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The Eskdale Castleton, Whitby, Yorkshire

The Eskdale Castleton

4.8
4.8
149 Reviews
£26 to £40
British
The Eskdale is located in the heart of the majestic North York Moors National Park on the banks of the river Esk, a great northern trout and salmon river. Established in 1865 as The Station Hotel it has been in continues use as a public house since then.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 6 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British, Beer Garden
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00–17:00 Sun 12:00–15:00 Dinner Tue–Sat 17:00–20:00
  • Phone number
    01287 669659
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Area
    Scarborough
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Public Transit
    200 yards from Castleton Mor train station
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 149 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

149 Reviews
  1. TomS

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely Sunday lunch with great service and surroundings

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  2. JohnK

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Did originally book in to the dinning room but ended up in the bar. Food and service excellent but a little pricey at over 200 for lunch for 2

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  3. Annie

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    There's a warm friendly welcome here. Menu is impressive, each dish having a variety of quality ingredients. It's unusual to find this calibre of restaurant in such a small village.

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  4. JoyT

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful food and great place. Never disappointed here

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  5. GlennF

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Well thought out tasting menu, beautifully presented and delicious. A lovely venue, small enough to feel intimate, but big enough to produce excellent quality food. The host/staff were helpful and accommodating and did there upmost to make our visit perfect. Well worth a visit

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  6. JohnB

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Welcoming, great food, and lovely staff in the best part of the country, I will be returning

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  7. RoseS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always lovely. Great ambience, dedicated service and delicious food

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  8. MarkF

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb from start to finish. Really impressed with how they accommodated me being plant based. Nothing to fault

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  9. CraigK

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service and incredible food in a fantastic environment. Highly recommend.

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  11. HilaryP

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this place and will continue to frequent it. Thank you to all concerned. Fab experience every time I have been.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favourite places in the world and it just keeps getting better. Incredible food, wonderful warm welcome and the cosiest atmosphere you could wish for. We’ll be back soon!

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  13. Jules

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely meal excellent service . Smart but casual dress . We ate in the restaurant . Although I love dogs was surprised to see one in the restaurant. Yorkshire puddings very hard and dry . But otherwise we had a lovely time.

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  14. Badger

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The meat courses for Sunday lunch are some of the best we have enjoyed in the region. Presentation of the meals was first class and the brisket lined yorkshire puddings are sublime. Recommend this restaurant to one and all!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and service as always, we will be back.

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  16. mjtlee

    London

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 5 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s always a pleasure to walk into The Eskdale where there is a warm welcome coupled with excellent food. The pub is in the food guide books for good reason and in addition to great food, has a broad, accessible and diverse selection of wines and drinks

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  17. Edward

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautifully presented delicious food. Fantastic value for money and friendly, helpful staff. Would highly recommend!

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  18. NeilT

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Found The Eskdale from reviews on opentable and am so glad we did. Booked for a Saturday night anniversary meal for two. Owners were very accommodating when we were going to be half an hour later than we had booked and made our late arrival welcoming and unpressured. Pre drinks of a fine pale ale and excellent mocktail accompanied by home made cheese straw appetizers kept us going whilst we ordered. We ordered the Thai mussels and hake starters which were both very good choices. For mains the mixed seafood bouillabaisse with home made bread was truly delicious whilst the chicken breast with fennel broad beans and new potatoes delivered flavours beyond expectation. We took a side of fries with home made wild garlic mayo - fantastic - and drinks accompaniments of a well balanced Chardonnay and further mocktail choices rounded off a very enjoyable experience. If the more adventurous choices are outside your comfort zone the menu also offers the establishments take on some traditional favourites such as the house burger and beer battered cod and chips, which I have no doubt will be top notch. More people need to know how good this place is!

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  19. FionaP

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a lovely evening, food, drinks and service were great

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  20. NicolaF

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our family had a truly lovely evening at The Eskdale. The hosts were very welcoming and the service perfectly attentive while still being relaxed. Instead of the usual question ‘is everything ok?’, we were asked whether we were ‘enjoying everything’ and we felt this summed the place up - and, indeed, we did enjoy everything! The food was absolutely delicious - something really special. A perfect end to our holiday in Eskdale - this is somewhere to make a special journey to visit. Thank-you!

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  21. LizzieB

    Surrey

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 23 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Ww received friendly and attentive service in this pub with beautiful views at the bottom of Castleton. The food is good - at times very good - and there are some interesting ingredients and dishes to enjoy. A pea, broad bean, mint and mozzarella salad was a fresh starter and the mussels were really flavoursome in their Thai curry sauce. Dessert was a woodruff flavoured panna cotta which was perfection in its texture but perhaps slightly too strong in taste - a Shortbread biscuit might give it the extra sweetness it needs although it did have some lovely sweet notes across the top of the dish. All-in-all, a very enjoyable meal and we felt we were valued customers which always leaves a good feeling.

