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Real Whitby Lists – Pubs In Whitby.

Whitby has many great pubs. Young, old, trendy, traditional, Folkie or Goth, there’s something for everyone here. This page is dedicated to the public houses in Whitby.

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Pubs In Whitby

The Granby – Not on the main circuit, but a great pub non the less. Suited more to locals and people staying in the guest houses and holiday accommodation of the west cliff. I haven’t been into this pub for several years, but living just around the corner I can tell you it’s packed every night when I pass. The Granby used to do half decent food but I haven’t heard any reports on this front, good or bad, for quite some time. If you have any information to share on The Granby then please use the comments area at the bottom of this page.

The Resolution –  (Was The Working Men’s Club) – A Whitby pub with a long and extensive history. Initially the local Working Men’s Club this building was refurbished in the 90’s from when it became The Resolution. Initially it gained a high regard for great bar meals, with large portions at favorable prices. The Rseo lost its reputation through the early part of the new milenium, however it was still popular for local live bands on a Friday evening. The Resolution has recently come under new management (March 2012), and undergone extensive refurbishment. Can the Reso regain the reputation it once had ? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

The Elsinore – I havent been in here for over 20 years, so cant really say anything about The Elsinore. Certainly very popular with the Goths.

The Little Angel – Again, this pub is on the outskirts of the town’s main pubs. However that has never put off many people who have made The Little A their local. This pub has something for everyone and the landlord and landlady are amongst the most welcoming you will find in Whitby. The Little Angel has Sky Sports 3D and shows all the main sporting events including premiership football. The atmosphere for the Sunday football is always good and free food is often on offer in the both bars. The pub runs a successful open mic night every second Monday with many talented individuals coming to play music from various genres. The food menu here is excellent and very well priced. This pub is always busy and has a great friendly atmosphere. Excellent beers and lagers, and the prices are amongst the best in town. There is also a loyalty scheme offering free drinks for regular customers. Keep upto date with all the happenings at The Little Angel Facebook Page – Here.

The Golden Lion – Quaint, quirky little pub at the bottom of Golden Lion bank. Small but friendly with a nice atmosphere. The unusual tables in the front room, decorated with old pennies are of novelty value. This pub can be quiet, but is on the main route for the weekend crew, so it can get busy mid evening on a Friday and Saturday.

The Buck – Right in the middle of the main route for the weekend drinkers. Gets very busy 9-11pm on Weekends, and also attracts tourist drinkers throughout the day in summer. Good for football, and the back room has nice seating where you can relax to enjoy the games on a large screen. The pub has that satellite system which shows games not always shown on sky. This is good if you want to watch matches on a Saturday afternoon, however the commentary is often in a foreign language. The Buck has a very popular Karaoke session on a Friday and Saturday evening. Real Whitby says this pub is well worth a visit.

The Jolly Sailors – Definitely a local’s pub. Sometimes they even lock the doors on a Saturday night, which we found rather strange. That said there’s some great local characters who drink in here and if you want a taste of Real Whitby then add this pub to your list.

The Star Inn – One of the best pubs in town. Beautiful friendly staff, amazing duke box, Liam’s disco, cheap pool table, and live bands. The Star gets very busy around 9-12pm on weekends as it is on the main route for the weekend drinkers. We can’t say enough good things about this pub, be there or be square.

The Ship Inn – A local pub, my personal favourite. Frequented by the local fishermen and towns folk. Small but friendly.what more could you want.

The Fishermen’s Club – Large members only pub / club. Cheap drinks, bingo, upstairs discos and live acts on a weekend. Upstairs on a Saturday night always reminds me of a Pheonix Nights theme night, the only thing missing is Max And Paddy on the door (but if you visit Beez bar youll find the famous bouncers there). The Fishermens has always been popular with the locals but recent increases in drink prices across the town has led The Fishermens to become popular with younger drinkers too. They come here for cheap drinks before heading uptown to hang out in some of the trendier, yet more expensive bars. If you’re a little older than the clientele in some of the towns trendy pubs, the fishermen’s is well worth a visit as the elderly drinkers here will make you feel youthful once again. The pub has been named “Death Row” by some towns-folk given the average age of the clientele here being in the OAP category.

