Robin Hood’s Bay – Ye Dolphin

I quite liked this pub as it had some charm to it and a traditional feel.

From the Whitby Gazette in 1888 and I imagine that the billiards table had been in the upper room. The lower room is what today houses the pub’s main bar and it was full when we visited.

I had to quickly check RateBeer as I hadn’t heard of Leeds Pale or Robinson’s Dizzy Blonde, but the ratings were poor and they’re not styles of beer that I usually go for in any event. As a side issue, I’m surprised Robinson’s think they’re being humorous with the name of their beer and it was perhaps inevitable that CAMRA have banned it from the Great British Beer Festival. Robinsons claim that the name refers to the artwork on the front nose cone of aircraft, but they seem to have conveniently forgotten that this isn’t the imagery they’ve had on the pump clips for some time.

Anyway, Theakston’s Old Peculier is about the best beer that the brewery produce in my rather humble opinion and it’s a reliable option. The beer here was well kept and at the appropriate temperature, with the atmosphere in the pub being welcoming. It must be difficult to give a feeling of a local community pub in such a tourist location, but they seemed to be managing perfectly well.