The Birch Hall Inn – Beck Hole

Probably the smallest pub you’ve ever seen… just two bars with a sweet shop in the middle where time has stood still for generations.
They serve hand pulled cask beer, a simple menu of hot drinks, butties & pies, home-baked scones and try their famous beer-cake. Well worth a visit.

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The Mallyan Spout Hotel – Goathland

The Bar is the true heart of The Mallyan – spilling out into their wonderful relaxing lounge areas. In the winter you can sit in front of a roaring log fire with a pint of real ale, a coffee with a little something added or one of their renowned home made desserts. In warmer months try a fresh cocktail, a glass of something sparkly or indeed a Pimm’s heading out onto the lawn. To wind down your day – you can also dine at the Mallyan, the bar has a large selection of top quality locally sourced ingrediants to give you a fantastic quality bar meal. If you would prefer something a little more fancy then we would recommend their restaurant.

Our Favourite places to eat

  • Mallyan Spout Hotel, Goathland, superb food, visit the bar and relax in the lounge areas, or dine at the Mallyan and let the welcoming staff tender to your every need!
  • The Wheatsheaf Inn, Egton, a North York Moors village with wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. The Inn dates back to the 19th Century where it was the centre of village life; and it still is today!
  • The Black Bull, Ugthorpe, Whitby Gazette rural pub of the year, serving good food and a wide selection of drinks every Wednesday til Sunday 1200-1400 and every evening 1800 onwards.
  • Horseshoe Inn, Levisham, sit outside on the village green for a good pub lunch, looking down the stone-built village with the added bonus of hearing the toot of a steam train
  • The Stables at Cross Butts, Whitby, Located on the outskirts of whitby, our restaurant has many varied areas and cosy corners; from our unique ‘Stable Restaurant’ which offers many features from flagstone floors and open beams to our beautiful stained glass entrance. There is an original working range which adds warmth and glow from the flames on the winter evenings.
  • Spice 4 U, Pickering, Welcome to the award winning Spice 4 U Indian restaurant and take away, where our aim is to provide you with lavish authentic Indian Cuisine and a fine dining experience. Located in the North Yorkshire Moors market town of Pickering, we are a family owned business, established in 2002. We have a passion for excellence and an enviable reputation for being one of the best-loved and most popular Indian restaurant and take away in Ryedale.
  • Moutreys, Whitby, Welcome to Moutreys Restaurant in Whitby, we offer a fantastic choice of freshly prepared food, cooked in our open kitchen with its fantastic wood fired oven. Our menu has a great selection of homely Italian cuisine, fresh pizzas and pastas, great meat dishes and freshly caught seafood. Our food is cooked from only the finest ingredients and we always use local ingredients where possible.
  • Harry’s Bar, Whitby, A food lover’s paradise… to give, to keep, to share in the beautiful picturesque town of Whitby. Harrys was born on 2008 through a love of food and people, and has gradually grown into all that it is today – a fabulous mixture of Cafe, Restaurant & Cocktail bar in the heart of historic Whitby. You will discover we have something special to offer everyone and look forward to welcoming you to share the experience…
  • Trenchers, Whitby, Established in 1980, Trenchers seafood restaurant in Whitby is well known throughout the North of England for its traditional menu of fish and chips and many other seafood delights served all day throughout the year. Serving fish of the finest quality, which is hand prepared on site and cooked fresh to order the Yorkshire way in traditional beef dripping. We also pride ourselves in serving fresh salmon, crab and of course mouth-watering Whitby scampi. A restaurant favourite is the delicious steak pie and not forgetting the very popular homemade Trenchers fish pie and appetizing fresh crisp salads. There is also a variety of children’s meals to excite the younger taste buds.
  • Queens Head Cantonese Restaurant, Near Malton, This is a very comfortable and authentic Cantonese restaurant with a capacity of around 80, it is ideal for both the party booking or with the bamboo partition screens in place a perfect setting for an intimate meal for two. Open every day between 5.00pm and 11.00pm the restaurant’s three qualified chefs use the freshest locally sourced ingredients to create the finest Cantonese cuisine imaginable.

Michelin Stars

  • The Black Swan at Oldstead (3 AA Rosettes), pub and restaurant with rooms run by the Banks family who have lived and farmed at Oldstead Grange for generations, and the menu reflects this passion. The emphasis is very much on relaxed dining, there are no airs and graces here. James manages front-of-house while Tommy, his younger brother, is chef. Elegant interiors with antique furniture and cosy downstairs bar with that all important log fire, stone flagged floor and Mousey Thompson oak fittings. Renowned for its refined classical dishes with innovative twists, there’s imaginative vegetarian food too, including a tasting menu option.
  • The Star Inn, Harome (2 AA Rosettes and Good Food Guide), with Andrew Pern at the helm, this quaint thatched inn just outside Helmsley is renowned for its great food and excellent local sourcing from the moors and the sea.

