Forresters Arms

Forresters Arms

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4.5
#1 of 2 B&Bs in Kilburn
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Value
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Kilburn is located around 20 miles north of York centre. It is ideally located for walkers participating in the Cleveland Way. They can look forward to roaring log fires and an excellent selection of real ales, and an extensive menu incorporating local produce.Renovations to the Forresters Arms have been recently carried out where care has been made only to enhance the quintessential Old Country Inn charm that the Forresters bed and breakfast has become famous for. Surrounded by immense natural beauty in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, also known as Herriot Country. The B&B nestles below the famous White Horse, a unique landmark of North Yorkshire, believed to be the largest of its kind in England.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Street parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
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Non-smoking rooms
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Charming
Family
Languages Spoken
English

Location

York Rd, Kilburn YO61 4AH England
Getting there
Car recommended
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Rachel H wrote a review Sep 2021
Leeds, United Kingdom11 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Just back from a lovely 3 night stay here. Friendly welcoming team.
Dual-aspect room 4 stayed lovely and cool despite the heat, and there was a fan provided in the room too. Tranquil view over the church and graveyard, and nicely redone super-spacious room.
Always like the option of being able to ask for fresh milk for tea.
Fabulous breakfasts! Not only a wide and interesting choice of cooked options, but fresh croissants, yoghurt with compote, fruit salad, as well as a range of cereals.
Evening meals were excellent too, good classic food done well with the occasional more unusual option, loved the pizzas, very creative [and delicious] desserts all with a twist. Good wine selection at a very fair price point, far wider than the average pub.
Also well-situated lovely village on the edge of North York Moors.
All in all, a new favourite.
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Date of stay: September 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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NRB20132013 wrote a review Jul 2021
London, United Kingdom99 contributions69 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for a night whilst walking the Cleveland Way with Celtic Trails. The inn is in the picturesque village of Kilburn c2 miles downhill from Sutton Bank with wonderful views back up the hill to the White Horse about two-thirds of the way to the inn from the top. The inn is under new tenancy and has been recently fully refurnished to a very high standard. The landlord runs an excellent operation and is friendly to customers. The highlight though is the high standard of food here - an extensive menu and extremely well cooked and presented. A lovely treat and great surprise to have such quality whilst walking! Thank you.
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Date of stay: July 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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LesDauphins wrote a review Apr 2022
Manchester, United Kingdom206 contributions155 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Visiting Kilburn for the first time we were delighted with our choice. Kilburn is a lovely little village , well kept and interesting - not least because it is the home of ' Mr Mouseman' the furniture maker. The Forresters is a quaint pub/hotel in the centre by the church and the square which offers excellent accommodation, good food and very pleasant staff, especially Jane ! We were having tea outside in the sunny afternoon despite snow the day before, after a pleasant walk in the country behind the village, taking in the 'White Horse ' on the hillside. It is a great destination for hiking or just relaxing. Visit the church for some excellent "Mouseman' furniture, as well as the factory and shop next door.
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Date of stay: April 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: The village is quiet whichever room you have.
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Mark D wrote a review Aug 2021
10 contributions6 helpful votes
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
We have just spent 2 nights here, having booked with a Scret Escapes Voucher, and having spent £198 for the stay.
Unfortunately, it did not live up to expectations. We had booked a cozy double, which turned out to be Room 5. On entering the room, we were met by the overpowering sound of the extractor fans and the smell from the kitchens. We were told that the fans were only on when the sun shone on the kitchen and that they would be turned off at 8.30p.m. They were still on at 10.00p.m. that night, and we were woken both mornings at 7.30a.m. when they were switched on for breakfast, and they stayed on all day. So whenever we were in the room we had the smell of frying, cabbage being cooked and this continual oppresssive noise, and we needed the window open because the weather was warm. It made very little difference to have the windows shut either.
I have posted a photo of our view from the windows, which was of the kitchen yard, full of rubbish. i accept that we booked a cosy double, but did not expect one side of the double bed to be against the wall, and the room so lacking in space, that it was difficult for both of us to move around the room at the same time.
We did see into other rooms when they were being cleaned and they appeared to be much better than Room 5.
The hotel itself has been renovated very nicely, but our room, the noise, the view and the smell, spoilt what should have been a relaxing weekend.
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Date of stay: August 2021
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Check to make sure you are not in Room 5.
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Foodiehavercroft wrote a review Oct 2022
7 contributions3 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely village setting for a country pub with rooms, good food and very dog friendly. Comfortable room/bed and no complaints about food and service for our dinner. Even the French chef came out of his kitchen to ask if our meals had been ok.
Sadly, the landlady/owner as mentioned in previous reports made us feel very uncomfortable. On our arrival she seemed more interested in something on her computer screen than us checking in. No warmth or small talk/banter - just an abrupt presentation of a piece of paper with the breakfast menu, tick boxes with an air of aloofness/arrogance. My husband and I looked at each other at the desk as we both received the same' 'vibes' and wondered how our stay would progress.
At breakfast when I asked for some fresh toast to go with my full English as the toast we had been served had gone cold because it was served up with the tea at the beginning of breakfast, the same lady, now on breakfast duty, rudely pointed out that there were still two slices left in our toast rack! The distance from the kitchen to the dining room also seemed to be getting her down when we asked for more butter.
As well as rationing breakfast toast the Forrester's are also rationing toiletries and soap. There was a complimentary slither of soap, in our bathroom but no other toiletries unless you went and asked at reception. A nice part of a trip away but this is part of the pub's green ecofriendly policy (typed up on the door) We felt strangely uncomfortable and wouldn't have asked at Reception.
Summing up there are few things that that could be put in place to make the Forresters a great country pub destination but perhaps most of all some good old Yorkshire Hospitality! The cleaner who we met when we were packing up and moving on was a a breath of fresh air. She would do well in customer service/hospitality and maybe should be considered for a more front of house role at the pub.
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Date of stay: October 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Ok for one night but wouldn't go back or recommend.
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Graham-from-N-Yorks wrote a review Jul 2021
Kilburn, United Kingdom22 contributions38 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Last year the Forresters Arms was totally renovated following a devastating fire the year before.

