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Whitby Brewery Tap, Whitby
Currently the bar is closed, however, the shop remains open. Originally opened in 2013, the new brewery stands in the shadow of the ruins of Whitby Abbey, overlooking the North Sea, and away from the hustle and bustle of the town. A selection of Whitby Brewery's beers are on handpull in their newly opened brewery tap, and whereas the customer experience is a work in progress, the beers certainly aren't. You can park your car close by, in the Abbey car park, where charges apply, but it is also well worth climbing the 199 Abbey steps to get to the brewery. During summer the brewery and tap can also be accessed using the Whitby Town Tour Bus. But do not be worried if you are concerned about actually getting into the small drinking space. Though there's only room for about eight people, when it gets full, drinkers just overflow into the brewery itself, or drink in the pleasant outdoor courtyard. Five handpumps, serve a selection of Whitby's seven beers, as well as the brewery's own lager. A door leads into the brewery viewing area where you can get a good look at the brewery. A late licence, up to 11 pm, has recently been granted, so hours may be different to those quoted. Brewery Tours are available, with tastings of the brewery's beers, but must be pre-booked.
Ugthorpe Lodge Hotel, Ugthorpe
Dating from 1605 this stone built, reputedly haunted, hunting lodge is now a country house hotel and pub offering bed and breakfast, food, bar, pool bar and conservatory. Handily located for visiting Whitby and the surrounding area. Family friendly. Dogs welcome. There is also a caravan park with tourers welcome, but please book in advance, details on website.
Tipsy Turtle, Stockton-on-Tees
Waiting Room, Whitby
Whitby's first micropub aims to provide a safe and enjoyable alternative night out. No lager nor spirits, no jukeboxes nor TV. Dogs are welcome. Meet up, chat and drink good beers and ciders without being bombarded by technology and noise. The six-yards-square pub gets busy at times, so please do not be disappointed if you cannot even get in! Local CAMRA branch Cider Pub of the Year, for many years running, and also a previous Pub of the Season. Now on new opening hours, 5 pm to 10 pm, everyday except Tuesday, when the pub is closed.
Dolphin Hotel, Whitby
Originally known as the Custom House Coffee House, this large prominent harbour-side building was developed into a public house in 1823 and then rebuilt in 1912 to its present form. The pub provides the complete package of up to six local and national beers, (though more likely to be three beers currently), on a try-before-you-buy basis, real cider, good-value food, sports TVs, a patio overlooking the harbour, six bedrooms fitted with king-size beds, live music Tuesdays and weekends, and even a friendly welcome for your dog.
Dolphin, Robin Hood's Bay
CURRENTLY CLOSED An atmospheric unspoiled house that has been awarded several commendations and has appeared in Camra's best selling Good Beer Guide over several years. One of the very few pubs with entrances on two main streets, both New Road and King Street, here, rooms are on two levels, with high class food, coal fire, outside seating and relaxing ambience all adding up to an experience not to be missed. Please check opening hours.
New Inn, Yarm
Yarm's first and only micropub, accessed just down a narrow ginnel, opened in February 2020, and offers a 10% discount to card carrying CAMRA members. Among other things, the building's most recent incarnation was as a Chocolate Boutique. Besides four rotating guest beers and two real ciders, cans of craft beers and bottles of continental, especially Belgium, beers are also served. Third pint glasses are available. A contemporary atmosphere prevails with light background music. Conversation is a must in this truly micro micro, where rubbing shoulders with your fellow drinkers, subject to the Government's latest edicts, becomes almost natural. Top quality snacks sourced from a local award winning farm shop, are also served, whilst posh teas, sweets and doggie treats are also available. The 10% discount offered to card carrying CAMRA members applies to hand-pulled real ale and real cider, and covers both pints and halves.
Smugglers, Robin Hood's Bay
Seafood Restaurant at the bottom of Robin Hood's Bay with three handpumps. Recently obtained a license to serve drinks in their own right (not just with meals).
Smugglers Den, Marske-by-the-Sea
Micro bar opened in February, 2019 which was originally an old cottage and then converted into a couple of small shops and now into a quirky, stylish micro bar covering 2 floors. Downstairs is the main bar area and a back room. Upstairs there are three further rooms of which one contains a small gin bar. All rooms contain an assortment of tables, chairs and sofas. Décor comprises wooden planking, copper tubing, bare bricks and a log burner. The surface of the bar tops have been decorated with new decimal half penny coins creating an unusual effect. There are acoustic sessions on Friday & Saturday evenings.
Laurel Inn, Robin Hood's Bay
CURRENTLY ONLY OPEN FOR ACCOMMODATION Robin Hoods Bay's smallest pub, no trappings simply an intimate, pint-and-a-chat pub halfway down the bank, has one square bar and an enclosed outside toilet! Try before you buy. Popular with younger locals. More of a drinkers' pub. Now run by Linda Winspear, who also has the Bay Hotel. Two letting flats.
Station Hotel, Picton
Currently closed, with no external signage. Situated on Long Lane close to the old railway station built by the Leeds Northern Railway in 1852 and closed to passengers in 1960 (now a private residence) at the junction of the long removed Battersby line and the Stockton Northallerton line. The Station Hotel (none residential) has a beer garden, adjacent playground, open fire, theme nights and a good selection of meals. Sunday lunch here is very popular along with ever popular cask ales.
Quirky Den, Whitby
Currently closed because of the inability to ensure adequate safe social distancing. If you have been there, then you will know what we are talking about. Whilst plans are to remain closed for the time being, once the situation changes, then the owners have every intention of re-opening. Micro pub opened in August 2018. Small downstairs bar with bench seating More seating upstairs together with toilets. Dog friendly downstairs only. Please note that the opening hours may be extended in the lead up to Christmas.
Station Inn, Whitby
Cleveland CAMRA Pub of the Year 2011, Pub of the Season Spring 2010, and regular Good Beer Guide entry. Opposite the harbour and marina, this popular multi-roomed pub offers a warm welcome, and where the enthusiastic licensee ensures that the eight beers, including two guests, always encompass an eclectic range of varying beer styles, while real cider is also served. Post C-19 restrictions, the licensee expects to continue with waiter/waitress table service. Situated close to the bus station and the NYMR/Esk Valley Railway station, this pub has become the discerning travellers' waiting room. Live music features three evenings a week. Quiz night is on Thursday. There are four letting bedrooms.
Tannery, Great Ayton
Set back from the High Street, within a courtyard, this former hairdresser's shop is accessed from the High Street through an archway next to Cooplands, the baker's shop. This family run micro pub opened in November 2018 by experiences licensees and is attracting a discerning clientele. Wooden flooring throughout, the premises have been tastefully decorated. Seating comprises of a mixture of comfortable stools, pews and wooden chairs that cater for approximately 30 customers. Four real beers and several craft beers, as well as an extensive gin menu, are served by enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable bar staff. Third pint beer bats are available. Free 'Cheese and Biscuit' evenings are hosted on Wednesdays, with any monetary donations going to the charity that the pub currently supports.
