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Ketton Ox, Yarm
Historic 17th-century part Grade II-listed inn, once renown for its illegal cock fighting behind brick-up windows, and its morgue. 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. There is also a large upstairs function room available for private parties. Third pint glasses available.
George & Dragon, Yarm
A successful meeting was held here in 1821 that eventually gained permission to build the Stockton & Darlington Railway, the world's first public passenger railway.
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, and thus goes forward as the Branch's representative to the North East Regional Cider Pub of the Year competition.
Sun Inn, Stockton-on-Tees
Town centre pub refurbished in May 2017 with a small but beautiful beer garden, and which does the licensee proud. Good Beer Guide-listed for many years, selling eight pints of beer to one pint of lager. Long famous for its Bass, this is a very traditional house and does what it does extremely well, always offering bar snacks, and at weekends rock/blues feature in the back lounge. The pub supports darts, football teams and various charitable causes. And after a 47 year tenure, and following structural modifications to the back lounge, the Sun is sadly no longer home to Stockton's famous Folk Club. Its deliberately-fast clock ensuring customers don't miss their bus. On average, a pint of Bass is pulled every 4 minutes. 2015 winners of Enterprise Inns best beer garden.
Wilson Arms, Sneaton
Historic Grade II-listed, 18th-century pub in a quiet village a couple of miles from Whitby and close to the Monks Pathway, Sneaton Beacon and Beacon Farm, famous for its ice-cream. A warm welcome is guaranteed in this single bar with beamed ceilings and roaring fires. Hand pulled beer and a fine selection of whiskies, complement the excellent, traditional home-cooked meals. There is a pool room and seven letting bedrooms. Quiz night is Tuesday from 9pm.
Ship Inn, Redmarshall
Village pub Grade II listed some four miles North West of Stockton, approximately 260 years old and so named as it was originally built from recycled ships' timbers. Completely refurbished into a nautically themed pub in April 2014 and offering a contemporary, pleasant and welcoming atmosphere. Fast becoming the number one choice for both drinkers and eaters from the local area, and where a cask of guest ale can run out in a day. The two guest ales change regularly, while the house Ale, Ship, is Greene King IPA.
Witching Post Inn, Egton
Following a closure of 3 years, this Grade II listed building reopened in December 2017 under a brand new team. Cosy country pub, with a real fire, and with the real beer offerings being two regulars from Theakstons and a guest beer. Food is available daily and a Sunday Carvery is also served. Accessible by bus from Whitby. The pub is also accessible from Egton Railway Station, which is located at Egton Bridge, but which requires a 1450 metre, (just under a mile), climb up a very steep hill, but obviously the return trip to the railway station is less exhausting.
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. The pub is now in its 20th 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.
Horseshoe Hotel, Egton Bridge
Charming grade II listed unique and unspoilt country inn dates back to the 18th set deep in the Esk Valley North Yorkshire serving excellent real ales. High quality food using local ingredients, outside seating on picnic tables in the beautiful grounds, bed and breakfast available. All only a short walk from Egton station.
Plough Inn, Sleights
Unspoilt two roomed stone built pantiled grade ll listed pub on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors and on the Coast to Coast route. There are quite spectacular views across the Esk Valley from the beer garden at the rear, open fire to toast the toes, a wide range of home cooked food and three real ales guest beer each week. Buses; 840 Leeds - Whitby; 95, 96, 99 from Whitby.
Osbournes, Yarm
Formerly the Green Tree, this pub re-opened in December 2009, following a major refurbishment, with a new name. The original brick walls and wooden floor are now exposed, giving the pub a rustic feel.
Keys, Yarm
Restaurant, pub and nightclub set in a grade II listed building with two bars in one long, narrow room with dining-style seating, fully heated pergola.
Ship Inn, Low Worsall
Busy food led roadside Inn on the B1264 between Yarm and Richmond. Committed to real ale, with two handpumps, and with excellent food and excellent service. Sunday lunches are very good. Family friendly with an outside play area. Closed on Mondays except for Bank Holidays.
