Pickering is a vibrant market town with a good number of local pubs. We have compiled a handy guide to some of the best pubs in Pickering for you to try.
Pickering is a charming market town nestled on the border of the North York Moors National Park. Pickering is approximately 35 minutes drive from Whitby over The Moors. Pickering is a great place to spend a few hours or as a base when exploring the North York Moors. Market day is every Monday and is popular with both tourists and locals alike. Pickering has a great selection of local pubs, many of which serve home cooked food. Below is our handy guide to the best pubs in Pickering.
The Station Hotel
Join Dawn and Martin at the recently refurbished Station Hotel directly opposite the Pickering branch of the North York Moors Railway. This Pickering pub is dog-friendly with treats and water bowls available on request. The restaurant is open Tuesday to Sunday serving traditional home cooked food with daily specials prepared by Dawn with an emphasis on local, seasonal produce. The competitively priced menu includes pub classics such as BBQ sausage and bean casserole, home cooked ham in cider served with hand cut chips and an egg on top, and the popular pork tenderloin with creamy mushroom sauce served with fluffy mash potatoes, rice or chips. For dessert, there's the fantastic homemade mint chocolate cheesecake served with cream, ice cream or both!
For sunny days there is a small beer garden with circular picnic benches for gathering the family together for a round of refreshing beverages after a trip along the iconic steam railway. You can be sure of a crisp delicious pint, Martin has many years of experience working in pubs across the region and takes great pride in keeping the finest ales, lagers and beers at the highest standard. Expect to find a selection of premium lagers, including San Miguel and Prahva on draught, John Smiths, Wainwright, Doom Bar and Guinness are permanent residents with guest ales appearing on rotation. There is an extensive selection of bottled ciders, beers and alco-pops such as Blue Wkd and Smirnoff Ice. Top shelf optics are in good shape with all the usual favourites available.
Relax after a day out on the moors in the comfortable sofas of the newly decorated lounge area. Get that Friday feeling in the bar with all your favourite tunes on the jukebox while you thrash your mates at pool. Feeling lucky? The gambling machine is flashing its lights in the corner waiting for you to try your luck. In coming months there will be a function room available for private parties and events. Contact Dawn and Martin directly to check availability and possibilities for catering and drinks. For your ease and convenience there is parking to the rear of the pub.
Opening Hours: Restaurant
12 noon to 7 pm – Tuesday to Saturday
12 noon to 4 pm – Sundays
Opening Hours: Lounge and Bar
12 noon to 11 pm daily
Phone: +44 1751 798 948
Address: 11 Park St, Pickering, YO18 7AJ
The Sun Inn
The Sun Inn, situated on Westgate, is a traditional Pickering pub with a large beer garden to the rear – perfect for those sunny summer afternoons. This award-winning real ale pub serves CAMRA certified ales, proper cider and guarantees a warm Yorkshire welcome. The pub hosts regular events including live music, charity fundraisers and quiz nights. Scarborough CAMRA has named The Sun Inn ‘Best Rural Pub of the Year and Best Cider Pub of the Year’.
The Sun Inn welcomes families and dogs. There is no food served but the landlord invites you to bring your fish an chips into the beer garden for a delicious picnic with your refreshing pint! A BBQ is available for use by customers with prior arrangement – ideal if you’re planning a tasty family feast alfresco. The ‘Garden Room’, an extension of the main pub building is a great place to spend a few hours supping ale and reading a book or gathering with friends to enjoy light conversation. The ‘Garden Room’ can also be booked for private occasions and events.
In the garden proper, there is pétanque for the grown-ups and giant games for the children. Hours of fun and entertainment guaranteed. Each year the annual Beer and Cider Festival is a popular crowd pleaser with 24 ales, 15 ciders and live music and delicious food.
There is no WiFi, gaming machines or TV. It’s a proper pub.