Arch & Abbey , Whitby
New micro pub opened 28th July, 2018. Recently opened micropub, operated by enthusiastic licensees, after having experienced four years of disillusionment working for one of the PubCos, until they not only lost their livelihood, but also found themselves homeless. A successful crowd funded start-up is now serving light bites and snacks, (soups, paninis, ploughman's), until 8 pm, while under 18s are allowed in until 9 pm. Located in a truly old-fashioned ladies' dress shop, that would not look out of place in a heritage museum. Four beers and six ciders are served. A wide range of bottled and canned craft beers are stocked, of various styles, and including some of low alcohol. Also a large range of spirits are served, all distilled in Yorkshire. Dog friendly. Free wi-fi. Note that during Folk Week, the pub will host several morning workshops. Pls check Folk Week programme for further details. Now on their October to Christmas opening hours - opening at 2.30 pm, with a 12 noon start on Fri, Sat and Sundays, and closing at 10.30 pm each evening.
Ship Inn, Marske-by-the-Sea
Large Tudor style 1930s pub with lounge, restaurant and letting bedrooms and lots of fishermens paraphernalia. Open everyday for good quality affordable food along with interesting meal deals. Dogs are allowed into two of the three drinking areas.
Rita's Pantry, Redcar
A former amusement arcade is now better served as the town's popular first and true micro pub. Situated on the seafront, opposite Redcar's Beacon, and where the petrified forest can be seen at low tide, a warm welcome is extended to CAMRA members, locals and visitors alike. Three interesting real beers are served, as well as two real ciders. Third pint glasses are available. The amiable licensee also hosts other social events, including occasional Belgium beer nights. Pub gets rave reviews on social media. Recent CAMRA Branch Pub of the Season 2019.
White Swan, Stokesley
Home of the Captain Cook Brewery, this friendly 18th-century pub, and winner of many local CAMRA awards, is located at the west end of this pretty market town. Up to six beers from the Captain Cook portfolio of ten beers are served, together with two guest beers, as well as two real ciders. Slipway and Sunset are always available, Endeavour is usually available, whilst there is always a dark beer available, either Black Porter or Schooner. Two beers have recently been added to the brewery's portfolio: Sandwich Islands, islands discovered by Captain Cook and named by him after the 4th Earl of Sandwich, and, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the brewery, Skippy, in memory of Brian Skipp, who started the brewery in 1999. Beer festivals, (up to 40 casks with limited space restricting these to 10 handpumps at a time), are held during Easter and in October. Craft beers are also available. Open-mic night is Tuesday, quiz night is Wednesday, while its live music night on Thursday. The sheltered outdoor drinking area overlooks the brewery, which is located just behind the pub. Over-18s only, please. Dogs are welcome.
Bay Horse, Great Broughton
Visitors and locals alike enjoy the welcoming hospitality offered by friendly bar staff at this spacious village country inn, situated at one of the northern entrances to the North York Moors. While the emphasis focuses towards good value, freshly prepared, home-cooked meals, drinkers are also especially well catered for. Besides the regulars, Strongarm and Snecklifter, for which the pub has been renown for serving for many years, two changing beers from the Marston's stable are also now on the bar.
Ship Inn, Wolviston
NOTE: HERE WE GO AGAIN. PUB CURRENTLY CLOSED AND TO LET. Following a short closure just over three years ago, the new licensees, having just celebrated their third birthday, have provided a breath of fresh air to what was once a long standing Good Beer Guide and Good Pub Food Guide listed pub not that very long ago. Situated in a picturesque village, this large impressive pub was rebuilt during the 19th century on the site of the old coaching inn - the full intriguing story of one-upmanship among competing brewery owners is featured on local websites. The licensee follows a vigorous real ale policy, with three handpumps providing a constantly changing range of more well known premium bitters. No microwave pings here, as only freshly-cooked, good-value, traditional pub food is served, including good value daily specials. Apologies in advance regarding the resident parrot, Magic, who is only 17 years old, so has a good 60 years left in him, and who does not necessarily understand the full connotation of most of the words that he utters, having overheard such profanities. Watching him flick water, from his feeding station, over some unsuspecting drinker can be funny, depending on who it is of course. Bus: 36 to High Grange, Wolviston roundabout then 500m walk westwards past St. Peter's church, which was built 1876 and is a grade II listed building.
Dr Phil's Real Ale House, Middlesbrough
CURRENTLY CLOSED, THROUGH NO FAULT OF MATT, FOLLOWING A LOSS OF ELECTRICAL SUPPLIES TO THE BUILDING ON 2/3/20, WITH SITUATION YET TO BE RESOLVED. BUSINESS STILL TRADING, HAVING TEMPORARILY TRANSFERRED TO THE VINE, DIAGONALLY OPPOSITE, AT THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS. PLEASE INFORM CLEVELAND CAMRA WITH ANY NEWS OF RE-OPENING. The first micropub in the area, and still the best. Neatly adapted from shop premises, this micropub, owned by Matt Saul, and now run by Keith Hugill, offers guests three beers as well as a real cider. Set in a pleasant urban village, seating 30, it provides chess, draughts, cards and dominoes and books, and also supports the Great North Air Ambulance. As well as the pub's own website, the beers that are available are also updated on Facebook. Snacks available, payable on a honesty box system, on Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes.
Georgian Theatre, Stockton-on-Tees
NOTE: THE BAR OPENS AT 5PM ON DAYS WHEN LIVE MUSIC IS PROGRAMMED. CHECK WEBSITE FOR DETAILS. This oldest surviving Georgian Theatre in the country began life in 1766 as a touring house on the northern circuit of theatres. After falling into disuse in the 19th century and later a sweet factory in the 1950s, the building was handed over to what is now Tees Music Alliance in 1993, a charitable not for profit organisation operated for the benefit of the community. With support from the Heritage Fund the Grade ll listed theatre has been fully refurbished and expanded to now include a public bar with tasteful interior in keeping with the style of the Georgian Theatre. Tickets for events can also be purchased at the adjacent Lucifers micro bar situated in Green Dragon Yard.
Hope & Union, Stockton-on-Tees
Tucked away in a square in the town's cultural quarter, between the Grade II listed Georgian Theatre and the River Tees, the pub is named after a steam engine and also a Yarm bound horse-drawn coach operated by the 1825 world's first passenger railway, the Stockton & Darlington. This bright modern pub serves three interesting beers, a cider and a large selection of gins and whiskies. The cellar is on open display, as is the kitchen, from where locally sourced, freshly cooked and very good value dishes are served all day, everyday. Though the Hope is run independently, it does have the same management as the Wasps opposite, so feel free to wander between the two.
Wasps Nest, Stockton-on-Tees
Micro pub opened May 2015. Tucked away between the river and the Grade II listed Georgian Theatre in the town's cultural centre, this bright, modern and lively pub serves a selection of both real and craft beers, as well as cider and perry. The pleasant L- shaped bar comprises reclaimed materials, while outside, the pub's claim to fame is that it has the town centre's only outdoor courtyard drinking area, and large enough such that it does not just become a bastion for smokers. Kitsons' pies are available throughout the day, either warm or cold. Though the Wasps is run independently, it does have the same management as the Hope opposite, so feel free to wander between the two.