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.
Christie's Brasserie - The Zetland, Middlesbrough
Just superb! Re-opened in November 2018 following a closure of 3 years, now named after it's new owner Philip Chrisite, 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.
King John's Tavern, Hartlepool
Converted from a market-place furniture shop, this former Wetherspoon's outlet, and now operated by Tees Inns, is named after King John who, in 1201, granted the town the right to hold markets. The pub offers nationally and regionally sourced beers and now several real ciders. Cheap food is served all day, everyday. There are interesting pictures showing the history of the town, including a pictorial diagram of what happened at the Headland on the day of the German bombardment in 1914. The pub is air-conditioned. There is a large sunny patio, however, with onshore north-easterly winds, it is preferable to wrap up really well, even in the middle of summer.
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. Card carrying CAMRA members receive 10 pence off a pint of real beer. 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.
Drunken Duck, Seaton Carew
A quirky 1920s treasure trove opened in 2019, formerly the Schooner pub.
Great Ayton & District Conservative Club, Great Ayton
Members only club established in 1910 situated centre of the village offering real ales, a lunchtime sandwich, Dart board, Dominoes and full size billiard tables. An attractive building alongside the River Leven and next to the Grade II listed Marwoods infant school.
John Walker Tavern, Stockton-on-Tees
Large open plan bar renamed reopened and totally refurbished July 2019 with several distinctive drinking areas situated at the south end of the high street offering various entertainment throughout the week as well as hot and cold bar snacks, large screen tv’s showing various sports also pool darts and dominoes
Horse & Jockey, Stockton-on-Tees
Modern completely refurbished 2014 busy edge of town road house on the A177 with possibly just a little something for everyone.
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.
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.
Wimpole Yard, Stockton-on-Tees
Opened in August 2017, this one roomed small bar has a rustic feel with partly bare bricked walls, wooden tables, wooden floorboards and wooden barrels utilised as tables. There is a comfy bench seat along the length of the back wall above which is a local artist's drawing of Stockton High Street. A log burner also adds character to the premises. There is a Quiz night every Thursday evening, live music on a Saturday evening and Open Mic on a Sunday evening.
Go-Between, Stockton-on-Tees
Converted from a former shop and opened in March 2018, this new addition to the Stockton micropub scene is named after the book of the same name by L. P. Hartley. A true sized micropub, with wooden decor featuring throughout, comprising an eclectic mix of wooden tables, chairs and pews. In keeping with the literary theme, one wall is adorned with a ladder doubling as a bookcase while the other walls have framed quotations from classic novels. Four real beers are served, generally sourced from LOCALE breweries.
Storm Cellar, Stockton-on-Tees
Opened in April 2019, this one roomed L shaped micro-bar is run by Black Storm Brewery and is located within Regency Mall, with access being gained via West Row or Prince Regent Street. Seating is a mixture of metal stools situated at the bar and wooden benches which can accommodate approximately 30 customers. Three handpulls dispense a rotation of Black Storm beers, while a range of their craft beers and lagers are also served. Currently the brewery is cuckoo brewing at Hadrian & Border, however, Black Storm have just started up their own brewery in Chester-le-Street.
Whitby Way, Whitby
Prominently situated Grade ll listed pub at the South end of Baxter Gate, re-named the Whitby Way December 2016.
O'Gradys, Redcar
A large Victorian style Irish Bar and hotel with live music every weekend, extensive food menu and en-suite rooms.
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.
Cleveland Hotel, Linthorpe
Large two room pub dating from 1855 with pool tables and entertainment where Tom Jones stayed when it was still a functioning hotel offering a large outside drinking area covered smoking area
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.
Coronation Inn, Acklam
Large Marston's house with two spacious rooms offering Banks's and Wychwood ales. Other groups ales including Brakspears and Jennings may be available. Open all day, outside seating a substantial menu including regular specials.
