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It was another wonderful year for The Golden Fleece Hotel, Eatery & Coffee House signed off by an amazing festive period. From the excitement and atmosphere of the Christmas Day meal and the New Year's Party it was a pleasure to welcome so many new and familiar faces to the Hotel.

Below are a number of reviews taken from TripAdvisor from the festive period.

Another fantastic New Year

"Thank you Jo and to all your amazing staff, yet again another brilliant New Year. You never cease to amaze, the food,the atmosphere , the rooms and to all the staff it was once again one of the best. Already looking forward to Next Year. All the best to everyone."

Pub Company of the Year Award

Pub Company of the Year Award

Eat Out Magazine presented it's Eat Out Awards 2015 on 26th October, including awards for Restaurant Company of the Year and Pub Company of the Year.

We are delighted to announce that we were awarded 'Pub Company of the Year' award which recognises "the pub company that has achieved the most impressive annual increase, in terms of sales and bottom-line results, while also delivering on its growth targets and business improvement promises. The judges will be looking for evidence of transformation, and possibly turnaround, as well as new operational efficiencies, higher staff retention and engagement, internal promotions, successful investments in the business, venue upgrades and considerably improved future prospects."


Managing Director, Kevin Charity shared news of the award with staff this morning, saying: "Well done to everyone. This is down to everyone's hard work and dedication."

News of the award first broke on Twitter:

This was followed by many congratulations:

 You can see the full list of winners on the Eat Out Magazine Website

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Hotel Information

Hotel Information

The Golden Fleece Hotel

Market Square,
North Yorkshire,
Telephone : 01845 523108

The Golden Fleece, 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 attending a conference,wedding 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




The Golden Fleece has been an inn since Tudor times and is one of the oldest Coaching Inns in England.  This charming Hotel has been visited by royalty and rogues alike serving travellers for nearly four hundred years.

1791 George Blythe purchased the property  to provide "Good stabling and accommodation".    He also bought the adjoining property and enlarged the Inn. In 1815 he took over the Coaching Business and by 1823 directories show that seven coaches a day called at the Fleece. In the heyday of the road, the Hotel kept fifty or sixty horses in its stables to work the coaches alone.  During this period the Newcastle - London and Edinburgh - London vehicles called at The Golden Fleece.

"Picture the scene as the Newcastle to London mail four-in-hand coach galloped into Thirsk market place, hoofs and wheels clattering on the cobbled stones; pole chains jingling, leather creaking, accompanied by the mellow tones of the post horn. The "Whoa mi' beauties!" from the driver as he pulls the ribbons to check his team and bring his coach to a standstill."

1840 Mr William Hall became landlord of The Golden Fleece at the age of 21. He managed the stabling, feeding and grooming of sixty horses as well as handling a large staff, the catering and accommodation.  He was also responsible for the mail and luggage. The market place was always bustling with farmers and tradesmen who frequented the Golden Fleece for food and drink.

"On Monday, the 24th of September, 1855, there was great rejoicing in Thirsk, in consequence of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge and Sir George O. WombweIl, Bart., of Newburgh Park, passing through the town. Sir W. P. Gallwey, on the part of a deputation of gentlemen from the town and neighbourhood, delivered a short address to His Highness, expressive of their appreciation of His Highness's conduct whilst serving in the late war in the Crimea, and of congratulation to Sir George Wombwell, on his safe return to his home and friends from the war in the east. Having partaken of refreshment at the Fleece Hotel, they proceeded to Newburgh Park, His Royal Highness being the guest of Sir G. O. Wombwell. " Whellan's History of Thirsk (1859)

During the twentieth century Trusthouse, later TrustHouse Forte, owned the Golden Fleece.  In 2006 the hotel was purchased by Homfray Hotels, before selling to The Coaching Inn Group in Autumn 2015.

Set in the heart of Herriot Country, The Golden Fleece is ideally placed for exploring the Yorkshire Moors and Dales, areas of unspoilt beauty. Both the locations were used regularly for the filming of Heartbeat and James Herriot.

Awards & Reviews

Awards & Reviews

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2015 - TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

2014 - Enjoy England breakfast award