On the corner of a main shopping street just off the harbour. Quirky, with the kind of almost-outside corridor arrangment that you rarely see these days. Pleasant landlord, decent beer.
Very pleasant pub on the seafront at Sandsend, just outside Whitby, and a welcome, warm break form the snow and sleet. Decent food & beer at a good price, and opposite the bus stop for a bus back to Whitby.
There wasn’t anything that really stood out about this pub (with the exception of a very cheap round, rivalling this one: there must be something about Samuel Smiths), but I liked it. The cheap round helped, of course, but there was a nice atmosphere. No cask I could see, but the lager and cider was decent.
Staithes, near Saltburn-upon-Sea:
A pleasant traditional pub in the pleasant cobbled-street village of Staithes. Very pleasant landlord, decent food, beer, and wine.
A lovely traditional pub, in the centre of town, and a sister pub of The Fleece. An even better beer, wine, and snack choice, and an interior that looks from years gone by, but not in a twee way. Nice staff too, sometimes shared with The Fleece.
Next door to The Board Inn, this hit the mark better for us: cask ale, pretty good food, good atmosphere. The only minus point I found was the reluctance to start up a tab so I could pay by card in one go when we left. Suspect this (and The Board) would get very busy in season. You can stay at this pub, provided you don’t bring a toaster or tea lights (no joke- this is in the leaflet!).
This pub is at the foot of the steps up to the abbey: it looks pretty welcoming and there’s cask ale and food. Inside, it’s a bit dissapointing: a bit tired, and generally ‘could try harder’. By no means a bad pub (and the beer was fine), but there’s better.
A wonderful 1920s-looking (Arts & Crafts?) pub, with a couple of small rooms and a large open area. Good choice of top quality beer, tea & coffee and snacks available, great staff and real fires. The nicest pub we tried in Whitby.
A large, pretty standard town-centre pub: No cask ale, promotion prices on cheap lager, not much atmosphere, slightly chavvy occupants. Not actually dreadful- my Stella was drinkable- but there’s so much better pubs nearby that you’d not want to bother. With less choice around it would be bearable.
As the name suggests, right by the harbour. It’s an attractive, quirky-looking place outside, inside being fairly standard stripped floorboard pu b look. It has some of the feel of a chain pub, but food menus look locally produced, so maybe not. Staff were very friendly, beer good, food good, and prices reasonable, especially considering the location.