White House, Billingham
Pleasant 1960s Community pub with both lounge and bar, with beers from Black Sheep Brewery
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 now leaves many happy investors drinking their reward of free beer. 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, while light bites and snacks are served on Friday and Saturday evenings. 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. Check winter opening hours. Under 16s are allowed in until 9pm accompanied by an adult, whilst under 18s are allowed in at all times, as long as they are also accompanied by an adult. Dog friendly. Free wi-fi.
White Horse Inn, Loftus
Early 19th Century Grade II listed building on the High Street comprising a central beamed ceiling bar surrounded by a horseshoe drinking area served from a single handpump.
Centenary, Norton
The Centenary is a pleasant, large open-plan pub in Norton Glebe, serving breakfast and offering a substantial food menu. It is situated just outside a pleasant estate and a short walk from Norton Green.
Fox Covert, High Leven
This uniquely named pub that has been run by the same family for many years was formerly a farmstead and still recognisable as such and retains its open fires. The pub offers food all day every day which can be consumed in the lounge or a separate dining area.
Union Arms, Yarm
Pleasant, grade II listed, narrow pub in the centre of the High Street offering real ale with 10% discount for CAMRA members, food, three large plasma screens a beer garden and outside smoking area.
Badger Hounds, Hinderwell
Prominent High Street Grade ll listed pub, with separate bar and restaurant, and with a growing reputation for food both quantity and quality. Two real ales are normally available.
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 accommodation. A range of interesting Yorkshire beers are served. Cider and perry are available Easter to October. A handy spot for visitors to the Ntional 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.
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 503 years old German Purity Laws.
Forge, Aislaby
Comfortable and recently renovated open plan family-run pub with real ale and a Tuesday night quiz.
Station Hotel, Billingham
Large pub close to the old disused railway station with its distinctive signal box and iron bridge
Stiddy, Lythe
Wood beamed ceilings, traditional old style sash windows & a tiled floor, one real ale available - Copper Dragon Best Bitter. Some may still remember this house as The Red Lion - a bus ticket from here still gives the stop as Lythe, the Red Lion.
Ellerby Hotel, Ellerby
Residential Country Inn with a restaurant seating 55, covered tables in a beautiful secluded garden, good food served by attentive staff and usually two real ales only 50 yards from the A174. The regular Arriva Bus service 4 Loftus to Whitby stops just outside.
Senators, Fairfield
This comfortable bar/lounge is next door to Sainsbury's supermarket offering seating on two levels, entertainment on Saturdays, along with food at competitive prices.
Elm Tree Social Club, Stockton-on-Tees
Don't let this rather stark industrial looking 1930s-type factory building put you off from visiting this superb social club, where the outside rather belies what you'll find inside. Originally this was the local Co-op's sports and social club. Inside it is just first class, with large and separate drinking and function areas. The friendly steward, with a strong commitment to real ale, it is made available from Thursday onwards and when it's gone, it's gone, with a fresh new beer available the next Thursday. Own web site displays full program of various music acts playing in a separate function room on Saturdays and Sundays. First class bowling green. Snooker room. Quoits club. Beer garden. Full catering facilities available by prior arrangement - buffets are a speciallity.
Mitre, Fairfield
Large pub on the outskirts of west Stockton with fine extensive outside drinking areas. The Mitre offers three dining areas and several distinct seating alcoves in a very-well designed interior. It also features a small inside water fountain.
Fairfield, Fairfield
Large, pleasant pub with sizeable outside drinking area, bar, lounge and conservatory open all day with an emphasis on food.
Elm Tree, Fairfield
Pleasant comfortable pub with ample car park set on a corner site with Lounge, Bar, Conservatory and pleasant outside seating area. Offering pool and two beers on hand pull.
Blacksmiths Arms, Swainby
Popular much altered family run pub established way back in 1775 with real fires, sandstone floors, wooden beams, extensive menu, more than adequate car-park and a large garden/play area
Black Horse Inn, Swainby
Cosy welcoming establishment with large beer garden offering food and two real ales recently Black Sheep Bitter and Copper Dragon Golden Pippin.
