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The Fox & Hounds

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4.5
#1 of 1 inn in Ainthorpe
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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Surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of the North York Moors, this former 16th-century coaching inn is now a high quality residential country pub and restaurant, rich in historic charm. A recommended four star inn by VisitEngland, set in the beautiful North York Moors National Park, The Fox & Hounds is a great base from which to explore the breathtaking scenery of the moors and the region's heritage coastline. The comfortable e- suite rooms overlook glorious countryside and free fibre Wi-Fi is available throughout. The bar has an open fire and a beautiful oak-beamed ceiling. An excellent range of cask ales and selected wines are available and guests can enjoy freshly prepared food every lunchtime and evening in the bar, restaurant or family/games room. After an energetic day out walking or cycling on the moors you can enjoy a drink in the garden whilst savouring the superb views. The Fox & Hounds is also an accredited Dark Skies friendly accommodation, so you can also take in some of the UK's clearest views of the night sky from your window.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Hiking
Tennis court
Highchairs available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Darts
Tennis court offsite
Walking tours
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
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Housekeeping
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
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Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Mark T wrote a review Feb 2020
Crewe, United Kingdom246 contributions37 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My fiancée and I stayed here for a 2-night weekend break, taking our mini cockapoo (Teddy). Firstly, The Fox & Hounds lies in a beautiful part of the world, with stunning scenery right outside and all around - great for taking a walk or two. Teddy was made very welcome, with us being offered the opportunity to take breakfast in the bar so that she could join us. The bar has a nice traditional and cosy feel to it, with a lovely coal open fire greeting us on arrival, late on a Friday evening. We stayed in Room 3, which had been recently redecorated, had a great view from the window, was very clean and very comfortable. All of the staff were friendly and very accommodating. Tom behind the bar was very helpful and polite. After realising I had suffered a puncture the day after our arrival, Rachael in the kitchen did her best to point me in the direction of help. We enjoyed a very good breakfast and a well presented cheeseboard from the kitchen. As a long-standing CAMRA member I can say that the ales I tried were kept in great condition. The gin selection was also great! Worth noting that Danby Railway Station is only 15mins stroll down the road, so we all took the train into Whitby. Quite simply... none of us wanted to leave the Fox & Hounds! We’ll be back for sure! 👍🏻🐶😃
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from FoxStaff, Owner at The Fox & Hounds
Responded 18 Feb 2020
Hi Mark. Many thanks for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review. We're very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us, despite the stormy weather! We look forward to seeing you both (and Teddy) again very soon. Vicky
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KatieKillerQueen77 wrote a review Apr 2022
Donington, United Kingdom159 contributions32 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here for the 4-day Easter weekend and cannot fault much about this place. Location is spectacular, room was very good. A bit of attention to the seal round the bath is required but that is easily sorted. Good selection of teas and coffee in the room.

Breakfast was really good - I had the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs every day and my husband had the full English breakfast with black pudding and beans.

But I have to say that whilst some of the evening meals were good, others could have been much better. One evening I had the pork fillet in a creamy brandy sauce which had no taste and certainly no seasoning. My husband had a burger one evening which he said was "okay" but again could have been much better for example adding a couple of onion rings or some bbq sauce.

We both opted for a roast on Sunday - we were not aware that these were even available until we overheard our waitress tell the people at the next table! The mash potato served with the roast was tasteless as was the gravy and was very disappointed to find the vegetables served with the roast included courgettes (again I am afraid no taste) and leeks which were very bland. We were both underwhelmed by the roasts as again they could have been so much better. People on the next table who ordered the lamb shank were served broccoli and beans with their meal which would have been so much nicer with the roast.

Some of the staff were very friendly whilst others didn't bother to speak or ask if everything was okay with the meals. There seemed to be different waitresses each time we visited the restaurant/bar for food so it was difficult to build up a rapport with anyone who worked there.

