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“Birch Hall Inn, Beck Hole near Goathland, North Yorks”
Review of Birch Hall Inn

Birch Hall Inn
Ranked #79 of 213 Restaurants in Whitby
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, Pub, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Description: The smallest pub I've seen for years... just two bars with an old fashion sweet shop in the middle where time has stood still
London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Birch Hall Inn, Beck Hole near Goathland, North Yorks”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

Slap bang in the middle of 'Heartbeat' country, the inn offers wholesome food and a variety of drinks. Last time I stopped off in June, 2013, I'd walked along the original Whitby & Pickering Railway trackbed from Grosmont on a showery summer's day.
From the street you're presented with a small public bar, big enough to seat a half dozen paying punters and the bar itself. Across a narrow corridor is a small village shop that sells postcards, sweets and necessities for the passing public as well as basic groceries for the locals. Along the front and turn right, you enter a short passage. Ahead are the amenities, to the right again is the main bar with a few tables and a serving hatch. This is where you give your food and drink orders.
There's a menu to suit all tastes, vegetarians catered for to the same high standard. I'd stopped by on a walk along to Goathland, so I just had a pint of 'Beckwatter', the inn's own ale brew. To explain, the beck is the stream that flows past one side of the inn under the bridge that leads into the village of Beck Hole. The Yorkshire dialect 'watter' is pretty self-explanatory, just leave one 't' off and you have the standard English word. Other brews available are Black Sheep Brewery's standard fare plus wines, spirits, tea and coffee.
As the name suggests, this is an inn. There are rooms over the public area, accessible also by the steps at the right-hand end of the inn. There's a small terrace at the head of the steps where you can take in the view across the small dale as you savour your drinks.
And of course you can buy a resin cast scale model of the inn (1/176 or 4mm to the foot) for about £34.
Then it's back to the trail. Not up the bank, across to the trackbed again and turn left for Goathland, right for Grosmont via Esk Valley. The bank in on a gradient of 1/4 or 25%, so unless you want to earn yourself indigestion after a hearty meal, be my guest.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Alan L
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Kent
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425 reviews
310 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
“Quaint”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

The main draw of this pub is how quaint it is - tiny, tiny little bar! Limited food menu, just sandwiches or pork pies, but worth a visit for the atmosphere. The scenery driving across the moors to get here is worth the trip alone, and it's also very popular with walkers.

Not always open out of the summer months.

  • Visited September 2013
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redcar
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“ok- nowt special”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

stopped in for a drink and a snack - its a very quaint little pub but once you look past that it really is nowt special - ham sandwich was good, pork pie ok , local brewed beer flat ,mustard had a fly in the jar (disgusting) and over all its a bit scruffy

  • Visited September 2013
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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113 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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“A piece of history”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

We're not boozers but enjoy popping in here on our walks around Goathland. Like to sample the local cider. Decor a bit run down but food good.

Visited August 2013
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Thank Sheila B
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Stockton on Tees
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45 reviews
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“Excellent Customer Service”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Visited on late saturday afternoon in August. party of 12. Very welcoming by landlord who served in pub side and sweet shop side. Sat outside in sunshine and absorbed the views. One lady in the party took ill, so the landladys wife gave her a lift in her car, up the bank to Goathland as that was our final destination.
Very nice of her. Finally a pub on the moors that liked visitors regardless of their age/gender.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Sharon S
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