Sutton Arms, Faceby
Situated in this small village with a village Hall and a 12th Century Church, St Mary Magdalene.
Smiths Arms, Carlton
Located at the centre of this rural village, in the north-western outskirts of Stockton, and where a strong community spirit continues to prevail. The Smiths is a typical late-Victorian pub, recently refurbished, and which manages to satisfy both drinkers and diners alike. With a new licensee since December 2017, there is now a renewed emphasis on real beer. One handpull is devoted to Camerons Strongarm, and the two other handpulls to guest beers, often sourced locally. The pub remains one of the few in the area to have retained a separate public bar, whilst the restaurant, converted from the original blacksmith's workshop, offers good value quality food, including specials on Mon / Tue / Thu. There are real fires throughout. It has large beer garden at rear. Check winter opening hours to avoid a wasted journey.
Hamilton Russell Arms, Thorpe Thewles
Extensive grade II listed country pub and restaurant, situated just off the A177 in the tiny village of Thorpe Thewles so named in celebration of the marriage of Gustavson Hamilton and Emma Maria Russell in 1928. Centrally situated bar serving Theakstons XB as a regular along with one or two guest ales. Stone flag floor, open fire, open decked area to the rear.
Wheatsheaf, Hutton Rudby
Meeting place of the local Odd Fellows Society in the 1800s, with three hand-pumps, open fire, pool table, along with food extending to very popular special parmo nights
King's Head, Hutton Rudby
Friendly traditional local comprises a main bar replete with beamed ceiling and brasses, plus a snug furnished with leather settees where children are welcome. Four hand-pumps, friendly locals, three real fires, together with the monthly jazz/blues nights, outside sheltered walled beer garden complete with TV all add to the ambiance. Tuesday at 9pm is quiz night.
Queen's Head, Stokesley
Grade ll listed popular public house with large linked rooms near the famous 17th century packhorse bridge offering real ale, function room, drink promotions, spacious courtyard/terrace overlooking the River Leven along with quality home cooked food using fresh produce from local suppliers prepare to order. The Queens also offers Tuesday Student Night Wed Family Quiz Fri is Karaoke night and Sat Live Music.
Mill, Stokesley
New Inn, New Tavern and now The Mill at Stokesley most probably relating to Fiddlers Mill demolished 1983 just down the road. The Mill, open all day, offers both British and European food along with a selection of real ales that vary, often from Caledonian.
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 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.
Buck Hotel, Great Ayton
Village pub (Ex Coaching Inn built 1742) with outside seating next to the River Leven.
Frigate, Marske-by-the-Sea
What still remains a community pub, in the middle of a housing estate, has now been transformed, by an enthusiastic licensee, into a venue that provides an eclectic mix of both beer and R&B/rock music. Up to five beers and a cider are served at this free house. The atmosphere then heats up on Friday and Saturday evenings when live bands perform. There is no food, just beer, cider and music. An ideal party venue. There is a pool table, as well as a warming log burner. Please note that the published opening times can be somewhat of an illusion at times. Please ring ahead.
Sherlock's, Middlesbrough
A continuing part of the town's burgeoning micropub revolution, and now in it's 4th 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. Not surprisingly, it can get very busy on match days. However, ring ahead to check opening times because the pub was closed on a recent Monday evening visit. I was advised that it was not open in the evening during the week if there are no students around.
Dolphin Hotel, Whitby
Situated on the East side of the Esk just over the swing bridge, originally known as the Custom House Coffee House, developed into a public house some time in 1823 then totally rebuilt in 1912 to its present form. Offers one real ale sourced nationally. Real fires, outside seating, live music Fri and Sat, Mon quiz, harbour views and even a welcome for your dog.
Longacre, Skelton-in-Cleveland
A new Marstons pub with four regular real ales and one guest constantly changing, all from the Marstons range. Aiming to provide a friendly atmosphere and quality service and to be regarded as a local pub.
