The Duke of York, Whitby is one of the town’s oldest public houses and has been in operation for approximately one hundred and fifty years. It is situated at the bottom of the one hundred and ninety nine steps leading up to St. Mary’s Church and Graveyard and ultimately to the iconic Whitby Abbey.
The walls are decorated with memorabilia from Whitby’s historic past with many old photographs, 250 year old deeds of the street, historic fishing boat registrations associated with some of the local families, old harpoons and a bronze propellor.
Normally busy throughout the year serving various ales, wines, meals etc. this Sunday was particularly so. The staff were friendly and efficient and the meals served were to be recommended, the portions were more than ample but did not detract from the quality. The prices are very reasonable and there is a varied choice of menu to suit most palates including a vegetarian option with a specials board offering a differing choice from the main meals available. An added bonus is free wi-fi, so welcome particularly when on holiday.
There are quite a few window seats available allowing an incredible view of the harbour and across the River Esk to the amusements, the Khyber Pass, Captain Cook’s Statue, the Whalebone Arch and, from some seats, a view throughout the West Pier and Tate Hill Beach.
Accommodation at The Duke of York is available on a room only basis and this is situated below the main public house area, allowing residents unrivalled views of the river. It is well worth a visit, we enjoyed our meal and the ambience of this lovely old pub. By the way, tea and coffee are available as well as a good selection of sweets.