“ Address: Main Road / Ganton / YO12 4NU „
Earlier on this year in May, it was my daughter's 18th birthday. She isn't your usual 18 year old. She had a major anxiety problem when she was in her first year of senior school which developed into a school phobia and to cut a long story short we ended up home educating her. She has gone on to do 2 years at college but still is very much a home bird and isn't the booze swilling party girl that I was at her age. Not such a bad thing really when I look back at what I used to get up to but that's a different story! We asked what she would like to do for her 18th knowing full well that a party would not be what she would choose and she said she would like us to go away as a family and maybe hire bikes or something. So we planned a visit to to Dalby forest where bikes can be hired and decided to find accommodation nearby for two nights. We decided we would like to take our chocolate lab Max with us, so John my husband set about finding accommodation that would take dogs. This narrows your choices down slightly. I left it to him and he booked us in for 2 nights at the Ganton Greyhound. I wasn't quite sure what to expect as I had never been in rooms where they allowed dogs but I was very pleasantly surprised!! The Greyhound is a former coaching house which was taken over in 2010 by the current owners. It has 17 rooms which are housed in a separate building to the pub and 2 of the rooms are used for people with dogs. Dogs understandably aren't allowed in the main pub or restaurant but I have no problem with that. I shared with my daughter and John shared with our 20 year old son. Max came in our room. The room was a good size with two pine beds, matching dressing table, chest of drawers and wardrobe. The décor gave it a lovely country feel with everything in shades of brown and cream with a contrasting green carpet. A very adequate bathroom with bath and shower facilities. The usual tea and coffee making facilities were available and a small but adequate telly. All in all, for a room that allows dogs, I was suitably impressed! Breakfast is served in the main pub conservatory 7.30 - 9 Monday to Friday and 8 - 9.30 at the weekend. Full breakfast is served with waiter service which was excellent and cereals and juices are also available for self service. I think the best part of the pub is the evening meals. We dined in the restaurant on the night of Laura's 18th and oh what a choice! Not cheap but very good quality food. Starters ranged from £4.95 - £6.95 and included Deep Fried Brie, Chicken Liver Pate and Prawn Cocktail. Mains were offered on the menu but a specials board was also available. These ranged in price from £11.95 - £15.95 and included Pan Fried Lamb's Liver, Seabass, Sauteed Cods Loin and Seared Duck Breast. Many steaks and various sauces were also offered. Desserts were £5.25 each or a Trio of desserts was on offer which we shared: Pavlova with berries, Strawberry Shortcake, Apple crumble and Cream . This was delicious and rounded off our meal superbly. I get the impression that the restaurant is popular with locals as well as people staying in the accommodation. The dining room is very quaint and the ceiling is adorned with rows and rows of old fashioned jugs! Not for the modern or minimalistic diner but I love this kind of thing! A very pleasant meal with good friendly service. We then spent some time in the pool room playing against each other in doubles whilst having a few drinks. My only negative about his accommodation is that it is close to a main road and you can hear cars whizzing by when you are trying to go to sleep. Maybe a problem for some but wasn't for us. The Ganton has free wifi and is ideally situated for various local attractions all of which are in a booklet in your room. Apparently it is close to many golf courses with 1 championship golf course on the doorstep! It is within driving distance of Scarborough, Dalby Forest, Flamingo Land, Castle Howard, York and Whitby. Ganton is a small village with not much going on so a car is a necessity but to find somewhere as clean as this place was with the added bonus of an excellent restaurant and dog friendly rooms was brilliant for us and just what we needed. The 2 night break cost us £282 for 2 twin rooms with dog allowed in one and full breakfasts included both mornings which I thought was a good price. If I was looking for somewhere to stay in this area again, I would not hesitate to go back here! You can find the Ganton Greyhound on the A64, main Leeds to Scarborough route in the small village of Ganton.