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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

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.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: 25 December
  • Closed for dinner: 26 December, 1 January
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): Ben Turner

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Classic British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 22
  • Wines over £30: 16
  • Wines by the glass: 15

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 90
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 50
  • On-site parking available
  • Off-site parking available: On street

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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