It is a very dog friendly place and the gift of a small Easter egg was a nice touch. Would we return? Probably not mainly because we found the food so hit and miss.
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Date of stay: April 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Victoria Hemsley, Owner at The Fox & Hounds
Responded 26 Apr 2022
Thank you very much for the 4 'bubbles' and detailed feedback. We are very happy to read that you enjoyed our location here in the North York Moors National Park, but disappointed that you found the food not to your taste. The staff work very hard to give all our customers the best visit they can, so we are very sorry if they did not meet your expectations on this occasion. Kind regards, Colin & Vicky
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alanpR992SJ wrote a review Oct 2021
Bourne, United Kingdom7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
F&H is set in the village of Danby/Ainthorpe. It is ideally situated for visiting the north Yorkshire coast and the North Yorkshire National Park. Access is good with plenty of parking space. The hosts and staff create a warm and friendly atmosphere in the bar and restaurant areas. In fact throughout our stay the overall service was just excellent.
We had dinner each evening. The set menu was extended by 'specials'. Food had that 'home-made' feel. Each dish cooked and presented well. There was also a wide choice at breakfast.
Our room, overlooking the North Yorks Moors, was very comfortable with a newly furbished ensuite. Towels were clean and fresh and room service was good.
After a day out it was a bonus to walk in to a bar with a fire, have a drink and friendly locals to chat with.
I can highly recommend the F&H. You would not be disappointed!
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Date of stay: October 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Most rooms would be quiet with an open view.
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gwallis1 wrote a review Nov 2020
York, United Kingdom89 contributions93 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived Late Thursday afternoon and was staying for 3 nights.
The pub followed a good COVID protocol, with sanitisers and masks being worn by all.
The welcome was not the warmest I have to say. Just what’s name of booking, ok follow me. Took us to bottom of stairs, up there, key in door room 7. Not much interaction asking if we had a pleasant journey, or when breakfast was served in the morning etc.

Anyway the room was fine. It’s dated and bathroom is in dire need of an update, which I am led to believe they are doing gradually. The room was warm, with a large comfortable bed. Tea and coffee making facilities and large flat screen tv.
Walls are thin, so you will hear anything what your neighbours are chatting about!

We ate 3 nights in the hotel. The menu changes daily and written on a blackboard. We always found something to eat.
Service was excellent and friendly. The selection of ales was great. Wines by the glass or bottle, and great selection of gins.

Breakfast was good, although could maybe introduce a 10 minute interval breakfast slots, otherwise what was happening, everyone comes down a 9am and swamps the kitchen and serving staff.
The manager always came along at breakfast to see how things was and he was really informative of places to visit etc, so well done!

So everything was going really well until the final night.
We had enjoyed another lovely meal of Sirloin Steak and what has to be one of the best Creme brûlée I have tasted in a long while.
When in comes, a large group of locals.
Kath (Drunk and slurring her words) who made it known to everyone in the pub that she works there 7 days a week and spends most of her time behind the bar.
Suffice say she was not a great ambassador for your business.
She was loud, shouting over everyone, and the foul language f##k this, F##k that, being used was not something anyone staying at a friendly local bar / hotel wanted to hear.

What made it worse that she had already advised that she worked here and I would have hoped staff would have advised to either keep the volume down and moderate her language.
Sadly nothing was said.

After an hour we were fed up of listening to Kath and her slurred,loud, foul mouthed stories, so retired to bed by 9pm.

As lockdown will be coming again on 5th November 2020, May I suggest you get Kath on a customer service course before she destroys your business further.

