The Cleveland Tontine

4.3
235 reviews
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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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PE
Essex
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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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MM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very welcoming, good service, super food, reasonable prices, friendly and lovely environment. We shall come again!

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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
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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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C
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, fabulous food, great attention to detail and our waiter was outstanding.

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CS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always. Service is superb and quality of food amazing.

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b
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good meal, food quality top notch, good value for money.

Only complaint was dining room was cold, coal fire was ok but did not warm dining room up, needed radiators on to provide a nice warm atmosphere.

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R
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Lovely presented dishes, although portions very small. Taste of food is good. Looking at price-quality it is too expensive. Also asked for the Market menu, but said they didn't serve it?

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PR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and attentive service. The staff were excellent and throughly enjoyed our experience celebrating my daughters 18th birthday

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AE
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit to The Cleveland Tontine and it certainly met our expectations.
From being met at reception to finalising the bill at the end it was a lovely evening.
The food was fabulous and staff took the time to explain dishes and engage in conversation with us.
This will certainly be a place we visit again both together and with extended family and are looking forward to the festive season menus.
Our thanks goes out to everyone who made the experience memorable.

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HH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing menu , couldn’t fault the food one bit and the service was outstanding

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JH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Had Sunday lunch, beef was amazing but the gravy let the full thing down it tasted horrible. The veg and roasties were also great.

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MB
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A cut above the other provenance inns chain of gastropubs TheTontine is beginning to regain former glories. Very good food nicely presented and attentive staff. Excellent Sunday lunch easy parking and modestly priced

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B
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice food and building. Noise from the A19 seems to have reduced with the addition of fence panels since the last time I was here. The close proximity of tables to each other (or just noisy diners?) spoils for me what would be an excellent dining experience.
p.s. more vegetarian/vegan options please

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R
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely Great food and outstanding service service. Probably a bit too pricey but definitely worth it for a night out for a special occasion.

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OT
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overpriced for the quality of the food.

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D
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Poor service began with the waitress pouring the wine all over the table. No apology, and only a feeble attempt to wipe it up. Poorly dressed staff didn't do the surroundings justice. I was supprised to be led down a narrow staircase to our table. I'm not sure if this was even the main restaurant. Our table for two was sandwiched between two other tables, leg room was minimal. Conversations on the other tables was a distraction due to the close proximity of the tables. The food was average from a restraunt this standard. Overall disappointed as I had heard so much praise over the years.

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RH
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

I had dined here a few months ago and had the most incredible steak, probably the best I had ever tasted. Returning on Friday 21 September for my wife's birthday, I ordered the steak again. As before, it was a rib eye, which is among my favourite cuts. This one, however was full of grizzle and sinew. When asked about the meal, the waiter could see I was struggling to get through it. He said it was a characteristic of the meat and although offered another steak, I left it at that, not wanting to make a scene. I am mad with myself for not challenging his comment, because I enjoy fat in a rib eye, but this was definitely not fat.
Although my wife's chicken was cooked to perfection, the downside is I will not be returning.

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DS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Overall a very good experience, the food was very good and great value for money. The reason for not outstanding is the level of service. The greeting was excellent and we were shown to our table very quickly, given a wine list and a menu but then............ a bit of a wait. Again when I asked for the bill it took some time for it to appear.
Having said that I would definitely recommend the Cleveland Tontine for an everyday dining experience or even a special occasion. So much so in fact that we are going to book a night at the hotel so we can both enjoy the experience and explore the surrounding area.

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