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10 Real Ale Pubs in Whitby for you to try

Love trying different real ales? Whitby has plenty of places for just that! Here are 10 real ale pubs in Whitby for you to try.

There are plenty of pubs in Whitby to try, you really are quite spoilt for choice! If you’re a fan of real ales, this is the article for you. We have chosen 10 real ale pubs in Whitby for you to try on your next trip.

The Black Horse

The Black Horse Inn, real ale pub in Whitby

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The building dates back to the 1600s and as such has a Grade II listing. It is in Church Street whose cobbles march the age of the pub which is one of the oldest in Whitby. Over the years, the building has been a funeral parlour, a spirits’ warehouse as well as a brothel. The Black Horse changes its real ales on a regular basis, offering five different ones as well real cider and speciality cider, Belgian beer, bottled and draught. Snacks and light meals add to the overall quality of the place. Find more information here.

Whitby Brewery 

Whitby Brewery serves a selection of real ales

The ideal time to drop into this new pub is when you are visiting Whitby Abbey. There is a selection of beers and you may well have a thirst if you have climbed the 199 Steps up to the Abbey. It is a small place with only a capacity of a handful of people. The overflow simply ends up in the brewery itself and in good weather just the courtyard. These beers are brewed just through the door that leads to a viewing area of the brewery. Find more information here.

Waiting Room

The Waiting Room real ale pub in Whitby

The Waiting Room is even smaller, the Town’s first micropub that does not bother with spirits or lager. There is no TV or music but dogs are welcome. It offers simple enjoyment in its 6 square yards and plenty do, so at times, you may not even be able to get in. It won a local CAMRA Award, Cider Pub of the Year and Spring Pub of the Season. Find more information here.

The Duke of York

The Duke of York Whitby

This pub is at the bottom of the 199 steps below the Abbey. The building’s history dates back to the Doomsday Book in the Middle Ages and has been an alehouse and pub for around 150 years. The walls are full of Whitby history. The traditional atmosphere is great as you sample its range of real ales and pub grub. Find more information here.


The Endeavour Whitby

This cosy little pub has just a single room. It is on the eastern side of the river fairly close to the Captain Cook Museum. There is regular entertainment in the form of folk and Irish music sessions. It was opened a few years before the outbreak of World War II and it celebrates Cook’s first voyage to the other side of the world. The real ale on offer changes regularly to the extent they estimate almost 150 different real ales are on offer in a single year. Typical Yorkshire ‘’pub grub’’ is sold but the landlord does allow customers to bring in their own fish and chips

The Little Angel

The Little Angel serves a range of real ales

This traditional pub in Flowergate has Cask Marque accreditation. There is a cask day every Wednesday with five different ales and a cider on sale at the same fixed price. There are plenty of good wines and spirits with some live music during the week and enjoys two festival music weeks each year. Find more information here.

The Station Inn

The Station Inn, Whitby

The Station Inn is a place that specializes in guest ales and that reputation attracts customers from throughout the region. It is often busy with live music regularly held in the evening, a friendly atmosphere enjoyed by young and old alike. The real ales are all sourced from Yorkshire with the majority being Whitby’s best; Smugglers’ Gold and Jet Black are examples while others come from Keighley, Timothy Taylor, or Osset. You can even stay in one of the Inn’s three guest rooms if you wish. Find more information here.

The Board Inn

The Board Inn

You can relax in this Church Street pub and enjoy the fine views over the harbour from below the 199 steps to the Abbey. There is a great atmosphere in the bar with its beamed ceilings and exposed brickwork. and this place is proud of its appearance in the Good Beer Guide. Not only does the Board Inn sell food but it also has rooms which you can book if you want to be in the heart of Whitby. Find more information here.

The Fleece

The Fleece pub in Whitby

This pub attracts a broad cross-section of customers, providing everything for sports TV, live music, food and excellent ales. The bar has not changed in years and provides a traditional local atmosphere with a real fire in the winter. Situated on East Cliff, early evening is a great time here, and stay until the sun sets over the harbour. There is a pleasant outside seating area. Find more information here.

The Star Inn

The Star Inn, Whitby

A traditional pub in Hoggersgate, The Star Inn sits back from the quayside and offers a good range of ales at good prices. It is never too busy but there is always a nice atmosphere with the friendly landlords and locals. There’s no food and it is dog friendly.

Thirsty now? We love trying different pubs in Whitby. Let us know if you try any of these real ale pubs in the comments.

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