The Pier Inn – Large pub on the towns busy pier road. Nice beer garden/terrace out front where you can sit on a nice day and enjoy a pint or 2. Often has good live music, especially on a Friday night. Avoid like the plague on evening throughout Regatta weekend as theirs always fights in this area.

Bar 7 – Red And Green Neon Lights, Cocktails, No Bitter, and masses of high maintenance girls. Maybe your idea of heaven. Personally I would rather extract my own eyeballs with a spoon.

The Black Swan – Decent pub run by a local family. The black swan gets busy on weekends and is popular with all age groups on a Friday, Saturday And Sunday evening. Busiest around 10pm. Often has a decent local live act playing on Sunday nights.

The Plough on Baxtergate – This was once my favourite pub. In recent times, Sam Smiths policy of no music have made for quite a sterile environment. If you like peace and quiet then this may be the place for you. Personally I now avoid what was once a fantastic vibrant Whitby pub.

The Wellington (Welli) – Very popular local public house. This pub has recently come under the ownership of Richard Natrass with Stormy Coulsen as manager. The pub has been revitalised and is packed solid every night of the weekend. Quite possibly the busiest weekend pub in Whitby, with excellent music till late. This place is rocking.

Beez Bar – Serves coffee through the day, as well as alcoholic drinks. At night Beez mutates into one of the busiest pubs in town. At present Beez is the only pub open until 3am. Friday and Saturday nights are very busy. Saturday is very popular with younger drinkers and this place can become quite claustrophobic. Thursday night is cheap drinks night and well worth a visit.

The inauspicious door staff can make the place a little unfriendly on a weekend, and you often get that feel of “if your face dont fit ……”

I once spoke to the landlord who told me he was amazed at how many pairs of Women’s knickers he had found in the toilets over the years.

“How on earth can they leave, not realising that they have no knickers on, and worst still, why on earth have they taken them off in the first place” he said.

Rosie Ogrady’s George Hotel – My favourite place for a late night drink. Friendly bar staff who all have the look of a sultry librarian. Large spacious pub and much more refined than Beez bar. Rosies shuts at 2pm on weekends, so if you want a later drink then sadly its Beez or the overly priced Raw nightclub which still charges full entrance fee upto half an hour before closing time. Downstairs disco on weekends and a decent cheap carvery on a Sunday lunchtime. Friday nights wouldn’t be the same without a visit to Rosies.

The Station Inn – A popular pub for the beer connoisseur. Serves various guest beers. This pub has a large number of locals and is one of the more popular pubs in the town center. Landlords Colin And Andrew have certainly sexed up this popular pub in the last couple of years and the locals flock here en mass most nights of the week. The bar staff are attractive with a great sense of humour in this friendly Whitby pub. Live music most nights and very popular during the annual folk week at Whitby. Real Whitby rating 11/10

The Dolphin – A pub that’s never made the best of its great potential. Currently looks like someones living room when you look in. To Big and too bright. Since new owners took the pub in late 2012 the locals have felt less than welcome and have even started a Facebook page called “Never drink in the Dolphin again” Read The Page Here.

The Oak Tree, Formally The Fairmead Labour Club – Once great pub, now demolished and replaced with houses. Have you any pictures or stories ? Then please send them to realwhitby@gmail.com

The Bottom House – Another Whitby Pub now shut. Will it ever return ?

The Middle Earth – Very popular with its locals. Named after Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings. A little out of the way for most Whitby drinkers. Well worth a visit on a summers evening when you can sit outside and enjoy the sun from this west facing pub.

The Fleece – Usually the first call for Eastsiders heading into town for a night out. Recently taken over by Richard Natress who also runs : The Little Angel, Raw Nightclub and The Plough At Sleights. Fantastic hidden beer balcony looking over the Esk.

The Endeavour – A locals pub, very popular with Folkies. Serves really strong cider and the best pork scratchings in the world.

The Black Horse – Its a close call as to which is the smallest pub in Whitby. The Golden Lion is small but the Black Horse may just take the title. Having said that, I love it. If your drinking on the eastside, then dont pass by without calling in for at least a pint and some amazing spicy peanuts. Free Wifi is a bonus.

