Review of the White Horse & Griffin, Whitby

The White Horse & Griffin is in the prime location of Church Street in Whitby, North Yorkshire. The old-fashioned cobbled Church Street is one of…


The White Horse & Griffin is in the prime location of Church Street in Whitby, North Yorkshire. The old-fashioned cobbled Church Street is one of the most recognisable features of Whitby. The White Horse & Griffin gives visitors a blend of history, comfort, and delicious food.

the White Horse & Griffin, Whitby

About The White Horse & Griffin

White Horse And Griffin Whitby History

In the town of Whitby, during its historical period, a White Horse and Griffin were prominent symbols in local folklore and mythology.

The White Horse & Griffin, on Church Street in Whitby, is a location knee-deep in history. This 17th-century coaching inn has hosted many distinguished guests including Charles Dickens and Captain James Cook, adding to its charm and appeal.

The hotel stands proudly as one of the most cherished and iconic properties on the historic East side of Whitby. Constructed in 1681 by Sir Hugh Cholmley, the White Horse & Griffin served as the first Coaching Inn from Whitby to York and London. Throughout its history, it has been a meeting place for renowned explorers Captain James Cook and William Scoresby, who gathered and organised their crews here.

flower decoration inside the White Horse & Griffin, Whitby

After operating as an Inn until 1939, it fell into disrepair and was used for storing local fisherman’s nets and pots. Fortunately, in 1982, local builder Stewart Perkins acquired and extended the building, initiating an 11-year restoration process that has maintained an authentic period atmosphere and ambience. Today, the White Horse & Griffin is celebrated for its outstanding restaurant and has hosted numerous distinguished guests, including acting legend Michael Caine and musician Bryan Ferry.

With a rich maritime heritage and a reputation as one of England’s most fashionable and desirable holiday locations, Whitby provides the perfect backdrop for the hotel’s charm and allure, catering to many visitors throughout the year.

Decor at the White Horse & Griffin, Whitby

Dining at White Horse & Griffin

One of the highlights of the White Horse & Griffin is the restaurant. With a reputation for excellent food served in a relaxed style. The bar uses locally sourced ingredients, focusing heavily on fresh seafood. They take pride in their service and value for money. The restaurant is ideal for special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries.

Our Food Review

We booked our table at The White Horse and Griffin, as you never know how busy Whitby will be. It was raining when we went, so it was quiet. We were greeted by a lovely barmaid who immediately spoke to our 2-year-old, got his name and kept smiling and waving at him when she walked past. He loves interaction and attention, so that was nice! We were seated in the bistro area downstairs.

We went for lunch – I ordered the WH&G burger, my husband had a crab sandwich with chips, and my toddler had fish goujons with chips.

Burger at the White Horse & Griffin, Whitby

My husband really enjoyed his – Whitby crab is always a hit. My toddler ate all his fish which is a good sign! As for my burger, I’d say it was very average. It was nice enough, but it didn’t blow me away at all. I would like to try something else off the menu next time. They have a fish pie on the evening menu! And you all know how much I love fish pie!

You can view the menu here.


The inn offers ten uniquely shaped rooms, combining original features with a modern look. The rooms are decorated in muted shades, with splashes of colour in throws and cushions. Each room offers a different view – over rooftops, the courtyard, or the cobbled street.

the White Horse & Griffin, Whitby Table decor

Booking & Reservation

Making a reservation at the White Horse & Griffin is straightforward.

You can book directly through their website or call them at 01947 604857. For food, you can book via the Roundtable app.

Nearby Attractions

The inn is located in the centre of Whitby – there is lots to do here. Check out my post: 34 things to do in Whitby.

Final thoughts…

The White Horse & Griffin offers a unique blend of history, comfort, and culinary delight. Whether it’s the dining experience, the accommodation, or the friendly staff, every aspect of this inn contributes to an unforgettable experience. If you’re planning a visit to Whitby, the White Horse & Griffin is certainly worth considering for your stay.

Check out these other places to eat in Whitby:

Cosa Nostra Review
The Fisherman’s Wife Review
Sander’s Yard Review
Abbey Wharf Review
Whitby Brewery Review


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