Monday – Thursday 4 pm – 11 pm
Friday & Saturday – 12 Noon – 12 Midnight
Sunday – 12 Noon – 11 pm
School Summer & Christmas Holidays ~ Open every day from 12 Noon
Phone: +44 1751 473 661
Address: 136 Westgate, Pickering, YO18 8BB
The Bay Horse Inn
Found at 8 Market Place, this centrally located pub in Pickering has a long and fascinating history. The Bay Horse Inn was once a burgage during the reign of King Edward I. It is said that the pub housed Cromwellian officers during the English Civil War. Legend has it that Cromwell himself stayed at the Bay Horse in the year 1640. A ‘hidehole’ between the walls was found recently during renovation, a sure sign of the troubled times of those brutal days. ‘The Bay’ has throughout the years been said to have had stables, brewhouse, cottages, even an orchard, and has long been associated with the town’s fishermen.
Dining is top of the menu at the Bay. With meals available throughout the week including the legendary Sunday roast. The extensive menu features pub classics such as Rump, Sirloin and Gammon steaks alongside a selection of fish dishes, the mighty and very special Bay Horse Steak and Ale Pie is a popular choice, as Spadge’s Special Black Pudding and Pork Sausages served with mash potatoes and thick red onion gravy.
Children's meals are available including real chicken nuggets, fish goujons and bangers and mash – sure to please tiny Tim and teeny Talloulah. The desserts menu is also pretty handy with vanilla bean creme brûlée ranking top in our humble opinion. There’s a solid cheese board for those of a savoury state of mind.
The bar presents a decent selection of ales and lagers including Pravha, Carlsberg Export and San Miguel. John Smiths, Timothy Taylors and Camerons Strongarm deliver the bitter goods. Expect a fair selection of wines, spirits and soft drinks in this handsome, historic country pub.
Monday – Thursday 11.30 – 11.30
Friday – Saturday – 11.30 – 12.00
Sunday 12 noon – 11.30
Monday 12 – 2 then 6 – 8 pm
Tuesday – Kitchen Closed
Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 2 then 6 – 8 pm
Sunday Carvery 12 – 3 pm
Phone: +44 1751 472 526
Address: 8 Market Pl, Pickering, YO18 7AA
The Rose Inn
You’ll find the Rose Inn nestling atop the banks of Pickering Beck on Bridge Street, just opposite the Beck Isle Museum. The terminus of the North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway is nearby for those cheeky pints while you wait on the next connection to Whitby. This Grade II listed Pickering pub provides rustic charm for patrons as they sip ales in the low ceilinged bar and dining areas.
Happy hour runs Monday to Thursday from 5 – 8 pm. An occasional quiz is held some Sundays. There is an extensive outdoor space with plenty of benches for the summer months and smokers. Children are allowed in the venue until 9 pm. Prone to flooding, this ancient boozer has seen six floods during recent torrential downpours.
Expect to find Tetley's and Black Sheep on the regular and one changing guest ale. The Rose Inn is one of many dog-friendly pubs in Pickering. The bar has traditional pub games including darts, pool and cards. Sky Sports is available for sports fans and WiFi is available for everyone.
Monday – Sunday: Midday – 11.00 pm
Phone: +44 1751 475 366
Address: Bridge Street, Pickering, YO18 8DT
The Lettered Board
This traditional pub in Pickering on Smiddy Hill is popular with locals and tourists alike. Serving a range of premium ales, lagers and spirits you’re sure to find your favourite tipple here. The Lettered Board has a pool league with free pool all day, darts, karaoke and jukebox with a whopping ten selections for a pound – get your top tunes blasting and pot black, just like John Virgo!
With the latest opening hours in the town, The Lettered Board caters for those seeking a late night pint in a classic community pub. The Lettered Board is also available for private hire; any function or celebration can be catered for, just call Dave for details.
Monday – Thursday: 3:00 pm – 12 am
Friday – Saturday: 3 pm – 1:00 am *
Sunday: 3 pm – 11:30 pm
Please Note: Last Entry at 12:30 am on Friday & Saturday Nights
Phone: +44 7944 593 292
Address: 7 Smiddy Hill, Pickering, YO18 7AN
The following establishments are traditional Coaching Inns with rooms, restaurants and bars in Pickering
The Black Swan
This 17th-century coaching inn has something for everyone. The Black Swan has a fantastic restaurant that is open from 7:45 am for breakfast, provides rooms for guests wishing to stay the night in delightful and historic surroundings and has a fantastic bar stocked with premium beverages from around the world and the best of the region.
