Historic Whitby restaurant set to reopen with new kitchen team

Whitby's historic White Horse & Griffin is to reopen as a new home for popular restaurant kitchen team.

Friday, 14th May 2021, 10:07 am
Updated Friday, 14th May 2021, 10:08 am

Things are looking promising for the May 17 start for the White Horse & Griffin a hand-picked collection of traditional coaching inns and small independent luxury hotels.

It’s also the new home for Head Chef, Michael Coates and his kitchen team from the Bramblewick in Robin Hood’s Bay.

Sadly, the seaside village restaurant is one of the many hospitality casualties of the pandemic - but the good news is that customers at the White Horse & Griffin can look forward to the team bringing a new look and a fresh new menu, along with the addition of a new al fresco dining area.

L-R: Robert Kirton Hudson, Commis Chef (from Bramblewick), Megan Hopper - Sous Chef (White Horse & Griffin team), Michael Coates, head chef and formerly of Bramblewick and Tom Locker, Sous Chef (from Bramblewick) toast to new beginnings. Not in photo - Finn O'Leary – Kitchen Porter (from Bramblewick) also joins the WH&G team.

White Horse & Griffin owner, Ed Henbury, has used lockdown to refresh, renew and re-energise the business.

He said: “There’s no escaping the fact that this has been a very challenging time for the hospitality industry.

"As small independent business owners, the last year has been a real struggle as we’ve had to pivot our businesses, lean heavily on the furlough scheme and business loans.

“It’s really sad that a fine restaurant such as the Bramblewick has had to close its doors but we’re delighted to welcome Michael and his Bramblewick team to the White Horse & Griffin.

Michael Coates, now Head Chef at the White Horse & Griffin, said: “It was a very difficult decision not to reopen the Bramblewick Fish and Grill after the last lockdown, but after almost a year without any income, it was no longer financially viable.

"Joining Ed and his team is, however, a perfect match; the talented Bramblewick team will bring a new dimension to the White Horse & Griffin and Ed has provided us with the ideal setting in which to continue delivering the highest standards of cooking, using the best produce, served in a relaxed and unfussy style.

"We’ve curated a high quality but simple menu to kick us off and take us through what we hope will be the very busy summer ahead. Then, in the autumn, we’ll step it up once again.”

There’s already a buzz with lots of interest from customers keen to book their table at this historic coastal inn, which dates back to 1681 and was used as a meeting place for Captain James Cook and William Scoresby, to hire and fix their crews.

The popular pub will be serving fizz and oysters together with plenty of ‘catch-of- the-day’ specials, every day until 9pm, weather permitting, of course.