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16 Things You Need To Eat In Whitby Right Now

Man cannot survive on fish and chips alone.

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1. Whitby Gothic Ice Cream from Trillo's

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Whitby is famous for its Gothic Weekend – but how do goths in hot weather cope? With blackcurrant and liquorice ice cream, topped off with dark chocolate sprinkles and (spooky) strawberry sauce, of course. The Trillo brand has been making ice cream since WWI, when the founder's family brought his secret recipe over from Italy. Available at ice-cream vans and parlours throughout town. Non-Goth flavours also produced, it should be noted.

2. Kippers from Fortune's

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Fortune's have been curing kippers in their tiny smokehouse for more than 135 years, picking up a host of die-hard fans – and celebrity chef admirers – in the process. Head to the bottom of the 199 Steps then follow your nose. Be warned, the oak-smoked fillets usually sell out mid-morning, with the crazy-good pâté also a best-seller.

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3. Yorkshire Tapas at The Black Horse Inn

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As well as a wide range of ales and snuff, the teeny-tiny Black Horse also offers Yorkshire Tapas. Yorkshire Tapas, tha says? Yep, as well as olives, cured meats and seafood, you can also get a trio of local cheeses served with bread and chutney to complement your pint. We love the Shepherd's Purse Yorkshire lavender ewe's milk, which is surprisingly light.

4. Afternoon Tea at Botham's

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Elizabeth Botham started baking bread in 1865 and the family business is still going strong today. As well as producing some of the tastiest carbs that you'll ever consume, the Skinner Street shop also houses tea rooms, where you can tuck in to cake galore. Go bananas and upgrade your afternoon tea to one with booze – it's only £14.95 for a bottle of fizz alongside your dainty cakes.

5. Mince and Onion Pie at Humble Pie 'N' Mash

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Nowt's more Yorkshire than a pie and pea supper and they don't come much heartier than at Humble Pie 'N' Mash. Fillings come from local suppliers and the generous portions all come in at under £6. There are plenty of veggie options and a changing specials board, but the Mince and Onion scores extra Yorkshire points for its use of Henderson's Relish. Fancy a pint with that? They only serve soft drinks, but you're welcome to get a takeaway from the Middle Earth Tavern over the road.

6. A Sandside Smokey at Sandside Cafe

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If you like to be beside the seaside, you can't really get any closer than Sandside. In this beachfront cabin you can enjoy lashings of local seafood on a deck overlooking the sand – or inside, if the weather is crap. Walk two miles along the shorefront from Whitby to get there, then treat yourself to a Sandside Smokey – haddock, cheese and egg baked into a delicious goop. You've earned it.

7. Breakfast at The Whitby Deli

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A relative newcomer to Whitby, this sleek deli offers a carefully curated selection of local treats, making it the perfect place to stock up on supplies if you're self-catering in Whitby. You can also eat in, and the breakfast menu in particular makes for a refreshing change if you've overloaded on Full Englishes. Try the prosciutto and poached eggs or smashed avo on toast, all washed down with some of the best coffee on the coast from local roasters, Baytown Coffee. Huge gluten-free menu too!

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8. Pork Butties at The Greedy Pig

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Big floury baps stuffed with mounds of juicy slow-roasted pork and topped off with apple sauce and stuffing. What's not to love about this local institution? Throw in the fact that a small sarnie (and that's a Yorkshire "small") is £3 and you're laughing. Be warned – there will be queues. Rumour has it they also do salads.

9. Healthy cheesecake at The Walrus and The Carpenter

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The quaint seaside cake shop gets a makeover at this quirky café, where the menu is 100% gluten-free and 100% excellent. This blueberry cheesecake is crafted with nuts, cashew butter, blueberries, maple syrup and coconut oil, so it's basically good for you and delicious. Alongside a host of other surprisingly healthy cakes, you'll also find flatbreads, sarnies and tarts.

10. Coffee and a crêpe at The Courtyard Creperie

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This hidden gem is brought to you by the same team as The Stonehouse Emporium – one of Whitby's best vintage stores – so it's no surprise that the surroundings are beautiful. Tucked down an alleyway under the shop, it's the perfect place for a post-shop pitstop. The menu of sweet and savoury crêpes changes daily, but you can't go wrong with Nutella and banana. It's also fully licensed and dog-friendly.

11. Oysters at Green's

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Seafood is in abundance in Whitby, but Green's is the go-to place for a posh tea. Founded 12 years ago by former Seafood Chef of the Year, Rob Green, you're in capable hands whatever you choose – but you really should try the oysters. Served hot or cold with your choice of toppings, you can even opt for ones deep-fried in beer batter. Special props to the fishermen who bring in the catch, who are all credited on the menu alongside their boats.

12. Fish and chips at Trenchers

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The award for best fish and chips in Whitby is hotly debated (and regularly fought over), but Trenchers is definitely up there. Whether you choose to take away or eat in the vaguely art-deco, buzzy restaurant, you'll waddle out content. There's plenty to choose from on the menu but whatever you order, don't forget to get extra scraps and a round of bread and butter on the side; you're in Yorkshire now.

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13. Seafood taster at The Magpie Café

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The Magpie might be famous for its fish and chips (and have the queues to prove it), but they do a belting menu of other fish dishes that deserve a shout out. In fact, the menu is something of an epic tome that really warrants some quality time spent on it. Make life easier on yourself and choose the seafood taster for a bit of everything, including oysters, clams, mussels, crab, scallops, prawns and half a lobster to top things off.

14. Steak at The White Horse and Griffin

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Housed in a centuries-old coach house that begs to be Instagrammed from every angle, The White Horse and Griffin is a long-standing Whitby foodie favourite. Try and get a seat in front of the fireplace for maximum cosytimes – and if you have to wait, a glass of prosecco in the bar is a rather delightful way to do it. The menu is (unsurprisingly) great for seafood (especially the catch of the day sharing mezze) but the steak is a stand-out star. Sourced from a local farm and hung for 28 days, it's a juicy slice of joy.

15. Deep-fried halloumi at The Marine

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Veggies don't have to miss out on the deep-fried fun in Whitby. This harbour-side hotel and restaurant (which is also excellent for cocktails) serves up an incredible deep-fried halloumi and chips, with mushy peas on the side. Who needs cod, anyway?

16. Howling Goth Chilli Sauce

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Take the gothic experience home with you by paying a visit to Chris Carabine's saucy stall, which you can find in the market. Giving all things hot 'n' spicy a tasteful gothic branding, Howling Goth also sells oak smoked garlic, for when you want to keep Dracula at bay.

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