It has transformed the Forresters into a warm and welcoming place.

Neil and Gemma are the perfect hosts and the food is excellent. For example, it is one of the few places where I will I eat burger - they are succulent and tasty.

They have for a pub/restaurant a very good wine list at very reasonable prices.

I haven't personally tried the bedrooms, but I have been told by guests that have they are to a high standard, recently renovated and larger and vastly better than before the fire.
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Date of stay: July 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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R Birchley wrote a review Jun 2023
Huddersfield, United Kingdom4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The Forresters Arms has a fabulous restaurant, great menu and delicious food, we enjoyed all 3 meals we had there. Most but not all staff were friendly and welcoming. It is sadly let down however by badly maintained rooms. We had 1 & 8. The bathroom in 8 was very dim. A request for a bulb to be put in the empty light over the sink was ignored. In addition the bathroom door didn't shut properly. The drain in room 1s wet room wasn't functioning and again the door didn't shut properly so that once the wet room was flooded it flowed into the bedroom, not for the first time looking at the damage to the door. The cleaner apologised but there was nothing from management. Room 1 was also adjacent to the kitchen so comfort was severely affected by noisy fans and clattering dishes. Looking at the website it may be that better bedrooms are available and clearly other people have enjoyed their rooms, so I'm not saying don't stay here because the restaurant really is lovely, I'm just saying that before you book, ask yourself...do I feel lucky?
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Date of stay: June 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Emma B wrote a review Mar 2024
York, United Kingdom20 contributions1 helpful vote
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I brought my family for a Mother's Day lunch on Sunday 10th March, we were booked in for 12.00pm

It stated off with the table been set for 6 and not 8, I'd also had a telephone confirmation few days before then a text message also to confirm this as well.

We then all placed our orders, my son ordered the pie it was a casserole with a pastry lid with mashed potato and vegetables only to be told after that there was no mashed potato ready yet. I would of thought that the first sitting at 12.00 that this would of been ready?

