“ Fish and Chips Restaurants in Wetherby, Wakefield, Pudsey and York. „
The Wetherby Whaler is a fish and chip shop/restaurant based in Wetherby, a market town in West Yorkshire. They have been established for about 10 years in Wetherby and have since branched out to places such as Pudsey, Wakefield and York.
The Wetherby Whaler in Wetherby is situated in the centre of town, just opposite the bus station (or just follow the smell and you'll find it!). The place itself is very roomy, with a restaurant upstairs. (I haven't actually been to the restaurant, but my Dad assures me that it's clean, with good service and tasty food. This review, however, is on the fish and chip shop).
There's usually a queue outside the shop, but once you're through the curtain (one of those cool, retro chain-link curtains) there's not a long time to wait before getting served. There are signs up saying that their staff is undergoing training. This sign is always up, but it always needs to be up, as there seems to be a large turnover of staff. This means that there is always a lot of training going on, but it doesn't mean that the service is bad, although at times it's a little slow.
The menu is up on boards above the counter and there's the usual fare: fish, chips, peas, gravy. You get the picture, so I won't go on. Prices are reasonable, with fish, chips and peas for two plus a drink each coming in at about £11.00, but you can also ask for 'scraps', which are free. For the benefit of anyone who's confused at this point, scraps are the bits that are left on the shelves where the fish have been. That might sound disgusting to the uninitiated, but give scraps a whirl, you might be shocked.
As for the taste, these fish and chips are delicious! The chips are cooked perfectly, the fish are a nice size, the peas are the right level of sloppiness and the portion sizes are nice and large (The salt and vinegar is on the counter, so you choose how much to put on). And this isn't just once, this is every time I've been there. Living in Wetherby there isn't much choice to be honest. There's one other chip shop and that's rarely open, plus there's the usual Chinese and Indian takeaway and a pizza shop. Wetherby's not a big town, but even if it were, the fish and chips from the Wetherby Whaler are such that I'd probably choose to go there even if there were ten other choices.
So if you're near Wetherby, Pudsey, York or Wakefield and you're feeling peckish, take a trip to the Wetherby Whaler. You won't come away hungry.
The Wetherby Whaler is a fish and chip restaurant and takeaway which is well known all round the Yorkshire region and further afield in some parts. The original shop in Wetherby is a simple takeaway shop with a small restaurant upstairs. In the last 35 years, the Wetherby Whaler has branched out to Pudsey, Wakefield and York where it has outlets which are more like restaurants and are licensed to serve alcohol.
The reputation of the original Wetherby shop has become so popular that it has become a firm favourite as a stop off point for journeys up and down the A1. Even though it now faces stiff competition within the small town, the Whaler continues to be packed out every weekend.
The quality of the fish and chips is second to none, and can be served with plenty of other options like gravy, curry sauce, battered sausages, burgers and all the other usual suspects.
If you're ever in the area, i would fully recommend you give the Whaler a visit. It's something you can tell the grandkids.
The Wetherby Whaler started in Wetherby over a decade ago and has now got fast food take aways as well as restaurants in various locations including wakefield, pudsey and york.
They serve lovely fish and chips at a reasonable price, they are cooked as is the way 'op north' in beef dripping which to a southener sounds discusting but now i can't eat them any other way.
They have the usual selection of sausages, pies, chickens and peas, curry etc but on the fish side they have 'the whaler' which is a huge fish which i can't see how it is humanly possible for one person alone to eat one but they do time and time again!
The Fish and chips are either wrapped in paper with a layer of greese proof paper inside or more often the case now come in a box. I like to add salt and vinigar when i get in as i am convinced that this cools them down.