The Whippet Inn

4.6
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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.
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4.6
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LC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

5 stars

Amazing food and superb service. We have been twice now and will definitely return when next in York

MP
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience1

After a first outstanding visit some months ago, we decided to return for a Sunday lunch. On arrival, we were informed that there was a problem with the lighting in the main restaurant and we would have to eat in the bar. Deciding to stay, we settled down for a few pre-dinner drinks. During conversation with the staff, we were informed that there were very few bookings for that evening. Having been told this and then observing off duty staff drinking in the adequately lit restaurant, we concluded that due to the limited bookings, they did not want to open up the restaurant and had decided to serve in the bar area only. We did not book for this experience and felt that we had been somewhat misled over the restaurant lighting issue. The food was good and the serving staff were attendant enough, but by the end of the meal, we felt that they really wanted to close for the evening and we were something of a hindrance to them. This sort of experience makes the food grossly overpriced for what amounted to a bar meal.
A real shame as The Whippet is quite a find for real foodies. We'll probably be back but not before we double check the restaurant arrangements before arriving.

M
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sunday lunch is excellent. Thoroughly recommend
It. Good quality, well cooked food and excellent service.

MW
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, friendly and professional service. Steak is the main attraction, with a good selection of quality wines and beer.

CS
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

After new year lunch so we were the only people in there but the waitress was lovely. Funny, friendly she made us feel very special and valued. Food was very good, plenty of choice and excellent wine. Definitely will visit again and will recommend it to friends.

OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Overall good experience, steak was nice and good wine selection. Could have made more of an event of the shared steak was already cut up when brought to the table would have expected it to be cut up at table. Will be going back

JW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Have been several times before whilst visiting York on business. This time took my wife for the first time as we stayed in York for New Year. We both thoroughly enjoyed the ambience, the fabulous steaks and the friendly welcome. We will visit again.

L
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely afternoon spent here on our holiday in York, everything about it was just right...If we visit York again we will most definitely be eating here again...Keep up the good work

LM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Delicious Sunday Lunch
Meat cooked to perfection and srummu cooked veg

Would’ve been perfect with a dairy free option for desert that wasn’t just sorbet

CB
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service... This is the place to go for a great Sunday lunch!!!!

N
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

We had a really lovely post Christmas lunch with friends. As we had our little dog with us we had to sit in the bar, but it was no hassle. The food was absolutely delicious and we all enjoyed it.

EP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely relaxed atmosphere, good food and wine. All in all an excellent evening.

MB
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely Suberb food. Service was amazing. Good selection of wine and beer. A quirky intimate setting that felt very welcoming. Worth every penny.

OT
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pre-Christmas meal with wife. Wonderful food, wine and service. Great atmosphere. Will definitely be back soon

JR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best meal for as long as we can remember, great service, lovely ambience, a real treat

SJ
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Lovely food and service ribeye was lovely wanted the roast but was unfortunately sold out by the time we got there! Would defiantly return

JM
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Food was really nice but could have been a bit hotter. Beef was really tender and Yorkshire pudding lovely. Not sure if the reason for the food not being hot enough was the fact that someone else had ordered the food and then changed their minds so we got theirs! (We were told that by the waiter.) Also I found a hair in mine but didn’t want to make a fuss as the the service from the staff was excellent. The price of the wine was a little on the steep side.

NC
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our favourite place to eat in York! Have been both for steak and Sunday Lunch and both times have been so enjoyable!

BH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ve been to the whippet inn around six times now, and everytime I have enjoyed the food, atmosphere and service! Will be going back for a 7th time!!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience3

Nice restaurant, recommended.

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A
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Went with 3 friends and it was superb. The service was excellent. We all had the fillet steak. It was beautiful, perfectly cooked and melt in the mouth. Highly recommended

KW
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went here for an evening meal based on previous reviews, and it didn’t disappoint. The Whippet Inn is tucked away on the west side of the city across the river near to to The Park Inn by Raddison, and a 10 minutes walk from the railway station and Grand Hotel. The food and service was excellent. If we ever return to York we will definitely revisit. Note, this is open only to adults

JB
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had been recommended The Whippet by a couple of people and were pleased we took their advice. We had a lovely evening, food good and atmosphere lovely. We’ll definitely be back.

