Review on Estbek House

The 'magically hidden village' of Sandsend, tucked between the Cleveland Way and the North York Moors National Park, is the romantic setting for this delightful restaurant-with-rooms. Built around 1750 and formerly the local alum mines office, Estbek House now offers visitors fine food and superior wines in enchanting, relaxed surroundings.

Chef and co-owner Tim Lawrence has been cooking in and around Whitby for more than 25 years and his enduring culinary passion is seafood. The day's menu depends on the catch from the Whitby boats, but you can expect old-school dishes such as poached halibut in white wine, lobster Thermidor, a trio of fish in Mornay sauce or roast sea bass with lemon and dill cream. There's plenty for meat eaters too (loin of spring lamb with raspberry and rosemary sauce, for example) plus a classic desserts like old English rhubarb and stem ginger trifle, Belgian chocolate mousse or lemon cheesecake.

The wine cellar is a treasure trove of fabulous, personally procured bottles from the Antipodes, plus an impressive showing of serious stuff from elsewhere. Check the chalkboard for bargains and selections by the glass. Eat in the chic, contemporary restaurant or enjoy it all in the pretty cobbled courtyard outside.

Estbek House is also featured in: Michelin Guide, AA Guide

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European / Seafood


Tim Lawrence and James Nelson

Restaurant Opening Times

Dinner: 6.00 - 9.00pm Mon-Sun

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card

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Facilities at Estbek House

  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining room
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 36 covers


Accomodation is available, (4 rooms)


Private parking is possible at a location nearby


Estbek House
East Row
North Yorkshire
YO21 3SU

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