It’s just such a shame our last evening was spoiled by one of your staff (granted who was not working that night)
The Food was good, the rest of the young staff excellent, great to see dogs welcomed into pub
Just a bit of staff training for one of the crew (Kath)and it should all be good!
Otherwise would have been a good 4star review!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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nohotashes wrote a review Jul 2021
Yorkshire, United Kingdom109 contributions77 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We've all been locked down for a very long time. This was our first trip out and away, and I was uncharacteristically cautious about how to behave, what to expect,etc.
It was a fabulously sunny day as we arrived. There were tables and chairs and umbrellas outside with a brilliant view.
I masked up and went inside to find out how to check-in, get a much needed beer and find about food service. I was met by two friendly bar staff, who checked us in and showed us to our rooms with the absolute minimum of fuss. We had two rooms, both very nice with great views.
Back downstairs, and they were serving a good range of beers and a mouth watering menu. To all those places I have since visited who can't justify having a range of beers or 'normal menus', this place showed it can be done.
During breakfast the following morning, the owner came to talk to us and gave us some useful tips about the area. This place is fabulous. Everything was great. We will be back. Soon. Well as soon as they have availability.
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Date of stay: June 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Victoria Hemsley, Owner at The Fox & Hounds
Responded 22 Jul 2021
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a great review and kind feedback - it's extremely heartwarming to read that you enjoyed your stay with us. Please do get in touch if you would like to come back. We look forward to welcoming you again very soon. Best wishes, Colin & Vicky
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Mrs_Broabs wrote a review Oct 2020
Edinburgh, United Kingdom52 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked in for dinner this week while away. We phoned on the day and the staff were very accommodating, although they were busy with a lot of two’s booked promised they would get us seated either in the bar or dinning room and would definitely get us fed. The food was delicious, the menu is small but everything we had was cooked to perfection. The staff were very friendly and all the Covid changes were in place leaving us feeling comfortable and safe. My husband had duck which can be a tricky meat to get right but he was more then happy with it, my veggie option although just one was perfect (it was cheesy pasta my favourite) and I really enjoyed it. The views from the pub are beautiful and it’s well worth a visit
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Victoria Hemsley, Owner at The Fox & Hounds
Responded 11 Oct 2020
Many thanks for taking the time to leave us such a nice review and feedback. We're very happy that you enjoyed your meal with us and the beautiful surroundings here in the North York Moors National Park. Kind regards, Vicky
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Tony073 wrote a review Apr 2022
Yorkshire27 contributions21 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Spent a great two nights B&B at the Fox and Hounds.
Location is great, with lots of walks available nearby, and only a short drive from Whitby, Goathland etc.
Very dog friendly (with one reservation - see later !)
Rooms were very comfortable, with good supply of tea, coffee and biscuits. Perhaps could be slightly larger, but perfectly adequate. Beds very comfortable.
Good breakfast, with the hot options you would expect. Plenty of cereals, toast, yoghurts, fruit etc.
Residents can either eat in the dining room (where you can make a table reservation) or in the bar, where you can't. Menu is just the same in both. Plenty of specials available, in addition to the menu you can view online.
Food was very good - basic "pub fayre" but cooked well, served hot and in good time.
Mixture of both locals and visitors contributed to a good bar atmosphere, and the roaring log fire was very welcome!
We had a dog with us, which meant we had to have both breakfast and dinner in the bar. No problem with breakfast - tables were set up and labelled with the appropriate room number.
My main issue (in fact, the only issue!) is that you cannot reserve a table in the bar for dinner. This meant that we had to "hang around" waiting for a table to become free. It actually was not a problem, as we got a table both evenings fairly quickly, and, to be fair, the lady in the bar (manageress?) was aware of us waiting and indicated which table would become available. However, I can imagine an occasion when the pub is extremely busy, and getting a table might be more difficult. I do therefore think that residents should be able to reserve a table.
The pub advertises itself as dog friendly, but this aspect, in my opinion, is not.
Having said all this, I would thoroughly recommend ths F&H to eat and stay.
Perhaps above all, the best aspect is the service from all the staff, from the girls servicing the room, to the cheerful breakfast staff and the efficient and attentive bar and waiting staff.
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Date of stay: April 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Victoria Hemsley, Owner at The Fox & Hounds
Responded 26 Apr 2022
Thank you so much for the kind review and recommendation. In response to your suggestion about reserving tables for guests with dogs, we do allow residents to reserve tables in the bar during high season, but find this not necessary over the winter months. We're very happy to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope that you will visit us again soon. Kind regards, Colin & Vicky
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Sarah P wrote a review Jan 2020