5 of us had the roast dinners all the carrots on our plates were burnt on one side and raw! The roast potatoes were hard and cold and the vegetables brought out were undercooked cold, and no serving spoons, my plate was red hot, however the food on it was not! The lamb was not great either.

My 18 month old granddaughter's vegetables were also undercooked and Emily couldn't feed her them for fearing she would choke. However the burger and salmon were good.

I could accept this if you were busy or it was later in the day, but we were the first table to arrive and there were a lot of waiting staff, but none of them seemed to know what was going on.

We have had many meals and stayed over and not had any problems before, hence wanting to bring my family here, but unfortunately we won't be coming again as it was a real disappointment.

We were asked if everything was okay while she was still walking past our table, not stopping to check if we were okay. I'm not even sure if we had complained on the day that all the roast dinners would of been back in time for us to all eat together. We also shouldn't have to make a complaint when coming out for a Sunday lunch, surely the food should be checked that they are cooked correctly before going out to the diners? The bill also came to over £300.00 this was alot of money for undercooked food.
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Date of stay: March 2024
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Martin B wrote a review Aug 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The Forresters enjoys an idyllic location and some effort has been spent in packaging their offering but in doing so they have lost the 'personal touch'. One gets the feeling that everyone is busy getting on with the business of running a gastro pub that they've forgotten that it's a people business.
Room Number 5 (and I suspect any rear rooms) should be avoided. The noise from the kitchen refrigeration units sounds like you're in the engine room of an ocean liner - sleep is impossible.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Gill R wrote a review Jun 2021
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A friend recommended The Forresters Arms to us so the first chance we got we travelled out for lunch. We liked it so much, the following week we booked an overnight stay. Our room (Four) was fabulous, food and drink was superb, all home cooked to a very high standard by their chef. So often you dine out in a pub and you can just tell the dessert has come from a wholesaler. That's not so here, the Lemon Meringue Pie was a work of art! We wish Neil, Gemma and Freya every success in their new venture.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ladykaty79 asked a question Apr 2019
York, United Kingdom51 contributions10 helpful votes
Are dogs allowed in the pub?
Answer from Joan O
Bridlington, United Kingdom19 contributions3 helpful votes
Yes
Trine R asked a question Oct 2015
Elnesvagen, Norway
How do you get from Manchester or London (airport) to Kilburn?
Answer from Nigel-Dawn
If you are hiring a car the Post Code for the Forresters Arms is YO61 4AH which should help if you are using a sat nav. We are situated just outside of Thirsk, North Yorkshire. If traveling by train travel to Thirsk station and you would be able to get a taxi from the station. Hope this helps. Kind Regards Dawn Pattinson
loutimmins@btinternet.com wrote a tip Feb 2024
Leeds, United Kingdom14 contributions10 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you like down to earth friendly people not the best spot"
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Robert B wrote a tip Sep 2023
Wakefield28 contributions55 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book table for evening meal and Sunday lunch prior to visit"
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Stephen S wrote a tip May 2023
Cheshire, United Kingdom39 contributions18 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Look for the carved mice!"
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Lisa E wrote a tip Mar 2023
Wetherby, United Kingdom122 contributions45 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room 3 is lovely and a really good size. The restaurant gets busy so I recommend pre-booking."
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paul meegan wrote a tip Oct 2022
Edinburgh, United Kingdom26 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book to stay here. "
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PRICE RANGE
C$185 - C$231 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
forresters arms hotel kilburn
LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandYorkshireNorth YorkshireKilburn
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about Forresters Arms
Which popular attractions are close to Forresters Arms?
Nearby attractions include Beacon Alpacas (4.9 km), Monk Park Farm (4.6 km), and Byland Abbey (3.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Forresters Arms?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Forresters Arms?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Forresters Arms?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Forresters Arms?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Hare, Restaurant with Rooms, The Greyhound at Bagby, and The Stapylton Arms.
Is Forresters Arms located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.01 km away from the centre of Kilburn.
Are pets allowed at Forresters Arms?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Forresters Arms?
Many travellers enjoy visiting White Horse of Kilburn (1.7 km), Shandy Hall (2.9 km), and Byland Abbey (3.6 km).