The historic premises has hosted many important events including celebrations of the inaugural journey of the Pickering to Whitby Railway (along the North Yorkshire More Railway line), has been a Masonic Lodge and also HQ of the Cycle Touring Club with one of only nine plaques in the country housed at the pub.
Recently renovated over a number of years by new owners the Black Swan is once again the premier establishment for all forms of rest, relaxation and entertainment. The Great British Breworks produces some of the finest craft beers in the region, these are served in the bar among many other artisan editions from local brewers. Wine is stocked from Betton Wines with selections from across the best estates in Europe. Gin lovers are in for a treat with over 30 varieties in stock for that all-important gin o’clock refresher in the Whistlers bar. Coffee is supplied by Thirsk favourites, Rounton Roasters.
The popular restaurant is open all day with breakfast served from early morning and dinner available until late. Dishes are served from around the world with small plates available for grazing such as Thai fishcakes, Baked garlic and Thyme Camembert and Cig Kofta, a Turkish vegetarian ‘meatball’. Main courses include favourites such as beer battered cod and chips, Pie of the Week with seasonal veg and slaw roasted belly pork stuffed with pork shoulder, garlic, herbs and fruit – delicious!
Charles Dickens is reputed to have stayed at the Black Swan as is the artist Rex Whistler, while paintings can still be seen on some walls. Nine letting rooms are available for guests wishing to stay the night and there is also a generous loyalty scheme offering discounts of up to 20%. Ample guest parking to the rear. The annual festival in the courtyard is highly recommended.
Opening Hours: Breakfast
Mon – Fri: 7:45 am – 9:00 am
Sat – Sun: 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Opening Hours: Lunch
Mon – Sat: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Opening Hours: Dinner
Mon – Thur: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Fri – Sat: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sun: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Opening Hours: Bar
Mon – Thur: 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Fri & Sat: 11:30 am – 11:30 pm
Sun: 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
Phone: +44 1751 798209
Address: Birdgate, Pickering, YO18 7AL
Why not stay here? Book a room at The Black Swan Inn
The White Swan Inn
Since the sixteenth century, The White Swan Inn has been serving delicious food, fine ales and providing comfy beds for patrons on the cusp of the stunning North York Moors. Centrally located in the heart of Pickering at Market Place, The White Swan Pub is a beacon for quality and service. Expect to have your every need met as the helpful staff cater to meet your high standards.
The bar at The White Swan is as you’d expect well stocked and finished to a high standard. With real ales on tap including the perennially popular Timothy Taylor ‘Landlord’ and ‘Golden Best’ or Yorkshire favourite, ‘Black Sheep’. There are plenty of gins to choose from for those seeking a hit of juniper berry with tonic, a decent range of whiskies and at least eight wines on the menu for those seeking a fine accompaniment to a tasty meal. Champagne and prosecco are also available. Families are welcome as are dogs – expect fresh water and a doggy treat from the dog tuck jar.
Enjoy a superb meal in the AA rosette winning restaurant, as Darren and his six-strong team create a feast fit for royalty. The lamb, for example, is seared at 350 degrees, then slow roasted before being finished over charcoal. Homemade tartar sauce is the essence of a sublime plate of fish and chips. This award-winning AA rosette restart really is a high standard of dining.
Stay in a vintage room with luxury touches such as champagne on arrival, hand made biscuits and chocolates or just relax in the fine linen and unique bespoke furniture. There are a number of stunning rooms to choose from and guest can expect a high standard of service and luxury.
A proper country inn experience awaits guests at the award-winning White Swan pub in Pickering.
Opening Hours: Restaurant
Breakfast 7:45 – 10 am
Morning coffee: 10 am – 12 pm
Lunch: 12 – 2 pm
Sunday Lunch: 12 – 4 pm
Afternoon tea, snacks & light bites: 2 pm – 4.30 pm
Dinner: 6.45 pm – 9 pm (8:30 pm on Sunday)
Phone: +44 1751 472 288
Why not stay here? Book a room at The White Swan Inn
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