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The White Horse & Griffin, Whitby, North Yorkshire

The White Horse & Griffin

4.3
4.3
576 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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2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British, Bistro, Seafood
  • 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

What 576 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
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • North Yorkshire

    Great for fine wines

576 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always absolutely fabulous food and ambience, we shared oysters to start which were beautiful, followed by fish pie for me and hake and prawn tagliatelle for my partner. He declared it the best meal he has ever had! Highly recommend a visit for incredible fresh food and great service

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  2. PhillipG

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great warm welcoming place, beautiful food and attentive staff!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fabulous Sunday Roast and the quality of food is fantastic. The only reason I gave it four stars and not five was due to the lack of choices of meat to have with your Sunday Roast, when we arrived they only had one portion of Chicken left and at least 3 of us would have preferred the chicken instead of the beef. However there are plenty of other dishes on the menu to have instead of the roast and they sound delicious, the atmosphere is great and the staff are lovely and friendly.

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  4. JacquelineS

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for Sunday dinner and can honestly say it was the best beef we have all tasted in a long while.

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  5. MarianB

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was not up to the standard of our previous visit. New chef? We had to wait three quarters of an hour for our food. Never heard of profiteroles with no filling, buttered leeks were more like tough spring onions. Very disappointed and will not be going again. Such a shame!!

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  6. ChrisG

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    How can you get fish chips and peas so wrong and waitress saying they wondered whether to send the meal out ?we have been to this restaurant numerous times and it was excellent so what as happened there were 5 other people eating normally it is full ? £26 for this unacceptable food a joke

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  7. CherylD

    Lincolnshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous, dog friendly and superb food. Great value for money.

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  8. GarthC

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very busy Saturday night, sat up stairs as we had a dog with us, great special

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  9. LouiseT

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    While in Whitby for a day, we booked a table @THAG for Sunday lunch. We received a warm welcome from the young chap at the bar who swiftly got us seated. Our drinks and food order was dealt with quickly. Not many in so was nice and chilled. We ordered the Sunday dinner with a choice of beef or chicken, we chose beef. Didn't have to wait to long and we weren't disappointed. A lovely high-rised Yorkshire puddings, big thick piece of beef, Cauliflower cheese, roast potatoes, veg and rich gravey. Well the beef was delicious, it cut like butter and melted in the mouth 😋 we didn't want it to end. Afterwards we reluctantly ordered a pudding each 😉 we both ordered chocolates mousse but unfortunately they only had 1 left so I ordered honey, mix berry compote and shortbread 😋 again we weren't disappointed, both were delicious. Staff were very friendly. The bill was very reasonable. We'd definitely recommend and go back.

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  10. Whitbyhol

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I wouldn't recommend eating here. The reviews I saw were so variable - I think it must just be really inconsistent. We went for Sunday lunch. The roast beef was lovely, as were the roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings but the veg was dreadful. Hardly any if it (I'm guessing we shared a portion for 2 between 3 of us), it had obviously heenan under the heat lamp for ages and was brown (brocolli), overcooked and welded to the dish (parsnips). Dessert was good though. Service was inattentive - we had 15 glasses on our table at one point and I was the only one drinking wine - I drank from 2 of the 6 wine glasses. You just know there's absolutely no point complaining anyone will give a hoot. We just won't go back and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

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  11. DuncanW

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent- one of the best Sunday lunch's I've had in a long time. The service was pretty slow, we waited 20mins for food when the restaurant wasn't particularly busy.

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  12. ChristopherP

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food & service was great. Would definitely go back again.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We have eaten in this restaurant quite a few times and the food is amazing but the service is hit and miss. Last night was a miss for the service. The young lad who served us had to be asked twice for table water as he kept on forgetting. We had a starter each and a main but when he took the main plates away, he never asked if we wanted to see the desert menu or if we wanted coffee. We waited for 30 minutes after he cleared our table before we walked up to the bar to pay the bill. It was like he completely forgot all about us and was too busy seeing to new customers. The food (well starter and main) was fantastic and the wine was so good too. I wish we could have had the chance to review the deserts and coffee. Unfortunately this is not the first time we have had bad service here but we thought we would give them another chance this holiday. The two ladies who were also waiting on seemed to be on the ball with their tables just a shame the young lad clearly showed he either wasn’t interested in his job or just didn’t care. Such a shame as our £90 bill could have easily have been more. Not sure will tray again when there is so many other fantastic restaurants in Whitby who do look after their customers.

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  14. HSSS

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Disappointed . Told on arrival at 7pm would need table back at 8.30pm. Thought bit discourteous but would have enough time. Took 40 minutes for starters to come, the adjacent table got theirs at same time having ordered 20 mins or so later than us. Was nearly 8.30 by time we were ready for dessert. We weren’t being rushed out but it just seemed so slow especially considering they had felt need to initially specify we were under a time constraint . Style of food seemed to have changed (new chef? Owners? ) and isn’t as good as we were expecting . Fine just a bit dull & basic whereas before it was pretty good. Pretty expensive for run of the mill food . Sad as was really looking forward to it.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very enjoyable experience. Have been several times and food and service is great

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  16. Richard

    Yorkshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu offered a a range of meat, fish and vegetable dishes. All our choices were tasty and freshly cooked, particularly my seafood chowder.

