The Plough Pub with rooms in Scalby, North Yorkshire

Prices from:
£95 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Unassuming local; stylishly refurbished
  • Classic & modern British food
  • Competent cooking; Yorkshire produce
  • Bedrooms have the wow factor
  • Close to moor and sea – great walking

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The Plough Scalby, North Yorkshire, YO13 0PT

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The personal touch

The smartened up Plough shines like a beacon between the North York Moors and the fabulous coastline between Scarborough and Staithes, an area surprisingly devoid of decent pubs with rooms. Coast path walkers looking for a little luxury and those visitors in the know are beating a path to the door of this cracking all-round inn for a comfortable nights stay close to the sea. Nick and Sandra Thomas restored the fortunes of the their village local in 2015, originally built as a hotel in 1899, and you’ll find upmarket Scalby and the unassuming Plough tucked away on the edge of the moors, just three miles north west of Scarborough. Thankfully, it remains a proper village pub, so expect to find a relaxing community atmosphere with local drinkers at the bar, a warm and inviting interior, where traditional and contemporary styles blend effortlessly in the cosy, intimate dining areas, top-notch pub food, and cosseting extras in the eight beautifully designed rooms above the inn and in the two delightful self-catering cottages and apartment (dogs welcome) a short stroll away. The Yew Tree Café and Bistro across the road is under the same ownership and worth a visit. Walk the dramatic coast path or the Cleveland Way across the North York Moors, go cycling in Dalby Forest, spend the day birding at Bempton Cliffs, or visiting Castle Howard – the area has so much to offer.

Sticky fingers

Families are welcome in the pub; small children have their own menu (freshly cooked dishes) and they are accommodated overnight in the larger rooms, with cots and z-beds available on request.

Muddy paws

Dogs are allowed in the bar (not after 5pm on Friday & Saturday) but not overnight in the rooms above the pub. They are welcome in Sunbeam Cottage, Yew Tree Apartment and No.23 a short stroll away in the village.


What’s the Damage?

8 doubles/twin: £95-£150

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Wheelchair access to bar & dining areas
  • Street parking only

AA 5 Star Inn & Dinner Award


The Plough Scalby, North Yorkshire, YO13 0PT

Do not disturb

Bedrooms do come as a surprise – they ooze quality, style, comfort and great attention to detail. Interior designer Rachel Mclean has thought of everything, all the home-from-home comforts (and more), with great use of space in each room, especially in Room 8 under the eaves on the top floor. Be wowed by the rich fabrics, the handmade wooden beds (most are 4-posters) topped with the best linen and down, generous pillows and cushions, and warm woollen throws, and the smart tiled bathrooms with spacious walk-in showers, fluffy bathrobes, shaving mirror, posh Algotherm soaps and lotions and quality fittings. Relax after a long drive, switch on the big smart TV or the Tivoli radio (tuned into Radio 4 on entering the room), open the half-bottle of wine beside the bed, or explore the mini bar – you’ll find fresh milk for the Nespresso coffee machine; spirits, juices and beers, and tempting chocolate. Yes, there’s also a room safe, a make-up mirror, decent lighting, retro radiators and phones, interesting art on the walls, local magazines, bags of crisps to graze on, and a NuAire cooling system, which extracts air from the room and introduces cooler fresh air from outside – brilliant. Room 8 has a roll-top bath in the room (on a fab tiled floor) and you must make use of the two wine glasses (& book) on the carefully placed wooden tray across the bath. Bliss and great value too.


What’s the Damage?

8 doubles/twin: £95-£150

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Wheelchair access to bar & dining areas
  • Street parking only

AA 5 Star Inn & Dinner Award

Eat & Drink

The Plough Scalby, North Yorkshire, YO13 0PT

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £4-£9; Main Courses: £14-£27; Desserts £6.50)