Ketton Ox, Yarm
Historic 17th-century part Grade II-listed inn, once renown for its illegal cock fighting behind brick-up windows, and its top-floor morgue, where bodies found in the adjacent River Tees were first taken to. Now named after a famous shorthorn ox, Comet, born in nearby Ketton Hall in 1796 that now warrants its own extensive Wikipedia page. Recently refurbished, this modern contemporary Stonegate Town Pub & Kitchen outlet ticks all the boxes, including friendly staff, six handpulls, serving two regular beers and four guests, with pub food, served all day everyday, but please note that there is not a food service after 7.00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. There is also a large upstairs function room available for private parties. Third pint glasses available. A single large upright leather Chesterfield chair is tucked away in a corner but cosily placed next to the fire.
Chairman, Middlesbrough
Opened in March 2016, this small one room bar was converted from two terraced houses and has internal decoration comprising bare brick walls, rustic wooden panelling and brushed steel. Seating consists of a mixture of comfy bench seats, brushed steel seats and stools. There is an open kitchen towards the rear serving food lunchtimes and evenings on some days of the week. Please note that the published opening hours on this entry may not be entirely accurate.
Cleveland Bay, Eaglescliffe
Traditional pub, dating from 1825 and the very start of the railways' era, where the licensee Peter Rafferty is equally enthusiastic about real beer, (and where over-sized glasses are used), as he is about Blues music, and where Fridays at 9 pm become the North's most intimate live Blues music setting. Timothy Taylor's Landlord, Strongarm and Wainwright, along with a guest beer from the Punch Taverns' list are served. Just lately, the guest beer has been either a pale or an amber beer, brewed by Laine, Punch Tavern's own in-house brewery, based in Brighton. The pub comprises a public bar, a beer garden, a snug and a large lounge bar, available to hire for private functions, Quiz night is Thursday and Blues bands of all genres on Fridays, as the Cleveland Bay is home to 'Blues at the Bay', where Fridays sees local, national and also artists of international repute providing an eclectic mix of the all various styles of the Blues. Traditional pub games, darts and dominoes, football and horse racing showing on the TVs. A hot and cold buffet Sunday lunch is served free of charge. Remnants of the stone gate posts, at the entrance to the Stockton & Darlington Railway goods and coal yard are still in-situ at entrance to the pub's car park. The pub is recognised as being the world's first 'railway' pub.
Infant Hercules, Middlesbrough
Opened in March 2015 and one of several micro-pubs within what was the town's 'solicitors quarter', all within a stone's throw of each other, and located in parallel streets of substantial Victorian terraced houses just south of the main shopping precinct and north of the University campus. Handy for the Law Courts. Named after Gladstone's description of the town in 1862, after he had witnessed the expansion of the local steel making and ship building industries, all now sadly departed. Three third pint tasting trays are available. Local CAMRA branch 2019 Pub of the Season, and so goes forward as the Branch's representative to the 2020 Yorkshire Regional Pub of the Year competition. The pub also continues to act as venue for Teesside University Real Ale Society, (TURAS). Please note that the Infant Hercules is the only micro in Middlesbrough offering a discount to card carrying CAMRA members.
Station Hotel, Loftus
Now a free house with bar, lounge and function room where live music is played, this former railway hotel once served passengers and staff from the station some 200 yards up the road. Beer range here varies though normally a single best or premium bitter occasionally a second cask choice is provided. Acoustic music is played every Thursday and there is a live band on Saturdays. No need to hurry for the train as the passenger service was withdrawn in 1960 today the only trains on the reopened line carry potash from the nearby Boulby mine. Note: Opening hours have changed since the Good Beer Guide went to press.
Monk, Guisborough
This new modern contemporary pub/cocktail lounge/wine bar, where a warming log burner adds to the atmosphere and leather sofas abound, is an upmarket addition to the town's social life and attracts a friendly and wide ranging clientele. Situated opposite Guisborough Priory, which was razed to the ground by King Henry VIII in 1540, and aptly named as, legend has it, the 12th Century Black Monk frequented the underground tunnel that was discovered during renovations of this old saddlers' shop. The access to what actually, could have been a priest hole, is now on view, beneath a weight bearing glass cover. A mural tells the story of the activities of the monks, and the gold and the black raven. Five frequently changing real beers and a cider are served. Not cheap, but as one social commenter posted, "£4.50 a pint does help to keep the idiots out", though, please note, that a pint of real beer is currently priced at £3.45. Four drink paddles are available at £5 each, and which represents better value. Quiz night is Sunday. Weekly live music nights, gin nights, brewery nights are held, for which a charge applies, but generally includes a light supper.
Station Tavern, Grosmont
With up to three real ales on hand pump and handy for users of the Coast to Coast footpath this family- run pub in a fine stone building built in1836 situated on Front Street and as the name implies it is next to Grosmont Railway Station. Both the Northern Rail Middlesbrough to Whitby the Eskdale line and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Grosmont and Pickering stop here. The pub has a bar and dining rooms and an outside patio area.
Saltburn Cricket, Bowls & Tennis Club, Saltburn-by-the-Sea
Well supported by the local community, members and non-members are made equally welcome at this local CAMRA multi-award winner, now celebrating 25 years of continuous Guide recognition. Three interesting beers are served, often not even lasting the evening. An enthusiastic steward hosts a variety of events, including a monthly Blues Club, as well as quiz nights and Bingo. A function room is available, while superb buffets can also be arranged. The balcony, ideal for those lazy summer afternoons, overlooks the cricket field. On Sat/Sun match days, the club opens at 12 pm. Check winter opening hours. Currently Sunday hours are 12-4; 7-midnight.
Isaac Wilson, Middlesbrough
This popular large pub is named after a 19th-century railway industry magnate, who was a company director of the world's first public railway, the Stockton & Darlington. The Isaac was a Wetherspoon's conversion of the former law courts and. no doubt, more familiar to some than others, and continues to, more or less, follow the original Wetherspoon's formula. It comprises one long bar serving two regular beers, three guests and a real cider to a single room, with walls adorned with photographs of old Middlesbrough. Third pint are glasses available. Pub grub is served all day everyday. In November 2017, after a short period of closure, new owners took over and continued with, more or less, the same underlying Wetherspoon's formula, but without having the bar adorned with the former owner's national brands.
Bottled Note, Middlesbrough
One of many micropubs just south on the Cleveland Centre, and which is now approaching its 5th birthday. One half of this this double fronted Victorian terrace house is a micropub during the day, and which then doubles up in size during the evenings, when the other half opens to feature a cocktail and a wine bar. There is also a function room. Four handpumps serve a selection of real beers, with a couple, generally, coming from 3 Brothers. The house beer, brewed using American and New Zealand hops, is now available as a cask / keg. A stout or a porter is also generally served. A wide selection of bottled beers are also available. Within walking distance of the football ground.
