Where to eat, drink and stay

Pubs, cafes and other facilities you might need

There's already loads of listings of where to eat and stay in the area, and rather than duplicate this, I've put together a listing of places which are worth a visit if you happen to be in the area. The places listed here are notable for good food, atmosphere or offering something out of the ordinary. Although they are all happy to serve mountain bikers, please try and leave the worst of your muddy kit at the door, so as not to give us a bad name. Suggestions are always welcome, so please get in touch if you have any comments.

Pubs

Blacksmiths Arms, Lastingham
Great food, atmosphere and location, right at the end of the Lastingham Loop. Very nice to sit outside in summer.
Lion Inn, Blakey
A stunning moorland location in the middle of nowhere, but not far from the end of the Great Fryup Loop. There's tables outside, but the exposed location usually means it's nicer to be by an open fire.
The Moorcock, Langdale End
A tiny pub, with a great atmosphere, and limited food. Not quite as small as the Birch Hall Inn, but usually less busy. Not directly on any route, but near to the Harwood Loop and the Langdale Loop.
Birch Hall Inn, Beckhole
Tiny and unique. Worth a visit even if space inside is limited, and the menu doesn't go beyond snacks. It even includes a small village shop between the two very small bars in what is possibly the smallest pub you'll ever visit. Not far from the Levisham Loop and a better bet than the tourist traps of Goathland.
Feversham Arms, Church Houses
Nice location and handy if you have just done a route which finishes in Low Mills, such as the Farndale Loop and the Bransdale High and Dry Loop.
New Inn, Cropton
The beer which they brew on-site is worth a visit for. A nice beer garden, if you don't want to leave your bike alone. Almost on the Grosmont Pickering Railway route and not far from the end of the Cropton Forest Loop.

Cafes

Rosedale Bakery and Tea Shop, Rosedale Abbey
Loads of food at a fair price and has yet to turn me away, no matter how muddy or sweaty I am. Great bakery next door for loading up on some tasty mid-ride treats as well. Close to the Grosmont Pickering Railway route and easily reachable by extending both the Cropton Forest Loop and Lastingham Loop routes.
Sea Drift Cafe, Staithes
Small, not particularly cheap, but lovely food and location. Not near any routes, but only 15 minutes drive from the end of the Scaling Dam route.
Magpie Cafe, Whitby
If you feel up to adding a bit extra to the Esk Valley Railway route, you can reward yourself by eating here. Beware, even in somewhere with as many fish and chip shops as Whitby, this place is popular enough to often have a queue going out the door.
Hawnby Post office
The post office in Hawnby also has a small tea room, providing simple snacks and food, ideal for mid or post ride refueling on the Hawnby Loop and Rievaulx Loop routes.
Ramblers' Rest, Millington
Tea, coffee, cakes and light lunches. Popular with walkers and road cyclists, and seems to be happy to serve me, even when covered in mud. Has a welcoming log fire in winter. It's worth doing the Close to the Millington Loop route just for the cream scone alone.
Thixendale General Store & Tea Room, Thixendale
Sadly missed, now seems to have closed down

Other notable places to get food

Hunters of Helmsley, Helmsley
Posh, pricey and delicious. A deli stuffed with all manner of nice food, which also serves lovely sandwidches. A perfect end to the Helmsley Loop route.
Brandsby Village Shop, Brandsby
An old style village shop, which serves some nice snacks to keep you going on the Sheriff Hutton route.

Campsites

There's lot of campsites in the area, with everything from small sites, with few facilities to sprawling caravan sites. Here are a few that we can recommend:

Mucky Duck Inn, Newton-on-Rawcliffe
A pleasant pub, with a small campsite round the back. A nice place to stay, and handy for several routes in the area, such as the Picking-Newtondale route.
Hooks House Farm Caravan and Campsite, Robin Hoods Bay
Great views from a location above the bay, and not too far from the facilities in the village. Ideal for the Robin Hoods Bay route.
Rosedale Caravan & Camping Park, Rosedale Abbey
Quite a big site, but a lovely location, right in the heart of the moors, with great riding right from the village. Perfect for the Lastingham and Cropton Forest routes.

Bike shops

Away from the major towns in the area (Scarborough, York and Malton) there are a few shops which sell a limited selection of spares. There are bike shops in Whitby, Pickering and Purple Mountain Bike Hire at the visitor centre in Dalby Forest sells spares.

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