The ultimate guide to pubs in Robin Hoods Bay

27th March 2018

Robin Hoods Bay

The rugged and brooding Yorkshire coastline is perfectly captured when you arrive in Robin Hoods Bay. The sweeping beach and fishing cottages give you a timeless backdrop to your getaway to a Robin Hoods Bay hotel.

As every Yorkshire local will tell you, there is no greater joy than time spent in a proper Yorkshire pub. This is the ultimate guide to all of the pubs and bars in the Robin Hoods Bay area, so you can get a real taste of Yorkshire whilst you are away.


The Bay Hotel and Restaurant

The Dock, Robin Hoods Bay

The Bay Hotel and Restaurant is an appropriate place to start this guide as it is an iconic part of Robin Hoods Bay. The traditional English pub can trace its history back to 1828 when it was first opened as The New Inn. The Bay is situated on the edge of the water and has a perfect sea view.

The Bay Hotel

The Bay Hotel is the end point of Alfred Wainwright’s 192-mile Coast-to-Coast walk. The walk starts in St. Bees, Cumbria and passes through the Lake District and over the Yorkshire Dales. It is still a popular walk to this day after being first envisioned by Wainwright in 1973.

The Bay Hotel Sign

The Black Horse Inn

Church Street, Whitby

The Black Horse Inn is a small pub based just outside of Robin Hoods Bay in Whitby. This smashing little pub has a large range of drinks and is famous for its ‘Yorkshire tapas’. If you are looking for a light evening snack this is the place to go.


Bramblewick Fish & Grill

The Dock, Robin Hoods Bay

Bramblewick Fish & Grill is an upmarket seafood restaurant in Robin Hoods Bay. The Bramblewick as it’s known locally is a stone’s throw from the bay and serves up some of the best dishes in the area. The restaurant aims to pair coast and countryside with their fresh menu of locally sourced, seasonal dishes. 

Bramblewick Fish & Grill

Bryherstones Inn

Newlands Road, Scarborough

The Bryherstones Inn has recently been restored after a 14-year break. The pub has been in the hands of the Shipley family since 1983 and you can now be greeted with a warm welcome by current owners Paul and Sally.

In the corner of the bar burns a log fire and traditional, home cooked food is served up for all. Bryherstones Inn has a reputation for being one of the most welcoming pubs in the area and begs for more than just one visit.


The Falcon Inn

Whitby Road, Cloughton, Scarborough

The Falcon Inn is a former coaching inn with over 200 years of history. This grand inn is a regular port of call for travellers between Scarborough and Whitby. Specialising in great British pub food the Falcon is surrounded by 5 acres of award-winning forestry that you can explore before you tuck into a delicious meal.

The Falcon Inn was originally a shooting lodge for Lord Derwent until it became a coaching inn during the 19th century. It marked the changeover point for horses between Scarborough and Whitby and today continues to be a resting point for travellers looking for respite.


The Flask Inn Restaurant

Blacksmiths Hill, Robin Hoods Bay

The Flask Inn is a gastro-pub located between Whitby and Scarborough. The inn serves traditional pub cuisine and often puts on quiz nights and music nights. The old Inn is a great place if you are looking for a local food and entertainment.


FylingDales Inn

Fylingthorpe, Whitby

The Fylingdales Inn has high-quality food, a roaring fire and the traditional pub atmosphere. It’s the perfect fusion of a local’s pub and an upmarket gastro-pub. Head to Fylingdales if you are looking for a warm Yorkshire welcome at the heart of a Yorkshire village.

Flyingdales Fish & Chips

The Hare & Hounds

Hawsker, Whitby

The Hare & Hounds is a pub situated on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moor. Serving locally-sourced ales and food and striving to cater for all The Hare & Hounds works on a principle of the three H’s: homely, homemade and hospitality. This combination makes The Hare and Hounds a welcoming and friendly traditional Yorkshire pub.

The Hare and Hounds

We spoke to Matthew, owner of The Hare and Hounds to find out a little bit more: “I decided to take over the lease of the hare and hounds back in 2008 as the pub and its location had always appealed to me. Based only 2-3 miles away from Robin Hoods Bay and Whitby it was perfectly positioned in the countryside but also close enough for local Whitby people to travel to.

The Hare and Hounds Steak

“The Hare and Hounds is unique for been small and quaint but, yet it can be bursting at the seams in summer months with local people and holidaymakers enjoying a beverage in our beer garden or a home-cooked meal. We too are renowned for producing quality, freshly-made food to order and our weekly themed nights, which does help set us apart from the rest.”

He also gave us his suggestion to visitors: “I would suggest one of our fantastic cask ales to a new customer visiting The Hare and Hounds, in particularly a pint of Wainwrights would be most fitting! Not only is this a refreshing ale but it too has a great background story behind it, as of course Mr Wainwright himself planned the renowned coast to coast walk, closely passing our doors.”


The Laurel Inn

New Road, Robin Hoods Bay

The Laurel Inn lives on the gravity-defying, New Road right at the heart of Robin Hoods Bay. The white-clad building sits on a corner with traditional features on the outside and overlooks the bay at the back.

The Laurel Inn

The bar is laced with traditional beams and is warmed by its cast-iron range and open fire. The whole experiences could have you believing you have stepped back in time with sepia photographs lining the coarse walls. Buy lunch here or bring your own lunch in, even your beloved pooch, The Laurel Inn are happy to open their doors to any thirsty wayfarers.

New Road Robin Hoods Bay

Penny Hedge Pub

Stainsacre Lane, Whitby

The Penny Hedge Pub focuses on serving up Red Tractor farm-fresh chicken dishes. This rotisserie pub is part of the Marston’s chain and serves a diverse menu of fresh, responsibly-sourced dishes. The Penny Hedge combines traditional pub fare with interesting side dishes and flavours.


