Visitors who use the review site Trip Advisor have voted three of Filey’s eateries in the top twenty of the county’s best places to eat. Tommy’s features eighth on TripAdvisor and has 120 reviews – a whopping 117 of them are five stars. The Lighthouse Tearoom on Belle Vue Street came in an impressive thirteenth and the Boat Shed on Murray Street featured at number twenty.
The Lighthouse was awarded 504 five stars from 588 reviews. The Boathouse received 211 five stars from 229 reviews. Of course, online reviews are just a guide, there are plenty of establishments that have received vindictive reviews, but the overwhelming results tell a story.
It represents quite a coup for the town, with the summer season now in full swing it seems that the town is attracting a reputation for top-class eateries. Filey is already famous for its fish and chips shops, notably Ingham’s, with some visitors travelling miles simply to eat their chips overlooking the bay. The Food Festival is now an established part of the calendar. The town also boats a couple of high-end restaurants, with the White Lodge in particular building a reputation that will undoubtedly place it in the same bracket at places like the Talbot at Malton and the Pipe and Glass at Beverley.
Malton has successfully branded itself as ‘Yorkshire’s Food Capital’, we look forward to our tourism chiefs planning a new strategy for our town. The need to drive Filey further upmarket is obvious to all. Recent developments such as the opening of the excellent Glasshouse, the completion of high-quality apartments on Belle Vue Street and booming property prices point to a bright future for Filey.