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The White Horse & Griffin

4.3
4.3
186 Reviews
£26 to £40
British

The White Horse & Griffin has developed a reputation for great food served in a relaxed and unfussy style, using locally sourced ingredients. With an emphasis on fresh seafood, we pride ourselves on great service and value for money. Built in 1681 and with a history you can almost taste, you can dine in the very room where Captain Cook and William Scoresby used to raise and fix their crews!
The upstairs restaurant offers private dining and is ideal for special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries or just getting groups of friends together.
Downstairs, our busy ‘bistro style’ restaurant serves many British classics in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
To accompany your meal we have a well-stocked wine cellar, many of which are available by the glass.

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Booked 3 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, Bistro, Seafood

  • Hours of Operation

    null

  • Phone number

    01947 604857

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Area

    Whitby

  • Parking Details

    Access by car is for unloading only. It is easier to reverse back out onto the tarmac than it is to proceed along the cobbles and turn around. The closest car park is 150 yards away just along the tarmac part of Church Street with CCTV cameras. Parking is free after 6pm until 9am the following day.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

Menu

Oyster Bar

  • Fresh Rock Oysters, Pink Shallot Vinaigrette, Lemon and Tabasco

    • 3 for£7.50
    • 6 for£13.00
  • Oyster Taster, Pink Shallot Vinaigrette, Lemon & Tabasco

    • each£3.50

To Start

  • Chicken Liver Parfait, Herb Butter, Pickled Vegetables, Melba, Chutneys£10.00

    • Smoked Salmon, Pickled Beetroot, Crevettes, Shrimp, Aiolis£12.00

      • Leek and Fennel Veloute, Truffle Oil£9.00

        • Dressed Whitby Crab, Aiolis, Fresh Bread£14.00

          • Pan Fried Cuttlefish, Pickled Fennel, Pink Peppercorn Dressing£10.00

            Mains

            • Pan Fried Fillet of Halibut, Purees, Langoustine Bisque£25.00

              • WH&G Carpetbagger, Fillet Steak, Oyster, Tenderstem Broccoli, French Fries£34.00

                • WH&G Fish Pie, Mornay Sauce, White Fish, Seafood, Pomme Puree£25.00

                  • Pan Fried Halloumi, Tenderstem Broccoli, Purees£22.00

                    • Slow Cooked Shin of Beef, Purees, Port & Rosemary Reduction£25.00

                      • Tempura Cod, Minted Marrowfat Peas, French Fries, Tartar£22.50

                        On the Side

                        • Seasoned French Fries£3.50

                          • Buttered Roasted Vegetables£3.50

                            • Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onion, Balsamic£3.50

                              To Finish

                              • Sticky Toffee Pudding, Pecan Nuts, Vanilla Cream, Black Treacle Sauce£8.00

                                • Dark Chocolate Delice, White Chocolate Foam, Raspberry Sherbet£8.00

                                  • Lemon Posset, Lemon Curd, Shortbread Crumb£8.00

                                    • Selection of Cheeses, Biscuits & Chutney

                                      • 3 for£11.00
                                      • Full (5) for£15.00

                                    Last updated: 8 May 2021

                                    What 186 people are saying

                                    Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                    4.3
                                    4.3 based on recent ratings
                                    • 4.4Food
                                    • 4.3Service
                                    • 4.3Ambience
                                    • 4Value

                                    NoiseModerate

                                    Loved For

                                    • Yorkshire

                                      Notable Wine List

                                    • North Yorkshire

                                      Notable Wine List

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                                    1. AL

                                      AnnL

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined 2 days ago

                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                      Our waiter was excellent- friendly and knowledgeable with great wine advice. Food was delicious - couldn’t fault anything. Thank you.

                                    2. s

                                      shelaght

                                      1 review

                                      4.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined 6 days ago

                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                      Love the character of the place. Would definitely recommend and will be back next time we're in whitby. Goats cheese to start and brisket for mains...delicious.

                                    3. GR

                                      GaryR

                                      1 review

                                      2.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined 6 days ago

                                      overall2food3service2ambience2

                                      We’ve been to this restaurant many times , however, on this occasion we were disappointed. The food was good and tasty but unfortunately not enough on the plate, very sparse portions. The scallops were lovely but needed a little something extra with them and one single potato and one carrot with the carpetbagger mains was simply not enough. Thank goodness we ordered extra fries. We are not big eaters, but appreciate good food and don’t mind paying the extra for a quality meal. Lovely food, nice restaurant but sadly not enough on the plate to satisfy and offer value for money on this occasion. We hope this review is received as constructive criticism.