Beckfields, Ingleby Barwick
This popular, and uniquely named community pub, is at the heart of one of the six villages making up what is reputably Europe's largest private housing estate. Under the proud stewardship of a licensee of many years service to the trade, friendly bar staff serve four handpulls featuring the more stronger premium and best bitters on a rotating guest basis. An extensive pub grub menu, featuring daily specials, is also served. During January a meal and a drink are served for £5.99, whilst 2 course Pensioners' specials are served throughout the year for £4.99. Indoors, large sports TVs feature, while outdoors, a large patio area makes for pleasant summer drinking. Thursday is Quiz Night.
Brown Cow, Hinderwell
Real pubs like this are hard to find! Between the moors and the coast, and with a newly refurbished interior, but still reminiscent of walking into somebody's 1960s front parlour. this long standing pub has a strong local following, as well as attracting holidaying visitors. The pub is ideally situated to make use of the coast bus, visiting resorts to both the north and south. New owners are Gemma Parkin and Mark Yeoman. Two interesting rotating guest beers are served, generally one lighter beer and one bitter, as well as a fine selection of bottled beers. The pub supports darts teams, charity nights and domino drives, with quiz night on Sunday and Folk Night on the first Saturday of the month. Children/dogs are welcome, while smokers are also especially well provided for. Good value accommodation is in four bedrooms.Car park is around the back, up a narrow drive some 30 metres south of the pub.
Duke of Wellington , Danby
This 18th-century inn, and previous CAMRA branch Pub of the Year, is set in idyllic countryside, close to the popular Moors National Park Centre and equally popular traditional bakery. Well regarded for its home cooked meals, served in the evenings, and its accommodation. A range of interesting Yorkshire beers are served. Cider is also available, whilst perry is available Easter to October. A handy spot for visitors to the National Park visitor centre, 875m east of the pub, along the road to Lealholm. Although lunchtime food is not available, the landlord is happy for drinkers to buy sandwiches at the excellent bakery around the corner and bring them into the pub.
Green Hops Real Ale Bar, Billingham
Real ale and cider bar opened in December 2014. The town's first micro pub, overlooking the village green, was opened by two enthusiasts who noticed a gap in the local market for such an establishment. Several changes later, the pub is now selling four beers of varying styles: Camerons Strongarm, as a regular beer, together with an offering from Timothy Taylor's, on a rotating basis, (Landlord, Ram Tam, Boltmaker, quarterly specials, for example), as well as two additional guest beers. In addition, ciders and perries are also available, ranging from real ciders to the more modern fruity ones, some of which are well known, some not so well known, and some quite strong! Third of a pint beer/cider bats are available. A fine selection of gins and whiskies are also served, together with quality mixers. Usual top quality micropub type nibbles are also available. Local CAMRA branch Cider Pub of the Year for 2016 and 2017.
Crafty Cock, Billingham
Small, cosy bar opened in June 2017 and converted from a former restaurant, and with a fine greeting from friendly bar staff. Located in Old Billingham, close to the level crossing, the decor is a mixture of cushioned bench seats with rustic tables and chairs. Situated among a row of shops and within very easy access of a regular bus service. The Crafty Cock does not quite fit the definition of a micropub but, real ale wise, it ticks all the boxes. Three handpulls, serve an interesting mix of beers. The licensee is a good listener, so please feel free to suggest interesting beers that not only you, but also your drinking mates, will like. Third pint bats are available. An array of premium lagers and craft beers are also served, as well as an extensive gin menu. Sunday lunches are served, with take-away options available, whilst a Tapas menu is served Tuesday to Thursday from 4.30 to 8.30 pm.
Ship Inn, High Hesleden
This 2012 CAMRA North East Regional Pub of the Year is as good as ever. Now in its 20th year of family ownership, complete satisfaction is guaranteed at this nautically themed spotlessly clean rural gem. The landlord serves seven beers, most locally sourced with a bias towards blonde beers, together with real cider. Bass is also available as a keg offering. His wife runs the superb restaurant offering top-quality food at reasonable prices, including mid-week early-doors two-course specials. There are stupendous coastal views from the well-kept gardens. Six motel-style chalets provide good-value accommodation. Closes during owners' annual holidays, so please check before making a long journey. Also please check winter opening hours. Bus 206 from Blackhall, Peterlee and Wingate.
Tipsy Cow, Middlesbrough
A Pub, Cafe Bar and Restaurant with lots of character, serving real ales from handpump.
Wheatsheaf Inn, Egton
Winner of many CAMRA and industry awards, and featuring in many guides, this Grade II-listed 19th-century pub serves four Yorkshire beers in summer ans three in winter. The pub is now in its 21st year in the Guide, and remains under the stewardship of a licensee with over 30 years of continuous Guide recognition. Church pews, country collectables and a roaring range add to the ambiance. The grassy area to the front and boules to the rear are ideal for summer drinking. The renowned first-class restaurant always features local meat, fish and game. Table tennis and a pool table are also available.
Downe Arms, Castleton
Overlooking the Esk valley, this recent branch Pub of the Year is a family-run country inn under the stewardship of enthusiastic licensee who serve two regular and two guest beers. Lunchtime and early-doors midweek 'beat the clock' specials are available from the menu, as well as a take-away service. The pub hosts a wide-range of events and also supports charitable causes. Pleasant days are enhanced by the superb views over the North York Moors. There are four letting bedrooms. Please check winter opening hours.
Gables, Hemlington
Recent refurbishment and now sporting two real ales, Sharp's Doom Bar and 1 guest. Large car park plus 2 extensive outside areas.
Billingham Catholic Club, Billingham
This Victorian mansion and former school, regular winners of the Cleveland CAMRA branch Club of the Year, is a friendly private members' club, renowned locally for its vibrant RnB/rock scene, and where a genuine welcome awaits CAMRA members. Dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers ensure that the club's reputation for serving 150 different beers annually, continues. Three beers, two ciders and a perry are normally served, with up to 8 beers available during regular beer/music festivals, held during bank holiday weekends. Housed in a fine old building called Greenholme, once the residence of the Catholic priests and a former school, you will find a good choice of beers readily available and you can buy a pint here without being a member of the Club or having to be of any religious faith to join the Club. Other features include an extensive beer garden with covered decking area, regular weekend R & B/Blues, plus open Mic/Acoustic Jam sessions every Thursday on rotation. Throw in challenging and interesting quizzes as a regular feature and there is little more you could ask for here in this unassuming, quaint little club. Memberships available on request. The list of organisations that make use of the Club is too long to mention, but, needless to say, the Club has won the local CAMRA Branch Jo Powell Community Shield for the best Community Pub of the Year 2017, 2019 and now 2020, and also Club of the Year 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and now 2020.
Rat Race Ale House, Hartlepool
Of all the micro pubs that now exist in the UK, this was the second to open, (after the Butcher's Arms, Herne, Kent). Landlord Peter opted to leave the 'rat race' himself, making use of the one-time newsagent's shop, with access from both the railway station platform and the station approach. Four changing beers and two ciders are kept in a cool room from where the customers, (max 20 seated), are served direct to their table, by the landlord himself. Popular with locals and County Durham real ale lovers, (the bus station is adjacent), the Rat Race is also visited by London imbibers, who take a day trip on the 3 hour Grand Central direct train service from Kings Cross. Not surprisingly, the pub has won many CAMRA awards during it`s existence, with its latest accolade being Local CAMRA branch 2020 Cider Pub of the Year. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Please note that the pub also closes during the licensee's annual holidays. Quality crisps, nuts and pork scratchings are available.
