The Cleveland Tontine

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250 Reviews
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£26 to £40
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Worth the Drive
The Cleveland Tontine is something of an institution in beautiful North Yorkshire. With its open fires, eclectic mix of furnishings and fabrics, outstanding service and fantastic food, the Tontine is still 'the' place to eat, drink and stay in this beautiful part of the country. Whether you’re here for a business meeting, bite to eat or a relaxing break our team will ensure you are made most welcome.
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L
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, definitely worth the 2 AA rosettes! Service perfectly balanced, relaxed but attentive

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AH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great Sunday roast with the our family of 4, and they let our dog sit under the table in the lounge, as advertised. Excellent food and excellent, friendly service.

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B
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been wanting to visit The Tontine for over 15 years and it didn’t disappoint!

Amazing staff and service, great food and lovely surroundings.

Would definitely recommend this place and we will be visiting again soon.

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RK
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice food and wonderful attentive staff. Would recommend.

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MB
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I chose to go to the Tontine as I used to go there as a child with my parents and I wanted to show my friend how lovely it is.
We received a warm welcome on arrival and we were seated in the bar area and we ordered drinks. The waiter who saw to us was wonderful. Very polite and helpful, friendly but professional.
We moved into the restaurant and had a table by the window which was lovely and we ordered our lunch. As it was a special occasion we order the Chateaubriand for our main course which was probably the best I have ever had. The starters were also very nice. I had the Smoked Duck with hazelnuts and rhubarb and my friend had the beetroot & fennel risotto. Again the service was perfect.
Our desserts did not disappoint and I had the lemon posset with raspberry coulis and my friend had Affogato which she told me was fabulous.
Having worked in the hospitality business for over 30 years I suppose I am quite picky about where I eat but I have nothing but praise for the Tontine and we will certainly be back soon

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OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place. Excellent service. Unfortunately the main meal was over seasoned with too much salt. I did mention this after my meal and did receive a sorry.

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HC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing from start to finish!! And thank you to Alex, who looked after us.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice Sunday lunch with excellent service. Food was lovely although one of us had a lot of fat on beef. One of us had chicken in forestiere sauce and said it was absolutely delicious. One of us had whitebait starter and it was best he can ever remember having. Lovely ambience in the bistro and you would never know it was so close to a main road. We will definitely return.

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JN
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat out a lot and this is easily our favourite restraunt. The ambience, the food and the service are all excellent.

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s
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasent staff and good ambience . Delicious food.Nothing to be critical of !

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AG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spoiled for choice with the menu, and the set menu was excellent value for money. I had the risotto followed by the sea bass and both were cooked to perfection. Lovely selection of drinks and beautiful atmosphere in the lounge whilst waiting for our table. Staff were very polite and courteous, and made the experience even better

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M
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was lovely, a little on the expensive side but really good quality ingredients however the service could have been better - drinks not topped up, ordered drinks that didn’t arrive and a fairly long wait for mains but maybe a one off as I’m sure they’d had a very busy Sunday service!

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MT
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Sunday lunch I have ever had!! It was perfection!! Staff very polite and pleasant I would definately recommend this wonderful restaurant

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SS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good Sunday lunch....excellent service....apart from Luke warm carrots and parsnips all good

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M
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch and brilliant staff! I had made a specific seating request to make a family member more comfortable and they were brilliant in accommodating this - thank you!

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KK
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We (a party of 6) really enjoyed ourselves. On arrival we would have appreciated an aperitif upstairs in front of the fire in a more relaxing way. The small bar downstairs where we had pre lunch drinks has slippy high leather bar stools alright for youngsters but not so grand for the 60/70+. The food was very good, my whitebait starter was enough with good sized whitebait well cooked. Fish soup very tasty, not thick enough, and i like my fish submerged in the sauce (not placed on top) and served with a thick rouille sauce, grated Gruyere or Parmesan cheese, along with garlic toast or croutons. (traditional Bouillabaisse) For dessert ice cream was yummy. Yes we will go back as a party or a couple. Loved that you didn't get chucked out as we had a few more drinks and a bit of craic.

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PE
Essex
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable Sunday lunch experience. Have been here for around 30 years when staying in North York. New ownership but attentive service excellent & most importantly food to die for

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MB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from the staff and the food was extremely good.

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CH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food for the lunch menu, and very good value. Lovely ambiance in dining room with log fire .

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SC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were both outstanding, the restaurant was very busy which made it a bit noisy however this did not detract from the excellent service

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M
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great staff and excellent food.Cosy by the big fireplace.

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VB
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We thought the place was lovely and the food good, a few things spoilt our evening . Firstly the service was poor and slow we had 2 people in our party waiting for utensils whilst the other two had their food and one person's sweet didn't arrive we had to ask for it. And secondly we had a lovely cup of coffee at the end of our meal but we're not offered a refill. Also it was sad to see so many wilting plants throughout the restaurant area. The head waiter was very good and attentive but unfortunately some of his juniors were less on the ball. Shame.

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DH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very pleasant lunch. Notwithstanding its proximity to the A19 it was nice and quiet in he dining room.
Dave and Sue York

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JS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great large room and bathroom, food was excellent, staff were friendly, excellent customer service.
Will definitely stay and dine there again.

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SM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we like it here, it make the experiance really special, in stead of just a pub/restaurant and the Staff are very friendly, see you soon.

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MW
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing evening for the Burn's night celebration

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PW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All staff were attentive from the minute we walked through the door.The food was excellent and so was the service.

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s
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Wasn't so keen on the location on our approach with it being so close to the A19 but you don't really notice the traffic noise indoors. Very warm welcome, lovely bar area with open fires. Lovely setting for Sunday lunch. Couldn't fault the food and the service was extremely courteous and attentive. Highly recommend

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LM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely venue for afternoon tea on a dull, gloomy January day. Enjoyed it from start to finish.

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PP
London
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always nice ambience and service much improved over last 3 months!

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BH
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

Very disappointed
Lovely setting let down by poor quality of food which is overpriced.
Will not be using this venue again
Poor

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T
Yorkshire
9 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food exceptional,
Although it was quiet being so close after Xmas we were well looked after , seafood starter was excellent followed by a chateaubriand to die for, chocolate indulgence to finish all accompanied by a nice bottle of Chablis.
We will be back.

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CH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service, would definitely come back.

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TT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab food. Exceptional service. Very very impressed with the barman’s knowledge of wine. I told him just what I liked and the wine he recommended was one of the nicest I had in some time. And I’m fussy. Nothing was too much trouble we were looked after from start too finish.

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B
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely surroundings and fantastic staff. The care taken for a guest with an egg allergy was superb. Food, tea, and coffee were delicious.

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JD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and atmosphere and the service is outstanding. Love this place. Always impressed with everything they do.

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JF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food good. Would have appreciated a little more meat for the Sunday lunch main course. Staff extremely welcoming.

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CG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, well looked after, a little disappointed with the seafood starter, most expensive on the menu but very little on the plate. Main was lovely had a great evening overall.

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HM
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Warm welcome, great service, delicious food. Open log fire was a delight.

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GB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Sunday lunch. Friendly and attentive staff.

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