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Robin Hood’s Bay Pubs, The Best Pubs In Robin Hood’s Bay

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There are a couple of great pubs around Robin Hood’s Bay. In this article, we take a look at our favourite Robin Hood’s Bay Pubs.

Robin Hood’s Bay attracts explorers from all over the country for its quirky streets, beautiful coastal scenery and fascinating history. It’s one of the Yorkshire Coast’s prime seaside break locations and is certainly a “must do” for those that love the character of a traditional sailors village. No seaside destination is complete without a warm and welcoming pub to enjoy at the end of an adventure-filled day. In this post, we want to introduce our favourite Robin Hood’s Bay Pubs. 

1. The Bay Hotel

The Bay Hotel Pub in Robin Hood's Bay

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The Bay Hotel sits within The Dock area at Robin Hood’s Bay. Surrounded by the gorgeous coastal scenery, the Bay Hotel has built a reputation as the perfect spot for keen walkers to end their sand and sea air filled hikes. Guests will be welcomed by the Bay Hotels bottom bar which used to be a stable, a classic of the Robin Hood’s Bay pubs to end a coast-to-coast walk. The pub welcomes dogs and children so be prepared for a great open family vibe. A range of cask ales is available at the bar to suit all tastes as well as a great range of wines and essential crowd favourites.

The food menu is stuffed with great home-cooked options and a large dining room is ready to host one of the best meals your group will experience during your stay. Visitors that fancy staying at the inn and love the location can think about staying in one of the Hotels 3 available rooms.

The Bay Hotel has been operating for hundreds of years. Its roots stem back as far as 1828! Food is served within the main bar or the Family room. On sunny days guests are welcome to take their drinks and meals out into the outdoor table areas or the sea-facing balcony for a splash of fresh air!

2. Smugglers Bistro

The Smugglers Bistro in Robin Hood's Bay

This candle-lit bistro may not be one of the traditional Robin Hood’s Bay Pubs, Smugglers Bistro sits in the heart of Robin Hood’s Bay making it a great choice for a romantic date. It’s just meters from the historic smugglers dock in the bay and offers guests a wonderfully romantic setting, perfect for couples.

The Smugglers Bistro specialise in seafood and steaks, use locally sourced ingredients and promise all guest a warm and attentive experience. All meals are freshly prepared on-site to ensure all dishes are of the highest quality possible.

The restaurant sits seconds away from the beach and is surrounded by historic scenes. The building used to be known as the Boathouse and offers self-catering accommodation that is perfectly situated for a stay right next to the bay. The location is hugely popular so as you can imagine, availability is very limited, especially in the holiday seasons. Book your stay as early as possible to give yourself the best chance of finding a date that suits you!

3. The Grosvenor Hotel

The Grosvenor Hotel & Bar in Robin Hood's Bay

The Grosvenor bar is well stocked with a choice of cask and bottled beers, spirits, wines and soft drinks including teas and coffees. It’s a popular final destination for hikers and those completing the ’coast to coast walk’. The bar is very family-friendly and is in an ideal location for those visiting the bay for the day.

The Grosvenor offers a great bar menu, which is updated with a daily Specials Board promising guests a varied and fresh choice of food and snacks. Dishes include burgers and sandwiches as light snacks. Those looking for a more hearty meal can look forward to proper ‘Ale & Steak Pie’, fresh fish and ships, juicy steaks and (when in season) fresh Lobster.

4. The Laurel Inn

The Laurel Inn, Robin Hood's Bay

After a good walk along the stunning beach of the bay, you’ll need a good pint in a cosy pub. Make your way up the lane towards the top of the village to find The Laurel Inn, Robin Hood’s Bay smallest pub. This homely and welcoming bar is immaculately kept with a beamed bar and cast-iron range. 

The open fire roars in the winter ready to welcome guests that want a warm rest after a long day of exploring. The walls are hung with photos of days and people from the bays smuggling history. Lovers of old fashioned furniture will love the oak settles that are comfortably upholstered with fading red velvet, classic clocks and charming decor.

On the pumps you’ll find Adnams Ghost Ship, Charles Wells Young’s Bitter and Theakstons Old Peculier; all worth a good try if you like a hearty ale. The delightful coffee comes in the form of Rombouts, and there are a handful of lovely wines to choose from served by the glass.

5. Coast Bar Bistro

Coast Bar Bistro

The Coast Bar Bistro offers guests a warm welcome with delicious homemade food made from locally sourced ingredients. Situated on Northcliffe Holiday Park, which is part of the 5 stars award-winning Northcliffe & Seaview Holiday Parks, the bistro sits between Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay, making it an ideal spot to catch a fantastic meal during your exploits.

Active explorers will appreciate the restaurant’s position adjacent to The Cinder Track – which was formerly the Whitby Scarborough railway. The track is now a dedicated walk/cycle/bridleway which can serve as a handy route directly to Whitby or Robin Hood’s Bay as well as onto Ravenscar. Stop by for lunch on dinner on your way!

6. The Victoria Hotel Bar

The Victoria Hotel Bar

Last but by no means least is the Victoria Hotel bar, one Robin Hood’s Bay pub with a lot on offer. The recently refurbished bar area in The Victoria Hotel is light and airy and provides a great place to enjoy a relaxing ale all year round. Of the Robin Hoods Bay pubs, we’ve looked at this one champions local brewers such as Whitby Brewery, with an amazing six real ales on top all year round. In winter there’s an open fire for those cosy nights.

The Victoria Hotel is a popular local wedding venue and provides some of the best accommodation for guests to such events in their rooms. The view from the Seaview Restaurant is breathtaking and well worth the visit to take a look. Delicious meals are available in the bar and can be enjoyed with your favourite tipple.

Have you tried any of these Robin Hood’s Bay pubs? Let us know in the comments.

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3 thoughts on “Robin Hood’s Bay Pubs, The Best Pubs In Robin Hood’s Bay”

  1. When was this guide last updated? Visited Robinhoods bay in April and The Dolphin and the Smugglers bistro had both closed? Have they reopened?

    • Hi Louise. Ye Dolphin is currently closed. The Smugglers is open, but do check directly before visiting as staffing issues are causing a lot of problems in the local area.


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