Little Angel , Whitby
Richard and his staff offer more than just a warm welcome in this Grade II listed historic and recently refurbished town pub where it is rumoured that the Castle remains form part of the structure. Here you will find three connected rooms around the central bar, an outside drinking area, a good selection of up to five beers including their own in-house brews, real cider, three large screen sports TVs including 3D, darts and dominoes, and regular theme and live music nights with local artists. There is even a horse mount outside for those who require this facility. Now the home of Richard's Lady Luck Brewery, a selection of their own brews, together with a wide selection of guest beers are served. Meals are no longer available but the licensee is happy for you to bring your own food in to the pub. CAMRA members discount scheme in operation, with a discount of 20 pence per pint, as of March 1st, 2020. CAMRA local branch Best Whitby Pub for three years running, an dlocal branch Poub of the Season for 2019.
Clarendon, Marske-by-the-Sea
The Middle House, as it is known, is a family-run, one-room locals' pub with interesting photographs of Marske through the ages around the walls, represents a 1960s time warp. It serves five regular beers plus a guest from a mahogany island bar, which is a rarity in this area. One of the pub's best sellers over the years has been Copper Dragon Golden Pippin, which is now back up and running with the original brewers in place. There is no TV, no jukebox, no pool table, no children/teenagers - just the locals indulging in convivial conversation. Occasional live music. There is no catering either as such, but tea and coffee are available, while cheese and biscuits are available on Sunday lunchtimes. It has a pleasant south-facing outdoor drinking area. CAMRA local branch Winter Pub of the Season 2020.
Royal Oak Hotel, Great Ayton
Whether drinking, eating, or both, a warm welcome is extended to locals and visitors alike at this superb family run, extensive 18th century Grade II listed building and former coaching inn, where there are separate entrances to the public bar and the rest of the pub. As equally famed for its four beers, as well as its food, breakfasts are served alongside lunch and dinner. Watch out for the various offers available on food throughout different days of the week. Kids eat for £1, Monday to Thursday, 12 til 6. There is even a take-away service. Occasional live music nights. An enclosed courtyard to the rear, a large upstairs function room and four en-suite bedrooms are also all available. Regular buses - 2 an hour in each direction. The pub is at the heart of village life. As well as having pensioners' specials on Mondays, the pub also hosts meetings of the Round Table, the Inner Wheel and the 41 Club; the Tennis Club, the Drama Group, the Knitting Group, the Scouts and the Sword Dancers; the Parish Council, the Local Tourist Office, the Twinning Association, the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum and the Conservative Ladies Lunch group, and last, but not least, the pub also hosts meetings for the worshipers at Christ Church.
Crossing Club, Grosmont
Owned by the villagers, this cosy club, situated opposite the North Yorkshire Moors railway station is accessible from the ground floor door, then up a flight of stairs. The Club serves up to four real beers, and was set it up following a period when Grosmont went temporarily dry. It has now featured over 1300 different beers to date. Featuring much railway memorabilia, the Club, part of the former Cooperative building, has a single bar on two levels, limited opening hours, mainly evenings opening at 8 pm, which may be extended during NYMR steam galas. Set amid beautiful scenery in the Esk Valley, great walking country, but please note, Grosmont is French for 'very big hill'. Ring the door bell on the front door to gain entry. Note: Not ideal for the less-able bodied as access to both the bar and the toilets require stairs to be negotiated. Though open 7 evenings a week in summer, please note that there maybe reduced opening between November and March
Manor House, Maltby
On the edge of one of Europe's largest private housing estates, the New Inn in the 1890s and more recently the Yorkshire Dragoon, from which it was restored in a careful and restrained fashion with a very large, L - shaped open bar along with alcoves. There is also a large grassed areas and patio. With four handpumps, (though with only 2 in service on recent visits), extensive all day menus, a Real Ale Club Sun/Thu from 6:30 pm, offering significant discounts and also mystery trips. As part of the Sir John Fitzgerald estate you can use their group card discount scheme. Attracts diners as well as real beer drinkers.
Bay Hotel, Robin Hood's Bay
This magnificent Grade II listed 1822 building, with the same licensee now for 19 years, is the finish point for Alfred Wainwright's Coast-to-Coast 192 mile walk, with the pub's bottom bar named in his honour, from where the Dock patio is accessed. Situated at the sea's edge, with superb views, a friendly welcome awaits regulars, visitors, their families and their dogs. Four handpulls and an extensive good-value menu, served all day every day, are available. The pub also sells Theakstons Dark Mild from the T-bar. Access to this part of the village is not easy for the less able-bodied, however, such guests can be dropped off by car, before the car has to return to the top car park. Signing in point for Coast-to-Coast walkers. Real fire, real beer, real food and a welcome for both children and dogs as well.
Pot & Glass, Egglescliffe
Featured in GBG for over 15 years, this welcoming, cosy old-fashioned village pub, dating back to the 17th Century, with a long standing landlord, and holder of many awards, serves an excellent range of seven beers kept to the highest standard. Two main rooms, low beamed ceiling bar with ornate hand carved bar front, a side-room for functions and children, plus a beer garden at the rear. Food served, frequent special food theme nights, Folk Club every 3rd Wednesday. The pub also supports its long-standing Cricket Club. Visit for interesting anecdotes about village and pub life.
Christie's Brasserie - The Zetland, Middlesbrough
Just superb! Re-opened in November 2018 following a closure of 3 years, now named after its new owner Philip Christie, and comprising the original Zetland Hotel's front public bar and the exquisite mirrored rear dining room, known as the Regent's Bar, This Grade ll-listed establishment, built around 1860, is included in the National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors. Located adjacent to the south side of the railway station, it has been sympathetically restored revealing original wooden flooring and panelling. A mosaic floor tiled entrance leads to the Zetland Bar that incorporates some railway themed memorabilia. Small LNER posters, advertising local places of interest, also adorn the walls. The rear Regent's Bar dining room is worth a visit alone to marvel at the exquisitely tiled and mirrored interior, never mind partake of the superb meals that are served there, from breakfast through to an all-day menu, which includes a three course set menu that changes daily. The original toilets have also been sympathetically modernised, still including the original tiled flooring. During the refurbishment, replacement tiles were sourced from the same pottery in Staffordshire that supplied the original tiles in the 1860s. The Zetland could once again become the discerning travellers' waiting room, rather than hanging around the railway station, from where it is a 5 minute walk. Also attracts discerning football supporters, from where it is a brisk 20 minute walk to the Riverside. The more discerning Championship away football supporters have yet to discover Christie's - but that should not last too long. A must visit pub.
