The Whippet Inn

4.6
586 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Steakhouse
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  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
The Whippet Inn Steak and Alehouse is a sympathetically restored Victorian pub with quirky modern twist, giving it an understated decadence. This welcome addition to the York restaurant scene provides an adult only environment, hidden away on York’s North Street and celebrates the best in British food and drink.

The Whippet Inn’s main aim is to get the best food produce they can find in Yorkshire and then pair it with real ales, lagers, spirits and wines from around Great Britain. A fine example of this is their air dried on the bone 40 day aged Yorkshire beef from Ripon.

We are an adult dining restaurant only, as much as we love children and are raising a bunch of our own, we have decided to make this a little haven of tranquillity- a getaway for all.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, British, Comfort Food
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Sunday: 12pm - 10pm
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Phone number
01904 500660
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Michael Wilkinson
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Private Party Facilities
We have our private dining room, with plush furnishings, original fire place and dedicated servers - perfect for any occasion- sits up to 16.

There is also the option to hire the entire restaurant or restaurant and bar for private use. Ranging from bespoke menus, arrival drinks or whatever you need to make your event perfect. We are here to serve and will tailor make packages to suit your specific requirements
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Private Party Contact
Annabel Snee: 01904 500660
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Public Transit
Close to York train station
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Entertainment
Our Private Dining Room seats up to 16 guests and is the ideal place for AGM, small conferences, birthday parties, leaving do, tasteful hen parties. It alone is entertaining with its unique and quirky style and padded walls.

In here we can arrange cocktail making classes pre or post dining at very competitive rates with your own dedicated mixologist and take away recipes packs. Loved by parties for pleasure or business.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine
What 586 People Are Saying
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R
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best steak i have ever eaten, and i have eaten my way through a fair few! The atmosphere was beautiful, so quaint and cosy, and the staff were wonderful. Cannot fault a single thing.

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LD
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SO glad we gave it a try! Staff were knowledgable, helpful (without being intrusive), and super friendly. The food was delicious and felt like good value for money. The building was lovely - it definitely felt more like a restaurant than a pub. I had a rump steak with blue cheese sauce and it was perfect. We shared the deep fried gherkins with sweet chilli dipping sauce as a starter. I had been expecting a lighter, tempura-style batter but it was slightly thicker. Don’t let that put you off though - my other half isn’t a huge fan of batter but he thought they were absolutely delicious, a perfect combination of sweet and sour. Overall it was an immensely enjoyable experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find we had a fantastic meal on a Sunday evening after a day at the races. Informative staff showed us the specials board. We had Cote de beouf on sharing platter for two, fantastic meal, it looked a little pricey but when it comes you will not regret paying

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SM
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited last year for lunch and decided our next trip to York would include an evening meal.
Best steak we've ever tasted.
Will definately return the next time we are in York.

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GJ
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent steak as usual. Always a must for us when visiting York. Highly recommend.

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Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spot on in every respect

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s
Yorkshire
6 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We have been here a few times and it’s always a good experience. The steaks are great . The staff are friendly.

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KM
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning food as always! Staff were fantastic when requested to move table

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D
London
22 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place ! We were welcomed by knowledgeable and helpful bar staff, provided with tasters of the beers and the gins so we could decide on our pre dinner drink and then greeted by the owner before going to our table for dinner. The service in the restaurant was equally as professional and friendly. The menu provided us with a great choice of starters and main dishes, but I'm so glad we went for the ribeye and the wine recommended by George, totally delicious, perfectly cooked and presented and very good value. We would totally recommend The Whippet Inn, it was faultless.

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SC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As usual we had a fantastic meal and experience just one slight criticism in that there was a delay between starter & main course and then for the sides to arrive. Other than that minor observation we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves thank you 😊

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MC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was first class, service excellent, the waitress really took a great deal of time to make sure we got everything we wanted. Wine was glorious. Had a lovely meal, my friend and myself do steak and wine regularly and this was top notch on every count.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice food and a great atmosphere, took my partner here for her birthday and it was a phenomenal experience

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DM
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall, a very enjoyable meal. Good food, well cooked and presented. Excellent friendky service. There was a noisy group, which spoilt the atmosphere a bit. One or two dishes from the menu were unavailable on Sunday evening.

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KC
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as always. One of the best places to eat in york.

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J
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my number 1 restaurant in York, great service, great food and worth every penny.