The Board Inn – The first time I walked in here it was like walking into the Slaughtered Lamb on American Wear Wolf In London. The door slid open, there was silence, and all the locals looked at me whilst thinking, Who is this person from the west side. Thankfully times have changed, the pub is now a must if your in the area. Has won a good reputation for food. Nice views over the harbour. Live Music some Friday evenings.

The Duke Of York – A popular family orientated pub. Great food although a touch expensive. Some of the best views of the lower harbour. Has fought hard to keep out the noisy groups of stag and hen parties who come to Whitby.

The Shambles (Described By Helen Hutchinson) – Good for lots of men who come in groups and probably won’t talk to you. Feels like your in Leeds, or ‘somewhere big’. Also for watching people who’ve had too much to drink trying to get off the sofa’s.

First Inn Last Out – The First In Last Out is a small friendly country style pub set off the beaten track. A local community pub, close to the Caravan Parks, and only five minutes away from the main train station by foot, therefore FILO can serve the holiday maker as well as the community and its dog friendly. There is a small beer garden on site so it’s a lovely place to have a quiet drink in the summer months. In the bar there are a number of Televisions and Big Screen showing Sky & BT Sporting events. Quiz Night on a Wednesday, Karaoke every first Friday of the month as well as an open Folk Session every Saturday night. FILO has a relaxed atmosphere in a comfortable environment were customers can enjoy a quiet drink in the company of friends, why not call in you may also become one of the regulars. Recently Refurbished to an excellent standard.

The Stakesby Arms – This was once a fantastic pub. The back snug was always full of mavericks and misfits, where the sign above the bar read – “Welcome To The Cuckoo’s Nest”. And what a cuckoos nest it was. The pub has recently come under new ownership and has been given a whole new lease of life. This pub has one of the most beautiful barmaids in Whitby, its worth the trip for this alone. The food is to die for and everyone is always welcome. The pub has one of the largest games rooms in the town and the Beer is also the cheapest we can find with a quality pint available at under £2.50 (2013 prices). Sky sports with most sporting events including some in the early hours. This pub is amazing at the moment.

The White House – Another pub that’s had more owners in recent times than you can shake a stick at. I ate here a couple of weeks ago, the food was good, the portions wern’t to big but that left room for sweet, which was a fantastic chocolate brownie. Nice spacious pub with a great beer garden overlooking the golf course. Well worth a look.

The Bridge At Ruswarp – Haven’t heard much about this place since Roger Turton left a few years ago. The pub certainly has a cosy feel to it and is frequented by some rather unique locals. I would say, well worth a look if your in the area.

The Salmon Leap At Slieghts – Probably the most uninspiring pub I ever entered. No atmosphere at all and a miserable landlord. The one saving grace is the pictures of Salmon leaping at the weir. I love fishing.

The Plough at Slieghts – This pub is renowned locally for its quality bar meals. Most of the Sleights locals drink here which is a clear endorsement of the establishment. Recently taken over by local businessman Richard Natress who seems to have the knack of making a success of all the pubs he becomes involved with.

The Beehive At Newholme – Quant little pub in the village of Newholme. Seems to have no set opening hours or opening days for that matter. However the food here is excellent so well worth booking a table and visiting a lovely pub in a beautiful village.

The Beach Hotel Sandsend – One of my favourites, but this is a pub of acquired taste. The landlord, Graham (Rigsby to his friends) has a very strange sense of humour, you either get him, or you don’t. Hes a bit like marmite in that sense. This is a pub you will either love or hate. We love it, and visit whenever were in Sandsend. A nice pint and a bag of Uncle Albert’s crisps. Our kayak fishing outings wouldn’t be the same without a pint here after an evening on the water.

The Hart in Sandsend – Renowned for its quality bar meals at generous prices. The downstairs bar is small and soon gets full so either book or get there early. Its great in winter when the fire is roaring and the pub buzzing with atmosphere. On the downside, the upstairs restaurant is dull and lifeless, and the landlord certainly never graduated from his time in charm school. That said the locals tell me he’s better for knowing, but on two seperate occasions I visited and asked for a table, his reply was a surly “were full”, said with an expressionless face and no hint of manners. I assume he was having a bad day or the pub wouldn’t be as successful as it has become.

