The White Horse & Griffin
87 Church Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4BH
T 01947 604 857
The White Horse & Griffin Hotel and Restaurant is one of the most iconic and charismatic properties on the old East side of Whitby and it perfectly captures the heritage, ambience and essence of this much loved coastal town.
Built in 1681 the White Horse & Griffin was the first coaching inn from Whitby to York and London and was also used as a meeting place for explorers Captain James Cook and William Scoresby who hired and fixed their crews from the building. Set in the heart of Whitby’s historic east side, the White Horse and Griffin is the perfect location from which to explore the town, the coast and surrounding North Yorkshire Moors.
From the beautifully restored central entrance porch with its original decorative panels and the exposed Victorian signage through the cobbled alleyway, the Hotel has separate entrances via stone and rail steps and opens up to four floors within which are 10 en-suite double bedrooms. Each of the rooms and the first floor private dining room are designated by name from well-known Whitby ships and skippers.
Food & Drink
The main restaurant sets a retro tone and transports the visitor to a bygone world of explorers, press gangs and smugglers. Flagged floors, exposed beams and brickwork, old wooden tables, open fires and loads of flickering candles recall the past, but the locally-sourced food is reassuringly modern; the most imaginative menu in town. Head Chef Andrew Pearson and his team serve up great food in a relaxed and unfussy style using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. There is a strong emphasis on fresh seafood.
199 Abbey Steps – 2 mins walk
Whitby Harbour – 2 mins walk
Ghost Walks – 2 mins walk
Captain Cook Museum – 5 mins walk
Dracula Experience Museum – 5 mins walk
Fishing Trips – 5 mins walk
Pleasure boat trips – 5 mins walk
Whitby Abbey – 5 mins walk (up a lot of steps!)
Whitby Museum – 5 mins walk
The Beach – 5 mins walk
North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway – 10 mins walk
RNLI Lifeboat Museum – 10 mins walk
Museum of Victorian Science – 20 mins
Whitby – on the doorstep!
North Yorkshire Moors – 20 mins
Goathland (setting for TVs Heartbeat)– 20 mins
Danby and North Yorks Moors Visitor Centre – 25 mins
All timings denote typical journey time by car, unless specified otherwise.
Bed & Breakfast from £70 – £120 per night
Family rooms and twin room available
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Meet the Chef
Head Chef Andrew Pearson and his team serve up great food in a relaxed and unfussy style using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients from a great array of Whitby’s suppliers.
The Inn has two dining areas, a more formal upstairs dining room for larger groups or special events and the more relaxed bistro downstairs which is in-keeping with the style of food Andrew prepares for his guests.
Out & About
Experience Whitby like you’ve never seen it before – join the man in black on a 75 minute ghost walk to discover the strange and supernatural tales of murder and suspense that shroud the town in mystery, or if scary isn’t your thing take the ‘Heritage town our’ led by the baron who will both inform and amuse. A variety of walking tours are available to book through Whitby walks, and most set off only a few minutes’ walk from The White Horse and Griffin.
The Dracula Experience is a unique tour which guides you through the story of how Dracula arrived in Whitby and came to be one of the most feared beings of history. Through the use of animated scenes, electronic special effects and live actors, it is an eerie, spine chilling and gripping show that may leave you spooked!
Whitby Coastal Cruises are an excellent way to see Whitby in a way you’ve never seen it before… from the sea! Choose to take a trip along the Yorkshire coast to the picturesque fishing village of Staithes, which includes an hour ashore to explore the quaint fishing village, or alternatively take the popular evening sunset cruise and watch as the sun disappears into the rolling waves of the sea, turning the sky into a canvas of brilliant orange and red. You can also set out into the North Sea on a whale watching trip in hope of catching a glimpse of humpback whales, dolphins as well as seals.
Immerse yourself in the 13th-Century gothic splendour and roam the ruins of the beautiful Whitby Abbey, one of the most celebrated and iconic sights of North Yorkshire. Uncover years of history, amazing views and a packed events programme, just a short climb away from the picturesque centre of Whitby.
Why not get out in the fresh Yorkshire air and try the ‘White Horse Walk’, from Sutton Bank National Park Centre to the famous turf-cut hillside landmark, the White Horse of Kilburn. The 3 mile route follows the dramatic escarpment edge for magnificent views, then drops down on woodland paths beneath the cliffs before climbing back up beside the horse itself.
Four of the rooms at the White Horse & Griffin are dog friendly and up to two small dogs can stay at a cost of £10 per dog, per stay.
Your pooch will be provided with a comfortable dog bed and the essential poo bags are also available! Be transported back to the time of smugglers and seafaring folk as you and your four-legged friend enjoy the bar, with its excellent menu, or relax in the Residents Lounge.
Although dogs are not allowed on the south end of the beach, on the east side is the smaller Tate Hill, a sheltered sandy beach that allows dogs all year round. Nearby Staithes and Robin Hoods Bay are delightful and have beaches where dogs are allowed all year.
The Great Inns of Britain will set to complete a gruelling 325km cycling route across three days to raise money for St Gemma’s Hospice Charity.
The White Horse and Griffin in Whitby are delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Ransome to the position of General Manager.
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