Location

Middlehead is situated in a beutiful corner of North Yorkshire with a huge assorment of activiteis on offer and sights to see...

Eating out Places to go Amenities

We are fortunate to have many good pubs that we personally go to regularly and are happy to recommend, all in stunning locations between 20 and 30 minutes drive. Here is a selection of our favourites: We strongly suggest that you book in advance where possible as these pubs are popular and get booked up!

Pubs

The Horseshoe, Levisham

This is a lovely pub in a beautiful village, with outside seating so you can enjoy the village setting. Great food and service. Dog friendly bar (lunch and dinner).

Directions; Since the Forest drive has been closed to the public, the route is via Pickering, north towards Whitby on the A169 for about 5 mins, then left through Lockton and on into Levisham where the pub is at the top of the village on a small green. About 35 mins scenic drive. 


The New Inn, Cropton

Pub with a mini brewery (you can do a tour) making some great ales which are sold nationally. They have a restaurant and a bar which serve a traditional menu, a popular pub with locals and visitors. Dog friendly bar.

Directions: Turn Left onto Heads Rd from our track and drive to Stape Road. Turn Left (signposted Pickering) and drive through Stape. At the top of Rawcliffe Bank, there is a t-junction signposted Cropton to your right. Follow the road into Cropton village (4 miles), drive through the village, bear left at the fork and the pub is immediately on your right. 20 mins scenic drive


The White Swan, Newton

This is a `local pub` which serves a small, but tasty home made menu. Popular pub with good service, does a good roast beef Sunday lunch, but you`ll need to book for it as it`s popular with the locals! Dog friendly.

Directions; Turn left onto Heads Rd. from our track, and drive to Stape Rd. Turn left (signposted Pickering) and drive through Stape, and straight on into Newton. The pub is in the left hand side, mid way in the village. 10 mins scenic drive.


The Postgate, Egton Bridge

A very good food pub, a bit pricey- with fish and beef dishes as specialities, served in their restaurant, bar or garden. On the way to Whitby so a good place to stop on the way home. Fabulous drive over the moors in a countryside setting. Dog friendly bar (lunch and dinner).

Directions; Turn left onto Heads Rd. from our track, and drive to Stape Rd. Turn right at the t-junction and follow the road taking the left fork at the junction with the forest drive. Follow the road over the cattle grid, and over the moors. (There are 2 water fords to drive through, which may be quite high if there has been a lot of rain). The road drops down into Egton Bridge, drive over the bridge, past the Norman church and the pub is on the left just past the railway bridge. 25 mins stunning drive


The Blacksmith Arms, Lastingham

A family run pub, which has a good reputation for its food selection, presentation and service, the puds are particularly good! The Norman church opposite is well worth a visit, and the village itself really pretty. You can walk onto the moors directly behind the village to wear off a few calories.. No dogs.

Directions: Turn Left onto Heads Rd from our track and drive to Stape Road. Turn Left (signposted Pickering) and drive through Stape. At the top of Rawcliffe Bank, there is a t-junction signposted Cropton to your right. Follow the road into Cropton village (4 miles), drive through the village, bear right and at the bottom of the hill, you go over the bridge and turn immediately left. The road goes directly into Lastingham, and the pub is at the end of the village on the right hand side. 25 mins scenic drive.


The Fox and Hounds, Sinnington

For that special occasion, this a is a great place to go, excellent food and service (although the landlord at the bar can be a bit `prickly`, his wife is the most wonderful host!) Stunning village location. Dog friendly bar.

Directions: Turn Left onto Heads Rd from our track and drive to Stape Road. Turn Left (signposted Pickering) and drive through Stape. At the top of Rawcliffe Bank, there is a t-junction signposted Cropton to your right. Follow the road into Cropton village (4 miles), drive through the village, bear left at the fork, follow the road to Wrelton and follow the Thirsk A170 sign. About 1 mile on there is a junction to the right which takes you into Sinnington, and the pub is on the right hand side as you go into the village. Alternatively, you can drive to Pickering and towards Thirsk on the A170, but the above directions are a scenic short cut. 25 mins drive.