The Huntsman At Aislaby – Sadly shut down in 2010 and no sign of reopening at present. This was an excellent village pub made very popular by local chef Garry Mutrey who became locally famous for his amazing bar meals. We have recently been told that the buildings latest owner is trying to turn the pub into a house or flats. We hope this isnt allowed to happen as this was a great community pub and is a great loss to the local community who loved this place.

The Stiddy Inn At Lythe – Sorry but I cant tell you much about The Stiddy Inn. Its a long time since I’ve been in here. Only thing I know is they run a successful domino drive which supports local charities and sports clubs. Do you drink here ?? We would love to hear what you think, so please let us know by using the comments section at the bottom of this page.

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  1. Your right about the door staff in Beez. Terrible is the word. Shouldn’t be aloud.

  2. Tanya Stephenson

    Yes it is like death row in the fishermens. Waiting for god. Hahaha

  3. Always call in to the Duke of york when on holiday in Whitby its friendly, food is nice and has great views of the river Esk.

  4. Have sampled nearly all the pubs in Whitby 😀 (mostly in day-time, as tourist) & there isn’t 1 I didn’t like – Buck Inn landlord especially friendly & helpful to customers. Hope the Bottom House gets resurrected; not much sadder sight than a shut-down pub. Hope they do a good/historically sympathetic job on the Angel

  5. We love the plough at slieghts. and yes your right, Richard does make a success of all his pubs.

  6. The Reso is certainly a top venue for local live music. I also like the vault but its well hidden and hard to find.

  7. I agree about The Ship Inn – it’s our favourite too whenever we’re here. Shame there’s no quiz, so we end up at The Board and The Railway for those.

    All three are friendly and accommodating pubs, and welcoming of tourists.

  8. I think that Beez is the only place I would not recommend, the staff are appauling and the door staff are trainned at the Bernard Manning school of charm, I could say more about the place but it would not get published, all I can say is avoid the place.

  9. My favourite is the Shambles,just love sitting out on the balcony come rain or shine and also the Moon & Sixpence a close second yet to try the rest:)

  10. turnedoninpanties

    only the strong will survive when wetherspoons opens..will defo sort out the scroat pubs like the plough/welly/black swan/jollysailors/fleece—NOT before time

  11. Don’t know if any knowing Whitbyite will catch this but 3 of us (elderly but not biased against the young and still like a bit of fun) are coming from Scarborough for at least 1 day on the next Goth weekend in November. As it is not fair on our driver to do a full pub-crawl we just need to choose one or two town centreish pubs for a pint or two (driver – half). As none of us are Whitby literate, which should it be? We are sociable, non-gothic, but broad minded, and like most music or even no music.

  12. The Little Angel and The Elsinore on Flowergate.

  13. Thanks Ron L

  14. The Man In The White Suit

    Elsinore is my favourite , proper potting shed,……..

  15. The Black Horse on Church Street is by far my favourite pub in Whitby. It is, in my opinion, the quintessential British pub, with a snug and a lounge, some great beers and real ales and a somewhat eclectic selection of grub on offer, but by far the best thing about this pub is the conversation. Everyone, it seems, is always willing to share a chat over a drink; staff, locals and tourists alike. So, even when you’re out for a pint on your todd, there’s plenty of good conversation. You can’t beat it!

  16. The Stiddy at Lyth is our number one for food.
    Wendy is a top notch cook.

  17. Yep, Elsinor and Little Angel almost opposite one another on Flowergate followed by the Fleece along lower Church Street with it’s open air balcony overlooking the harbour where the tradional Cobles are moored.

  18. Rumour of The Huntsman, Aislaby being turned into flats was and is ill founded.
    Has re-opened and changed its name to The Forge. Too soon to judge if it gets back to the heights it once reached, but looks good.

  19. Hi John, I’m hearing good things of The Huntsman / Forge. I shall have to pay a visit and rewrite my peace. I am told that planning permission was turned down on the flats which was the owners first intention.

  20. Admin.

    Not what I had heard right from the day it was purchased and would like to believe. Had a meal there last week with my foodie, vegetarian other half and we both thought it was very good.
    They have Black Sheep and are going to have “guest” beers when they settle in.

