• LOCATION 27 | Essential Whitby: A Guide to the Town’s Legends, Treasures and Main Sites

    Harbourside

    Stop here for a moment.

    Across the car park to your left you'll see a tall, terracotta brick gable-end.

    The cafe there now is called Hetty & Betty and this was the location for Whitby's very first fish and chip shop in 1928. We think that fish and chips have been a staple British dish for centuries but this isn't actually the case.

    Dickens mentioned what is likely to be a fish and chip shop in Oliver Twist but they were only popular in south-east England and London at this time. Fish and chips only became popular nationwide towards the beginning of the twentieth century.

    Let's keep moving. I'll tell you more as you go.

    Continue along the harbour.

    Such is the British love of fish and chips that it was one of the few foods not subject to rationing during the First and Second World Wars.

    Whitby today of course boasts the best fish and chips in the world. Every local has their own favourite and unlike Scarborough down the coast the most popular choice of fish here is cod. This is why Whitby people are colloquially known as cod-heads. It sounds offensive but this name is well-received by us locals.

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Essential Whitby: A Guide to the Town’s Legends, Treasures and Main Sites