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.
Station Hotel, Boosbeck
There is usually one cask here, HOWEVER RECENT REPORTS HAVE SUGGESTED THAT THIS IS NO LONGER THE CASE. The pub once adjoined the railway station. The late landlord's father could remember many boyhood train journeys to Scarborough before Dr. Beeching had sharpened his axe. There is an enjoyable walk of less than 2 miles along Cleveland Street footpath from here bringing you to Slapewath and the Fox & Hounds.
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.
Whitby Rugby Club, Whitby
Whitby Rugby Club, 60 years old and still going, has Theakston Lightfoot permanently available, while a guest beer maybe available for special occasions.
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. At least five beers from the Captain Cook portfolio of ten beers are served, together with two guest beers, as well as two real ciders. A new beer has been added to Captain Cook's portfolio, 'Skippy', named in honour of the 20th anniversary of Brian Skipp, who started the brewery in 1999. Brian was famously modest about the new beers on the bar, not letting on that he was brewing them himself in the backyard. However, Brian's personal success was short lived as he sadly passed away in 2004. Though the pub and brewery have been through a series of owners since then, fundamentally nothing has changed. Forty cask beer festivals, (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.
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
Ship Inn, High Hesleden
Nautically themed, North East Pub of the Year 2012, family-owned, in a quite village, offering freshly prepared food using local ingredients, an extensive real ale selection, accommodation and a garden with views all the way to the sea. May be closed during the owners' annual holiday - check before making a long trip. Bus 206 from Blackhall, Peterlee and Wingate.
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.
Resolution, Middlesbrough
Close to the bus station and named after Cooks flagship Resolution this large, split level, modern Lloyds No.1 bar with large screen televisions usually serving Abbot Ale on cask plus two or more guest ales and a real cider. Food served breakfast, lunchtimes and evenings.
Ironstone Miner, Guisborough
A former Registry Office has been sympathetically converted by Wetherspoon and opened in January 2017. It comprises one large, bright and airy room, serving the chain's usual offerings.
Village Crossing, Billingham
Recently opened on 2nd February 2018, this former funeral parlour and village co-op is now a modern, contemporary micro pub, where church pews meet leather sofas, and photographs of yesteryear adorn the walls. Aptly named, as the pub is located at the pedestrian crossing on Station Road in Old Billingham, so the chances of getting run over, after a boozy session, are marginally reduced. Clean, bright and airy, a genuine welcome is assured from the friendly manager. Four 'Locale' beers are currently being served alongside two real ciders. Card carrying CAMRA members are afforded a 20 pence discount on both halves and pints. Ideally situated on both the X9 and 36 bus routes, though it is a bit of a hike from the railway station.
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. Up to five locally sourced beers are served plus one real cider in summer, and during their beer festivals. A popular music venue with live music on Saturday nights, an open mic night every Tuesday night with a free pint for playing and a monthly Bloozeburn on the last Wednesday of the month. 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, with three cask ales available, 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.
Bottled Note, Middlesbrough
Another of many micropubs just south on the centre, and which is now approaching its 2nd 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 also feature a cocktail and wine bar. There is also a function room. Four handpumps feature the house beer, Bottled Note IPA, brewed by 3 Brothers using American and New Zealand hops, while a stout or porter is also always served. A wide selection of of bottled beers are also available. Within walking distance of the football ground.
Highland Laddie, Norton
Large L-shaped room with partly separated snug. Re-opened under the revised name by J D Wetherspoon on Tuesday 1st October 2013 and now offering food real ale and seating for 138 in one large L shaped room and partly separated snug with additional outside seating out front for an additional 34 guests. There is excellent disabled access via push-button system with main toilets upstairs.