Board Inn, Lealholm
Situated a short distance from the EVR station, local shops, bakery and stepping stones crossing the River Esk, Yorkshire's only salmon-fishing river, this stone built family-run 17th-century pub is at the heart of village life, and where the current owners have served the local community since 2007. Three beers, six ciders and sixty whiskies are served. Comprises a locals' bar, a lounge/restaurant, and a riverside patio, where an Easter beer festival is held. The food is virtually all traceable to within a mile of the pub. The licensees air-cure their own hams, keep hens/ducks and livestock, and have salmon fishing rights. Recent winners of local CAMRA branch Community Pub and Cider Pub awards. Offers B & B and a holiday cottage. Open from 0900.
Green Man Micropub, Stokesley
A warm welcome is assured from the owners of Stokesley's first micropub, situated towards the west end of this busy market town. The pub is striving to go someway towards adhering to the established micropub norms, with it's back to basics approach, and where even the bar, seating and tables have all been made locally from beech trees cut by a family friend. And there is nothing 'pagan' about this family run Green Man, though the pub does have a fresh spring feel about it. And upstairs there is a relaxing lounge where it would be hard not to chill out and there is also a loo that would win prizes. Fulfilling a dream of this newly retired couple, this pub is destined to become the go to place for locals and visitors alike. It prides itself on not having a sports TY, nor any music, nor a jukebox, nor a one-armed-bandit and no food, just pleasant conversation with the engaging owners. Three handpulls, seven Belgium bottled beers and three real ciders help the conversation flow.
Sherlock's, Middlesbrough
A continuing part of the town's burgeoning micropub revolution, and now in it's 5th year of operation, Sherlock's is one of several micropubs located on Baker Street, with some, but not all, having a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle connotation. Though small, the pub is friendly and full of character. Three beers are served to a wide clientele on a rotating guest basis. Not surprisingly, it can get very busy on match days. Though shown above as normally being closed on Tuesdays, please note that the pub does open when Middlesbrough FC have a Tuesday evening home game.
O'Harkers Irish Bar, Stockton-on-Tees
Previously a sandwich shop in its former life, this cosy one roomed micro pub seating approximately 40 persons opened on 7/10/16. Bench type seats (some cushioned) hug three of the walls, other small tables and stools are located in the centre of the room along with some high stools closer to the bar. Old photographs of Stockton, numerous mirrors, reclaimed metal advertising signage and street names adorn the walls.
Cod & Lobster Inn, Staithes
Superbly positioned at the seawater's edge in this sleepy picturesque fishing village. During high tides and easterly winds you are advised to use the roadside door or risk getting very wet. Comprises a large single open plan room, where three changing beers are served alongside the house beer, Old Jack's Tipple, and named after a locally filmed children's TV character. Good-value traditional meals are served including breakfast from 9:30-11:30. On sunny days, a pleasant patio, directly overlooking the chilly sea, becomes very popular.
Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool
Opened in March 2017, and operated by enthusiastic hosts with a vision to bring the tapas style bars experienced on their holidays back to Hartlepool. this unique, new, modern, original, different and exciting outlet represents a breath of fresh air, combining excellent real beers, both hand pull and craft beers, with top class cheeses and charcuterie, and all the trimmings, and all available to take away, if required. A Jazz night, newspapers, a regular book club, off-sales, and background music all feature.
Thomas Sheraton, Stockton-on-Tees
There are three rooms adjoining the large bar, balcony and an upstairs terrace, situated just south of Stockton's bustling market in a substantial and dignified building as befits a Grade II-listed former County Court. Here you will find two regular beers and several rotating guest ales from many parts of the country giving a wide choice of cask beers, traditional ciders and occasionally a real lager. The range of ciders has recently increased, with four ciders normally available. Recently voted as CAMRA local branch 2018 and 2019 Cider Pub of the Year.
Hydes Bar, Norton
Dating back to the 1750s and originally a blacksmiths yard and a coach/stabling house, Rowan Yard then became a family run Joinery & Builders Merchant for more than 50 years. This micropub, which opened in December 2016, has been sensitively renovated and refurbished in keeping with the long history of the building. Some items on display were recovered during the restoration of the premises. There is a mixture of comfortable sofas, wooden tables and chairs with high stools at the bar and bi-folding doors opening out onto the patio area. Old photographs are displayed on the brick walls including one of special interest located behind the bar that shows the premises when previously a blacksmiths. You can picture the horse and carts in the courtyard. Besides the four real ale pumps, four ciders are also served. A fine selection of gins are also available, including the Gin of the Week. The pub can be hard to find. It's located between a Chinese take-away and Billy's sandwich shop near the roundabout at the south end of the High Street. Discount of 20 pence are given to card carrying CAMRA members on both halves and pints.
Causeway, Hartlepool
A beer house licence has been held since 1862 at this unspoilt CAMRA award winning red brick Victorian pub beside Camerons brewery and Stranton church. With its real fires, four rooms, covered walled garden, live music most evenings, Tuesday quiz and five cask ales: Strongarm and Mansfield Bitter plus three changing beers from the Marstons range of monthly specials altogether making this a place very much worth a visit. Within walking distance of Hartlepool United football ground.
Black Horse, Whitby
Little gem, a Grade ll listed pub dating from the 1600s located on the right hand side of cobbled Church Street as you head towards the Abbey near the old market square where public whippings of thieves and beggars once took place. The front bar tends to get crowded, so you can go down the alley beside the pub and into the back bar. Offering five ever changing cask ales from the Punch list, as well as a craft-keg offering. Real cider, Belgian beer, both bottled and on draught, as well as a range of speciality bottled cider. An ever increasing range of tapas is available, with four or five different varieties of olives, a selection of Yorkshire cheeses and a range of seafood nibbles, whilst hot lunches are served in winter.
Black Bull Inn, Ugthorpe
This comfortable, family-run, Grade II-listed traditional pan-tiled country inn, with photographs of yesteryear adorning the walls, comprises a main bar, snug, restaurant and games room. The guest beer, which complements the Old Peculiar, changes weekly. Portions of the home-cooked food are such that going hungry is not an option, while diners travel from far and wide for the impressive Sunday lunches, (booking advisable). The pub has a pool table, three darts teams and a quoits team.
Black Swan, Kirkby-in-Cleveland
Nestling at the foot of the Cleveland Hills, at the crossroads of this ancient village, this warm and cosy free house, comprises a bar, an adjacent pool room, a lounge/restaurant, a conservatory and also a patio seating area. A genuine welcome is always afforded from the friendly staff. Four regular beers, together with a changing guest beer, are served, while good value meals are served daily from a comprehensive restaurant menu, including daily specials and bar meals. The licensee has 24 years service in the trade to her name.
Hambletonian, Norton
Opened in 2015 a relaxed wooden bar serving real beer, bottled beers and food. This comfortable and relaxed former Coffee Shop is located up a flight of stairs, though drinks can be brought down to a small ground floor drinking area. It is situated next to The Green and the duck pond, around which four pubs used to exist. Now part owned by an active CAMRA member, two interesting real beers and real cider are served. A limited delicatessen-type and good-value menu, where all the food is freshly cooked, is also available, so please be patient.
