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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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A country inn in looks and character

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Children welcome
Credit cards accepted

Popular with the local farming community, The Fairfax guards the village crossroads, one of which leads to Gilling Castle, prep school for the well-known Ampleforth College. The pub's black-beamed open-plan bar and dining area leads out to a beer garden bordered by a stream. The menu presents classic British choices, typified by pan-fried king scallops with carrot and cumin purée, garden pea gel and Serrano crisp as a starter, and a main of slow-cooked belly and cheek of pork with black pudding mash, kale and cider jus. It might be hard to resist finishing with sticky toffee pudding, butterscotch sauce and cinder toffee ice cream.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from:: 12
  • until : 2
  • Dinner served from:: 6
  • until: 9


  • Chef: Ben Turner

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style:: Classic British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30:: 25
  • Wines over £30:: 14
  • Wines by the glass:: 16

Price guide

  • Starter from £: 5.25
  • Main course from £: 11.25
  • Dessert from £: 4.95
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Children welcome


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats:: 55
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats:: 20
  • Off-site parking available:: On street

Additional information

  • Seats:: 55
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats:: 20

Getting here

From A170 turn right onto B1257, right again onto B1363 to Gilling East

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Thirsk, Malton
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