With Grimsby’s heritage as one of the most important fishing ports in the world, it would be criminal not to try some of the local fish and chips. But the town has much more than that to offer, with some excellent restaurants offering a wide variety of different styles of European cuisine.
Places to eat in Grimsby
When visiting somewhere like Grimsby, which has such a proud association with the fishing industry, it would be daft not to sample some local fish and chips. You’re spoilt for choice of course, but one of the best has to be Wybers Chippy on the outskirts of the town. No wonder so many customers rave about it – freshly-caught North Sea fish and locally-grown Lincolnshire potatoes make for a perfect combination.
But it would be wrong to think that cod, haddock and mushy peas is all there is in Grimsby. Far from it – the town also has plenty of sophisticated restaurants offering dishes from far and wide. For example, you can’t beat an authentic sourdough pizza, as you’ll find if you eat at Tredici Wood Fired Pizzeria and Bakery. As well as offering conventional toppings, Tredici also has some deliciously unusual ones such as roasted squash, courgette shavings and balsamic glazed figs – plus dessert pizzas featuring melted chocolate and fresh berries or fruit. Another popular Italian is Da Vinci, where the emphasis veers more towards pasta dishes such as their delicious lasagna.
For more European flavours, you could try two more enticing town centre restaurants – Sage or Othello. For a different Mediterranean twist, head to Othello, which has an enviable reputation forged over more than four decades in the town. It specialises in Greek Cypriot cuisine with many of its classic dishes cooked on a traditional open charcoal grill. Sage, on the other hand, is a cosy and quirky venue with the motto “rustic dining” and plenty of choice for vegetarians. Regulars recommend the ratatouille, belly pork and lemon cheesecake but be warned that it doesn’t take card payments so bring some money with you or be prepared to nip to the cashpoint over the road.
And lastly, if you don’t mind a 15-minute drive from our Grimsby hotel, then take a spin out to the nearby village of Holton-le-Clay for the most highly-rated Asian restaurant in the area. Ali's Indian Restaurant isn’t the largest but it prides itself on its generous portions, friendly atmosphere and attentive service. All your balti, tandoori and balti favourites are here plus a wide range of Ali's signature specialities such as the honey-roasted chicken dish modhu murgi.
Tredici Wood Fired Pizzeria and Bakery
Holton-le-Clay also boasts a rather fine café in the Four Candles Tea Room. Fans of the old TV show The Two Ronnies will appreciate the joke in its name (if you’re too young to remember, you need to check out their classic hardware shop sketch!). Four Candles is actually based on an old hardware shop – hence the name – and is very popular with locals, which is always a good sign. It serves sandwiches and other savoury snacks as well as sweet treats and there are also afternoon teas and seasonal specials.
So many towns and cities are dominated these days by large chains that it’s always heartening to see independent local coffee shops thriving. One such is Riverhead Coffee, which has branches in both Grimsby and nearby Cleethorpes. The Grimsby café is centrally situated opposite the bus station. Owner Nic spent years travelling the world soaking up coffee culture and wanted to bring something of that funky urban style to her hometown. As well as top quality coffees, Riverhead has a range of loose leaf teas, artisan sandwiches and also a dedicated children's play area.
Around five miles’ drive from our Grimsby hotel is The Little Teapot in the nearby village of Laceby. Something of a hidden gem, it’s well worth seeking out, with a mouthwatering array of cakes including gluten-free options. Some of the sandwiches are also a cut above the ordinary, such as pork stuffing and apple baguettes.