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Famous Guests

Famous Guests and visiting Chefs

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

In a letter written to Wilkie Collins, a good friend and Whitby Resident in 1861, Dickens wrote about the White Horse and Griffin:

“In my time that curious railroad by the Whitby Moor was so much the more curious, that you were balanced against a counter-weight of water, and that you did it like Blondin. But in these remote days the one inn of Whitby was up a back-yard, and oyster-shell grottoes were the only view from the best private room.”

Dickens was speaking of the ‘North Yorkshire Moors Railway’ and his feelings of unease by referencing the well known French tightrope walker and acrobat called Charles Blondin. Local Historians believe that the Dickens is in fact referring to The White Horse and Griffin.    

Later this was dramatised by the BBC and filmed in part at The White Horse and Griffin starring

David Hemmings and Simon Callow.

Captain Cook

Captain Cook

Captain Cook

Between the years of October 1746 to June 1755, Captain Cook made many voyages from Whitby where he studied navigation and all duties involved with sailing ships. It was here that he truly fell in love with the sea and was born his desire to circumnavigate the globe. In HMS Endeavour he charted New Zealand and circumnavigated the globe from east to west and then a second voyage saw him circumnavigate the globe from west to east in HMS Resolution.

Captain Cook recruited his sailors for these voyages from The White Horse and Griffin restaurant and bar and often stayed in the same rooms of which our guests stay now.

Michael Caine CBE

Michael Caine

Michael Caine

Best loved for his roles in Alfie (1966), The Italian Job (1969) and Get Carter (1971) and many more.

Viscount Linley

Viscount Lindley

Viscount Linley

The nephew of Queen Elizabeth II and 18th in line to the throne.

Bryan Ferry CBE

Bryan Ferry

Bryan Ferry

A songwriter and lead vocalist for ‘Roxy Music’.

Linda Grey

Linda Gray

Linda Gray

Made famous for her role in Dallas as Sue Ellen Ewing.

Chefs who have visited our kitchen

Brian Turner CBE

Brian Turner

Brian Turner

Made famous as a chef working at Claridge’s and The Savoy and during his time on the BBC show ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’.

Gary Rhodes OBE

Gary Rhodes

Gary Rhodes

Specialising in British cuisine and has 7 restaurants around the world.

Ainsley Harriott

Ainsley Harriott

Ainsley Harriott

Became famous when working as a chef at the Dorchester and popular TV shows like ‘Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook’.

Clarissa Wright & Jennifer Paterson

two fat ladies chef in whitby

The Two Fat Ladies

Had a hit BBC TV show which ran over 4 series.

We are closed for annual maintenance

Please note we are closed for annual maintenance from 1500hrs on Sunday 10th January until 1400hrs on Friday 15th January 2016.

For booking and general enquiries please call 01947 604857 or email info@whitehorseandgrifin.com and we will respond as soon as possible.

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