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Captain Cook, Staithes

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Six ales on the go when I visited - opted for and stayed on all night the Boulby Blonde from the Staithes Brewery - it was a fine ale and after 7 I walked 20 miles the next day! I also stayed here and the landlord was very friendly pulling down big screen and putting on England game. The tarrif for a large double room was 25 and this included a fine breakfast - Recommended.
kernott1 - 14 Sep 2012 20:59
Visited here a few times while in Staithes this week -- one of our favourites when in the area. Excellent beer, well-kept. It's certainly a bit run down, but it suits us perfectly. If you care more about the beer than the decor, this is for you.
mosey - 15 May 2012 21:16
This place could be a cracking place, however, what it really needs is someone with a pair of ladders and a paintbrush to tackle the battered looking exterior first.
For those that venture inside, it doesn't get much better with a tired decor which includes tatty, worn and shiny carpets, areas of staining on the wall and a lighbulb hanging without any form of shade.
There are positives though, and this is provided by the fine array of six real ales from micro breweries (on our visit, they held a festival which upped the selection to around thirty !). The beer seems well kept and the locals are friendly, you just get the impression that the pub needs a lot more attention.
Would have definatly marked this pub higher if it wasn't so run down, but still worthy of a visit if in Staithes and you fancy a great pint of real ale !
SouthYorkshireman - 22 Apr 2011 23:02
Like mph I thought the pub was closed but was glad we persevered. Fantastic! The landlord was laid back and very nice, the natives were friendly and the 6 ales we tried between us were brilliant. After walking down into Staithes we just had to dash back for another few drinks before we got the bus.
chick - 19 Oct 2009 10:45
Never judge a book by it's cover. The pub looks closed down and tatty from the outside. It's different once you get inside. It's worse. I like my pubs rough and ready but this is just plain dirty. The toilets didn't work and the barman was indifference personified. I was thinking of staying overnight but I think I might have caught something.

I have spoken to someone who goes there frequently and they said that I caught them on a bad day and should give them another chance which I will do. Also, in their defence, the football was on and everybody seemed engrossed in the game. The beer did look magnificent and they were selling Credit Crunch Ale at 95p a pint which you can't get nasty with.

I'm giving it another go next week so i'll report back then.
mph - 20 Apr 2009 19:51
Wow!

What a find. I needed a place to stopover when doing the Cleveland Way in Staithes and faced twee BnBs....yek! What I got was this

Real ale house serving superb beers tucked in at the top of the hill at Staithes.

Splendid place to stay over night in and scrumptious food add to the beer and the really nice welcome to make this the only decent ale house for miles around.

Served a mixture of 5 real ales and a handpull cider...with the wall covered in the hundreds of real ales served up by the staff who are passionate about their beer. I had the Hambleton Bitter from Swale when I was there which was kept in beautiful condition by Trevor the real ale champion whose pub it is.

The beer is kept in tip top condition here by people whose pride it is to do so.

Go there when you can to drink sup eat stay whatever...just get there
andybleaden - 31 Jan 2008 20:00
Called in here whilst walking the Cleveland Way on a scorching hot day a couple of weeks ago.It was far too nice to sit inside, so I couldn't soak up the atmosphere. However, I remember it being large and roomy with a certain 'tatty charm' and a good Sunday lunchtime buzz.
The beer was very well kept and certainly the best of our weekend.I always think it's a good sign when there are several beers from micros you've never come across.
Clientele were very friendly- one even dashed out of the pub to take photos when he saw we were constantly rotating the picture taker role!
In short a lovely old fashioned beer drinker's pub.
N.B. Didn't try the food, but an earlier report said it was nothing special. We thought the cafe just down the hill, virtually opposite, was very good.
aleandhearty - 4 Jul 2007 14:53
I couldn't agree more. Thirsty Bob's pub of the year. Delightfully sticky, slighty smokey, and what a range of excellently kept beers! I only managed a few swift pints when out shopping for "she who must be obeyed" but of a range that appeared to change daily I supped at least seven exceptional pints, only one failed to please you know who you are "Metatarsel"! Bar staff and locals all friendly as can be - all it lacks is St Peter on the door ;-)
thirstybob - 19 Aug 2006 20:43
The sort of pub my wife will never go in - looks horiffic from the outside. Exists apparently for the sole purpose of serving wonderful beer at low prices, to distract you from the wonders of Staithes (one of Britain's gems). I loved it.
mtaylor40 - 12 Aug 2006 00:29
Birth place of captain cook? No but he did work there.

I had two fab evenings in this pub and couple of lunches.

great pub make no mistake, food is ordinary pub fare which in essence is tasty. not overpriced at all but what makes this ob is the landlord/landlady. they are more than happy to talk... oh and the beer is well kept.

top marks
alister - 27 May 2005 00:17
Old-fashioned 'proper' type of pub.
Good real ales with regular guests.
Does some accommodation which is very basic!!
Strength is the beer and a great atmosphere.
I recently led a group who biked from this pub right on the East Coast (beautiful sea views and wonderful village- birthplace of Captain Cook of course) to our local, The Taps in Lytham on the West coast (Lancashire). We passed lots of great real ale pubs and they are suggested as a fairly lengthly 'crawl'!
andyweston - 6 May 2005 13:52

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