The Whippet Inn

4.6
1492 Reviews
£26 to £40
Steakhouse
The Whippet Inn Steak and Alehouse is a sympathetically restored Victorian pub with quirky modern twist, giving it an understated decadence. This welcome addition to the York restaurant scene provides an adult only environment, hidden away on York’s North Street and celebrates the best in British food and drink. The Whippet Inn’s main aim is to get the best food produce they can find in Yorkshire and then pair it with real ales, lagers, spirits and wines from around Great Britain. A fine example of this is their air dried on the bone 40 day aged Yorkshire beef from Ripon. We are an adult dining restaurant only, as much as we love children and are raising a bunch of our own, we have decided to make this a little haven of tranquillity- a getaway for all.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1492 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful ambience and the service was well timed and attentive. Definitely a great place for a special dinner!

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SteveW
Surrey
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service one of the best steaks we have had

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mini break to York first time, amazing food, helpful friendly staff

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meeting my son for lunch

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WayneS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the staff were amazing also, will defo be back on our next trip to York. Couldn't be better thanks 👍👍

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Will definitely return.

The wallpaper was an interesting talking point too

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Josh as a server and we couldn’t fault him at all!! He’s been amazing throughout our dining experience, accommodating us with an extra chair for a friend that joined us for some drinks during our meal and always approached us with a smile. Thank you all for this experience! We’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service. Recommended by a friend and would definitely recommend to others.

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Feedmefran
London
18 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The Whippet was fine. The ambience lacks a bit - chairs to wait in the corridor to the loos, a very echoey bar area making it hard to relax and so forth. More importantly the food - so anticipated after so many amazing reviews - was so-so. Cold and clearly made it huge bulk the effect was rather carvery like rather than high end gastro pub. I like a carvery well enough but I’d expect it warm, more plentiful and probably a bit cheaper. In all a good place but not living up to hype.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing little hidden Gem
We wanted to dine somewhere slightly more upmarket but not too “posh!” This place is perfect. Super friendly service from all the staff and the food was out of this world.
Highly recommend the venison starter and iced chocolate & mango dessert.
The steak was cooked to perfection and the burger my husband had was huge.

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ChrisL
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service 11/10

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Eddie
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food - the best I’ve had in York for a long time
The panacotta was stunning
Four dinners all very happy
Thank you to the team

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Tregilly
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, lovely quirky decor.fabulous food.knowledgeable staff.

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AnitaF
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We came in June and found the overall experience very good this is why we came this time. The food didn’t seem as good of a standard as last time we was disappointed. I would recommend to a friend they might find the meal to improve and lije

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Staff are brilliant and attentive. Food is amazing and great quality. Will be back

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vipFairytaleofYork
Yorkshire
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, it is never a disappointment to eat here. Great quality steaks, big chips (or you can get fries), lovely wine and very friendly, welcoming staff. Good menu selection - you've got to try the battered cornichons on the Nibbles menu - delicious!

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PennyH
Yorkshire
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Felt rushed our table obviously was booked again after us so no gaps between courses

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OpenTable Diner
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and atmosphere, service was excellent and never felt rushed or bothered. Would definitely return

LM
LornaM
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely wee restaurant, great food, warm welcome for our dog too.

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Chris
London
19 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic sharing steaks. First steak I've had for a while that I didn't think I could cook much better myself. Good drinks options. Good starters and dessert. Overall a very nice evening.

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paulineG
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We went for the steak, which was very good, although the cost and lack of ambience (several smaller rooms) took the shine off.

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PaulK
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience1

Excellent food. Fairly good service. Rather be in the main room rather than the bar.

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MarkH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunchtime dining on a weekday is a delight!
Wine was outstanding

TM
TraceyM
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed this evening well worth a visit

AD
AnnD
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steaks both cooked exactly as requested, juicy and perfect. Accommodated my adjustment to the salad without quibble. Wine list isn’t huge but choices are not overpriced and the red we chose was ideal. Knowledgeable, engaging and attentive staff. Worth visiting if you’re a carnivore.

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DeniseM
London
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service easy to find from where we we’re staying.would of liked the Sunday lunch menu to be available in the evening

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CHESTERBNH1
New England
28 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding job, Whippet Inn Team!! We chose the Whippet Inn for the excellent reviews of their Sunday Roast. All I can say is that it was by far the best we have had during our many trips to the UK. The Goat Cheese Salad, Roast Beef, Yorkshire Pudding, roasted vegetables were delicious!! My Orange Almond and Rapeweed dessert was fantastic!! The battery of waitstaff that served us were attentive to all our needs. Will definitely put this on our list of restaurants when we return to York.

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Firstimers
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Don’t let the outside facade put you off,,it could be a warehouse or something other than a pub! The beef is to die for, more rare than medium.lovely veg. and a massive Yorkshire Pudding too. Quality wines and beer on offer. The deserts are not for sharing ! Service is outstanding,just as it should be.
But,I’m not a fan of extra service charges added to the bill. I want to choose whether to tip or not!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday holiday treat

JM
JosephM
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Also a strong selection of local drinks.

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MLouM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Positives- customer service was very good, 12.5 % added to the bill, this is optional although it comes added to the final bill anyway.
Negatives- Check what water you order, tap is available, this was immediately changed at my request after noticing other customers having this.
Unfortunately our steaks were cooked wrongly, given that there are recommendations offered on the menu, mine was rare instead of medium and vice versa, this I should have queried but didn’t.
Portions good size and good cheese board but overall average for a steak and ale enthused restaurant and fairly expensive comparable to other venues.

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Chris
Glasgow
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love going to the Whippet Inn. Food is still amazing. Service is still first class. Setting is perfect. Can’t wait for go again next time I’m back next York.

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OlivierC
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Highly recommended.

Would definitely come back!

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AnneB
Gloucestershire
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent find in York. Would highly recommend

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PaulaF
London
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

One row back from the river, Park Inn end, you could easily walk straight past it. Once inside it is like a tardis, smallish rooms promote an intimate feel and a warm welcome from the hosts starts the evening off fabulously. Plenty to choose from on the menu, but recommend the “dogs” burger for those with a hearty appetite. The food was all well presented and tasted wonderful. Make sure you book to guarantee your table.

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plasticthingyman
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual whippet served excellent food professionally.

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Laurenjobe
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect from start to finish! The food was amazing and the servers were outstanding!!! Thank you for an incredible experience

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Anony
London
22 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

So very good food and service. Ww were outside and it just felt slightly abandoned. With just a little garden design and imagination it could be great. But the food and service saved the day

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without doubt the best steak restaurant I have ever eaten in. Wonderful staff and an all round fantastic experience. Don’t miss this restaurant if you are in York.

EC
EmmaC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb service, excellent food and a good choice of drink. Highly recommended.

FAQs

The Whippet Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 1492 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.