7 reviews of White Horse & Griffin in English
We ate at the restaurant. Asside from the fact that we were waiting for our food and drinks around an hour -- the food quality was highly disappointing..... My friend ordered the sunday dinner with starter and dessert included -- we were not told what the soup of the day (starter) was -- when it eventually arrived it looked to be an extremely thick stew-like tomato soup; on tasting the soup it was discovered to contain A LOT of chilli. The soup was much too spicy for my friend and could not be eaten -- I think the staff should have told us what was in the soup or at least warned that it was spicy, and asked if that would be ok before serving it -- other restaurants I have visited commonly do this - my friend suffered for the rest of the day because of this, due to her very sensitive stomach (had this been served to my sister, she would be in hospital by now due to her severe allergy to chilli). When the waitress was told that the soup was too spicy and inedible, she didn't seem to care, and made no effort to offer an alternative option.
On to the main (which we also had to wait a very long time for) -- I ordered the chicken & blue cheese wrapped in ham -- the chicken was ok, but a bit undercoked for my liking. The ham was more like very burnt bacon, but much thinner.... My friend's Sunday meal was worse -- the beef was so rare I think it still had a pulse! The yorkshire puddings were literally cremated (and that truely is the only way to describe it!). The gravy had an odd slime-like texture.
After finishing our meal, we waited a time before finally being offered the dessert menu. The waitress did not return to take our order. After sitting for what seemed like forever, we decided to skip the dessert, pay and leave.
My final shock, the bill -- very overly priced for what you get. Also, they don't seem to have any idea with regards to alcohol and its pricing -- common spirits such as Jack Daniels and Bacardi were priced at the same level as a single Malt whisky!.. £4.50 for JD without the mixer is simply daylight robbery.
Overall, I will not be visiting again; which is a shame, because the building itself was very beautiful -- rustic looking; it was a nice area to eat in, but unfortunately this was spoiled by the terrible quality of the food. Though the waiting time was long, I wouldn't have minded had the food exceeded my expectation, but it didn't.
This restaurant has all the ingredients for a great meal out – except a chef!
The location is great, the cosy, old-world feel is relaxing and, because it was only 6pm, the one waitress had plenty of time to be friendly and attentive to all six diners.
However, back to the food: I played safe and went for the cod in beer batter, chips and mushy peas. How could any chef worth his salt cock up such a traditional seaside staple as this? Well, I don’t know, but he did. The mushy peas were grey and tasteless. The chips were big and trendy and unappetising. The fish, however, was the worst of everything and could only be made palatable by being smothered in ketchup.
If this were my restaurant I would get rid of the chef and send out for takeaways from one of the myriad (and far superior) outlets in Whitby.
They serve Timmy Taylor’s Landlord, which is always good news for me, or was always good news until I tasted it here. Yes, they even managed to ruin that! The beer here is served lukewarm.
A pub, restaurant and hotel. I've dined here and stayed overnight.
This is a well located hotel and restaurant, serving a good breakfast.
Room wise, the one I've stayed in had an insanely large and well appointed bathroom. The bed however was not too comfortable and was probably in need of replacement.
We ended up having lunch here by accident really - you know how it is when you’re all starving, one of you wants fish and chips, the other wants a burger, then add a vegetarian into the mix and you have one of those standing in the middle of the road not knowing if you’re ever going survive this enforced famine!
The out of the corner of my eye we spotted the white horse and griffen - glanced at the menu and decided to give it a go!
The food here is not cheap, it must’ve been the somewhere near payday as none of as seemed to mind (either that or the hunger had made us all delirious).
Once seated we were offered a bread roll, I had an olive one, and oh wow, it was delicious.
They serve traditional fish and chips, alongside steaks and various specials!
I decided to try the cassoulet - a dish I had never even heard of, let alone tried, but there was sausage and duck mentioned so I was sold!
It wasn’t speedy food, we seemed to be waiting a while for our food, but were enjoying a cheeky glass of red wine so we didn’t seem to mind!
The lunch was served in a pan! a very pretty 'copper’ pan complete with handle! I was impressed, even more so when I tasted it - totally divine. One of the nicest meals I’ve ever had the pleasure to try!
Very atmospheric coaching inn in the centre of Whitby. Food is erratic in quality: can be very good or very average. Best stick to the tried and trusted favourites such as fish pie and fish and chips.
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