8 contributions12 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We are a local family who enjoy a good Sunday lunch. With the fox under new ownership we decided to give it a try. The new menu certainly looks impressive and I really hope that this is not as big a disappointment as the Sunday lunch. The meat (beef and lamb) was the biggest let down... tasteless and tough so I left most of mine (my husband used lashings of horseradish and mint sauce to get his down). Unfortunately the mashed potato had zero seasoning, butter or milk so this was also tasteless. Tasteless gravy and unimaginative boiled tasteless veg topped this experience off. In a rural area where top quality livestock is readily available it is disappointing to see cheap, mass produced rubbish being served. Really hope you can up your game.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Inspire49258879715, Owner at The Fox & Hounds
Responded 7 Jan 2020
Hi Sarah, I am very sorry to hear that you and your family did not enjoy your meal at The Fox & Hounds on Sunday, particularly as you are a local family. We endeavor at all times to provide the very best food (and service) and in your case I offer my sincere apologies we did not meet your expectations. I can assure you that all our food is only sourced from local farms and suppliers as we strive very hard to support the businesses in our valley and all our food is prepared on site from fresh ingredients. I will print out your feedback and pass it on to the local farms that we use for the meat and other ingredients as the quality of our food is very important to us. Hope to see you again at some point. Kind regards, The Fox & Hounds.
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Jlo wrote a review Jun 2021
Wilmslow, United Kingdom22 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited the fox and hounds for a bank holiday getaway with our 2 children age 12 and 9. We arrived to a very warm welcome from all of the staff and the owners gave us lots of advice on local tourist attractions and things to do over the weekend. The bedrooms were really comfy with a great selection of teas and coffees. The food is really good pub grub and they serve a substantial breakfast, they also offer a pack up lunch if you are planning on being out and about all day. We highly recommend a stay at this beautiful country pub. Our dog highly recommends it too as they are pet friendly which is a huge bonus for us.
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Date of stay: May 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Victoria Hemsley, Owner at The Fox & Hounds
Responded 6 Jun 2021
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a nice review and feedback. We're very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. Do come and see us again soon! Best wishes, Colin & Vicky
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Bill M wrote a review Sept 2022
York184 contributions80 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Superb location, lovely staff, hand-pulled ales, easy parking and great food. Why wouldn't you want to stay at the Fox and Hounds? It has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere; nothing was too much trouble to make sure we had an enjoyable stay. The locals who use it obviously feel the same.
It's well positioned for visiting the coast or the moors, with lots of walking for the more energetic. A 15 minute walk takes you to Danby railway station where you can catch a train to the centre of Whitby for £8 or so - much better than trying to find a parking space there.
All in all, a really good place to enjoy some time away in a stunning part of the country. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: September 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Victoria Hemsley, Owner at The Fox & Hounds
Responded 28 Sept 2022
Thank you very much for the great review and recommendation. It means a lot to us that you enjoyed your stay. Kind regards, The Fox and Hounds.
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Alan A wrote a tip Mar 2024
Brotton, United Kingdom58 contributions62 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room 7 has a huge bed and the views out of the window are amazing "
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SaraC wrote a tip Mar 2024
Leeds, United Kingdom12 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Train to Whitby from danby is a lovely journey through the villages. £11 return for two people. Hassle free."
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Kerri F wrote a tip Oct 2023
5 contributions7 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring your thermals"
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Mick M wrote a tip Oct 2023
2 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Good walking country so suitable attire needed"
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Robin H wrote a tip Sept 2023
York, United Kingdom6 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Great place to stay. Food choice and portions are excellent. The food is outstanding . Great traditions beers. Good ambience."
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£109 - £130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United KingdomEnglandYorkshireNorth YorkshireAinthorpe
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Fox & Hounds
Which popular attractions are close to The Fox & Hounds?
Nearby attractions include Yorkshire Cycle Hub (2.1 miles), Danby Lodge National Park Centre (0.9 miles), and Scaling Dam Reservoir (3.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Fox & Hounds?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Fox & Hounds?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Fox & Hounds?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Fox & Hounds?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Eskdale Castleton, The Fox & Hounds, and Downe Arms Inn.
Is The Fox & Hounds located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the centre of Ainthorpe.
Are pets allowed at The Fox & Hounds?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to The Fox & Hounds?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Gisborough Priory (7.6 miles), Mulgrave Castle (8.7 miles), and Port Mulgrave (8.3 miles).
Is The Fox & Hounds accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.