                                    4. CM

                                      CarolineM

                                      1 review

                                      3.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 28 November 2021

                                      overall3food3service4ambience4

                                      Nice place, food a little overpriced poor starter of goats cheese and fig but Sunday lunch very nice, staff very helpful and very polite

                                    5. HG

                                      HelenG

                                      Edinburgh

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 28 November 2021

                                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                                      Booked a table for a group of four adults for Sunday lunch. Some of the group had starters and desert too. Food was of excellent quality, I would definitely ear here again

                                    6. DR

                                      DianeR

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 28 November 2021

                                      overall5food4service5ambience5

                                      Lovely, cosy dining experience with friendly but not intrusive staff. Good Sunday roast though not a great vegetarian choice of hallumi tbh, it seemed a bit lack lustre. Everything else was very tasty though, good and hot. Good variety of wine available too. Highly recommend the raspberry bread and butter pudding. Very pleasant atmosphere, we really enjoyed it and will return. Thank you ☺️

                                    7. RC

                                      RCAR

                                      1 review

                                      1.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 27 November 2021

                                      overall1food1service1ambience1

                                      Food quality not what it has been in the past. Poor won’t go again

                                    8. NB

                                      NicoleB

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 24 November 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Absolutely wonderful meal with my in laws, very accommodating for my disable father in law and my two pups. Absolutely lovely waiter who couldn’t do enough for us, incredible food and we were able to take our time nearing with absolutely no rush from the staff. Honestly couldn’t recommend it highly enough! We’ll be back next time we’re in Whitby.

                                    9. a

                                      angelag

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 23 November 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                      Superb quality food, good service and beautiful dining space with open fire. Music could have done to be more low level than it was, but not huge issue in the big scheme of things

                                    10. l

                                      lolhop

                                      1 review

                                      3.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 21 November 2021

                                      overall3food2service3ambience3

                                      lovely setting, very average overpriced food. poor menu choice.

                                    11. LD

                                      LouiseD

                                      Manchester

                                      27 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      27 reviews

                                      Dined on 20 November 2021

                                      overall5food4service5ambience5

                                      Great place, 4th time we have been, food and service wonderful 😍

                                    12. JG

                                      JosnneG

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 20 November 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Absolutely amazing food and service can’t fault it at all. Will definitely be returning.

                                    13. KH

                                      KarenH

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 20 November 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Fantastic food great service. We couldn’t fault the whole evening. Would definitely recommend

                                    14. AP

                                      AndrewP

                                      Yorkshire

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 19 November 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Excellent food, baked Camembert followed by Shetland mussels, the wine, Picpoul de Pinet went with both courses vey well, as did a pint of Dortmunder, great staff and a very relaxed atmosphere.

                                    15. SS

                                      SueS

                                      London

                                      1 review

                                      4.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 11 November 2021

                                      overall4food4service5ambience4

                                      Lovely little space for supper, staff really good. Fish pie was excellent and so was the beef dish. Winter vegetable combo was not to my liking but staff immediately rectified it by a portion of red cabbage which was delicious. Would certainly recommend the venue food and staff.

                                    16. DP

                                      DavidP

                                      Yorkshire

                                      3 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      3 reviews

                                      Dined on 30 October 2021

                                      overall5food4service5ambience5

                                      A beautiful atmosphere approached by the narrowest cocktail bar in the world(?). Very attentive and thoughtful staff greeted us and looked after us perfectly. Wonderful food . We booked a return visit before we left

                                    17. KC

                                      KarenC

                                      1 review

                                      3.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 30 October 2021

                                      overall3food3service4ambience4

                                      My partner and I have been a few times and we were really looking forward to. We are aware that the menu is limited but we found it very limiting this time and expensive for what we had. Service very good even though the poor girl was working on her own for a considerable time until she Got some assistance.

                                    18. SM

                                      SueM

                                      Yorkshire

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 30 October 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Lovely ambience, friendly staff and delicious food.