  21. Hi John, Myself and 3 friends had a meal there on Saturday evening. I had the Gammon which was excellent and good value, a couple of friends had steak which they said was good too. It seems a nice place and well done out. Certainly warm and welcoming.

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  23. Is the new Angel opened yet? – Looking forward to trying it! Maybe, rather than being bad for the other pubs it might be good?; Big/cheap Wetherspoons will contain the Hen/Stag/rowdier clientele at nights while all the quieter drinkers will stay with the other pubs? – Really hope it doesn’t harm the other pubs; I love all of Whitby’s lovely pubs :)

    • Amy – yes, the new Angel is open – “The Angel Hotel”

      Outwardly, it looks like it does actually have a hotel attached! It’s quite modern so the charm of the building has gone.

      Didn’t get chance to try it out, but it appeared to be full each time we were out and about last week.

  24. Hmm. I’m coming up there just for a visit this coming Goth Weekend and was going to try the Huntsman/Forge. But if it’s full of black sheep I don’t think I’ll bother. Don’t even want it full of white sheep……………….Sorry, won’t bother you again.

  25. I’m bothering you again (I lied about that). We came, we saw, we got tired and emotional. Thanks Whitby. 3 pubs stood out for different reasons. The Wetherspoon’s ‘Angel’. O.K. if you just want a drink but very much a typical Wetherspoon’s pub. No real atmosphere so whilst it is an adequate watering hole can’t recommend it for atmosphere. We went in there by accident having seen the ‘Little Angel’ recommended on here. 6 out of 10. The ‘Elsinore’ had a nice friendly atmosphere but, whether the prices had gone up for Gothfest I don’t know, but you’d have to be comfortably heeled to afford to drink a full session there. Worth a visit though. 8 out of 10. Lastly The ‘Little Angel’. Brilliant pub, one of the best I have ever been in in about 50 years of having a drink. Great atmosphere, fast friendly service (it was heaving), good beer and prices and within 5 minutes we were talking to other customers, very unusual in 2013. Music playing (free) but not obtrusive. 11 out of 10. Thanks Whitby, try to be there for the November bash.

  26. Of all the pubs I have to say The Star is by far the best in my opinion. Good quick service by friendly bar staff and the best duke box in town. Love it

  27. Very harsh review on Bar7 in my opinion, probably the best bar in town. They do not have ‘neon’ lights, and they also have John Smiths on tap, wish last time I remember is a bitter. If you want a more lively bar than Harrys, and like drinking with people who don’t just go out to binge and fight, definitely give it a try!

  28. Hi there.

    Friend and I are in town this week and this has proved very useful for our planning, so thanks. Should be able to come up with a good pub crawl for Friday night.

    Does anyone know of a pub quiz we can humiliate ourselves at on Thursday 2nd?


  29. Hello there

    Coming to whitby for a week in March. Any suggestions for dog friendly pubs for food and drink on an evening.


  30. Re the Resolution Hotel. We stayed there for the weekend. Couldn’t fault it from start to finish. Lovely rooms, really friendly staff, great food, great live entertainer and the cellar bar was amazing.

  31. Please visit The Whitby Pub Crawl page on Facebook to visit every pub in town. Really well organised. Every Easter Saturday since 1999
    A great way to see all the Whitby Pubs

  32. the Plough is at Sleights not Slieghts

  33. We try to get to Whitby 2 or 3 times per year, have done for years. Really really sad to see that the Endeavour has closed down (think it belonged to Punch Taverns)! Barman was quite stoic but real nice when you engaged with him- and so proficient at pulling a good pint.
    Agree with most of the other comments. I dont think the new ‘spoons’ will affect the other pubs in town though, one of the most expensive and soulless spoons i have been in.
    Great site BTW

  34. What about Harry’s Bar. I know you have a wonderful photo of a young couple sat outside wrapped in a blanket. Don’t know anything about the bar but I do love that photograph.

  35. Who’s the barmaid at The Stakesby Arms?

  36. Wouldn’t recommend the Elsinore on Flowergate. Whenever I’ve gone in when the old bloke is working there and reading his paper at the end of the bar, it’s as if I am an inconvenience when walking through their door. I’m sure I’ve even heard him omit a deep sigh from his non-smiling mouth! No atmosphere, no smiles, no way I’m going in there again.

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