Dog Friendly Days In and Around Malton

The great news is that you’re in an area that loves dogs, in fact Malton was voted the most pet friendly town in the UK! (we even have a cafe where you can cuddle puppies).

Here are some of our favourites.

Local Pet Friendly Pubs

(That Are Actually Great)

Dining and log fire Bay Horse Pub

The Bay Horse, Burythorpe

The family owned pub opposite is dog friendly. And they’re lovely there. There is outdoor seating at the front and at the back.

They’re CAMRA accredited and you can buy from their own micro-brewery. Enjoy a few hours tasting ales there.

Their opening times change depending on the day so it’s best to confirm here:

https://www.bayhorsepub.co.uk/ – or take a quick peek over the gate if you can see the opening times board out the front of the pub from there!

At the time of writing here are your mealtime options:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: Food served 12-2pm, 5.30-7.30pm

Wednesday: open for drinks only 3-10pm

Expect traditional British classics on the menu alongside classic Italian dishes made by the Italian owners. All meals come in Yorkshire farmer portion sizes, you’ve been warned!

We recommend popping over and introducing yourselves when you arrive, but if you want to cosy away then you can call to check opening times and to book a table: 01653 658 700

The Jolly Farmers, Leavening.

You can take a walk to the pub in the next village. It’s a nice walk, and you can relax inside or in their beer garden. 

They’re independently owned and CAMRA accredited. They make a big effort to support local breweries (of which there are several in Malton). 

They also hold several events throughout the year including a couple of gin tasting festivals which are worth looking at. They hold community cinema events and have Pizza Wednesdays, Stew night and Fish and Chip Friday.

The events change frequently, check out what they’re up to here: http://www.thejollys.co.uk/ or call 01653 658276

If their website is still down then try here: https://www.facebook.com/jollyfarmersinn/

They also do takeaway.

In terms of timings they (usually) serve drinks Monday and Tuesday and food Wednesday to Sunday (evening meals) plus lunches on a weekend. Expect traditional british farmer fare made in their kitchens from local ingredients where possible, and the occasional farmer sat in his overalls.

The New Malton, Malton

This lovely pub in Malton market place (5 minutes drive) serves classic British food in a lovely setting with open fires and one area suitable for private dining (if you request ahead of time).

The staff are really friendly, and Gemma, who works front of house, is always warm and welcoming. The food has always been good to great and the menu changes with the seasons.

As with the other pubs listed, they serve a continually changing list of cask ales, normally sourced from Yorkshire.

You’ll definitely need to book a table: 01653 693998

Three suggested itineraries

One: Explore Malton.

Florian Poirot Macaron Talbot Yard

Known internationally as Yorkshire’s food capital, Malton is the home of artisanal producers, and an increasing number of independently owned interior stores. 

You can lose the best part of the day tasting your way around.

Must see places:

Talbot Yard is the home of a number of local artisan producers who produce their food and drinks onsite. I’ve drawn you a wee map so you can easily find it  (you’ll find it at the back of this guide).

You’ll find:

> Our local coffee roastery Roost (they also do incredible oat milk hot chocolate)

> The now famous Groovy Moo hand made ice cream (there are queues even in winter)

> The award winning patissiere (you’ll want to try their macarons) Florian Poirot

> Rare Bird Gin Distillery…book yourself into Gin School to distil your own custom blend! (Call ahead)

> Freshly baked bread (and other baked treats) at Bluebird Bakery

Some of the best places shut at 3pm and some close on Mondays so check before you visit.

Malton market place is where you’ll find lots of independently owned bakeries, cafes and stores. There is a food market on the 2nd Saturday of the month and an annual food festival. Check this website to see if there are any events on while you’re here with us: https://www.visitmalton.com/

On a hot sunny day in Malton: 

> Have a chilled glass of champagne on the terrace at the Talbot Hotel (dogs are welcome inside and outside). Then take a walk down the steps to the open grass that runs down to the river.

> While away an hour reading in the “free for all” courtyard at the rear of Kemps Books. You can eat your takeaway vegan brownie from The Purple Carrot as you browse the sample books left out (or very respectfully peruse a selection of new books to help you decide what to buy). I challenge you to walk through the store without buying anything!