                                    19. T

                                      Tony

                                      Yorkshire

                                      10 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      10 reviews

                                      Dined on 28 October 2021

                                      overall4food4service3ambience5

                                      Limited menu mostly fish. My wife dues to like fish so went fir the only meat course braised brisket - it was tough and not very nice - whilst my fish pie was very good indeed. Service a little slow but not a major issue

                                    20. RH

                                      RodH

                                      Yorkshire

                                      1 review

                                      4.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 24 October 2021

                                      overall4food5service5ambience5

                                      Excellent friendly service and excellent quality of food.

                                    21. MF

                                      MarieF

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 24 October 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      We visited this quaint little pub restaurant for Sunday roast. We were greeted warmly and seated promptly. The waiting staff were all amazing a real credit to the place nothing was too much trouble. We have a very fussy autistic child with a very limited diet .. the chef was very accommodating and cooked his favourite.. sausages🤗which wasn’t on the menu so smiles all round ! As a family we eat out most Sunday's and consider ourselves connoisseurs of the Sunday roast. We were blown away by how good it was. Apart from my own roast obviously 😜😜 the best we have ever had.. cooked to perfection and so tasty. We had starters and mains and their was no way we were fitting dessert in .. absolutely stuffed but very very happy. We live in Oxfordshire and if it wasn’t for the 5 hour drive this would be our regular restaurant.. 11/10 5 stars .. AMAZING ! Front of house waiting and kitchen staff are a real credit to the owners .. next time we’re in Whitby we will be back ❤️😘

                                    22. TB

                                      TraceyB

                                      Devon

                                      4 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      4 reviews

                                      Dined on 23 October 2021

                                      overall4food3service5ambience5

                                      Lovely old restaurant with a cosy atmosphere, and staff very friendly . But I ordered the Beef Brisket , which in my knowledge should be slow cooked for a few hours so it is lovely and tender . Mine was as tough as old boots , couldn’t even cut it . I sent it back and they were extremely apologetic and offered me a new one , but this meant my husband had finished eating and it was a good 20mins before my food came back . Although this a better cut of beef it still wasn’t how brisket should be served . But they did remove it from the bill and offer us drinks on the house . My husbands food was excellent.

                                    23. SR

                                      SharronR

                                      1 review

                                      4.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 22 October 2021

                                      overall4food3service5ambience5

                                      The food on a whole was very nice...but on the expensive side for what you got...the staff were excellent and the place its self was wonderful. Portion sizes need to be bigger for what you were paying.

                                    24. JL

                                      JonL

                                      Yorkshire

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 22 October 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Very impressed by the friendliness of the staff. Service was excellent. Amazing food, large portions too. Spotless and great atmosphere Would go again

                                    25. C

                                      Crystalcat

                                      Edinburgh

                                      3 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      3 reviews

                                      Dined on 18 October 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      The outside appearance doesn’t do this little gem justice. The food, atmosphere and the staff were amazing. We all really enjoyed our evening. I am also gluten free and anything on the menu was either gluten free or could be adapted to be gluten free. Needless to say say we will be back.

                                    26. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Denver

                                      2 reviews

                                      2.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on 7 October 2021

                                      overall2food2service4ambience3

                                      Overpriced

                                    27. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      London

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 3 October 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Beautiful Sunday Lunch

                                    28. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Yorkshire

                                      4 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      4 reviews

                                      Dined on 30 September 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Lovely restaurant with great service .

                                    29. LO

                                      LynnO

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 25 September 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Beautiful bistro setting with a great atmosphere. The staff were obviously very busy but all took the time to be friendly, helpful and welcoming. The food was amazing, and great value for money. A really lovely experience, the only shame is that we were too full to have a dessert as they looked fantastic. Would definitely recommend!

                                    30. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Devon

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 25 September 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      We had a wonderful meal here for our wedding anniversary. Everything was beautifully cooked, portions were good, customer service was wonderful and there was a lovely atmosphere in the restaurant.

                                    31. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Norfolk

                                      2 reviews

                                      2.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on 25 September 2021

                                      overall2food1service2ambience1

                                      We were seated near the door on the toilet 🚽 run for the whole pub. We and another couple were the only people seated. When we left another two parties of four had arrived. They seat at least 20. Front of house was very noisy with a party of girls. Had crab 🦀 starter with shell bits. Main cabbage 🥬 was soggy and lamb tough. Service slow not worth the money.

                                    32. E

                                      Ellie

                                      County Durham

                                      1 review

                                      2.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 24 September 2021

                                      overall2food2service3ambience1

                                      If I’d known we were going to be sat upstairs where there were hardly any other customers and zero atmosphere I wouldn’t have booked. Considering the price, the lamb I ordered was very tough. Service was ok, nothing special. Probably won’t return.

