Driving just twenty minutes east into the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside from York itself is all it takes to reach The Duke Of York Inn, located in the Ryedale village of Gate Helmsley. You can’t miss this traditional British pub’s whitewashed building along Bridlington Road on the western edge of town, and once you’re inside you won’t want to leave. Joining the public house family that includes The Swan & Talbot in Wetherby, Bilton-in-Ainsty’s The Chequers, and The Beehive in Thorner, The Duke of York has been carefully refurbished to bring it into modern times without compromising the rural character of the place, meaning you can enjoy the well-stocked bar and all manner of menus in a perfectly charming setting.
It would be remiss of a North Yorkshire pub with any claim to quality to not make the most of the abundance of local suppliers when it comes to keeping the kitchen stocked with seasonal produce, meat and fish. The menus at The Duke Of York Inn proudly showcase the breadth and depth of quality British cuisine in just this way, offering a mix of traditional pub grub and modern dishes at great prices. Breakfast is served on the weekends from 9am until 11:30am, lunch and dinner menus are available from Monday to Saturday, a supper menu supplements the action in the evenings from Sunday to Wednesday, with a weekly Sunday lunch offering – a local Gate Helmsley favourite – rounding off the week.
The Duke Of York’s main menu features produce sourced close to Gate Helmsley and York, including towns and villages such as Wetherby, Thorp Arch and Harrogate, coming together in a range of shareable platters, starters, salads, grilled dishes and signature ‘haute’ dogs, and generously apportioned traditional British main courses. Of these, you couldn’t get more Yorkshire than the classic steak and Black Sheep Ale pie with mash, but the pub kitchen’s broad horizons are clear in dishes like the Asian stir fry of slow-cooked pork belly with kale, shiitake mushrooms, soy beans, ginger and udon noodles. The Sunday lunch alone gets many a pubcrawler up from York for some traditional dales hospitality, and remember that with a fantastic three-course kids’ menu served from midday to 8pm, the little one are welcome too. Finally, if you’re planning to pay a visit to The Duke’s Bridlington Road perch, be sure to book in advance and online to avoid disappointment.
Very good Sunday lunch here recently. Staff very pleasant and helpful. Food was excellent and hot ,good selection of beers kept well, One very small word to the chef ,more veg please next time we come .
Meal was excellent, I had a gammon steak which was very thick and tasty, came with two eggs and chunky chips, the only downside was we were the only people dining although it was mid week.
We were made to feel very welcome and treated like royalty! Good food, friendly helpful staff, nothing was too much trouble. Thank you for looking after us.
Really good Sunday lunch with all the trimmings, we were made to feel very welcome and there was water for the dogs and no problems in them being there. Great experience.
Excellent service, very nice environment and ambience... and glorious food. The steak and ale pie must be the best ever - and I've made it my mission in life to find the best! The chunky chips are as good as you'll get too. This is a place you will want to re-visit and keep on visiting. Not cheap, but quality food in a nice place. Can be a bit far to travel to unless in York or near York, but worth the trip. (Driffield)
Lovely place with a tasteful and clean interior, and a restful feel to it. The food was spot on - tasty, fresh, well cooked - perfect for my tastes and we will definitely return. The only slight thing was that the staff were slow to clear the tables, and glasses and dishes remained piled up even when they brought out dessert. Not a major thing, but having small children I'm always aware things can get yanked off the table, and it's better aesthetically to have things cleared up quickly! Wouldn't put us off at all, we'll be back.
We reserved a table at this lovely pub and restaurant on our way home from visiting the East coast. We were given a very warm welcome and shown to our table quickly. We ordered our meals ; my husband choosing from the specials board & I chose from the menu. Both meals were plentiful and absolutely delicious. We will definitely call there again in the future and recommend it to our friends and family.
Second visit to D of Y after experiencing a superb meal first time a few weeks ago. This time a little disappointing. My wife and I both had slow cooked lamb shoulder which was OK as far as I was concerned, but my wife said it was not as nice as when she had it before. First time it was very tender, pulled lamb shoulder, second time just slices, not as nice. Didn't say anything at the time as the place was quite busy and to be fair the meal overall wasn't too bad, just a disappointment with the presentation and quality of the lamb.
We thoroughly enjoyed our Sunday lunch, which was beautifully cooked and presented. The menu was varied and offered us a good choice. The service was excellent and all the staff were well presented, cheerful, polite and attentive. The ambiance was good, the pub was warm and welcoming. We would recommend the Duke of York and will be returning, perhaps for an evening meal or another Sunday lunch with the family.
I found the staff very friendly and helpful. Due to some dietary restrictions, there was nothing on the Sunday lunch menu that I could have. Without any difficulty or fuss the chef cooked a separate meal for me which was delicious. I now know that if I go back another time, I can let them know in advance so arrangements can be made to meet my dietary requirements.