LE
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely restaurant with attentive staff, really friendly and knowledgable. Will hopefully be back soon

M
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow!!!! So happy to have finally eaten here. Everything about the experience was just fab. Great service and the food was absolutely delicious.

JH
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent meat in a very nice environment. Efficient service. Only point that may be improved is the availability of the courses on the menu!!!

DH
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Booked here for my 50th Birthday as visiting york for the weekend. I choose the whippet based on other people's reviews.

The food was absolutely awful and certainly overpriced. We eat out regularly and we have never had such a bad meal and service. Ordered fillet steak medium cooked and it came out very rare and stone cold. My partner had the homemade burger that wasn't cooked properly either and placed in a soggy roll. They redid my food and left my partners so he ate his and I was then left to eat mine when it eventually came out. However again the steak was cold.

Extremely disappointed as no customer service not really bothered about the appauling meal and didn't offer any rectification.

AVOID AT ALL COSTS

GF
London
18 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is one of the nicest restaurants in YORK. Food always amazing and service is impeccable. Would highly recommend the whole experience. Try and visit as often as we can because never disappointed.

B
London
34 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent steak and wine selection. Staff were Knowledgeable and friendly, and the restaurant itself very cosy - will definitely come again on our next visit to York

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

On arrival we were greeted by our waiter, asked if the table was ok for us. You can see how this going ......
From start to finish the service was perfect and the food was exceptional
Booking your table is best as we witness it was a very busy and a popular place.
Don’t be put off by the draught beers, although we and maybe most people hadn’t heard of them, they were really good.
Witnessed some patrons on the next table to us, thinking the world owed them everything, they found fault with everything. The wine was too cold or too warm, the tonic was not flavoured correctly. Staff went above and beyond to try and correct their issues, well done them. We left before they were happy, I couldn’t contain my feelings as well as the staff did, well done them!!
Some people!! Well done to all the staff, fantastic find we stumbled across, we will be back and will recommend to anyone and everyone.

VW
Essex
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

So glad I googled places to eat before visiting York! As other reviews said you would not necessarily find this place unless it was recommended or you were staying in the hotel on the other side of the road...
Nothing to look at from the outside but once you enter you find a very charming little place, with a nice ambiance, very friendly helpful staff and some lovely food, I would definitely recommend this place.

JM
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really nice evening. Nothing rushed. Great food and drink

k
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food, good service. A beautiful setting. Can't wait to return.

NE
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and service as usual. Not cheap but lovely restaurant.

SC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

My friend asked for her burger to be well done but when it came out it was still pink. It was taken away which left me eating my meal on my own. A pet hate. However the food was piping hot and very tasty.
I had poached pear and white chocolate panacotta for dessert. Unfortunately the pear was solid ie not poached at all but the panacotta was delicious. Good beer too. So a game of two Half's really.

S
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We chose this place on a whim because my partner has got a lovely whippet. Got to say it was the highlight of our weekend in York. The reviews we read before booking were spot on. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. It was a very relaxed atmosphere and the food was first class. We had the New York strip steak and it was amazing. The wine choice is also excellent.This is certainly the place to go if you are in York but would recommend booking. It's a bit hard to find as from outside it did not look like a bar restaurant, but thanks to Google maps we found it. It was my birthday celebration meal and certainly was a treat. Thank you Whippet Inn for a lovely evening. We will visit again for sure.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday dinner on a Sunday.

The main menu wasn’t available (the option was a Sunday lunch menu) but the waiter said they would be happy to make us any of the steak dishes from the main menu.

Given steak is the speciality of the house, that’s what we ordered and it did not disappoint.

High quality produce, expertly cooked to our requirements and attractively served.

It’s not cheap, but it is good value.

My only criticism is that the Sunday menu is more limited for all 3 courses and previous dining experiences (not on a Sunday) have been better due to the greater variety of choices on offer.

NS
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

The food has been amazing again this time. I love this place. The staff member was not attentive as we asked for serving spoon and he gave us a folk and we struggled to serve vegetables with that.

JT
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent food, wine and value for money. A lovely social Sunday lunch with family.

KD
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service and wonderful food. Very considerate about needing to eat gluten free and even provided gluten free Yorkshire puddings and gravy for the roast dinner.