The Fox and Rabbit Whitby Rd, Lockton

Popular pub serving good food and wines, owned by the Charlie and Toby Wood who also own and run The Horseshoe at Levisham. A firm favourite with locals, a good sign! Dog friendly bar.

Directions: Turn right onto Heads Road at the top of our track. Follow the track (which is not metalled, but easily passable at a steady pace), until you reach a gate and a tarmac road. Turn right and follow the forest drive -this is forestry road so there are a few potholes and areas you need to take steadily! Drive alongside the railway, over the level crossing at Levisham Station, then up onto the moor road and through Levisham. Follow the road, which is a bit steep and winding in places.. to Lockton, turn left through the village and to the A169. Turn right towards Pickering and the pub is approx 1 mile on the left hand side. This road is currently under discussion for closure.
Alternatively, drive into Pickering, shortcut past the castle and pick up the A169 towards Whitby (left) and the pub is about 3 miles on your right. 30 mins drive either way. 


The Royal Oak, Gillamoor

A little bit further but worth it! If you get chance during daylight, drive to the edge of the village to the `surprise view` overlooking the moors, it`s wonderful. No dogs.

Directions: Turn Left onto Heads Rd from our track and drive to Stape Road. Turn Left (signposted Pickering) and drive through Stape. At the top of Rawcliffe Bank, there is a t-junction signposted Cropton to your right. Follow the road into Cropton village (4 miles), drive through the village, bear left at the fork, follow the road to Wrelton and follow the Thirsk A170 sign. Drive through the main road of Kirbymoorside, and out of the village, following the signs for Gillamoor. As you come into the village, the pub is on your right hand side. Alternatively, you can drive to Pickering and towards Thirsk on the A170, then through Kirbymoorside but the above directions are a scenic short cut. Approx 30 mins.


The Wheatsheaf, Egton

This pub had been given some great reviews by our guests over the summer and having been there for my monthly `ladies lunch`with the ladies of Stape, I can wholeheartedly recommend for quality of food and value for money. In fact, the whole group of ladies were impressed – praise indeed! Dog friendly bar lunchtime only.

Directions; Turn left onto Heads Rd. from our track, and drive to Stape Rd. Turn right at the t-junction and follow the road taking the left fork at the junction with the forest drive. Follow the road over the cattle grid, and over the moors. (There are 2 water fords to drive through, which may be quite high if there has been a lot of rain). The road drops down into Egton Bridge, drive over the bridge, past the Norman church and up the steep hill into Egton, and the pub is on the right at the top of the hill. Approx 20 mins scenic drive.

Indian Food

Spice 4 U– 41 Hungate Pickering

Modern restaurant with good menu, busy at weekends, also do takeaways.

At the roundabout at Pickering, take the A170 towards Scarborough, and the restaurant is just on the right hand side.


Chinese Food

The Fortune Inn, Pickering

Cantonese restaurant, full menu, also does takeaways. In our opinion a bit pricey for the food served.

Opposite the Steam Railway station, Pickering


The Queens Head,Amotherby

Popular Cantonese restaurant and pub.

Through Pickering to Malton, turn right at the lights, and follow the road towards Nunnington. Take the Amotherby sign and the pub is on the High Street. Approx 40 mins drive.

 

Thai Food

Tui`s Cafe Bar and Restaurant, Malton

Buffet style or menu meals, popular on the weekends.

At the lights in Malton, carry on towards A64, Tui`s is on the left hand side, parking in Malton square.


Italian Food

Florio`s, Malton

Popular established Italian, good menu. 11, Yorkergate Malton


Fish and Chips

Pickering has Eastgate Fisheries for takeaways, but most pubs will serve an excellent fish (Whitby fish is renowned!) and chips.

When in Whitby, there are many very good fish restaurants, but there are two that are especially popular and well worth a visit.

The Magpie Cafe

Adjacent to the harbour and the fish market, a very busy traditional style café -the menu is amazing with a wide variety of fish, with specials depending on the day`s catch and the season.
They will take bookings for first seating at 11.30am, early for lunch, but have a glass of wine, or a cup of tea whilst you peruse the menu.. well worth it, as the queue can go around the block!


Trenchers

Restaurant setting, very popular. Again, you need to get there early!

Opposite the railway station, Whitby centre