A locals guide to (responsibly) enjoying a drink in Malton… breweries, distilleries, bars and our local vineyard.

Guide to drinking in Malton

Breweries, distilleries, bars and our local vineyard - enjoying a drink in and around Malton

There aren't many places where going for a drink involves ordering a gin just an arms length away from where it has been distilled. Nor is it commonplace to pop around the back of the bar you're in, to be greeted warmly for an impromptu tour of the brewery. Nor is it normal for a vineyard to thrive in such northerly climates... but thrive they do, and you can visit and tour and taste.

Malton is very (very) dog friendly, you'll find a dog friendly note on each recommendation - these are correct at the time of publishing but of course, check before venturing out with your fur baby 🐾

From tour to table

Here are homages to our homegrown businesses. In this section you'll find growers, distillers and breweries who a thriving right here in the heart of Yorkshire... some of these are controversial so I'm warning you now (YORSHIRE PUDDING BEER) - yup! and it's award wining.

Rare Bird, Malton

🐾 Dog friendly in Talbot courtyard, awaiting confirmation for indoors.

One of our favourite gins is made here, Rhubarb and Ginger, so we visit here relatively often


The gin here at Rare Bird is made on-site in their working distillery and shop, and can be bought from their bar. There is indoor and outdoor seating.

You can also book yourself into gin school which runs on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

You can book your place online here.


Brass Castle Brewery Tap House, Malton

🐾 Dogs are not permitted in the brewery, awaiting confirmation for the bar.

This popular bar serves award winning craft beer straight from the adjacent bewerery.

Proud to not be cheaters – you won’t find any unnecessary additions which means all Brass castle beers are vegan friendly, and brewed to gluten free recipes. Their canned beers and Optical Illusion in cask/keg are lab tested and certified gluten free. 

An innovative, tight knit team means you’ll find passionate makers innovating and bringing new releases and ‘tap takeovers’ to the bar. 


Find out more here: Brass Castle Brewery




Ryedale Vineyard, Westow

🐾 Dogs are not permitted at the vineyard, or left in a car.

If you’re staying with us, you’ll find one of the most northerly commercial vineyards in the U.K. in the next village along. 

This family business was voted one of the 12 best vineyards to visit and tour in 2019 and regularly wins awards for it’s wines.


All aspects of wine production, from pruning to pressing, bottling and labelling all happen in their converted cow byre.

They also produce cider from their orchard filled with heritage apple trees.

To enquire about visiting or to book a tour with tasting – check out their website here.

Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery, Hunmanby

🐾 Dogs are not permitted in the distillery

Discover the producer of Yorkshire’s first single malt whiskey. They run guided tours (currently just £15) which gives insights into what it’s like inside a working distillery, tastings are of course, welcome! And thoughtfully there is a takeaway taster pack for designated drivers so no one misses out.

They also have a coffee shop which overlooks the distillery, serving breakfast, lunch and cakes.

While this is not in Malton, it’s a lovely day trip out to the coast – you could bundle this trip out with a walk along the beach at Hunmanby Gap which is just 5 minutes drive from here.


Visit The Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery here.

Drinks made in North Yorkshire - to be discovered in local bars and pubs

Here are just a few of the locally crafted drinks from artisans in North Yorkshire who do not have their own bars onsite - you'll find our list of recommended places to try and find these below this list.

Yorkshire Pudding Beer

This award winning beer came about after the owner of Malton Brewery received a shot of inspiration while reading the huge Yorkshire `pudding mural in Malton market place.


The first 200L brew sold out within 2 hours. The same again second time around. They now brew it in 5,000L and use 3,500 Yorkshire puddings!

They state:

It’s a cracking 3.6% Pale Ale. You will try it once for the novelty, then you will buy it again because you like it!”

Check out Yorkshire pudding beer here.



Sloemotion - Sloe and hedgerow gins

Sloemotion have been creating spirits for almost 20 years and this years (2022) Sloe Gin with elderberry and Cherry brandy both won Gold Stars at The Great Taste Awards 2022.

Sloemotion also produce Hedgerow gin, a classic juniper blend infused with flavours from the North Yorkshire hedgerows.


You can see some of their colourful options here.

Pubs & Bars

There are countless places to find yourself a pint, the following are our favourites for comfort (with an admitable bias for open fires) and who champion local producers.

The New Malton, Malton

🐾 Dog friendly

This is a lovely pub in Malton market place which serves classic British food in a lovely setting with open fires.

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, usually sourced from within Yorkshire. You can see the opening times and a sample menu at The New Malton here.

The Talbot, Malton

🐾 Dog friendly

This prominent building in Malton is a restored 17th century coaching inn with warming fires in the bar area in winter, and a beautiful lavender filled terrace overlooking the gardens in the summer. 

There is also a lounge with sofa’s facing two fires where your drinks are served to your table, perfect if you prefer a more country manor feel for your evening than sitting in the bar.


Explore The Talbot by clicking here.

The Library, Malton

🐾 Awaiting confirmation

Our local Speak Easy – we can’t tell you where it is… but if you ask around you’ll be sure to find it.

Behind a hidden bookcase you’ll find a bar with an extensive selection of whiskies amongst some more local options. Something a little bit different if you’re looking for after dinner drinks in Malton.

There’s a clue in here somewhere!


Dining and log are Bay Horse Pub

The Bay Horse, Burythorpe

🐾 Dog friendly

This family-owned pub is becoming Burythorpe’s worst kept secret since winning the Northern Hospitality Awards last year and were crowned CAMRA town and country pub of the season (Winter 21). You’ll find selections on tap from their own micro-brewery.

We love it because they have several open fires lit most of the year and the family who run the pub are wonderful.

It’s certainly worth considering whiling away a few hours tasting their latest fermentation alongside the locals. Opening times change depending on the day so it’s best to confirm by clicking here.


The Jolly Farmers, Leavening

🐾 Dog friendly

A true farmers local, you can drop in here with a well weathered pair of hiking boots, and a damp dog and be welcomed with open arms.

They’re independently owned and CAMRA accredited. They make a big effort to support local breweries. A sloe gin is also a winner here.

They also hold several events throughout the year including a couple of gin tasting festivals which are worth looking at.

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

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