> Sun yourself in the outdoor courtyard at Talbot Yard and enjoy a freshly roasted coffee or a chocolate dipped cone crammed full of salted caramel and oreo cookie ice cream. While some of the individual stores are not pet friendly, the eating area is predominantly outdoors in a centralised pedestrian only, pet friendly courtyard.

On a cold day wet day in Malton:

> Sit and enjoy the patter of rain on the windows in the roastery at Talbot Yard.

> Relax in front of the open fire with a locally brewed pint in The New Malton (or order from their delicious hot food menu).

> Hop between the independently owned clothes and interior stores with your brolly- there is something great on every street…so do explore! (Malton Museum might also tickle your fancy, it’s only small, but well behaved dogs on leads are welcome and it’s right in the centre of Malton).

Two: Visit Castle Howard

Castle Howard is one of the top 10 must see sights, and is dog friendly as long as you’re happy to keep your lil guy or gal on a leash.

Walk through their woodland, picnicking in front of the lake or explore the walled Rose Garden, Castle Howard is a lovely day out. The courtyard in the entrance has a lovely gift shop, and you can buy food grown locally on the estate from their farm shop.

You are unable to take dogs into the house.

For more information: https://www.castlehoward.co.uk/visit-us/visitor-information/dog-friendly

Three: Visit the Beach

Hunmanby Gap August 2021

Hunmanby Gap (my favourite beach) – if all you want is sand and sea

Ahhhh how I love this beach. There is one beach cafe and the beach. Perfect if you want the classic beach experience without the chintz.

Only locals know about this ‘off the main track’ beach so you can enjoy days out in the summer without being swarmed by masses of people…plus you can take the rural route which means avoiding all of the traffic queuing on the A64 trying to get to Scarborough. Double win! (This year the beach is much busier but the beach has been big enough to have enough space to feel safe).

Dog friendly all year round, the beach at Hunmanby Gap has long stretches of sand, and is just 4 miles from Filey (if you DO want a dose of the ‘classic’ summertime seaside experience).

You’ll need a sat nav or good map reading skills : YO14 9QP

I still go here in the winter…but only when the cafe is open so check their opening times.

Check the tide times for Hunmanby Gap here: https://www.tideschart.com/United-Kingdom/England/North-Yorkshire/Hunmanby/

Another great “off the beaten track” beach…Cayton Bay

Also dog friendly all year, this beach is popular with the surf community. You can hire equipment from the surf shop including wet suits and body boards if you’re feeling adventurous, or simply enjoy walking along the surf.

You’’ll find the beach here: YO11 3NP and tide times for Cayton bay here.

Further afield- a picturesque fishing village on the heritage coast: Robin Hoods bay

Robin Hoods Bay is also dog friendly, and is located six miles south of Whitby.

Find out more about Robin Hoods Bay here: https://www.robin-hoods-bay.co.uk/

…and visiting Whitby itself. Note that while some parts of Whitby are dog friendly, when it comes to the beach, dogs are only allowed on the South side of the beach. They are not allowed on the main beach here. https://www.scarborough.gov.uk/home/sport-and-leisure/beaches/whitby-beach

Other popular places to visit with your dog

Dalby Forest has walks for all abilities, and mountain biking…if your dog is capable of keeping up! It’s also a designated Dark Sky Discovery Site, where you can experience the magic of seeing the Milky Way with the naked eye. You could blend a visit with a trip to the market town of Pickering, though I have never done both in one day!

https://www.forestryengland.uk/dalby-forest

Wolds Way Lavender and Nature Farm is just north of Malton on the A64. Walk around their gardens and enjoy an ice cream in their cafe. A simple but interesting trip out…as long as you love the smell of lavender! 

Pre-booking is essential via their website www.woldswaylavender.co.uk. Dogs are welcome on leads.

Sledmere House is around 20 minutes drive away. You are unable to take your dog into the house, or the cafe (but they’re welcome in the courtyard). The gardens are lovely and the shops in the courtyard are good for browsing. https://www.sledmerehouse.com/visiting/dogs

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