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Royal Hotel, Runswick Bay Credit Mike KiplingRoyal Hotel, Runswick Bay Credit Mike Kipling

Squidbeak logoIt’s not that Squidbeak spends a lot of time in boozers – they spend as much time in them as they need to. After extensive research, they're happy to share their pick of the pubs. There are others, of course, but these are here for a reason.

The Wheatsheaf Inn at Egton  is a short hop from Whitby in a pretty, typical moors village, set back off the broad main street. Nigel and Elaine have been entertaining us for decades, and we always try and muscle our way into the cosy snug with its Yorkshire range, a great place to hunker down with a pint and the papers. Elaine’s menu chimes with the seasons – her braised ox tail is a belter, and we always go for the local partridge when it’s on.

Birch Hall Inn Beck Hole Credit rjbphotographicA little further inland, but not-to-be-missed, the Birch Hall Inn at Beck Hole comprises two tiny bars with a sweet shop in the middle, unchanged for 70 years. Talk about atmospheric! Add well-kept cask ale and a cheese stottie and there’s a couple of hours well spent. We know of what we speak.

If it’s a sea view you’re hankering after, the Royal Hotel in Runswick Bay takes some beating. Drop down the vertiginous bank and a perfect crescent of golden sand spreads before you; find the pub in the middle of the smartly whitewashed jumble of fishermen’s houses and score a seat on the patio – the outlook is jaw-dropping. 

If you’re heading for Robin Hood’s Bay, swing by The Hare & Hounds in Hawsker – service is charming and the menu is a notch or two above pub grub – think posh fisherman’s pie and slow cooked shoulder of lamb.

The Fox & Hounds at Dalehouse is a dyed-in-the-wool, totally trad old boozer, brimming with horse brasses and hunting ephemera, with a roaring coal fire, great beer and more often than not, locals playing dominoes. Last time we were there, they were debating the relative merits of Diana Dors and Brigitte Bardot. Priceless.


SquidBeak are Jill Turton and Mandy Wragg, food journalists who share the Yorkshire Post’s weekly restaurant review column as well as leading a secret life as restaurant inspectors for national food guides. You can also follow SquidBeak on Twitter.

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