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Fish and Chips, Rock Candy, and Ice Cream - What to Eat in Scarborough

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As you might expect from a traditional fishing port, Scarborough’s dining scene revolves around the daily catches of local fishermen. Fresh fish is served in upscale restaurants as well as at the town’s ubiquitous takeouts. Fans of cask-conditioned ale have a plethora of pubs to choose from, many of which also serve hearty British dishes. And you can find rock candy, a traditional seaside treat, in most gift shops.

Typical dishes


If you prefer to eat on the go, Scarborough has lots of takeouts. Although many specialize in fish and chips, they usually also sell other fried items such as sausages and potato fritters.

North Bay cafés


The budget-friendly cafés and diners around North Bay are ideal for getting the day started with some bacon, sausages, and eggs, while scones and cream teas can be enjoyed in one of the quaint coastal tea rooms. Blue Crush offers light bites and full meals complemented by sea views through floor-to-ceiling windows. North Bay Fisheries is conveniently located if you want to enjoy your fish and chips while strolling along the beach.


  • Blue Crush Bar & Diner, Kepwick House, Peasholm Gap, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO12 7TN; Tel: +44 1723 362450; Website: Blue Crush Bar & Diner

  • North Bay Fisheries, 179 Columbus Ravine, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO12 7QZ; Tel: +44 1723 500073; Website: North Bay Fisheries


South Bay’s sweets


Ice cream vans aplenty can be found around the South Bay area; but for a sit-down treat, try the house-made ice cream at retro American-style Harbour Bar. Many seaside stalls sell seafood delicacies such as cockles and oysters. Set slightly behind Scarborough Spa, Francis Tea Rooms serves indulgent cream teas in a 1930s-style dining room.


  • Harbour Bar, 1-3 Sandside, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 1PE; Tel: +44 1723 373662; Website: Harbour Bar

  • Francis Tea Rooms, 7 South Street, South Cliff, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 2BP; Tel: +44 1723 350550; Website: Francis Tea Rooms


Scarborough’s international cuisine


Around town you’ll find various restaurants serving international cuisines, including Indian, Italian, and Chinese. A block away from Brunswick Shopping Centre, Le Jardin Café is a sleek French-style bistro with excellent gluten-free options. Eat Me Café, over the road from the Scarborough train station, adds a multicultural twist to the traditional British coffee shop.


  • Le Jardin Café, 25A Huntriss Row, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 2ED; Tel: +44 1723 354572; Website: Le Jardin Café

  • Eat Me Café, 1 Hanover Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 1LS; Tel: +44 1723 373256; Website: Eat Me Café


Countryside cuisine


A 13-minute drive north of the town centre will bring you to Bryherstones Country Inn. The exposed brickwork and wooden beams create an old-world atmosphere that perfectly matches the traditional country fare. For fine dining, Wrea Head Hall’s award-winning 1881 restaurant, an 11-minute drive from Scarborough, serves contemporary British cuisine in a charming interior that’s all antique mirrors and polished oak furniture.


  • Bryherstones Country Inn, Newlands Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO13 0AR; Tel: +44 1723 870744; Website: Bryherstones Country Inn

  • 1881 at Wrea Head Hall, Barmoor Lane, Scalby, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO13 0PB; Tel: +44 1723 371190; Website: 1881 at Wrea Head Hall