholm lake is a nice place to sit in the sun and listen to the bands playing. The bands play in a little shelter in the lake (I preume they get to it by boat!?) and it's always "music for old folks". Still, it's pleasant enough for a few minutes.
An Scarborough "establishment", up in the main town and with a "fish & chip restaurant" alongside its take away.
That "Itis Itis" next door looked interesting too, but more as a nightlife place than a cafe.
Favorite Dish: Chips, Chips & Peas, Chip buttie...
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.
This must be one of the best Pizza places in the country - magnifico!
We always try to get there early for the 'Happy Hour' of 5-7pm offer of any pizza or pasta for £3.95. At weekends even arriving at 5:15pm you will find it filling up fast. It's very popular with families and locals of all ages.
You enter at street level and go downstairs into an atmospheric cosy basement where you will be able to see the food being cooked in the Italian open kitchen. It can get quite noisy early evening and is popular for children's birthday paries. It's one of those places which have got their act together service wise, no matter how busy they get they seem to know what they are doing. Very efficient and well run.
The food is generously portioned and the staff are friendly. Most of the regular waiting staff and cooks are Italian - the genuine article!
A meal for 2 adults and 2 children including drinks and house wine for £22.
Favorite Dish: Try the garlic bread with tomatoe sauce for a starter (but it's big so go for one between two). It ozzes gorgeous garlic butter and is one of the best garlic breads ever - beleive me, I have tried a few!
Our faviouite is the vegetarian pizza. It's the same size as the garlic bread, which is big, so you may stuggle to eat it all (the children's bambino pizza is the same size as an adult pizza in some places).
The house white wine is also great.
The food here is very good. The service though can be a bit hit and miss. I think that they don't cope with large groups very well. Saying that however, is maybe unfair because the atmosphere is warm and laid back and any mistakes will be put right! Family run, good food and pleasant atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: Sea food pasta with squid ink! YUMMY! about £8.60
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.
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.
Delicious fresh homemade snacks, salads, and more substantials meals, served in calm surroundings. All cakes are made daily and are a must to go with the excellent coffees. Also check out the chocolate shop adjoining, same management and there long before the coffee shop.
Favorite Dish: Everything
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.
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.