Researching vegan friendly coffee shops, cafés and restaurants is something we always do when planning our next trip.
It can be difficult to find vegan options in small seaside towns such as Whitby, as they are usually renowned for their seafood.
However, you needn’t worry. We have visited Whitby numerous times now and have never gone hungry.
Keep reading to discover our favourite vegan restaurants in Whitby, we think you might be surprised!
Robertson's Chips Away
Looking for a vegan friendly fish and chip shop? You’re in luck. Whitby is home to one of the few fish and chip shops on the Yorkshire Coast that have a separate vegan menu.
Robertson’s Chips Away has lots of tempting options. We chose the pea fritter with chips and mushy peas (yes, this was a lot of peas) and the battered veggie sausage with chips and mushy peas.
Note: Most fish and chip shops fry their chips in beef dripping. Be sure to find somewhere that uses a separate fryer for chips and other vegan items.
Because Robertson’s is a take away, you will need to find a quiet spot to sit and enjoy your meal. We chose to walk to a small green at the bottom of Khyber Pass. This grassy area had great views and was the perfect spot to avoid the crowds AND the seagulls. You really need to watch out for the seagulls, they will steal your lunch quicker than you can blink.
Both of our meals were utterly delicious and we would highly recommend them!
Sprinkles Ice Cream Parlour
Vegan friendly chip shop AND vegan ice cream? Yes! You can have the complete British seaside experience.
When we popped into this ice cream parlour, we were pleasantly surprised by the amount of vegan flavours they had on offer. We chose tiramisu, chocolate orange, salted caramel and peanut chip.
Because this delightful parlour is located close to the harbour, you can take in the sea views with your ice cream in hand.
If you are anything like us, a day filled with sight-seeing requires regular rest stops! If you are looking for a café that serves plant milk then head to Clara’s. Clara’s is located on West Cliff, close to Captain Cook’s Memorial. There plenty of benches nearby, all with spectacular sea views.
We really enjoyed our refuel here. Had we not visited for the coffee then we probably wouldn’t have seen the town and harbour from this perspective.
Sherlocks Coffee House
Local vegan Facebook groups report that you are able to order vegan coffee, cakes and brunches here.
Unfortunately they didn't have any tables available on the day we tried to visit, although they did confirm they had vegan cake and a couple of savoury options too.
Sanders Yard Bistro
With indoor and outdoor seating AND multiple options for anytime of day, Sanders Yard is a must visit on your trip to Whitby.
Proper Pasty Co
If you're in need of a quick snack, then look no further than the Proper Pasty Co. We picked up a delicious Mediterranean vegetable pasty.
For a more formal dining experience, head to Albert’s Eatery for dishes such as puy lentil stew, gnocchi and linguine. The menu can be found by clicking here.
Goathland Tea Rooms
If you don't mind venturing further afield, we would highly recommend that you visit Goathland. Only 9 miles from Whitby, Goathland is a charming and unique little village and has a tea room which serves up delicious vegan food.
Although the choice is slightly limited, we have always been more than pleased with what this small establishment has to offer.
Top tip: You HAVE to try their vegan scones!
And as always, be sure to check the Happy Cow app for more recommendations in the local area.
The Best Things to do in Whitby
Planning your next trip? Check out our blog post on the best things to see and do in Whitby.
So, you’re thinking about visiting Whitby? We’re not surprised. Whitby is a wonderful, historic seaside town on the east coast of Yorkshire, surrounded by the idyllic countryside of the North York Moors National Park.