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.
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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.
Recommended Local Attractions
- 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
Set in the heart of Whitby, The White Horse & Griffin is the perfect base for weary cyclists to grab a bite and lay their heads after the arduous coast to coast cycle from the West of England. The characterful property abounds in history and is a true haven in the busy seaside town, with exposed timbers, restored cast fireplaces and quirky rooms throughout. With an enviable reputation for locally sourced and freshly cooked food served in a relaxed environment, cyclists can look forward to British Pub Classics with a little fine dining thrown in for good measure – not to mention a local tipple or two to wash it all down.
Tastefully restored to present 10 en suite individually styled guest rooms, all of which are named after famous Whitby ships and their skippers, the Inn perfectly balances comfort with modern touches. Cyclists are warmly welcomed, with on-site bike storage and facilities to wash and dry wet gear, an absolute essential for the inclement British climate!
Popular routes to Whitby include the Sunstrans 165, a 74 mile road route from Barnard Castle. Taking you through the Tees Valley, through the North York Moors and along the hilly Esk Valley before rolling into Whitby. Alternatively, the Cinder Track, a disused railway line from Scarborough to Whitby is around 25 miles long and brilliant for those looking for something a little less daunting!