As a second time visitor to Goathland a.k.a. Aidensfield of "Heartbeat" TV series fame, I sought refuge in the Inn on the Moor as I wanted a quiet lunch away from all the fans and enthusiasts who visit by the coachload!
I have been in the Inn before but just for a drink. This time I wanted a meal. I walked into the bar and I didn't have long to wait before Judy, the owner, came through and took my order for a refreshing half pint of lager and I asked what the bar specials were from which I chose the homemade cottage pie. While I waited, Bertie the resident mature Border Terrier came through and wandered around then came over to check me out and sat down on the chair beside me while I chatted to Judy, his owner!
After quite a wait, my cottage pie duly arrived with an accompaniment of carrots, broccoli and cauliflower in a very tasty savoury sauce. The pie was very meaty and mouthwateringly delicious while the veggies were fresh and crisp, just as I like them. I tucked in and cleared my plate with compliments to the chef - but before I had done so, a family had walked in and ordered drinks - while admiring my meal! On my recommendation, they all ordered the same!
The bar is a great focal point for hotel guests, locals, walkers and visitors alike and everyone is assured of a warm welcome from the owners Judy and Malcolm who have been in the hospitality business for over 30 years. The bar has a traditional atmosphere and comes complete with a pool table for those who want to indulge in a game.
I thoroughly enjoyed my late lunch and a relaxing time after having hit the village stores. I cannot comment on the accommodation as I did not stay there.
Would highly recommend the Inn as a superb alternative to the much commercialised Goathland Hotel (Aidensfield Arms) across the road!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Inn on the Moor is a modest family run Hotel situated in the picturesque village of Goathland, only a short drive from the seaside town of Whitby. You'll be sure to feel welcome and relaxed in our stunning, newly refurbished Bar and Lounge with our fabulously friendly and accommodating staff. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Inn On The Moor Hotel Whitby
- Hotel On The Moor
- On The Moor Whitby