Run by chef Jason Davies and his wife Sue, The Fox & Hounds is a cosy and personable restaurant with rooms found in a hamlet just five miles north of Whitby. Billing itself as a ‘traditional country inn’ (the building purportedly dates back to 1555), The Fox & Hounds is popular with staycationers and ramblers, being in close proximity to both the North York Moors Visitor Centre and Yorkshire Cycle Hub. There are also picturesque fishing villages less than 20 minutes drive away, while a railway station in adjoining Danby offers visitors easy access to the moorland villages along the Esk Valley.
For guests knackered from their walking or cycling adventures, there are 10 rustic chic en-suite bedrooms to choose from, decked out with wood panelling and oak beams running across the ceiling. If you are a night owl, however, you can take advantage of the inn’s supply of night torches, binoculars and sky maps to engage in a spot of stargazing - The Fox & Hounds is an accredited Dark Skies Friendly site.
When it comes to fuelling up for a day of adventures, The Fox & Hounds has got you covered with its menu of freshly prepared food which is underpinned by high-quality produce from local suppliers. The a la carte runs from breakfast through to dinner, while hearty roast dinners are available on Sunday afternoons. The menus here change often depending on what’s available from suppliers, but on your visit you might come across the likes of pie and chips, followed by sticky toffee pudding for dessert.
After dinner, head to the bar for cask conditioned regional real ale and continental lagers, as well as a diverse selection of spirits and wines by the glass. Booking is essential for this out of the way spot, but it’s more than worth the trip.