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HJ
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were in York to celebrate our daughter’s graduation and The Whippet Inn provided and excellent start to our visit. The steak was particularly good and beautifully cooked. The atmosphere was relaxed and welcoming and the service excellent. We would thoroughly recommend The Whippet Inn for an intimate dinner or family celebration. The quality of the food Is reflected in the price but well worth it for any foody!!

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must visit for steak lovers- absolutely fantastic and service was excellent

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S
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upon our arrival we were met by welcoming and attentive staff who made sure you were looked after. The atmosphere was perfect for all occasions, you could get lost in your conversation or enjoy and buzz of everyone else. I am no food critic however our food was stunning! Fresh, cooked to perfection and full of flavour - I didn’t want my steak to end.

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OT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable meal in lovely surroundings, although it was very busy due to York races staff where very efficient and helpful food was superb highly recommended.

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SL
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, and very welcoming staff. I just need to go back to try more of the menu.

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L
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Extremely quiet night when arrived- we were sat at a table with dirty glasses and served by a rather rude member of staff with dirty uniform.
Forgot to provide us with menus and drinks menus and then complained we were “difficult” when asking which drinks were available.
The food was nice, but nothing special, alcohol and food quite expensive considering the location.
The remaining staff were lovely and extremely helpful, we would not recommend.

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

The restaurant was lovely. Food was fantastic, we all had a roast dinner which we could not fault at all, it was delicious!
The staff were lovely and friendly however the service was very slow considering we were the only people in for the majority of time we were there, yet it still took over 20 minutes to even get our drinks.
Overall I would recommend, Just make sure you are not in a rush!

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LW
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning food, great place and service to match. We’ve been to the Whippet Inn a few times and it never disappoints. The steaks are a must, I’ve had fillet, tomahawk, chateaubriand all cooked to perfection. The staff are always happy to recommend wines/beers to accompany your meal and are very knowledgable about the food if you’re not sure.

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BH
London
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great steaks...and G&T’s. Staff were great! Love the decor...

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E
London
17 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Eaten here several times and it never disappoints. Good food at reasonable prices all in all I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend

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JM
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

The service was ridiculously slow, waited an hour for the food to be brought out despite the restaurant being really quiet and it being a Sunday evening. We were told two of the choices that we ordered had ran out, after ordering it. Asked for the steak to be cooked medium, instead it was well done. Food was average. Went her thinking it would be good as it has some good reviews. Very disappointed and would not recommend.

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P
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best service we’ve had in a while - everyone was so nice and the food was just amazing! Lovely atmosphere too x

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LU
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and attentive service. Small restaurant so when a party of around 8 adults came in it became quite noisy.

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EL
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fabulous Sunday roast with exceptional service can't wait to go back.

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MA
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was very nice, presented well and tasted amazing! Desserts were also very good! Lovely atmosphere, bar area was big enough for a small wait! Service was very good, all staff are friendly and attentive. Would recommend to friends

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LC
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First Class Food! Service was perfectly balanced, pleasant and knowledgeable.

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TL
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2018
Overall 4food 2service 2ambience 4

SUNDAY LUNCH AT BEST TEPID.
NICE SETTING AND AMBIENCE SPOILT BY THE FOOD TEMPERATURE.
TABLE NEXT TO USE HAD THE SAME COMPLIANT .

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KW
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Arrived a little early so the prosecco I had rang for in advance wasn’t ready, worked out well as my partner decided he fancied red wine. Did ask if they could make a fuss for a birthday but didn’t actually get anything even though they said they’d try. My steak was undercooked so had to go back and they were fine to change it quickly which I appreciated. My partner really enjoyed his food and both desserts were lovely! Overall not the best experience I was looking for but at the same time wasn’t the worst. I’d say medium experience given the little hiccups.

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BR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Very nice and our third time at the whippet only complaint that the rib eye steak was not anywhere near as thick as on our last visit

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OT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and really good staff - loved it and coming back

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. Excellent service. That’s why we keep coming back

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HB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was cozy very good menu an steaks cooked to perfection staff very helpful an knowledgeable about the food an drinks ...we really enjoyed everything an reasonably priced .

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JT
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were in York for the wk end. We went here after a friend suggested it. She did advice to order the steak. Unfortunately I didn’t and I ordered the seabass. Smallest portion ever!!! I order seabass regularly at other restaurants. Here it was far from cheap too. I was so hungry after. We had to go elsewhere. Really disappointed 😔

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P
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice meal for our wedding anniversary. 21 years

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l
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

really enjoyed the setting.food amazing,eaten here before well worth every penny.will be back.

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