The Plough Inn

Sleights, Whitby

The Plough Inn is a lovely local pub based in the quaint countryside village of Sleights. Sleights is surrounded by Yorkshire countryside and full of traditional stone buildings and is a lovely stop off when you visit Robin Hoods Bay. The traditional dishes are exactly what you would want an expect from a country pub, with a warm Yorkshire welcome to match.


Quarterdeck Restaurant

Battery Parade, Whitby

The Quarterdeck restaurant is based in Whitby and is known locally for its reasonably-priced large portions of fresh fish and chips. A great place to sit in and have a drink and plate or grab some fish and chips takeaway and eat them looking over the water.


Ruswarp Riverside café

Ruswarp, Whitby

Ruswarp Riverside Café looks like something from a fairy tale. The small cafe is located on the banks of the River Esk and as well as local ales and quality wines they serve perfect pub lunches to eat in the sun.

The Ruswarp is situated next to a miniature railway and boat hire, so you can always stop in here for a light pub lunch after taking a boat out on the river and soaking in some of the beauty of the Yorkshire riverside.


Secret SeaView

Chapel Street. Robin Hoods Bay

Secret Seaview, formerly known as Swell Cafe Bar, is a converted chapel tucked away in Robin Hoods Bay. This café bar is a great place to stop by if you are looking for a coffee or something stronger, especially as it has a great view out over the bay. A great spot for a light lunch and a cocktail or morning coffee.

Secret Seaview Cafe

We spoke to the team at Secret Seaview who told us a bit about the interesting history of the bar: “Secret Seaview is a former Old Chapel on the edge of the seawall in the quaint fishing village of Robin Hoods Bay. Above the building is the original Old Chapel steeped in history with seating for up to 160 people for weddings, concerts, plays, comedy nights and even lectures on the dark skies not missing the opportunity to hire as a private cinema.

The Chapel Robin Hoods Bay

“In the daytime we offer a cosmopolitan Café Bar with a rustic chic atmosphere serving fantastic coffee, wine and local beers and smidgens of delicious foods. Topped with the fact we are at the edge of the seawall with a stunning seated terrace and gardens that provides a view of the bay and coastline for miles. In the evening we provide the perfect venue for a family gathering, private party or social get together by giving exclusive use of the venue in a number of ways.”

The team told us why you should head to the Secret Seaview when you visit Robin Hoods Bay: “Quite simply we are Robin Hoods Bay’s best-kept secret. At one side of the building you look out onto the streets of the village and the back view looks out to sea. Who else has a front and back door that can offer such a contrast?”  

Secret Seaview Terrace

“The Telegraph has described as one of the top ten Café Bars with stunning sea views. We would simply say we are a one-off. Where else could you party in Yorkshire on a private terrace and garden overlooking the North Yorkshire coastal line with uninterrupted views of the sea? Yet at the same time as you are so close you can hear the lapping of the waves.”

Finally, they gave us their top drinks suggestions: “Smugglers Hot Chocolate with rum or our speciality cocktail “The Godfather”.



The Dock, Robin Hoods Bay

Smugglers opened 7 years ago and although it started off small it has grown bigger and bigger. It is a dreamy bistro in the heart of Robin Hoods Bay, situated just meters from the dock. This romantic restaurant is the perfect spot for a candlelit meal such as rib-eye steak, Cajun spiced salmon steak, crisp breaded camembert or a seafood platter.


We spoke to the team at Smugglers to find out a bit more: “We offer a unique experience unlike any other in the bay. Our 250yr plus building offers and atmospheric candlelit adult environment. We run as the only independent wine bar/pub in lower bay. 

Smugglers steak

Three Jolly Sailors

Burniston, Scarborough

The Three Jolly Sailors is full of traditional features, from the stone walls to open fires - it is everything you want a pub to be. Located in Burniston, Three Jolly Sailors aims for personalised and authentic service, serving up Yorkshire favourites like steak pie, local scampi and the classic Sunday roast with Yorkshires.

Three Jolly Sailors

The Wayfarer Bistro

Station Road, Robin Hoods Bay

The Wayfarer Bistro is a seafood restaurant located towards the north-end of Robin Hoods Bay. The Wayfarer is known for its friendly service and delicious meals. If you are looking for a step above traditional pub grub and quality deserts the Wayfarer is for you.


Windmill Inn

Stainsacre, Whitby

The Windmill Inn is a dog-friendly pub with a large beer garden located in Stainsacre. This family-run pub is a welcoming bar near Whitby, priding themselves on serving top quality food and having a relaxed atmosphere.


Wilson Arms

Sneaton, Whitby

The Wilson Arms is a country inn located in the small village of Sneaton, just three miles from Whitby. The historic building dates back to the 18th century and is home to roaring log fires and traditional wooden beams, making for a traditional pub feel. 


Ye Dolphin

King Street, Robin Hoods Bay

On the cobblestone path outside Ye Dolphin are some picnic tables underneath a traditional sign and hanging baskets. Overlooking the sea this traditional pub remains unspoilt and thrives in its local glory.

Ye Dolphin

Ye Dolphin has existed since the 1600s and you can still see the original back door if you head downstairs once inside. The pub is proud to host local musicians and has had a mixture of resident bands since 1998. Still keeping up its musical roots you can pop in for band & jam nights on most Mondays or Friday night for folk club.

Ye Dolphin

If all of these pubs have given you a craving for the Yorkshire coast and the beautiful Robin Hoods Bay then take a look at Ravenhall for local, luxury accommodation.


Image Credit: Shipley43, Andrew Bowden, JThomas,, Peter Church, Chris Morgan, Nicholas Mutton, The Hare & Hounds, Secret Seaview, Smugglers.