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5.2 /6 Excellent 61 Reviews

The Duke Of York Inn

Gate Helmsley European, British ££ +100
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About The Duke Of York Inn

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.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 20:00
The Duke Of York Inn, 1 Bridlington Road, YO41 1JS Gate Helmsley

Further Information

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.


61 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 61 Reviews
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: short
Atmosphere: entertaining
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
Service: friendly
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1 review so far 6
16.09.2017 09:12

Lovely food and good service. Very nice local pub, not too busy and nice atmosphere. Would highly recommend the Duke of York. Try it and you won't be disappointed.

1 review so far 6
28.08.2017 19:00

Excellent meal, we had Sunday lunch which was delicious. 2 large slices of roast beef and veg cooked to perfection and perfect gravy one of the best ever. Highly recommended will certainly go again.

1 review so far 6
25.06.2017 20:35

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)

1 review so far 6
16.06.2017 18:57

Glad I booked well in advance as it was very busy, chosen as a place to meet for Sunday lunch, excellent. I didn't know the place just chose it off the internet.

1 review so far 6
22.02.2017 16:05

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.

1 review so far 4
11.01.2017 10:03

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.

1 review so far 6
08.05.2017 16:05

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.

1 review so far 6
22.09.2016 12:27

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.

1 review so far 3
25.01.2017 18:51

We had a long wait, 40 minutes for the food to arrive, I asked if the speaker just behind my head could be switched off. As we were the only people in I did not think this was unreasonable. The waitress went away to find out but did not come back and the music remained which made talking with my elderly father difficult. I paid the bill on cash £40 which I handed over at the bar to pay our bill which came to £38.40. I was not given any change. I would probably have said keep the change but it was not offered. The meal was OK and we enjoyed what we had but was disappointed with the rest. The pub was also quite cold.

1 review so far 5
27.08.2016 20:59

The food is excellent and the staff are very friendly, attentive & engaging! My only slight gripe is that the disinfectant they use in the lavatories is too strong smelling. When eating i got the odd whiff of it, which spoiled things a little. Next time I will sit further away from the loos, if poss. Yes, Its worth going back. Hope they sort that out.

1 review so far 5
12.02.2017 08:37

Excellent meal out for all 5 of us with 5 main meals and 5 desserts ordered, the only reason it did not get full marks was that 2 of us ordered the belly pork and both said it was fantastic except for the sage mash of which both left over 50% of it!! But will definitely eat again at the Duke of York.

1 review so far 6
26.12.2016 07:54

Friendly staff and great food! I have been a few times now and the level of service is consistent. They also change the menu from time to time to keep it a little varied for the customers. I can recommend it for meals with friends or family. Nice atmosphere!

1 review so far 6
11.09.2016 11:06

booked for suprise bithday meal ,had 5 small children including two babies,staff were amazing ,nothing too much trouble even though they were very busy,food excellent and clearly cooked to order given the quality,been before but not with so many would and will recommend to anyone :-D

1 review so far 6
07.12.2016 09:28

The menu is great and it changes regularly, normally on a seasonal basis. The staff are welcoming and nicely attentive. We have eaten there six times now and have never been disappointed. The prices are sensible so not to expensive to eat out.

1 review so far 5
29.11.2016 21:09

We ate at the Duke of York on Saturday night. Despite it being very cold outside the room was cosily warm and the coal fire added to the pleasant atmosphere. The service was attentive and the food was served very promptly. Both us enjoyed excellent food for each three courses.

1 review so far 5
04.09.2016 17:24

A very pleasant lunch. Food was very tasty and good portions. Sunday lunch was 1, 2 or 3 course, would advise to book as quite a few people came in but they couldn't accommodate them for a while. Would return, weekday evening and lunch menu looked very good too.

1 review so far 6
12.10.2016 18:58

Great service with a smile and lovely Sunday lunch .liked the fact you can eat on a Sunday until 8pm .A good choice of wine and beer too.I visited the toilets immaculate!!

1 review so far 6
17.02.2017 21:38

Lovely food, great service, friendly staff and ambience. We will look forward to returning very soon. The menu is varied but not over co placated and the food was freshly cooked.

1 review so far 6
13.05.2017 15:24

Lovely lunctime menu. Great service and good prices. Restaurant area looks nice for an evening occasion. Will go back to try the evening experience. Outdoor area pleasant for sunshine drinking .

1 review so far 5
21.02.2017 10:54

It only didn't get full marks as we seemed to be invisible when we arrived and were ignored/overlooked but this was remedied by a stroppy husband. Food was really good and once service started it was good.