Head chef Jon Smith delivers classic modern British dishes that showcase quality ingredients from the very best Yorkshire suppliers – pheasant from shoots in Hackness; vegetables and salads from Tommy Bank’s farm near Helmsley; lobster landed by Bob Roberts in Scarborough. His seasonal menu and his creative daily specials on the chalkboard in the bar successfully combine pub classics with more inventive dishes, perhaps a starter of seared wood pigeon, bacon and black pudding salad with walnut dressing, or proper pastry pie – I tucked into a delicious pheasant and thyme pie served with roasted root vegetables, mash and jug of mustard gravy. One of the tempting alternatives on the chalkboard included halibut with lemon caper butter, new potatoes, samphire and burnt lemon. Rather than starters, the emphasis is on Yorkshire tapas, so kick off with hake fish fingers with lemon and tartare sauce, potted local crab with kohlrabi slaw, or smoky bacon, sage and onion rissoles with HP sauce. Traditional ‘Big Plates’ range form Barnsley lamb chop, mint salsa, mash, greens and lamb gravy, and braised beef short ribs with smoky barbecue juices and Parmesan mash, to fish pie and the impressive Plough burger. Dishes are well cooked and presented with care. Lighter lunchtime bites, cracking Sunday roasts – Stepney Hill Farm pork loin with all the trimmings – and puddings likes dark chocolate and raspberry tart with raspberry ripple ice cream complete the foodie picture. To drink, there are four local ales on tap, 10 wines by the glass and a good choice of premium spirits and cocktails.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7am – 9am
Lunch: 12 noon – 2pm
Dinner: 5pm – 9pm (9.30pm Friday & Saturday)
Food all day Sunday: 12 noon – 8pm

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm

What’s the Damage?

8 doubles/twin: £95-£150

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Wheelchair access to bar & dining areas
  • Street parking only

AA 5 Star Inn & Dinner Award

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know –

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Cinnamon Twist, 17 Church Street, Helmsley YO62 5AD

Great little bakery and patisserie in pretty Helmsley; artisan bread is made daily to traditional recipes, including black-olive bread made in a rustic, continental style. And there are proper croissants and pain au chocolat, not to mention gorgeous lemon tarts and beautiful fruited frangipane.


Pearsons Soft Fruits, Strawberry Fields, Friars Hill, Sinnington YO62 6SL

Essentially this is a ‘pick your own’ business, but they sell their own preserves in a cute little shop on site – chef Darren reckons their jam and marmalade is the best, so why would you make your own if it’s this good?


Little Duck Cakes Bakery & Cooking School 7 Eastgate Square, Pickering YO18 7DP

Talented baker Von is making a real name for herself and not just for the wonderful bread and cakes she makes and sells – her courses are gaining popularity so best book in advance to guarantee a place. Planned sessions include everything from patisserie and savouries to bread and sponge cakes.


Cedar Barn Farm Shop & Cafe Thornton Road, Pickering YO18 7JX

Award-winning farm shop and café – great for a ‘vintage’ afternoon tea with home made cakes and delicate sandwiches. Shop for their own, home-reared beef and lamb, and pork from Trotters Farm at Potter Brompton. The shop is a veritable Aladdin’s cave; take home local cheese and eggs and rapeseed oil, and beer from Wold Top Brewery.


Yorkshire Food Finder Tour YO1 7DR

York's only gourmet guided food trek!Consummate foodie Sue Nelson will lead you round the city, dropping in on the best producer and makers in the city. The tour starts and ends at Michelin star holder Andrew Pern's Star in the City where a specially created menu featuring produce you've seen on the trail. A day of fun and great food.


Botton Dairy, Danby, Whitby YO21 2NJ

Botton Creamery has been running for over 20 years and provides work and produce for the residents of Botton Village. Around 2000 litres of milk are used each week to make cheddar, Gouda and Brie-like cheeses.


Middleton Post Office Tea Parlour, Middleton YO18 8NX

(Yorkshire Life Afternoon Tea of the Year) Even the silverware and crockery is vintage in this charming tea room on the edge of Pickering; the afternoon tea is a belter but tuck in to a very good ploughman's lunch or the Middleton Savoury which includes a fabulous cheese scone and onion marmalade.


York Food & Drink Festival YO1 7DT

It’s been running for ten years, it’s the biggest food and drink festival in the country so it’s a must in any true foodie’s calendar - 9 days end September.


Star Inn the City, Lendal Engine House, Museum Street, York YO1 7DR

Andrew Pern’s architectural and culinary delight in Museum Gardens is just a stone’s throw from the Lodging, and a great place for morning coffee, a relaxed lunch or full-on dinner. Michelin starred Pern plunders the best ingredients Yorkshire has to offer – to good effect!


Feast Deli & Café, 3 Market Place, Pickering YO18 7AA

A fabulous café and deli (next door to and owned by The White Swan Inn) that certainly lives up to its name. Stock up in the Deli and take home some great Yorkshire produce, including meat from local farms, or linger in the café over morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea - the food is delicious, from the home-made black pudding scotch eggs and cakes, to the freshly made lunchtime quiches and salads.

Out & About

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Gone Mountain Biking, Pickering YO18 8BA

A family business specialising in mountain biking and cycling holidays in North Yorkshire, this set-up offers tailored guiding and instruction to those that want to learn or improve.