                                    33. M

                                      Milky1968

                                      Edinburgh

                                      9 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      9 reviews

                                      Dined on 19 September 2021

                                      overall5food4service5ambience5

                                      Building looks very unassuming from the front but it opens out to a lovely dining room. The staff were very friendly and nothing was a bother. Food was good just wasn’t keen on the butter sauce as it made everything a bit greasy but other than all good.

                                    34. LC

                                      LornaC

                                      1 review

                                      4.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 15 September 2021

                                      overall4food5service4ambience5

                                      Excellent food and ambience. Friendly staff. Service could have been slightly faster.

                                    35. TM

                                      ToniM

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 12 September 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Booked here on a recommendation, and did not disappoint, loverly little place, anazing food just what we wanted to end our little break away.

                                    36. TW

                                      TeresaW

                                      1 review

                                      4.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 11 September 2021

                                      overall4food5service3ambience5

                                      I have visited this restaurant a few time before with my husband and the food and service is always exceptional. On this visit we we’re celebrating my friends birthday and I had recommended the restaurant to my friends as somewhere special with exceptional food. We were a party of six and unfortunately I have to say our visit this time was marred by the attitude of the waiter who served us. We couldn’t work out if he had a extremely dry sense of humour or was just rude. When querying the menu and asking if they ever had steak pie on the menu for the non fish eaters, we were told “we are not that kind of establishment” in a most derogatory way. We couldn’t understand the comment as they did have shepherds pie on the menu that night. Me and my husband come to this restaurant because of the exceptional food standards and the lovely friendly atmosphere this restaurant has, however this is reflected in the menu prices, so a certain level of customer service is expected. On this occasion were brought the wrong wine and one of the side orders was forgotten, which we had to ask for. We didn’t make a fuss as everything was corrected efficiently. At the end of the evening the same waiter intimidated that we had had a few to many drinks when working out split of our bill - this offended some of my friends as we had some non drinkers in our party! The restaurant wasn’t full so we couldn’t put this lack of customer service skills/awareness down to being under pressure or short staffed. I was disappointed and a little embarrassed as I had made the recommendation to all my friends and on this occasion the customer service and friendly atmosphere fell short of the usual standards. It will not put me off visiting this restaurant again but hopefully we will experience the usually exceptional food and customer service next time.

                                    37. CG

                                      ClaireG

                                      London

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on 8 September 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Definitely recommend the sharing platters, great value for the quality of food. Very good service and very nice ambiance in an old coaching inn.

                                    38. SC

                                      SimonC

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 8 September 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      We were contacted by the restaurant a few days before to inform us they were only running their lunch menu in the evening which consisted of Ploughmans style dishes. As previous reviews were what prompted our booking we decided to still go. The restaurant is downstairs behind the bar and is very intimate and cosy. The staff were very good and are obviously understaffed but working flat out. We had Oysters to start which were very fresh and came with an amazing salsa. The crab I had was one of the best and we left with full stomachs. The wine was great as were their choice of beers. Overall we were very impressed and glad we ate there. I would recommend a visit when in Whitby.

                                    39. JA

                                      JulieA

                                      1 review

                                      1.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 5 September 2021

                                      overall1food1service3ambience5

                                      Great venue and food is awesome if you like raw meat . Veg and potatoes were delicious .

                                    40. CT

                                      ChristineT

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 4 September 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      A nice ambience, staff attentive and food was delicious. We would definitely go back.

                                    FAQs

                                    The White Horse & Griffin is rated 4.3 stars by 186 OpenTable diners

                                    Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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                                    Booked 3 times today
                                    Google Map for The White Horse & Griffin

                                    87 Church St Whitby, North Yorkshire YO22 4BH

                                    • Area

                                      Whitby

                                    • Hours of Operation

                                      null

                                    • Cuisines

                                      British, Bistro, Seafood

                                    • Dining style

                                      Casual Dining

                                    • Dress Code

                                      Smart Casual

                                    • Parking Details

                                      Access by car is for unloading only. It is easier to reverse back out onto the tarmac than it is to proceed along the cobbles and turn around. The closest car park is 150 yards away just along the tarmac part of Church Street with CCTV cameras. Parking is free after 6pm until 9am the following day.

                                    • Payment Options

                                      AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                    • Additional

                                      Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

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