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Stuart Fusco, Head Chef Quayside

World Dracula Day: 26th May 2017

Quayside in Whitby is certainly famous for its delicious, award winning fish and chips, but it also has another, more historical, claim to fame. The building, which is situated on the pier, opposite the fish market, was once the town library and it’s here where it is said that Bram Stoker gathered his research for his famous novel, Dracula. Looking out of the large windows from the first floor, the views are panoramic over the harbour across to Tate Hill Beach below the East Cliff. This view has often been captured in paintings to accompany the gothic horror novel. The book was published in 1897 and it was here on Tate Hill Beach on the east side of town where the famous character of the vampire Count Dracula was born. The gothic history associated with Whitby has seen the emergence of two annual ‘Goth Weekends’ in the town and is also a cause for celebration of the ‘World Dracula Day’ which is on 26th May 2017.


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