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  17. SallyR

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Upon arrival I asked where one could hang coats only to be pointed in the direction of a hallway "past him". 'Him' being a member of staff who could only gesture to the coat hooks given he was cramming food in to his mouth and unable to speak. Immediate red flag. Four people at the start doubling to eight by the time we left, not exactly overrun with customers, which doesn't explain the 45 minutes it took for food to arrive. We chose battered cod loin with fries and minted marrowfat peas plus chicken supreme with bubble and squeak, baby leeks, whisky cream and crispy chicken skin (direct quotes from the menu). Two small pieces of battered fish were accompanied by peas which were inedible due to being so hard. I pointed this out to the waiter who told me they got them fresh every day - the relevance of which I still fail to understand. I also questioned the size of the fish portion only to be told that's what you get "two little pieces". The plate was returned to the kitchen with an offer of crushed garden peas to replace the uncooked marrowfat versions. The revised meal served was as promised but the plate had a big chip in it (not of the food variety). Upon being pointed out to the waiter he said that's how it had been given to him and they were very busy. I suggested that was not an acceptable excuse to which he replied he wasn't making excuses. The chicken skin was flabby, not crispy as described. The bubble and squeak was burnt and the baby leeks came as one large leek which was burned on the outside and impossible to cut, it being so undercooked. When our plates were cleared the waitress expressed surprise at the state of the chicken dish and offered to take the wine off our bill. A gesture which was well received and would have been appreciated more had we had an apology alongside. It seems clear the owner cares little for his reputation, the chefs have no pride in their food and this once fabulous establishment is on the rocks.

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  18. AmandaS

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food & lovely atmosphere originally wanted Sunday lunch but didn’t realise it finished at 3.30 pm but we all enjoyed our meals & wine ! Highly recommend

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  19. BarryH

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food friendly and attentive service Lovely historic restaurant.

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  20. dianen

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, atmosphere and service- can’t say anything else. Will definitely be back!

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  21. AlinaD

    Inverness

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely and cosy place,nice wine selection, delicious food and lovely staff. Will definitely be back

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  22. Rabbit

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal by a roaring fire in a historic pub. Great service

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  23. MattA

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and food.. Staff exemplary pleasant and accommodating..

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  24. LesleyB

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Returning to the White Horse and Griffin is always a pleasure, we love it. This time we brought our friends. A great atmosphere as always, however the service was slower than usual and the oysters were not as good as previous visits, but still nice. Lovely young lady that served us. Keep up the good work and we'll definitely see you again. Thank you.

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  25. Jennifer

    New York City

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 2 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Portions for the main courses were very large. Prawn and crayfish appetizer was fresh and tasty. Waitstaff was polite and friendly however we felt ignored for most of our meal.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Nottingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal and atmosphere. Friendly service Highly recommended

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  27. SimonP

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent place to eat. Highly recommended. Great food, wine, ambience and service.

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  28. LeonardO

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    New Year eve Food & service where excellent we would have preferred to be down stairs in the main restaurant but we were in an upstairs room which did not have the ambiance of the main restaurant, but despite this the food was superb, a five course special menu for Years eve definitely one of the best meals I have ever eat in a restaurant .

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  29. RuthS

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hidden gem ..the fixed price was understandable for new year's eve but the staff made the night ..they timed gaps between courses perfectly which proved a very relaxed evening...well done ..highly recommendedd

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  30. TraceyW

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fantastic with melt in your mouth beef. Service and staff were all excellent. Would highly recommend it.

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  31. LindseyB

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food! Amazing service, can’t do enough for you. Great atmosphere. We return each time we visit Whitby and book the table so we are not disappointed .

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  32. AndriaS

    Yorkshire

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There was a mistake with our order so that was disappointing and one of us had to wait for their meal while the rest of us ate. (I’m sure they would’ve kept ours warm if we’d have wanted so we could eat together but we didn’t ask & it wasn’t offered) Anyway the food was absolutely lovely. To top it off We received our second bottle of wine complimentary to apologise for the mistake which was very kind Will definitely be returning, thank you

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  33. PhilW

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always have a beautiful meal at The White Horse & Griffin. The menu is small, as in most upmarket places, and there is always something interesting on it. The ambience in the restaurant is lovely, and service superb.

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  34. JaniceL

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Solo traveller here on Christmas Eve. Brilliant atmosphere, very cosy & warm feeling which is what’s needed when dining alone so I don’t stand out !! Was made to feel very welcome, with great service. Had the beef cheeks which was wonderful & glass of lovely NZ sauv blanc & finished off with brownies Would certainly return & recommend .

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  35. MarkO

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a table of six and a very enjoyable afternoon and early evening meal. Sunday lunch was just perfect and the staff were attentive professional and unobtrusively efficient. Ten out of ten all round.

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  36. JeanieB

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely Christmas Eve lunch which happily coincided with the Sunday lunch menu. The beef melted in the mouth and the cauliflower cheese was pronounced the best we’d had! Lovely ambience with friendly and just right amount of attention from the young servers. Definitely be back and highly recommend.

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  37. 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
    Great atmosphere, really cosy and warm. Exceptional friendly service and fantastic food. We’ll definitely be back.

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  38. GrahamH

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wednesday in mid December and lousy weather - very quiet. Food and service both very good

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  39. MatthewE

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A super meal for a Birthday treat! It was our second visit and one that we will be repeating. Thanks to everyone.

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  40. GeoffS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our 3rd visit and we were delighted once again! The quality of the food is outstanding, service in the restaurant was excellent and what a fabulous place to enjoy an evening meal in. I have recommended your restaurant on a number of occasions and will continue to.

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FAQs

The White Horse & Griffin is rated 4.3 stars by 576 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for The White Horse & Griffin

87 Church St, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO22 4BH

Additional information

  • Area
    Whitby
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • 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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