Helmsley Arts Centre, Meeting House Court, Helmsley YO62 5DW

A full programme of live theatre, music, dance, cinema, literature, exhibitions, classes, workshops, discussions and conferences.


Ganton Golf Club, Ganton, Scarborough YO12 4PA

Ganton, in the Vale of Pickering between York and Scarborough, ranks among the very best of Britain's inland courses and has hosted many tournaments, both amateur and professional.Visitors are welcome, but you should phone to check available tee times.


Pickering Trout Lake YO18 8JH

Right in the middle of Pickering, this one-acre game fishery is mostly aimed at first-timers and novices, but caters for more experienced anglers as well. It's a great place for children who want to learn to fish.


Yorkshire Gliding Club, Sutton Bank, Thirsk YO7 2EY

Learn to glide or take a trial flight with an instructor. This is a brilliant and exhilarating way to experience Yorkshire from above, with stunning views of the Vale of York and the White Horse of Kilburn.



Ryedale Artworks, Ryedale YO17 7HH

Ryedale is full of artists and craftspeople. Rydedale Artworks publish an annual directory of more than 40 galleries, studios, artists and specialists, including venues which can be visited throughout the year.You'll find printmakers, sculptors, oil and watercolour painters, ceramicists, jewellers, paper and textile artists, film and multimedia creatives, artisan blacksmiths, photographers, wildlife artists and more.


York YO1 7DT

There is something for everyone in York, from high street favourites to independent shops, boutiques and galleries of all kinds. Many of them can be found in the most historic parts of the city, in characterful buildings in the lovely medieval and Georgian streets, so it’s a great place for a wander and a bit of window shopping.


Pulpitations, 3 Dalby Forest Courtyard, Low Dalby YO18 7LT

Handmade papermaking in the Courtyard at Dalby Forest. Decorative paper is used to create works of art and practical paper objects such as lamps. Niki Hampson is constantly experimenting to find new and different methods of production. Works are for sale and you can have a go at papermaking yourself.


Saltbox Gallery, 2 Castlegate, Helmsley YO62 5AB

Located in Helmsley, Saltbox showcases a wide variety of contemporary art and fine craft from some of the best artists and makers working in Britain. There's a regularly changing programme of exhibitions.


Gillies Jones Glass, Rosedale Abbey YO18 8SA

A studio/gallery, open all year and situated in the beautiful village of Rosedale Abbey. Expect critically acclaimed exhibits of contemporary hand-crafted glass, hand-blown on the premises.

Places to visit


North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Pickering YO18 7AA

The world’s most popular heritage railway gives you the chance to take a trip back in time. Expect lovingly restored locomotives and rolling stock, rural stations and the fantastic scenery of the North York Moors National Park – plus plenty of special events throughout the year.


Hovingham Hall, Hovingham YO62 4LX

Owned by the Worsley family for 450 years, the house you see today is an outstanding example of Palladian architecture. The interiors are delightful and fascinating, but it's only open to the public in June.


Rievaulx Abbey, Rievaulx, Helmsley YO62 5LB

With its impressive Cistercian ruins set amid trees in the remote and secluded valley of the river Rye, Rievaulx is one of the most complete - and atmospheric - of England's abbey ruins. Though the remains are substantial - three storeys in places - a lot was demolished after the Dissolution of the abbey in 1538. Above, you'll find the Rievaulx Terraces and Temples, created between 1749 and 1757. One of the most popular visitor attractions in the North.


Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington YO41 4AU

This is the largest original World War II RAF Bomber Command Centre open to the public. More than 40 planes can be seen, including the Halifax Bomber and modern jets such as the Harrier and Tornado. Special events include Thunder Days when you can see some of the aircraft in flight.


National Railway Museum, York YO26 4XJ

Historic locomotives and rolling stock from Britain and around the world can be viewed up close across a vast site, along with amazing displays of railway memorabilia - everything from engine nameplates to publicity posters. You can also see locos being preserved and maintained.


Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA

Still privately owned and home to the Howard family for more than 300 years, this splendid 18th-century house is set in 1,000 acres of fabulous landscape in the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are collections of paintings and furniture, as well as beautiful gardens to explore.


Byland Abbey, Byland, Coxwold YO61 4BD

These austerely beautiful ruins of what was once one of the greatest monasteries in England are very dramatic. The abbey inspired the design of church buildings throughout the North, and is an outstanding example of early gothic architecture. There's a museum on site, displaying archaeological finds and giving an insight into monastic life in Yorkshire. Sunsets here can be quite stunning.


