One of our favourite places to eat in Whitby is Humble Pie ‘n’ Mash, which as the name suggests is a pie and mash shop. We discovered this a few years ago and it has become a family tradition to pop in for a pie after climbing the dangerously numbers of 199 steps up to Whitby Abbey. Yup 199. This place is a real gem, a family business and a must visit after an exhausting day next to the sea. The building itself is a timber framed medieval building with a beautiful inglenook fireplace and a swathe of ephemera, vintage bits and bobs and a cosy decor. Plonk yourself down at a gingham tablecloth-ed table and you’ll be served drinks in an instant whilst you get a choice to have a look at the menu. The pies are so good, I don’t think any of us have ever looked at anything else on the menu. For £5.99 you can get a pie of your choice, mashed potato, peas and gravy which I think you’ll agree is terrific value for eating out.
All the pies are made daily with the best local ingredients (the meat comes from only 2 miles away!) and are served with good fried mash potato and traditional thick gravy and a mountain of garden peas all served in a traditional tin pie plate. Between us all, over the last few years, we’ve tried each and every pie. My favourites are the black pudding and the steak but they’re all good. The pastry is perfectly light but thick enough to fill you up and the fillings are always plentiful and delicious. Oh the mash, the mash is good, good, good and mash is my thing. You’re guaranteed a warm me welcome from the staff who are filled with wonderful recommendations for the local area and tips for where to visit. If you walk past and it looks busy worry ye not because there’s usually a table to spare upstairs. Luckily for us Humble Pie ‘n’ Mash is a dog friendly establishment (although they’re not allowed upstairs, so if you yourself aren’t dog friendly don’t worry) so Jarvis loves to curl up on the floor near the fire, hoping for scraps and dreaming of the thick cut steak filling our pies. We had a deliciously Enid Blyton-ish meal, complete with glasses of lemonade and apple jam roly poly before sloping off home to sleep it all off in front of a film.