Buck Inn, Chop Gate
Usually two or three real ales available, often from local breweries. See web site for latest offerings. Muddy boots and dogs welcome, a log fire on cold days and food served most sessions. Carvery on Sundays. Bikers welcome. Handy for the Cleveland Way and Coast to Coast walks, On site camping, free shutle from Clay Bank car park. Monthly folk night. Besides the pub car park, honesty box car parking is available at the village hall, approx 200 yards south of pub. Pub website gives a full description of the seven German lagers brewed under the 505 years old German Purity Laws.
Blackwell Ox Inn, Carlton-in-Cleveland
Privately owned multi-roomed and many times Good Beer Guide listed pub with open log fires, outside seating and an extensive play area on the edge of the National Park a very popular village pub specializes in authentic Thai Food and traditional English fare usually serving two regular and two guest from the four hand pumps
Birch Hall Inn, Beck Hole
Charming historic Grade II listed olde world pub which maintains an excellent choice of beers. A limited range of quality cold meals is available - sandwiches, pork pies, plus beer cake, etc. Some outside seating. Extensive garden to the rear. Many country walks nearby. Perry in Summer. Same management for 40 years. The Inn sign was painted by the noted RA. Algernon Newton, who donated it to the pub as a memento of many happy hours spent there. Glenys can arrange local quality B&B accommodation. Comprises the Big Bar, which is tiny, and the Small Bar, which is tinier, and which both sandwich a traditional sweet shop. Rail and busabout a mile away NYMR (Goathland)/840 bus. An absolute gem. A pub you must visit. Note winter opening hours change - closed Mon eve; closed all day Tuesday; otherwise 11-3, 7.30-11. Cider available all year. Perry only available in summer.
Golden Smog, Stockton-on-Tees
An amiable licensee and proprietor runs the town's first micropub, first opened in August 2014, that comes complete with a huge Belgian twist. The Smog is located in a ginnel leading west off the main drag and named after the environmental conditions that recently prevailed on Teesside. Besides the four real beers and two real ciders, an impressive range of Belgian beers, some familiar, most not so familiar, are served in matching glasses in the continental way. Half pint and third pint glasses are also available, as well as bespoke SMOG tasting tables. Interesting decor, small lending library, friendly atmosphere and dog friendly makes it all well worth a visit. Local CAMRA Branch 2018 Pub of the Year and thus now goes forward as the Branch's representative to the North East Region Pub of the Year competition. Late news. The Smog has now been voted as the 2018 North East Region Pub of the Year. And what must also be mentioned is Sunday's highlight, where most horizontal surfaces, above ground level, are covered in an eclectic range of different bar snacks, all free of charge. And if the above has not yet enticed you to visit the Smog, please note that the staff are paid the national living wage - important, as most pubs don't.
Globe, Hartlepool Headland
Popular community pub, and still serving Strongarm on handpull with the biggest head on beer in town and most probably within the whole of Cleveland. This free house has both public bar and smaller lounge with coal fires, and reputably a ladies loo which could well win prizes. The Strongarm still remains at £2 a pint. CAMRA's 2016 Community Pub of the Year.
Fishermans Arms, Hartlepool Headland
Opened in 1868 The Fish, a warm, dog friendly, one roomed traditional pub, close to the Fish Quay, is now privately owned. Now with a brand new refurbishment, including re-siting of the bar. Three locally sourced beers are served plus one real cider, and during their beer festivals up to 12 real beers will be available at different times over the beer festival weekends. A popular music venue with live music on Saturday nights, an open mic night every Tuesday night with a free pint for those performing and a monthly Bloozeburn on the last Wednesday of the month. All details are on their social media site. Also a popular Sunday Quiz is held with a charity of the month raffle included. Two beer festivals are held annually, one at Easter and one over August Bank holiday weekend, details listed on the pubs Twitter / Facebook pages. Three thirds of a pint tasters are available. This pub is becoming increasingly popular. Please check winter opening hours, during which the choice of beers may be reduced.
Anchor Tap Room & Bottle Shop, Hartlepool
Now known by it's name from 1865. Camerons Visitor Centre reception area and the former Stranton pub sells three cask ales, normally Strongarm, together with two of the monthly specials or limited edition brews. Currently there are 16 'monthly' specials, one of which is always available. Brewery tours between 11.30 and 2. At the NE corner of the Tap, and at the opposite end to the car park, is a Grade ll listed bollard with the markings Hans Town 1878 and to the south is Stranton All Saints Church, possibly of Saxon origin. Ideal place for a drink before Pools' home games on Saturdays.
Endeavour, Whitby
Cosy one roomed pub on the East side of the river with open fire, regular folk and Irish music sessions located opposite Grape Lane near the Captain Cook museum. Originally opened around 1935 it now celebrates Cooks first imperial voyage to the Antipodes. Opening the full hours, it offers four ever changing real beers, and serves 140 different beers each year. Traditional 'Yorkshire Tapas' bar snacks, (pork pies, pickled eggs, onions and gherkins, marinated olives, seafood, scotch eggs), are enhanced by having permission to also bring your own fish and chips into the pub. Recent CAMRA local branch Whitby Pub of the Year 2018.
Porky Pint, Billingham
Opened in December 2016, this uniquely named, bright, modern two roomed micro pub lives up to its name and represents a refreshing change to the traditionally accepted micro pub theme. Every pub has to have a unique selling point, so four real beers are served supplemented with hot pork, beef and turkey sandwiches, together with pigs-in-blankets, roast potatoes, gravy and stuffing, as well as a dessert board. Hardly surprising that in it's previous life the building was a traditional butcher's shop. The four real beers are served on a rotating guest basis, with Cameron's, Timothy Taylor's, Bradfield's and McColls' beers featuring recently. Private parties can be catered for in the small back room, and which can probably accommodate about 20 people. Impressive Sunday lunches are available 12 - 4. The large outdoor patio area catches the sun throughout the day time and evening. Closed Mondays.
Preston Farm, Stockton-on-Tees
Brewers Fayre pub adjacent to Premier Inn and Costa Coffee on Stockton outskirts. Easy access to A66 dual carriageway.
Victoria, Saltburn-by-the-Sea
Saltburn-by-the-Sea is a Victorian purpose built seaside spa town founded by the Quaker Henry Pease in the 1860s. (whist Old Saltburn, across the river and down by the sea, heralds back to the 16th Century).The Saltburn Improvement Company had a ban on public houses, so until the 1980s, alcohol was only served in hotels and clubs. The Vic was the first pub in the town when it was converted from three shop units in 1982. The interior is an almost convincing re-invention of a Victorian pub interior with its two bars. This is helped by a number of genuine old brewery and whisky mirrors, and a wooden bar and lighting from a bygone age. Up to three cask ales. Close to both the bus stops and railway station.
Bay Royal Hotel, Whitby
This bar is open to non-residents. You go in through the reception on East Terrace and then turn right.
Pillar Box, Saltburn-by-the-Sea
Converted from an old tanning shop, this micro bar opened in December 2018 and has two rooms comprising the bar area and a smaller back room. The decor has a rustic feel with bare plastered walls, wooden furniture and period wall lighting. Also, in keeping with its name, there is a Victorian post box set into the wall of the main bar area and a number of toy post boxes on display behind the bar. Dog friendly.
