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Pub Review: The Endeavour, Whitby

Updated: Apr 27

Overlooking Whitby Harbour, its name paying homage to Captain James Cook’s first voyage of discovery, and actively encouraging customers to bring their own fish and chips, The Endeavour is everything that a North Yorkshire coastal pub should be.

 The Endeavour, Whitby

The Endeavour, Whitby

What to expect at The Endeavour

Located on Whitby’s east side, a short walk from the swing bridge, stands The Endeavour – a fine 1930s building that commands a grand view of the harbour. Inside, it’s a comfortingly traditional pub – a large room with an open fire, interspersed with round tables and stools around the focal point of a handsome, dark wood bar. The walls are adorned with blackboard menus and a splendid portrayal of the pub’s namesake, HMS Endeavour, which then Lieutenant James Cook headed on his first exploration voyage to Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia from 1768 to 1771.


The Endeavour is family-friendly and pet-friendly – it even has a food menu solely for dogs, courtesy of Barrow-in-Furness canine treat specialists, Sir Woofchester's! – and, if you want somewhere warm to eat your takeaway fish and chips, you’re more than welcome to eat them inside. Live music is hosted regularly, and the pub does a lot to support the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. If you’d like to stay over, four dog-friendly double rooms are available to reserve.

The Endeavour, Whitby: pints of beer

What’s to drink at The Endeavour?

The Endeavour has four rotating casks. When we visited, three cask beers – S’more Porter, Au golden ale and Cherry Chocolate Milk Stout – were from Three Brothers Brewing Company in Stockton-on-Tees, and the fourth was the classic Timothy Taylor’s (Keighley) Landlord. We went for the Au and the Porter by Three Brothers, which we highly recommend. The Endeavour also boasts an impressive menu of gin and tonics, flavoured gins, and cocktails, which can be viewed here. Luxury hot drinks, soft drinks and a good range of alcohol-free beers are also available.

The Endeavour, Whitby: menu

What’s to eat at The Endeavour?

The Endeavour doesn’t have a kitchen, but does offer Yorkshire snacks – pork pies, pickled eggs, scotch eggs, etc. – and cold platters – ploughman’s, cheese or seafood (pre-booking required for this one) – featuring the best local produce. On Fridays-Sundays, a seafood and prosecco brunch can be pre-ordered via email. The platter menu can be viewed here. In addition, customers are welcome to bring their takeaway fish and chips to eat in the pub – condiments and cutlery are provided!

What’s on at The Endeavour?

The Endeavour hosts live music every Friday from a variety of genres – check Facebook for the latest line-up. Resident artist, Simma, plays acoustic sessions every Saturday most Sundays and, on the third Sunday of every month, there’s live Irish folk music.

The Endeavour, Whitby

Where can I find The Endeavour?

The Endeavour is on Whitby’s east side on Church Street, overlooking the harbour. To drive, Whitby is just over an hour from York and approximately 50 minutes from Middlesbrough. Church Street Car Park is just over the road from the pub – it’s small, but you might hit lucky. Langbourne Road, carpark is a 10-minute walk away. You can also access Whitby by bus or train.


The Endeavour, Whitby

The Endeavour, Whitby: Summary

-          Traditional pub

-          Good range of beers and ales

-          Extensive gin and cocktail menu

-          Cold snacks and platters available

-          BYO fish and chips

-          Dog-friendly

-          Rooms available

-          Good transport links

-          Parking nearby

-          Open fire

-          Whitby centre

-          Good location, overlooking harbour

-          Regular live music


Where can I find out more information or make a reservation?

For the latest opening hours, menus, late-minute availability announcements and updates, follow The Endeavour on Facebook and their website. Note that the phone line is for WiFi only; reservations for seafood platters can be made via email, and for rooms via email or through the website. Rooms are for adults only and all dog-friendly.



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Apr 27

It is NOT in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide

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