You simply cannot holiday on the stunning Yorkshire coast without sampling fresh, locally-caught fish. Nowhere else can be you guaranteed today’s catch, cooked to perfection and enjoyed while strolling along the Victorian promenade or relaxing on the seafront. Here are our 5 favourite fish places to visit during your next stay at Staxton Vale Lodges.

Smallfry, North Street

This female family-run business is easy to overlook. It’s tucked down a small side street, round the back of Matalan and TK Maxx, just a stone’s throw from the main shopping street but is well worth tracking down. They use only the freshest haddock and cod, with traditional, slightly sweet mushy peas. Plus everything is cooked in vegetable oil and scraps are always free.

Papa’s Fish and Chips, Foreshore Road

Let’s face it, Papa’s really has it all: prime seafront location, crispy golden batter, and portions hearty enough to satisfy even the healthiest of appetites. Beware that there’s often a queue, so do be prepared to wait, but trust us it’s worth it.

North Bay Fisheries, Columbus Ravine

If you find yourself on Scarborough’s famous North Bay be sure to check out North Bay Fisheries. Locals will argue that this is the best fish and chips in town, and after tasting their haddock, we’re inclined to agree. It’s especially good value if you have a whole family of hungry mouths to feed after a busy day of rock pooling.

Café Fish, York Place

No list of fish restaurants in Scarborough would be complete without Cafe Fish. Even though this is a sit-down restaurant rather than a casual cafe, it deserves a special mention for the quality of seafood on offer and the unique, daily dishes on the menu. The chef William often takes the time to personally talk his guests through the day’s specials which are then lovingly prepared to request. It’s a hidden gem, not to be missed.

None of our top picks is more than a 20-minute drive from your luxury lodge at Staxton Vale and all can easily be combined with a trip to the beach, the castle, or the miniature railway. Bon appetit!