Swatters Carr, Middlesbrough
A Wetherspoon conversion of the Empire and now named after the original 17th-century farmstead, set in the heart of student land. Swatters Carr cricket ground, also known as Linthorpe East cricket ground, hosted First Class matches between 1864 and 1867, and was also the original home of Middlesbrough Football Club. During the last 300 years it has been a hotel and an opera house, among other incarnations. An old turnstile features along with historical photographs in the large, lengthy bar. The seven hand pulls serve the nationally contracted beers together with several locally sourced, and not so locally sourced guest beers. Real cider. Beer festivals, Meet the Brewer, a January sale and celebrations of Saints' days are all hosted. A small outdoor drinking area overlooks the busy Linthorpe Road.
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. 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, approx 14 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.
Hydes Bar, Norton
Previously a family run Joinery & Builders Merchant yard for more than 50 years and before that a Blacksmiths, this micro pub 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 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 imagine 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 celebrated it's first birthday on December 7th, 2017. 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.
Vane Arms, Long Newton
Ideal country pub with lounge, bar with open fire, now in the safe hands of Paul and Emily, and who are now following in the footsteps of Jill and Paul Jackson, who rescued the pub from an uncertain future after it had been closed for 898 days by the last of a string of pub management companies. There are three handpulls featuring Black Sheep Bitter alongside an ever changing array of two guest beers from local breweries, along with reasonably priced restaurant quality meals using only fresh food, and what can only be described as superb outdoor drinking facilities. Four quality en-suite bedrooms are available.
Brown Cow, Hinderwell
Real pubs like this are hard to find! Between the moors and the coast, and reminiscent of walking into somebody's 1960s front parlour, this long standing family-run pub has a strong local following, as well as attracting holidaying visitors. Two interesting rotating guest beers are served. The pub supports darts teams, charity nights and domino drives, with quiz night on Sunday. Children/dogs are welcome, while smokers are also especially well provided for. In addition to all-day bar snacks, more substantial meals are also available. Accommodation is in four bedrooms.Car park is around the back, up a narrow drive some 30 metres south of the pub.
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.
Royal Oak Hotel, Great Ayton
Whether drinking, eating, or both, a warm welcome is extended to locals and visitors alike at this superb 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. There is even a take-away service. 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, also hosts meetings for the worshipers at Christ Church.
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, the Beacon, 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 regular Belgium beer nights. Pub gets rave reviews on social media. Recently awarded as local CAMRA Branch Pub of the Season 2019.
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. 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 now being served, with take-away options available.
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 sadly is no longer available. However, the Beer Monkey brewery, also in Skipton, is supplying a similar beer, Beer Monkey Blond. 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. It has a pleasant south-facing outdoor drinking area.
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.
Saltburn Cricket, Bowls & Tennis Club, Saltburn-by-the-Sea
Well supported by the local community, members and non-members of Saltburn Cricket Club are made equally welcome at this local CAMRA multi-award winner, now celebrating 24 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 both a monthly Jazz Club and a monthly Blues Club, as well as quiz nights and Bingo. 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.
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.
Waiting Room, Whitby
Whitby's smallest, newest and 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 2017 and 2019 Cider Pub of the Year and now also 2018 Pub of the Season.
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 Giisborough Priory, which was raised 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, 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 tremendous value. Quiz night is Sunday. Occasional live music nights are held, featuring performers of note, for which a charge applies.
King's Head Inn, Guisborough
Town Centre Pub with a good reputation for food
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 journey from Kings Cross. Not surprisingly, the pub has won many CAMRA awards during it`s existence. 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.
Whitby Brewery Tap, Whitby
New brewery tap in the brewery's new premises, standing in the shadow and ruins of Whitby Abbey, overlooking the North Sea. 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 carpark, 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.
Crossing Club, Grosmont
Owned by the villagers this cosy club 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 and has now featured over 1200 different beers to date. Naturally 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
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. 2 regular brews and 6 guest beers. Sadly, meals are no longer available but the licensee is happy for you to bring your own food in - but I would suggest that common sense is applied. I don't suppose that Richard would want his pub smelling of steaming hot vindaloos.