The best pubs to visit in the North York Moors

The North York Moors has to be up there with the most beautiful places in England.

Stunning scenery is a given in this part of the world, with walkers and hikers making the most of the unspoiled countryside within a short distance away from the North Yorkshire coast.

There is nothing quite like discovering a wonderful pub at the end of a long, tough walk – so here are 10 of the best pubs to try out in the North York Moors.

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The Lion Inn

The Lion

The highest point of the North York Moors National Park is not easy to reach, but a pint at the Lion is well worth the journey. This 16th-century freehouse has been owned by the same family for more than 40 years – they know what they are doing!

The award-winning Old Peculier is among the beers on tap, while there are three candlelit dining rooms for dining. Booking is recommended and visitors can stay over too with 13 letting rooms including a honeymoon suite.

Phone: +44 1751 417320

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Address: The Lion, Blakey Ridge, York, YO62 7LQ

The Durham Ox Tap Bar

The Durham Ox

Right in the south-west corner of the North York Moors is The Durham Cox, in picturesque Crayke. This gorgeous stop was named Pub of the Year at the 2019 White Rose Awards, so its quality is not in doubt.

The pub has been in place for 300 hundred years with the same family at the helm for the last couple of decades. The Durham Ox is dog-friendly, serves up a delicious a la carte menu with an emphasis on using the best local produce, while there is a bespoke vegetarian and gluten-free menu too. Accommodation includes award-winning breakfasts, too.

Phone: +44 1347 821506

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Address: The Durham Ox, West Way, Crayke, York, YO61 4TE

The Blacksmiths Arms

Blacksmiths Arms

Up to Lastingham now, where the Blacksmiths Arms is perfectly positioned opposite St. Mary's Church. This is a historic spot – the church attracts many thousands of visitors every year due to its Saxon crypt. Guests can book a stay in one of three en-suite bedrooms, while the Sunday roasts on offer here are some of the best that can be found anywhere in the North York Moors. Booking is recommended as the Blacksmiths Arms is, deservedly, a popular pub in these parts.

Phone: +44 1751 417247

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Address: Blacksmiths Arms, Anserdale Lane, Lastingham, York, YO62 6TN

Birch Hall Inn

Small but perfectly formed, Birch Hall Inn is just a few miles inland from the joys of Whitby. Basically two bars with a small sweet shop in the middle, there is a self-catering cottage next door where guests can stay the night during a tour of the North York Moors.

Home-baked scones are a highlight as well as the pub's famous beer cake, while the hand-pulled cask beer is kept perfectly. Any pub that has a Top Dogs section on its website simply has to be worth a visit.

Phone: +44 1947 896245

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Address: Beck Hole Rd, Beck Hole, Whitby, YO22 5LE

Fox & Rabbit Inn

The Fox & Rabbit Inn

On the edge of Dalby Forest is the Fox & Rabbit Inn, a classic country pub that has been owned by brothers Charles and Toby Wood for more than 15 years. You can find the inn on the A169 Whitby to Pickering road and it is just around the corner from the Dalby Forest Visitors Centre.

Food on a tempting menu is sourced locally where it is possible to do so, with dishes on offer including homemade steak and black sheep ale pie. Sister pub The Horseshoe Inn in Levisham is just a couple of miles away and also worth checking out if you are in the area.

Phone: +44 1751 460213

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Address: Whitby Road, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7NQ

Moors Inn

Moors Inn

Cosy village Appleton-le-Moors is the location for the simply-named Moors Inn, which dates back to the 17th century. This dog-friendly pub is open seven days a week and there are eight en-suite rooms on the site as well, with breakfast included in the price.

Proprietors Jonathan and Katie Sharp provide a warm welcome and the bar area features an open fire. Reasonable prices and big portions on the tasty menu make this a great value pub pick in the North York Moors.

Phone: +44 1751 417435

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Address: Appleton-le-Moors, York, YO62 6TF

Feversham Arms Inn

This traditional pub is located in an area known locally as Daffodil Valley or Daffodil Dale, after the yellow flowers that grow by the side of the river Dove. The Feversham Arms Inn, which is owned by Rachel and Alan Forster, has a stunning beer garden with views over the valley.

Find the pub at the northern end of Farndale, in the village of Church Houses. There are two dining rooms that visitors can book privately, while there are three en-suite bedrooms too.

Phone: +44 1751 433206

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Address: Church Houses, York, YO62 7LF

The Golden Lion

Definitely one of the best North York Moors pubs, the Golden Lion is an 18th-century stone inn that is famous locally for its friendly atmosphere, with dogs and children both welcome. Guests can stay in one of the inn's seven double bedrooms while an experimental menu serves up

English classics as well as a handful of dishes with a more European influence. The Golden Lion is not to be confused with a hotel and pub with the same name, not too far away, in Northallerton town centre.

Phone: +44 1609 883526

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Address: 6 W End, Osmotherley, Northallerton, DL6 3AA

The Witching Post Inn

This free house is only a few miles to the south-west of Whitby, with the Witching Post Inn located in the village of Egton. A Sunday carvery draws plenty of locals as well as those who are exploring the North York Moors.

The 18th-century pub is particularly popular due to the fact it acts as either the start or finish line for the Gallon Walk, where hardy hikers attempt to visit eight pubs across eight miles in eight hours. Egton railway station is under a mile away too, but it is up a very steep hill. Be warned!

Phone: +44 1947 895537

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Address: High Street, Egton, Whitby, YO21 1TZ

Arncliffe Arms

Arncliffe Arms

Our final selection for the best North York Moors pubs is the Arncliffe Arms, which is a freehouse and bed and breakfast. In Glaisdale, not far from Whitby, the inn has six en-suite rooms and a fantastic array of beers on the bar.

Perfect for a visit during a recreation of Alfred Wainwright's ‘Coast to Coast' walk, the Arncliffe Arms is close to Beggar's Bridge, the site of a local story people will certainly fill you in about. Built in 1865, dogs are welcome at the pub and fresh Whitby fish and scampi is on the menu.

Phone: +44 1947 897555

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Address: Arncliffe Terrace, Glaisdale, Whitby, YO21 2QL

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