Vane Arms, Thorpe Thewles
This 17th century manor house grade II listed and old post office is situated just off the A177 on the green in the picturesque village of Thorpe Thewles. Given an extensive refurbishment and reopened under new management in October, 2019 following an 18 month closure. Food is served daily with Early Bird Specials available 5pm to 6.30pm Monday to Saturday.
Music Lounge, Stockton-on-Tees
Opened in 2014, this live music bar and cafe situated in central Stockton has music catering for all tastes and ages. Opening times may be extended until 2 a.m. if a D.J. is in attendance and there is a comedy night on the first Thursday of each month. The main room has comfy seating and includes the bar and stage area. A good range of foreign bottled beers is also available. The "chill out room" at the back has a pool table and on 'non-open' days, the venue can be hired for music rehearsals and also private functions upon request.
Storytellers, Stockton-on-Tees
Situated in a grade II listed building The Storytellers was at one time a night club. Comfortably furnished and just off the High St. Here they offer a wide range of music, live and recorded, handy for all local bus services.
Plimsoll Line, Redcar
Large, pleasant and airy Wetherspoons almost next door to the bus station and extending from Redcar High St. via its substantial beer garden through to Lord St. With its sizeable outside area, this pub offers more than adequate space for smokers and for alfresco diners along with a wide range of real ales plus cider and continental beers.
O'Gradys, Redcar
A large Victorian style Irish Bar and hotel with live music every weekend, extensive food menu and en-suite rooms.
Highland Laddie, Norton
Wetherspoon's 2013 conversion and named after the Scottish drovers who herded livestock to cattle markets as far south as London. During the conversion, the pub was significantly extended, and now comprises two large open plan areas, with the original snug being retained. There is also a patio for those wishing to brave the north-easterlies head on. Whilst the older part of the pub is recorded, in the Commercial Directory for Durham County dated 1828–9, as The Highland Laddie, the pub has also been known as the Highlander, but is now generally known as the Highland Lad. There is excellent disabled access via push-button system. Usual Wetherspoon's offerings of beer, lagers, real cider, gins and food, with 3/4 guest beers supporting the nationally contracted brands. Saints days and Burn's night are also celebrated, whilst the Wetherspoon's beer and cider festivals are becoming more popular. Excellent bus links to not only just within the immediate area, but also to the other bordering towns, whilst there is an hourly fast service from Newcastle.
Golden Lion, Whitby
Now re-opened, following a lengthy closure, the Golden Lion is conveniently situated close to the west side of the swing bridge, just tucked away up Golden Lion Bank. A warm welcome is guaranteed at this traditional small, friendly, timeless Grade 11 listed pub, where locals and visitors alike experience a great atmosphere and where nothing appears to have changed over the decades. A varied mix of the more well known national beers are served from four handpumps, though this selection may be reduced in the quieter winter months. For the numismatists among us, the tables in the lounge are adorned with old pennies.
Whitby & District Rifle Club, Whitby
Friendly club where the club bar can be used by the general public - visitors are very welcome to purchase drinks at the bar. Just one real beer is served, but this is always consistently good.
Duke of Cleveland, Hartlepool Headland
Wonderful historic Grade II building saved from rack and ruin by two brothers who refurbished the building themselves over a couple of years. What started as a hobby turned into a labour of love for them. Original features have been retained such that the interior is worthy of inclusion in CAMRA's inventory of pubs, with its historic interior of national importance. Now under new ownership, there is more of an emphasis on top quality meals. The beer available changes regularly.
Devil's Advocate Cafe Bar, Middlesbrough
Micro-pub near the town centre.
Rafferty's, Middlesbrough
Opened in December 2017 with 3 handpulls, and a cocktail bar upstairs that opens at weekends and a weekly Monday evening quiz starting at 8pm.
Marine Hotel, Saltburn-by-the-Sea
The Marine is a pub of two halves. On the left is the bar with music, TV screens, and pool table and gaming machines. This room typically attracts the younger customer. On the right is the lounge with no music, TV screens etc and is popular with older customers or those who wish to enjoy a good conversation with their drinks. A function room is available upstairs. Outside there is a pleasant seating area with a commanding view of Tees Bay and ideal on sunny days. Sundays the bar meal menu is replaced by a Sunday lunch where a choice of one of two meats are available.The Marine has two real ales on, one guest and one regular - Greene King (Hardy & Hansons) Olde Trip.
Elsinore Inn, Whitby
Dispensed from a bar displaying bank notes and number plates where three permanent cask beers are available on handpump Camerons Strongarm and Theakston's best Bitter both sell well, and are headed by Tetley's as the best cask seller. This warm and friendly pub also displays much marine memorabilia on the walls. During August Folk Week, there is music every evening provided by a dozen or so regular supporters.
Star Inn The Harbour, Whitby
Fine dining restaurant in the centre of Whitby where it is also possible just to have a drink, situated on the harbourside close to a number of carparks and straight opposite the train station, with links to Middlesborough (via Glaisdale, Danby and Great Ayton et al) on the Esk Valley Railway and Whitby via the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Complex seasonal variations in opening times please see their website.
Jolly Sailor Inn, Moorsholm
Long since bypassed by the A171, this Grade 2 listed former farmhouse dates back to 1755, the era of Capt Cook's, and where he and his entourage may well have visited on journeys from his home town of Middlesbrough to Whitby, the starting point of one of his voyages to the South Sea Islands of the Pacific. The pub still functions, as it possibly always has done, serving quality food and beer to the locals, as well as the passing trade between Guisborough and Whitby. Easy to miss, if driving too fast. Large car park.
Cross Keys, Guisborough
Pub / motel combination, the original farmhouse dating from the early 18thC. Situated on the dual carriageway between Guisborough and Nunthorpe. Family friendly. Several rooms, beautifully furnished. Large car park and pleasant garden area. Good value accommodation for somewhere on the edge of the N.York Moors.
Rimswell, Fairfield
Recently refurbished, and now re-opened under its original 1940s name after attempting a different format. Community local with emphasis on food, with some extremely cheap midweek daytime offers available. There is also ample parking, outside seating and a covered smoking area. A Bookmaker is on site.
Drunken Duck, Seaton Carew
Opened in May 2019, this quirky pub can be found on the Warrior Park residential housing estate, operating from what was part of the original Schooner pub, which was built at the same time as the housing estate. This stylish bar has a colonial, art deco feel with comfortable seating in two open plan drinking areas, one of which has a log burning fire. Patio area. Two handpulled beers are served. A weekly quiz is held on Tuesday's while regular music nights are planned.
Mars Inn, Loftus
Situated on Deepdale Road at the edge of Loftus with wooden benches on the grass area outside, room and main bar with open fire and a pool table on the inside, one real ale served.
Merry Go Round, Hartlepool
Large family oriented pub, situated on a large corner site near the University hospital. Offering Greene King beers and food menu. Ample outside seating. Wacky Warehouse.