About The Grapes Inn

Whether you’re popping in for a pint, a quick bite or your Sunday roast there are lots of places to relax. There’s ample parking at the front and the back of the building.

A selection of spaces in our dog-friendly pub


Please note that these areas are currently closed due to COVID-19.

  • Bar – dogs welcome
  • Snug – dogs welcome
  • The Dining Room
  • The Parlour – this can seat up to 22 people and is ideal for Private Hire

Outside – dog-friendly:

  • The Shed with woodburner
  • The Hut with patio heater
  • Beer Garden with a small children’s play area
  • The Organ Bar
  • Pizzeria

Queen Victoria’s ‘chair’

“My Mum bought what we affectionately have nicknamed ‘Queen Vic’s chair’ from an almshouse sale in the 1960s. She was told Queen Victoria sat in it during a visit and ‘VR’ is indeed carved into the back of it. I’m still on the hunt for the matching footstool.” – Leigh Spooner, landlord

Quintessentially English

We pride ourselves on the friendly, quirky feel of The Grapes Inn. Original features from the 18th century include our stone-flagged floors, stone vaulted cellar and a winding timber staircase to the loft.

There’s serving hatches, a Grandfather clock, beams and sash windows galore. Keep an eye out for our collection of vintage Guinness trays, the Mouseman chair and an intriguing plaque from the Grand Hotel Cairo. There are no reproductions here, just real history.

A Georgian gem of an inn

Our deeds go back as far as 1749 when the building was described as a ‘cottage house or tenement with a brew house’. It’s been marked on maps as an inn or pub ever since.

In 1856 it was known as ‘The Three Tuns Inn’ with Mrs Hannah Medd as the landlady. Its name was changed in the latter half of the nineteenth century. The village did have an enthusiastic Total Abstinence Society, which was encouraged by the then Lady Carlisle. However The Grapes Inn escaped closure as it was not owned by the Castle Howard Estate.

Brewers and butchers

In 1878 the pub was sold James Kirk, Brewer of Sherburn. It was later owned by the J.W. Cameron Group. Before World War II Mr Hutchinson ran a butcher’s shop from here, which was closed when he was called up for military service.

By the late 1960s the outbuildings shown on a pre-World War I map had been demolished to expand the pub yard. In 2012 we bought The Grapes Inn from the pub holding company. Now, for the first time in over 100 years, it is independently owned.

Buying our local

We are Leigh and Catharine Spooner. We decided to buy The Grapes Inn in 2012. Leigh used to be an antiques dealer so has a keen eye for quality furniture. As a former milliner, Catharine loves to combine colours and finishes to give the interiors a wonderful flair.

Local Accommodation

The days of The Grapes Inn putting up travellers in its loft are long gone! However there are some great options in and around Slingsby, from holiday cottages to camping sites.

A change to bookings

We’re not currently taking any bookings for The Grapes Inn, but you’re welcome to join us in our outdoor seating area. However, our indoor areas will be open on 20th September 2020, which we would advise that you book in for. To book, simply call us on 01653 628076.

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