Famous Guests and visiting Chefs
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.
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
Best loved for his roles in Alfie (1966), The Italian Job (1969) and Get Carter (1971) and many more.
The nephew of Queen Elizabeth II and 18th in line to the throne.
Bryan Ferry CBE
A songwriter and lead vocalist for ‘Roxy Music’.
Made famous for her role in Dallas as Sue Ellen Ewing.
Chefs who have visited our kitchen
Brian Turner CBE
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
Specialising in British cuisine and has 7 restaurants around the world.
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
Had a hit BBC TV show which ran over 4 series.