AA Rosettes

  • Black Swan Hotel, Helmsley (3 AA Rosettes), 15th century coaching inn with hidden walled garden perfect for relaxing over afternoon tea and seasonal restaurant menu
  • Cleveland Tontine (1 AA Rosette), this Grade 1 listed building has recently undergone a major refurbishment; its bistro-style restaurant offers seasonal, locally sourced food, classic French style with a modern English twist
  • Crathorne Hall Hotel, Yarm (2 AA Rosettes), for traditional favourites with a modern twist, think curry foam, beetroot syrup and black pudding puree
  • Estbek House, Sandsend (2 AA Rosettes), for grand sea views, an outside courtyard and menu that reflects the seasons, with plenty of local wild fish and game.
  • Feversham Arms, Helmsley (2 AA Rosettes), fine dining and afternoon tea next to the outdoor pool on summer days is hard to beat
  • Fox & Hounds Country Inn, Sinnington (1 AA Rosette and Good Food Guide), contemporary dining pub, with log burner and emphasis on local suppliers
  • Gisborough Hall (2 AA Rosettes for Chaloner’s Restaurant), historic country house with elegant dining room offering fine dining classics plus a spa; gold Green Tourism Business Scheme award winner
  • The Cliffemount Hotel, Runswick Bay (2 AA Rosettes), specialising in fresh, locally caught seafood, eaten overlooking that sweeping panorama across the Bay; dogs and muddy boots welcome
  • The Hare Inn at Scawton (2 AA Rosettes and Good Food Guide), fine dining in 13th Century Inn oozing with character, real fires and the personal touch alongside exceptional food
  • The Inn at Hawnby (1 AA Rosette), perched at the top of Hawnby, this historic Drovers Inn offers stunning views and seasonal locally sourced menus
  • The Pheasant Hotel, Harome (2 AA Rosettes and Good Food Guide), country breaks at their finest, where the rooms and restaurant are set around a pretty courtyard of fruit trees and a menu that makes full use of foraged wild food
  • The Talbot Hotel (2 AA Rosettes and Good Food Guide), Malton’s flagship venue where the menus reflect Yorkshire’s great larder to perfection
  • The White Swan Inn, Pickering (2 AA Rosettes, Good Food Guide and Good Pub Guide Recommended), roaring log fires, locally sourced rare-breed meat from The Ginger Pig, reared in nearby Levisham and mostly sent down south to their chain of London butchers, luckily for us some of it is served here.

Good Food Guide

  • Fox & Hounds Restaurant, Goldsborough, yes this might be well out of the way but it’s so worth the trip for modern British food done to perfection. It’s tiny too, booking definitely recommended.
  • Golden Lion, Osmotherley, popular and unpretentious 18th century stone inn with simple yet accomplished food
  • Magpie Café has been in the Good Food Guide for 34 years in a row. The menu features up to 15 varieties of fish daily. Eat in for commanding views of the harbour, abbey and St Mary’s church or join the legendary take-away queue
  • The Anvil Inn, Sawdon, 250 year old former forge stylishly converted and offering modern European cuisine, made using Yorkshire produce. Booking essential
  • Woodlands Cafebar, at the entrance of Mulgrave Woods in pretty Sandsend, the outside eating areas here are a delight, the inside surprisingly contemporary, sensational food too.

Good Pub Guide Recommended

  • Birch Hall Inn, Beck Hole, probably the smallest pub you’ve ever seen… just two bars with a sweet shop in the middle where time has stood still for generations.
    They serve hand pulled cask beer, a simple menu of hot drinks, butties & pies, home-baked scones and try their famous beer-cake. Well worth a visit
  • Mallyan Spout Hotel, Goathland, superb food, visit the bar and relax in the lounge areas, or dine at the Mallyan and let the welcoming staff tender to your every need!
  • Carpenters Arms, Felixkirk, nestling beneath the Sutton Bank escarpment is Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub 2013. Part of the award-winning Provenance Inns (Good Pub Guide Pub Group of the Year 2015), a small collection of traditional pubs where local sourcing is at its heart, including a strong emphasis on game, and vegetables straight from the kitchen garden.
  • Durham Ox, Crayke (Provenance Inns), very popular traditional pub with flag stone floors, exposed beams, oak panelling and roaring log fires in winter.
  • Fauconberg Arms, Coxwold, 17th century inn, a proper pub, heavily beamed, flag stone floors, log fires, great food with a contemporary twist
  • Horseshoe Inn, Levisham, sit outside on the village green for a good pub lunch, looking down the stone-built village with the added bonus of hearing the toot of a steam train
  • Laurel Inn, Robin Hood’s Bay, charming unspoilt pub with beams and real fire, no food, the focus is on good real ales
  • New Inn at Cropton, home to The Great Yorkshire Brewery, with many other guest real ales on tap as well as their own
  • The Lion Inn, Blakey Ridge, legendary pub, real fires, beer heaven and large portions of proper pub grub served all day (noon-10pm), with tremendous vistas outside over Rosedale and Farndale. If you want to stay here, it’s on Wainwright’s Coast to Coast and gets booked up well in advance
  • White Swan, Ampleforth, popular village inn serving good pub grub in large portions too plus real ales
  • Wombwell Arms, Wass, originally a granary, this historic inn was built around 1620 probably using stone from nearby Byland Abbey and became an ale house in about 1645. Stone flagged floors, beamed ceilings and a log fire, it ticks all the boxes. Run by Ian and Eunice Walker, food is modern British with a South African twist reflecting Eunice’s roots.

Keeping it local is Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub 2012, the White Horse Farm Inn in Rosedale Abbey, owned by a consortium of locals, and commanding great views across the dale from the beer garden and a cosy bar with log fire inside for winter.

Find out more

To really get a feel for all the great pubs, leave the car behind and take to the Esk Valley Railway with a copy of their Rail Ale Trail (pdf), which details 34 pubs all within a whisker of their station platforms between Battersby and Whitby. We just wouldn’t suggest doing them all in one go…