Nunnington Hall, Nunnington, York YO62 5UY

A picturesque Yorkshire manor house, nestled beside the River Rye. Famous for its delightful setting, it boasts an organic walled garden, spring-flowering meadows, flamboyant resident peacocks and a programme of art and photography exhibitions. Nunnington also houses one of the world's finest collections of miniature rooms.


Jorvick Viking Centre, Coppergate, Coppergate Shopping Centre, York YO1 9WT

A futuristic time capsule will transport you around this cutting-edge, ground-breaking museum, showing you what living in Viking York was really like - right down to the sounds and smells. Built on the site of the Viking settlement unearthed by archaeologists between 1976 and 1981, the results of the excavations can be examined at close quarters with hi-tech audio and visual displays.


Rudston Monolith, Rudston YO25 4UH

Standing in the Norman churchyard of All Saints Church, Rudston Monolith is the tallest prehistoric standing stone in Britain. It's nearly eight metres high, weighs 26 tonnes and is made of glomerate moorstone grit from the Cleveland Hills (possibly from Grosmont, 40 miles away). At ground level, its circumference is five metres and an excavation conducted in the late 18th century suggested that half its real height is below ground. A popular myth about the stone's origin is that the devil, angered at the building of a church on this pagan sacred hill, hurled a huge stone javelin or thunderbolt at it, but divine intervention caused it to be deflected and it landed in its present position.


Flamborough Head and Flamborough Cliffs Nature Reserve, Bridlington YO15 1BJ

Between Filey and Bridlington, the white chalk cliffs of Flamborough Head thrust out into the sea 'like a great whale'. Arrow heads and flints found in the area suggest it was occupied in the Bronze Age or perhaps even the Stone Age. The cliffs are a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to their geological and biological significance, and are home to one of the most important seabird colonies in Europe. In summer there are tens of thousands of breeding auks, gannets and gulls - a memorable and noisy experience. The chalk grassland is rich in flowers that attract butterflies and some unusual moths.


Burton Agnes Hall, Burton Agnes YO25 4NB

Burton Agnes Hall is an Elizabethan stately home that's been in the same family for more than 400 years. It's full of treasures, from magnificent carvings commissioned when the Hall was built, to French Impressionist paintings, contemporary furniture, tapestries and other modern artworks. Described as 'the perfect English house' by the author of England's Thousand Best Houses, much of the house's charm comes from it being a much-loved and lived-in home.

Four of Britain’s finest National Trails can be found in Yorkshire. The Cleveland Way takes you around the North York Moors from Helmsley to the coast; The Yorkshire Wolds Way is quite gentle, rambling through peaceful fields and over chalk hills; the Pennine Way is a bit more serious and challenging, taking in the Yorkshire Dales on its mammoth journey from the Peak District to Scotland. The purpose-built Pennine Bridleway might also appeal. The scenery is always amazing, and all of the trails can be sampled in shorter stretches. You can even have your luggage transported by a baggage-handling company, leaving you free to enjoy this beautiful county without being weighed down with gear.


Comprising 8,000 acres of working forest, north of Thornton-le-Dale, Dalby offers waymarked walking and cycling trails for all abilities, and is considered one of the finest trail networks in the UK. The southern part of the forest is a ‘rigg and dale’ landscape, divided by a number of valleys, and to the north it sits on the upland plateau. Wheelchairs and electric buggies can be hired, while bikes are available to rent from the Bike Barn. It’s best to follow the signs rather than your SatNav, by the way.


March sees The Yorkshire Cajun Festival in Malton: musicians from all over the world, plus dancing and great food. The Ryedale Festival (two weeks in July) features performances at Castle Howard, Hovingham Hall, Duncombe Park and Sledmere, as well as in Ampleforth Abbey, Helmsley Arts Centre and many of Ryedale’s beautiful country churches. There’s music, opera, theatre, and more. The Ryedale Jazz Festival takes place in July, with venues across Pickering. The North York Moors Chamber Music Festival takes place in August, with performances in historic churches across the region. Galtres Parklands Festival is a family festival, with seven stages hosting music and cabaret plus lots of activities for children and young people. The location is beautiful Duncombe Park in Helmlsey at the end of August. The Ryedale Book Festival offers a number of small events throughout the year, with the main festival in October centred around Malton and Norton.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Scalby High Street and The Plough are located just off the A171 Scarborough to Whitby road, 3 miles from the centre of Scarborough

By Rail: Nearest station is Scarborough, 3 miles east


21-23 High Street, Scalby, North Yorkshire, YO13 0PT

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