About Us

About Us

Thank you for dropping by!

A little about us:

We are a Whitby family, who have been serving Fish and Chips in Whitby since 1968. We are passionate about all things Whitby and equally passionate about excellent fish and chips.

Our family business was started by Violet and Dennis Fusco in 1968 at our sister restaurant, Royal Fisheries on Baxtergate, Whitby.

The business was taken from strength to strength by their son, Peter and his wife, Carol, who went on to purchase Quayside in 1999.


Peter and Carol’s four children; Stuart, Adrian, Raymond and Maria all work within the business today. We were delighted to win the coveted ‘Fish and Chip Shop of the Year’ in 2014.

The Fusco Family
The Fusco Family - West Cliff Cafe

Whitby’s Fish and Chip History

Whitby has a rich history as a fishing and sea-faring port; fishing emerged in the middle ages with the herring and whaling fleets and Captain James Cook, one of the most notable explorers of his time, trained at a Whitby shipping firm in 1746 and afterwards charted New Zealand and the Great Barrier Reef of Australia on Whitby built ship, HMB Endeavour.

There is some research to suggest a connection between Whitby and fish and chips and the Anglo-Saxon era (410 – 1066), through the Penny Hedge tradition. Such traditions, Whitby’s long standing affiliation to fishing, seafaring and ship-building and the fact that Whitby is still an active port and seaside town mean that Whitby remains popular for fish and chips as well as experiencing such tradition and heritage in one place.


Our Environment

We only use biodegradable, often compostable, food packaging in our take-away and look for innovative, new ways to reduce the amount of plastic used. We have been encouraging our suppliers to do the same.

We have also made a pledge to the Marine Conservation Society to source fish and seafood sustainably and formally commit to reducing our use of single use plastic throughout the business.

Stuart Fusco

Quayside’s Beach Clean with the MCS (Marine Conservation Society) Stuart and Adrian Fusco getting the next generation of the family involved in cleaning up the beach!

Cleaning the beach - Fuscos of Whitby

We love Whitby

We are so proud to be able to call this little town ‘home.’

Our social pages are filled with lovely views and local activity suggestions.

We provide a webcam on this site so everyone can enjoy uninterrupted views of the harbour, piers and bridge and we have always endeavoured to support local causes where possible, many a float was completed for past Whitby Regattas!

Teaching Freddie Flintoff to fry in the 2014 Whitby Regatta as part of his television programme, ‘Lord of the Fries’ was definitely a regatta highlight for us.

Supporting the ‘Whitby Fish and Ships’ Festival in 2019.
Supporting the ‘Whitby Fish and Ships’ Festival in 2019.
Freddie Flintoff learns to fry
Teaching Freddie Flintoff to fry in the 2014 Whitby Regatta
Mary Berry at Fusco's
Filming with Mary Berry here at Quayside for the 2020 series ‘Simple Comforts’ was an excellent way to reaffirm Whitby’s place on the culinary map!
teaching children in restaurant
Teaching local school children about fish, seafood and sustainability.
We have been longstanding supporters of the Fishermen’s Mission, doing numerous fundraising activities over the years, including Whitby’s infamous Boxing Day Dip with our team