Built in 1681, and the first coaching inn from Whitby to York and London, The White Horse & Griffin, Whitby this month joins the Great Inns of Britain.
Situated in the heart of Whitby’s old town, just a stone’s throw from the foot of the famous 199 Abbey Steps, The White Horse & Griffin re-launched last year, following an extensive refurbishment programme. Charles Dickens famously stayed at the inn, which was also used as a meeting place for explorers Captain James Cook and William Scoresby who hired and fixed their crews from the building.
Ed Henebury, Owner of The White Horse & Griffin says:
“We’re delighted to be joining The Great Inns of Britain. It is an organisation whose values and standards we share whole-heartedly. The concept of sharing ideas and best practice whilst maintaining the character and individuality of each of the member inns is of enormous benefit to guest and innkeeper alike. We are delighted to have joined the association, membership of which is by invitation of the current members and we’re looking forward to working with the other Great Inns’ Inn Keepers. Whilst times may have changed, there has always been a place for high quality, historic, independent inns which pride themselves on the quality of not just their food, drink and accommodation, but also their hospitality – a scarce commodity in larger multiples and chain hotels.”
Simon Heaton, Chair of The Great Inns of Britain commented:
“The second new member to join The Great Inns of Britain in 2014, we’re delighted that our membership continues to grow. The inn is absolutely ‘in’ at the moment, with pubs continually beating restaurants to the top places in the top guides. Here at Great Inns we have always feted excellent food and excellent accommodation in an informal and friendly setting. The White Horse and Griffin embodies those principles and we are thrilled that they accepted our invite to join.”
Located in the heart of Whitby’s historic old town, each of the rooms and the first floor private dining room are designated by name from well-known Whitby ships and skippers. All of the 10 double bedrooms are individual, have bags of character and are decorated in a simple, traditional style, with an emphasis placed on comfort.
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