Ah, Whitby! Tied with Keswick in the Lake District for my favourite place to be. Not so much of a set walk today but just a lovely day out (not lovely weather, in fact the opposite of that). In spite of the freezing winds and sideways rain, we walked the North Pier, climbed the 199 steps, took in the sights of the Abbey and ventured round the town. Perhaps more comfortably we enjoyed a coffee and cake at the wonderful and eccentric Sherlock’s Coffee House on Flowergate. I’ve been visiting Whitby my whole life and reading Sherlock Holmes books nearly as long and as far as I know there is no connection. Still, this matters not as the café is impeccably decorated in the haphazard style you would imagine Holmes’ 221b Baker St. address and more importantly the coffee is tasty, the cakes enormous and process fair. So a winner all round.
After a cold, wet but fun day we hit my favourite Fish & Chip restaurant in Whitby (and possibly in the world), the Quayside. I whole heartedly recommend it if you’re visiting. The restaurant won best restaurant in the 2014 National Fish & Chip Awards. Many visitors to Whitby will be drawn to the Magpie, which despite its reputation and queue out of the door, is fairly mediocre. So get yourself to the Quayside! Plus, reading the blurb on the back of the menu, it appears the building (which I have always know as a fish shop), was once, amongst other things a library where Bram Stoker researched Dracula. So a double claim to fame.
Anyway, enough prattling from me, here are some pictures from my Canon SX170D:
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