We booked a last minute two night stay here and ended up in the family room, although there were only two of us.
The guy who greeted us was friendly and helpful and the pub is cosy and welcoming in a great location just five mins walk down to the beach (very steep walk back up the hill afterwards; beware!). Rooms were clean and had everything you'd need: towels, tea/coffee making facilities, biscuits etc. I guess the room and pub in general maybe could do with a lick of paint in some areas but it depends if that kind of thing bothers you; it doesn't us.
Pub was bustling and busy on both the Fri and Sat night, so be sure to book ahead for your meals. We ate the first night in the dining area, which has lovely views and is nice and cosy with candles on the table. You can easily spend £30 per person if you get a couple of courses and a bottle of wine, which is a fair amount for a pub, but the food and wine was really good and we were stuffed. The smoked salmon steak and maple & pecan cheesecake are delicious!!
Second night we ate a lighter meal in the bar and spent a lot less. I preferred eating in the dining area without all the dogs and people drinking at the bar, but that's a completely personal preference.
Breakfast was included in the stay and was great. The choice is basically a full English with toast or some variation on this. I got a veggie cooked breakfast and my other half got a meat version and we were both full for hours. You could also just help yourself to cereal.
Some of the waitresses are more efficient and friendly than others, but you'll get that anywhere.
There is one other pub further down in Runswick with a better view of the sea, where we stopped for a couple of very nice drinks. Less cosy and comfortable than the Runswick Bay Hotel however.
The only thing to bear in mind is food prices as you can end up spending a lot; there aren't many other options for food and the rooms aren't self-catering. I would also say that with the last minute deal, it's a good price, but without it would be double the cost and therefore not something I would want to pay. However, this is typical of most B&Bs in the UK.
Also be aware: no wireless and poor phone signal. Again, not something we minded.
8 miles from Whitby with plenty to do there if you get bored of the peace and quiet!
If you like cosy, seaside pubs with clean rooms and tasty food and you can find a good last minute deal to knock you some money off, stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the top of Runswick Bay, the bay itself is only a 5 minute walk down the bank. When you decide a day on the beach is quite enough you can make your way slowly back up the hill and come join us for a refreshing drink and either a light lunch or a main meal. We are also the ideal location for a short weekend break or a longer stay if you desire. We are situated on the long stretch of coastline and surrounded by the North Yorkshire Moors which makes for a fulfilled stay, as the amount of activities to do are endless. The Cleveland Way runs directly through our car park so we are the ideal spot for a nights stay for a break in your walk, being just a short distance from Whitby. We are proud to support local businesses by supplying local beers, produce and artwork. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Runswick Bay Hotel England