The Cleveland Tontine

4.1
211 reviews
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£26 to £40
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International
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romance
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
International, Afternoon Tea
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 12:00 - 14:30, 18:30pm - 21:00
Friday - Saturday: 12:00 - 14:30, 18:30 - 21:30
Sunday: 12:00 - 14:30, 18:30 - 21:00
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Phone number
01609 882671
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Private Party Facilities
The large, classically styled, rich red room is our main function area. The dazzling chandelier and decadent décor make it the perfect setting for special events. With its own private bar and lounge, weddings, anniversaries and birthday parties all feel truly individual. The Snug Our fabulous private dining room has a seating capacity of 14 people. A large square table makes The Snug ideal for intimate dinners and parties or small business meetings For any inquires for the rooms above please contact our Events Co Ordinator
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Private Party Contact
Pamela: 01609 882671
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Parking Details
We have a number of car parking spaces available within the grounds of The Cleveland Tontine.
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Public Transit
The Cleveland Tontine is located 8 miles from Northallerton British Rail station
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 211 People Are Saying
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GB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Sunday lunch. Friendly and attentive staff.

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C
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
3 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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PC
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at The Tontine. Food was very good, served hot by very efficient and friendly staff. The dining room itself was really nicely set up with white linen table cloths, napkins and fresh flowers. I am puzzled as to why the restaurant is named "The Bistro" it is definitely a far cry from a bistro, it is much more than that.

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M
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab place, helpful staff , great food, nice atmosphere

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GH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday meal a truly fabulous steak and an astonishingly good chocolate dessert.
It's not cheap to eat here but it is worth every penny

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OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is the 4th Sunday lunch we have enjoyed here in the last 11 months. We have to make a special trip as it’s not a local dining location for us, so it must be good!

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MF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, perfect for our special celebration. Food and surroundings were worth the drive.

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C
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really enjoyed the Sunday lunch here food was amazing Veg was all from their own garden/green house , took my partner for his birthday we were placed next to an original feature fire place was so lovely

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JG
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We had Sunday lunch and the roast vegetables where overcooked to the point of being burnt , the cauliflower was also overcooked the point of being soggy and watery. We had to ask for the yorkshire puddings which were part of the dish. the resteraunt wasn't busey.

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AL
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Rooms excellent and excellent value, food very good, breakfast service excellent, evening bar service as there was no dedicated bar staffing, we had to go to to find a member of staff every time we needed more drinks, including ringing the reception bell, restaurant dinner service had waiting staff, but not attentive / focused on checking to see if we needed anything and again we had of our way to get the attention of waiting staff. Overall the service issues didn't spoil the experience but did get a bit frustrating. Bar staffed and waiting staff scanning the tables for guests needing something would be the final ingredient.

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HK
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Overall the quality of the food was good.
The service left a lot to be desired.
At the prices charged I expect a lot higher quality

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EI
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We took some friends out for a special occasion and so thought the Tontine would be a nice treat. The food was beautifully presented and beautifully cooked. However, I found the menu tailored very much towards the fish and seafood diner and the starters for me, were limiting, not even a soup to choose and so I did without. It was a lovely venue and everyone enjoyed their meals and the staff were very helpful and easily on hand for wine and other drinks. I would definitely recommend the Tontine to friend however I would advise them to check the menu before they came just to make sure it was to their liking.

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GK
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked Tontine for our wedding anniversary. Went a la carte and the food was world class. Service was very effective and me and the wife really enjoyed the whole experience.
Will definitely book again and recommend to friends and family.
Thanks to all at the Tontine as I have kept the Mrs happy for another 12 months.

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m
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Poor service, aggressive bar staff, warm food and the toilets were broken so a very unpleasant aroma all evening. Had notified a birthday celebration and not one person acknowledged the fact
Overall very disappointing and will take my future business elsewhere

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OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Overall we had a lovely meal but the service is not as good as it used to be. We were always made to feel special and welcome; the staff were always very well informed about the menu and wine. However, this is no longer the case.
Although the starter and main were delicious we were rather disappointed with the cheese board. As my partner said “the chef is trying too hard”!
It has not put us off coming back but you need to do better!

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PB
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They've extended the car park since our last visit.

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SP
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I have not been to the Tontine for ten years . The new owners have tidied it all up , from the studied chaos of the previous owners , the food was good ; rabbit terrine was well judged and roasted artichokes full of flavour .so far so good . But the place was half empty and the service , even so, inattentive .No butter with the bread amuse bouche in cups with no saucers (eventually remedied for the table next to us ) and the whole feel of the bistro a bit dated and lacking in atmosphere. On the whole not expensive and good tasty food but something lacking. Not sure I will go back but might in due course as it may have been an off night

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AK
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our visit to the restaurant to celebrate our daughter's graduation at Durham Uni -the experience was brilliant, the food and service likewise. A special mention for a very interesting winelist with many choices which were different from the average without large ticket prices.

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h
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We had Fathers Day Sunday lunch, we had expected it to be a proper restaurant, but it is a bistro.
The menu had a good selection of Sunday lunch items , the food arrived reasonably quickly and we were pleased with our selections.
Our only complaint was that my wife ordered roast beef, it was very good apart from the fact that it sat on a large smear of mustard, she does not like mustard and had to scrape it off. Mustard should be an option !!

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JA
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

How this restaurant does not have a Michelin star I dont know. Beast food for ages excellent service.

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AH
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit and not disappointed, the food was lovely and the staff friendly and professional.

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D
Kent
14 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Splendid as usual. We are always impressed by the attentive star and imaginative menu.

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EM
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my first visit to The Tontine and I had high expectations. On arrival the staff were very friendly and took our drinks order very promptly. There was a good menu selection and I chose to select from the set menu. The starter did take quite a long time to arrive but it was delicious and worth the wait. The main course was equally as tasty. No room for desert!
The restaurant had a relaxing atmosphere and there was well attended for a Tuesday lunchtime.
The only negative I have is that there needs to be better signage to the entrance of The Tontine as it wasn't clear and we overshot meaning we had to go back onto the A19 and back-track around!
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and would return in the future.

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PN
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Evening as always, Libby and her staff really looked after us. The food was sublime, I started with Scallops and had rib eye for main, delicious. Every aspect of the night was spot on, from atmosphere, service and the quality of the food. Thank you again to everyone who looked after us on Saturday night.

Paul

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W
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped in on Sunday evening on our way from Northumberland to Buckinghamshire by car. An excellent meal in very pleasant surroundings. Very good value for money. Cannot recommend The Tontine highly enough. Hope to be able to stay there in the future and check out the breakfasts.

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HB
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

It took 30 mins for someone to take our food order. The portion sizes were small considering the price. Main course was not what was on menu, very disappointed, we didn’t stay for desert.

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