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  22. JackP

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The dessert was divine. First two courses average, not Michelin standard.

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  23. michellej

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    3 course meal was so tasty, well presented and served hot and fresh. Service was incredibly friendly and location is spot oon.

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  24. PaulW

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Although appearing to be a typical Yorkshire country pub with an understated dining room next to the bar, the food is anything but typical. Don't expect 'chips with everything', but carefully contrived and elegantly presented dishes, some with pronounced and unusual flavours such as the fennel and saffron aioli of the excellent Esk Valley take on Bouillabaisse. For the more traditional minded, dishes like fish and chips are available, but the smoked brisket beef burger indicate these are also considerably elevated above 'pub grub'. Finish with a featured dessert such as the white chocolate delice with rhubarb and woodruff to wow your tastebuds. Welcoming and attentive service by the staff and owner should give you a gourmet evening in the North York Moors to remember.

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  25. LouP

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service, always gives that bit extra!
    The Eskdale CastletonResponded on 11 May 2023
    Thank you for your lovely review, we always love to hear from our guests. Our Staff are definitely a great credit to The Eskdale and will always go above and beyond! Looking forward to seeing you soon. Kirsty, Marcus and the team

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  26. ktal

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience made extra special for a birthday celebration due to decorations and a candle brought out in the dessert. Staff were really friendly and attentive and the food was brilliant. Any down side would be that a couple of things on the online menu had been changed when we arrived which was disappointing but the substitutes were delicious all the same.

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  27. Christian

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A quality experience from start to finish. Excellent food at very reasonable prices. Friendly and attentive staff who worked hard to ensure we had a lovely dinner which we very much did. Well worth the visit and would highly recommend to others.

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  28. HelenF

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Carefully crafted food in a lovely setting. Very polite and welcoming service.

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  29. ChrisB

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Booked a table which was easy to do online. Had a warm welcome on arrival, invited to the bar for a drink where we ordered our food before being shown to our table. A small but nice selection of ales, food was great quality. We found out that the owners bought it 3 weeks before Covid hit but they’ve done some great refurb work and the atmosphere was lovely and relaxing.

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  30. KayD

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful meal and can’t wait to return.

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  31. DebbieH

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visited for Sunday lunch which was delicious, great service and friendly relaxed atmosphere. Gorgeous comfortable seating next to the wood burner. Dog loved it too! Will Definately be returning soon

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  32. RebeccaH

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our second visit to this lovely restaurant in a beautiful location and being able to get a train there just adds to the experience. Food was brilliant again and will definitely be returning.

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  33. Mike

    Cumbria

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was quiet. Didn’t know if 5 bars meant noisy. We love it. Our favourite in NY. Beer and lager cheaper than other venues. Food very reasonable for fine dining quality. Steak was beautifully presented. Hot and tasty although a little bit’chewy’ probably because quite thin though large. Something new and unusual to try on every visit.

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  34. Suri

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 March 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Eskdale is an excellent restaurant. Not cheap at £60 per head for three courses, plus drinks & coffee, but great food, excellent service, and a very pleasant ambience. The only (tiny) flaw across our whole meal, was that some of the 'triple cooked' (!) chips were undercooked; but everything else was pretty much a 10 out of 10. We'd go again...once we've saved up a bit!

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  35. VickiW

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food and amazing service. Great quality and atmosphere.

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  36. BenH

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Homely feel, attentive service, great food and from what I understand all locally sourced ingredients as well. Definitely worth a visit.

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  37. Lottie

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very friendly and helpful. We really enjoyed the whole experience, sitting by the fire waiting for our table whilst sipping our drinks and then enjoying our delicious meal. A great place for a reasonably priced birthday celebration, thank you.

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  38. mjtlee

    London

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Full marks! Often you go to a place that is recommended and it's very good, but the establishment knows it - so the service does not feel genuine, or the food feels and looks a little formulaic. Not so here. From start to finish, really personable service, a great menu, with delicious food, and a very respectable selection of beers, wines and other drinks. It's not a huge place so you'll need to plan ahead with any larger groups, but the tables are well placed for couples and families to have a really nice experience. It's in a very pretty spot, and there are some lovely walks to stir up your appetite (or work off any excess); that makes it a good destination to couple with a lovely country drive. I hope to return and return for many years to come.

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  39. ThomasC

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food and really great service. We were met with a very warm welcome and the staff had a friendly manner but also really knowledgable about all the food.

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  40. LukeRachel

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, lovely staff and overall great experience!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners

FAQs

The Eskdale Castleton is rated 4.8 stars by 149 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for The Eskdale Castleton

Station Rd, Whitby, Yorkshire YO21 2EU

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Scarborough
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00–17:00 Sun 12:00–15:00 Dinner Tue–Sat 17:00–20:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British, Beer Garden
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Public Transit
    200 yards from Castleton Mor train station
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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