The 10 Best Local Restaurants In Scarborough, England

Scarborough © Thomas Tolkien
Scarborough © Thomas Tolkien
Photo of Samuel Spencer
9 February 2017

Located in the North Yorkshire Moors, Scarborough almost has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to produce. From nationally famous seafood to impressive meat and game raised in the stunning countryside that is all around, it is no wonder the town offers such great dining spots. From the traditional British pub experiences to the latest modern culinary innovation, Scarborough has them all.


Butcher, Restaurant, European, British, Vegetarian, $$$
With its art deco decor preserved from its time as a butcher shop in the ‘30s, Jeremy’s is a stylish anomaly amongst the identikit guest houses in the area. This immaculate styling is combined with the serious pedigree of Jeremy himself, making for Scarborough’s best fine dining experience. Before opening Jeremy’s, the chef worked in numerous Michelin star restaurants, including an award-winning six years spent as a chef for Marco Pierre White, and all of these years of experience can be seen in every plate perfected in the Jeremy’s kitchen.

The Barn

Cafe, British, $$$
The Barn, Coastal Road
The Barn, Coastal Road | © The Barn
Originally the well-loved Hares Leap Farm Shop, it has since transformed into The Barn, a delightful cafe-bistro serving, unsurprisingly, the best of farm dining. Open for breakfast and lunch, including a hugely popular Sunday lunch service, the menu offers freshly-baked treats and bistro fare. Meals can either be enjoyed in the barn itself, its intimate upstairs dining area or on their beautiful new courtyard for the full farmhouse lunch experience.

The Green Room

Brasserie, Restaurant, British, European, Vegetarian, $$$
With son Robert Porter in the kitchen and his mother serving, one visit to the Green Room and you will feel like part of the family. The people at the Michelin Guide certainly felt at home, having recommended the restaurant in their famous guide. Choose their exceedingly reasonably priced six course tasting menu or pick from their perfectly cultivated à la carte menu to see family recipes done well, with traditional tastes combined with modern techniques.


Restaurant, British
Found inside the four star Crown Spa Hotel, Taste offers exquisite decor and delicious food. Combining European dining with the signature tastes and produce of Yorkshire, try their full menu of classics from across the continent or sample from their tapas menu for a piece of the Mediterranean right in the heart of Northern England. With a selection of enclosed rooms offering intimate dining from smart casual to formal, there is an eating experience at Taste ideal for any occasion.

Francis Tea Rooms

Found on Scarborough’s chic South Street, a small road that also features a vintage clothes store and a gallery, the Francis Tea Rooms contribute a lot to the hype surrounding the street. Most come for the afternoon tea, a traditional take featuring vintage bone china crockery, Taylor’s of Harrogate teas and some of the best cakes and bakes in North Yorkshire. For those looking to escape the modern world with a little turn-of-the-century treat, Francis Tea Rooms is the perfect choice.

Francis Tea Rooms, 7 South Street, Scarborough, UK, +44 1723 350550


Restaurant, Italian, $$$
As its name suggests, Lanterna is a shining light in British Italian food. The atmosphere is simple and unassuming, but this only serves to highlight the culinary expertise behind every dish served at the restaurant. The food is an authentic take on the Northern Italian food that chef-owner Giorgio Allesio grew up with in his native city of Piedmont. His team is not afraid to fuse this with the best of British to create intriguing new dishes, like a fascinating black pudding-filled ravioli, making for a unique dining experience.

The Courtyard

Restaurant, British
North Bay, Scarborough
North Bay, Scarborough | © Thomas Tolkien
Recipient of two of the AA’s prestigious rosettes, The Courtyard offers scrumptious seafood in a stunning location. As part of the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, it sits in the North Yorkshire Moors, offering rolling vistas experienced from the comfort of a boutique hotel. Although a stay at Ox P asture Hall is already a romantic treat on its own, the experience is made perfect with a visit to The Courtyard, with its spotlight on the area’s famous seafood from Scarborough, Whitby and beyond.

The Bryherstones Country Inn

Restaurant, British, Pub Grub
Found in outer Scarborough, The Bryherstones Country Inn is the nearest you will find to an authentic old style country inn. With all the pub classics you would expect, this is a great first stop for anyone new to the area looking for a taste of Yorkshire past, but with the attention to detail and quality ingredients you expect from modern dining. The meat comes from local butchers, its guest beers come from local breweries, and its atmosphere is 100% Yorkshire.

The Anvil Inn

Restaurant, British, Pub Grub, $$$
The Anvil, Scarborough
The Anvil, Scarborough | © Chris
Located in nearby Sawdon in a refurbished 18th century forge with exposed stone, wooden beams and iron tables, The Anvil Inn offers delicate food in fascinating contrast to its strong decor, with fun historical flourishes highlighting the dining room’s past as a blacksmith’s workshop. This delicacy of flavours is achieved through the restaurant’s commitment to fresh, local and seasonal ingredients, whether it is local Yorkshire game or vegetables. Happily, this focus on local does not stop their menu from exploring the best tastes and techniques in the world.

The Star Inn

Gastropub, Pub Grub, $$$
One of Britain’s first and most celebrated gastropubs, The Star Inn is well worth the short drive out of Scarborough centre to reach it. Cutting edge but non-pretentious food is served in a converted 14th century longhouse, making for the best in village pub cuisine.The menu is ever-changing, but always offers a tempting selection of meat, fish and game. It has won a Michelin Star on several occasions for its innovative taster menu and other delightful surprises.

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