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Dine like Royalty

Dine like Royalty

There’s nothing more traditional than Afternoon Tea. We offer classic cream teas from £6pp, as well as traditional afternoon tea from £12.00pp. For those special occasions you can add a glass of champagne from £5pp.

Our limited edition afternoon tea’s are available, to commemorate the Royal Wedding in May.

Our afternoon tea includes a selection of cakes, scones and sandwiches and is perfectly accompanied by our range of teas. We serve our standard Afternoon Tea from 2:30-5pm everyday.

History of Afternoon Tea

Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford is widely understood to have been been the driving force behind afternoon tea in the 1840’s. She is said to have complained of “having that sinking feeling” during the late afternoon. It was common at that time for people to take only two main meals a day, breakfast in the morning, and dinner at around 8 o’clock in the evening. The Duchess’ solution was a pot a tea and a light snack, taken privately in her boudoir during the afternoon. This quickly became a treat with her friends and developed into a social event.

Our delicious Limited Edition Afternoon Tea’s are available 7 days a week, between 12pm and 6pm.

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Delicious Menu's Launch at The Golden Fleece

Delicious Menu's Launch at The Golden Fleece

The Golden Fleece Hotel, in the heart of the small market town of Thirsk, has launched a new menu featuring some of the finest and tastiest produce available from North Yorkshire.
A popular choice for visitors to the historic market town, The Golden Fleece has, in recent times, seen increasing numbers of local residents taking advantage of its delicious restaurant and bar.
Our new Menu is available from today, Friday 20th April from lunchtimes in our Eatery and Restaurant.Our experienced kitchen team carefully prepare delicious, high quality meals from local pork, beef, lamb, fish and game. We also offer an extensive Pizza menu which are perfectly cooked in our outdoor Pizza oven. The Golden Fleece is the perfect setting for a casual or formal occasion. With plenty of different areas of the hotel to sit we will make sure you have a relaxed and fun experience.
Long-standing favourites are still on the menu, including the Y0rkshire Sharing Platter, as well as new local delicacies including The Fleece Burger.
Head Chef of The Golden Fleece, Matt Johnson commented:  “Our delicious new menu shows pride to the flavours of North Yorkshire. We are lucky to have such tasteful produce surrounding the hotel, and it is a privilege to work with local suppliers and producers. Introducing the tasteful new Fleece Burger along with a large quantity of other new menu items, we hope that all will be well received by local residents, regular patrons, and new visitors who are always very welcome at The Golden Fleece."
Take a look at our new menu now, on our Food & Drink page.



Winners at The Coaching Inn Group Awards 2018

Check out the gallery of images from the Coaching Inn Group Awards 2018, where awards such as General Manager of the Year, Hotel of the Year and Head Chef of the Year were awarded, as well as accolades for Trainee of the Year, Housekeeper of the Year and many more.

The glitzy award ceremony was held at The Three Swans Hotel in Market Harborough and attended by over 120 team members from the group. 

You can view the full gallery of winners here.

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Hotel Information

Hotel Information

The Golden Fleece Hotel

Market Square,
North Yorkshire,
Telephone : 01845 523108

The Golden Fleece hotel and restaurant, on Thirsk's cobbled market place is situated between the North Yorkshire Moors and The Yorkshire Dales National Parks.  The hotel was once a famous coaching inn and is steeped in history, it's Georgian "coaching clock" still hangs in the entrance hall. Our 26 en-suite rooms are individually designed to make guests feel completely at home, service is relaxed and friendly.  We have our own private car park and wifi access is free of charge.  Whether you are looking for something to eat in our restaurant, attending a conference or social event or simply getting away from it all we offer all our guests a warm Yorkshire welcome..

Thirsk is home to the award winning James Herriot centre and for racing enthusiasts there are courses in Thirsk, York, Ripon, and Catterick. The hotel is well placed for visiting the best that Yorkshire has to offer, from the ancient city of York, with its winding streets and Minster, to the North Yorkshire dales and moors and the historic coastal town of Whitby. Markets are held on the market square every Monday and Saturday.

For satellite navigation, please enter the postcode YO7 1LU, this is located at the rear of the hotel and is accessed via Chapel Street.

Bedrooms - 26
Dog allowed
Disabled facilities available
Free Wifi
Families Welcome
Coffee Shop in house



CLICK HERE to Download our History Booklet

A quick summary to whet your appetite


Located in the centre of Thirsk, North Yorkshire, the main part of The Golden Fleece Hotel retains structures dating from the 1500s, including a large, oak-beamed, inglenook fireplace. It is thought to have originated as a private house. It came to prominence as an inn in 1810 when new owners George and Mary Blythe established it as one of the north’s most important coaching inns.
By 1823 it was serving five coach services, mostly running up and down the nearby Great North Road and linking destinations as far apart as London and Edinburgh. The bustling inn received coaches around the clock, and had stabling for 60 horses. After the arrival of the railway in Thirsk in 1841, The Golden Fleece continued to thrive under the control of George Blythe’s great nephew, William Hall. He made it the leading venue for the townsfolk and the preferred hotel for tourists visiting the historic and scenic delights of the local countryside.
In the time of William Hall’s son, William Welbank Hall, the fourth generation of the family to run the inn, it provided a grand lunch in 1911 for an eclectic mix of some of Europe’s richest and most famous people. They were competing in a stage of one of the world’s first international motorcar rallies, and among them were Prince Henry of Prussia and Arthur Conan Doyle, the world-famous author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. William Welbank Hall sold up in 1918, bringing to an end 108 years of his family’s control of The Golden Fleece.
Under new owners in the 1920s and 30s it continued to attract visits by early motorists, who found the stables converted to garages; two of them with pits for mechanics to do running repairs on their cars. The hotel was acquired by The Coaching Inn Group in 2015, and has since undergone a major refurbishment to meet the needs of today’s market while respecting and retaining many features of its fascinating heritage.

Awards & Reviews

Awards & Reviews

Hotel Thrisk

2017 - Winner of Best Employer at the Publican Awards
2017 - Winner of Best Accommodation offering at the Publican Awards

2016 - Highly commended' at The Publican Awards for Pub Company of the Year
2016 - Ranked #9 in Grant Thornton Top 200 Fastest Growing Companies in the East Midlands
2016 - Eat Out Awards - Pub Company of the Year
2016 - Coaching Inn Group Awards - Team Spirit of the Year
2016 - Coaching Inn Group Awards - Front of house person of the Year - Andreea Dascalescu

2015 - 
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

2014 - Enjoy England breakfast award

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