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Pub Review: Whitby Brewery, Whitby

Updated: Apr 1

It’s well worth the 199-step climb for the reward of the ultimate brew with a view…

Whitby Brewery

Whitby Brewery

What to expect at Whitby Brewery

Founded in 2013 and in the current premises since 2016, Whitby Brewery quickly gained an exemplary reputation for producing exceptional ales in a fantastic location.


The loftiest boozer in town, the brewery stands on Whitby’s East Cliff overlooking the North Sea in the shadow of the iconic Whitby Abbey ruins. You can park at the Abbey nearby but, if you’re able, it’s a satisfying ritual to climb 199 steps leading to the 12th-century Church of St Mary – just as Dracula did in Bram Stoker’s gothic novel – and take the short walk to the brewery. The brilliant beer is the perfect reward.

Whitby Brewery

The interior has been recently refurbished and they’ve done a brilliant job. To the left of the large, sandstone building – a barn conversion – is the taproom and bottle shop – the hand-crafted wooden bar looking snazzy against a backdrop of bottle-green tiles. To the right, a high-ceilinged, capacious space, complete with fermentation tanks, a stage for live music and a small open kitchen that’s continuously rustling up stone-baked pizzas. There’s a cool, urban vibe: tables made from upcycled, graffiti-covered pallets, (useful for finding out who “woz ere”!), and beer-barrel seating. Glass double doors open out towards the huge courtyard; a wonderful place in summer to soak up the sun and, of course, that view.

Whitby Brewery abbey view

Whitby Brewery

What’s to drink at Whitby Brewery?

Deservedly featuring in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, Whitby’s brewers are passionate about creating top-quality beers, which is undoubtedly evident in the taste; each of the seven products in their core range are excellent. These rotate on three or four kegs, alongside premium cider options. The brewery’s beers are available to buy in the bottle shop, online and in many local pubs. Wines, spirits and soft drinks are also on offer.

Whitby Brewery

On our visit, we opted for Smuggler’s Gold – a delightfully smooth golden ale – and the wonderfully dark Jet Black Gothic Stout. With such great booze, pizzas and live music, you could easily have an all-day session here. If, like us, you enjoy a Whitby pub crawl, we recommend starting off here and working your way down through the town; those steps can be treacherous when you’re three sheets to the wind!

What’s to eat at Whitby Brewery?

Freshly made, stone-baked pizzas are available from 1pm-7pm daily and are constantly flying out of the kitchen; they’re a real hit with families. The menu is simple but does the classics well – choose from margherita, mushroom, prosciutto, pepperoni or marinara, and keep an eye out for seasonal specials. You can view the menu here.

Whitby Brewery

Where can I find Whitby Brewery?

Whitby Brewery is on the iconic East Cliff, facing Whitby Abbey. From the town centre, climb the 199 steps to the Church of St Mary; it’s a short walk from there. If you’d prefer to drive, Whitby Abbey car park is nearby; and there’s also a campsite next to the brewery, managed by Pitchup. In the summer, the Whitby Town Tour bus passes by.



What’s on at Whitby Brewery?

Regular events are held at the brewery, including live music and comedy. Brewery tours are available between Easter and Halloween and can be booked online. Follow Whitby Brewery on Facebook, Instagram and their website to stay up to date with the latest events.

Whitby Brewery

Whitby Brewery, Whitby: Summary

-          Great beers and ales, brewed on site

-          Stone-baked pizzas

-          Dog-friendly

-          Large beer garden

-          Parking available nearby

-          CAMRA Good Beer Guide

-          Live music

-          Close to Whitby centre

-          Incredible views of the Abbey



Where can I find out more information?

For the latest opening times, menus and updates, follow Whitby Brewery on Facebook, Instagram and their website. Tables are allocated on a walk-in basis only.



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