This is Scarborough fish and chips at its very best.
The day trippers tourists will eat on the seafront at Winking Willy's, and the ones with more money than sense will go to the Golden Grid.
At Mother Hubbard's, you'll find real Scarborough folk, because it's at the top end of town, and it's easy to overlook.
Walk from the station (or the theatre - it's just the place to go after a matinée) towards the harbour for about 200 yards. Mother Hubbard's is through a door on the right and up some stairs, but be warned, if they've sold out of fresh fish, they close - there's nothing frozen at this place.
They generally offer two sizes of fish, but they often sell out of the larger one, and offer you two small ones late in the afternoon.
You might have to queue, but it will be worth it.
Once, and once only, the fat hadn't been hot enough, and my fish was disappointing, but in general, this place is ultra-reliable.
Local fish (you're in the north, so you're having haddock - none of that poncy southern cod stuff) served mainly by cheerful schoolgirls doing their pocket money jobs/.
Favorite Dish: Haddock, chips, bread and butter pudding and a pot of tea.
Scarborough once had a great Italian immigration and this shows in the Italian restaurants here which are better than average in Yorkshire. Tricolos was founded by the Jaconelli family, one family member was even a Mayor of Scarborough, and whilst it has since been sold to an English family, they keep the traditions going. The ambiance here is great even if you might not want to visit it too early on a weekend night as the noise levels can then be high when it is crowded with families. You do well to reserve but if you haven't, you will be placed in the bar and can order a drink whilst waiting for a table. A win win situation. There are daily specials as well as an a la carte based on Italian classics but also a bit of Italian fusion such as a wok pasta. The dessert list swerves a bit towards the English but is nevertheless very nice and does include tiramisu. Staff is terribly busy but always friendly and the owner often walks about checking that you're enjoying your visit. What impressed me most was that they had Messina beer from Sicily ;)
Favorite Dish: Most pasta dishes.
Fish and chips are good in Scarborough and very often local, even if not as famous as in nearby Whitby. The Southside harbour front has at least four chippies but the most famous place to try this is probably a restaurant in between them all. The Golden Grid has an excellent position overlooking the harbour and you can get not only several varieties of fish and chips but also impressive seafood platters and some less fishy food. If you visit Scarborough during a busy period, it might be good to book in advance as the place is listed in all sorts of British food guides and Lonely Planet. I personally found the batter a bit greasy but the fish itself as well as the chips were delicious and the staff friendly. Can't complain about the prices either.
Favorite Dish: An "all inclusive" which means fish and chips with bread (to make a yummy chip butty) and a pot of tea. How Yorkshire!
Very friendly, good food - fresh and very reasonably priced. Pizzas are about 12-14" thin and crispy. All freshly made. Pasta tastey I love the Penne Arabiata - spicy. They also do a specials board for something a bit different. Altogether Florios is a good place for just a couple or they cater very well for large parties.
Favorite Dish: Pizza - Inferno, £4.00 approx
Risotto - Florios, £5.00 approx
Pasta - Arabiata, £4.00 approx
Steak with Stilton Sauce, £8.00 approx
Typical tea rooms serving breakfast (annoyingly opening a bit late for an early breakfast if you stay at Blands Cliff) and fish dishes as well as tea and cakes. What's special is the garden terrace high up on the hill above the South Bay with great views.
For excellent unlimited buffet try the Red Dragon on Falsgrave rd
Prices between £5-£10 per head so excellent value
Evening menu includes a mixed starter platter and then you can either choose from the menu or use the mongolian buffet, which is a selection of raw food and spices which you select from and take to the chef who cooks it in front of you. ABSOLOUTLY FANTASTIC
Favorite Dish: Beef with ginger and spring onion or kung po prawns
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can't go to an English beach resort like Scarborough and not have an Ice cream. Somewhere along the front you'll pass this shop and let me tell you its good value for money. If you're there on a hot day treat yourself to the biggest one money can buy, well you are on holiday aren't you.
Favorite Dish: Speaks for its self but flavour wise it has to be chocolate with perhaps a bit of vanilla in too.
if you're feeling really sassy have a chocolate flake and a fudgeridoo too!!!
The restaurant at the Stephen Joseph is generally regarded as the most accomplished in the area, and we were looking forward to dinner during the break between the early evening and late evening productions in the McCarthy auditorium.
However, we had not been told when booking that if there is no production in the Round auditorium, the restaurant continues to serve the lunch menu in the evening.
In itself, this need not have been a problem, as there was a limited range of staples on offer.
We did, however, find that everything we tried was extraordinarily bland.
My wife started with a mushroom and Stilton pastry, which achieved the remarkable distinction of making Stilton cheese completely undiscernible.
Her chicken pasta was passable, but tepid.
I had a vegetable soup, which benefited greatly from a liberal application of pepper (dust from a pot).
My salmon fish cakes, however, were beyond rescue. They were so overwhelmed with potato that the salmon was almost completely subdued, and there was no hint of any form of seasoning. They were textureless and tasteless.
I chose not to risk more disappointment with the puddings.
At £18.30 for two with coffee, the investment could hardly be described as disastrous, but the theatre should certainly let down the curtain on this tedious menu.
Obviously fish and chips anywhere in Scarborough will be excellent and a "must do", but if you fancy smartening up a bit and going to a restaurant for a nice meal then The restaurant at the ox pasture hall is definately the place to go, there is a choice from a set menu or a la carte, whicever menu you choose from the food is delicious, well presented and served in lovely surroundings, there is also an attractive bar for appertifs and lounge for after dinner coffees. Phone to book a table in advance (which is neccessary especially if you are not a resident)
Favorite Dish: Anything you choose will be lovely- I ate a different meal every night for 4 nights , it was all excellent.