Despite being a playground for the masses from Middlesbrough, Whitby is now a destination area, & this classy bar/brasserie ups the ante. The views across the harbour to the abbey are stunning, & when the lights shimmer across the water, you can pretend for a minute you’re sitting by Lake Garda. Youths with Orlando Bloom good looks mix powerful Champagne cocktails in the casual bar, while the sleek dining room increases the sense of being somewhere a million miles from the North Sea. The menu has a something-for-everyone appeal: share a seafood platter or have seared king scallops with rolled belly pork stuffed with black pudding all to yourself. For mains, fish pie comes topped with cheese & crab mash, Gressingham duck breast is partnered by bubble & squeak, steaks are a good bet, & burgers are finished off with chorizo & Cheddar.