A historic pub in the beautiful village of Osmotherley has undergone a £1m refurbishment.
Offering delicious home-cooked food, a selection of dog-friendly rooms sleeping 25, incredible views and the warmest of welcomes, the Queen Catherine Hotel is quintessentially North Yorkshire.
Set on the edge of the Moors National Park, less than half an hour’s drive from central Teesside, the pub is perfectly situated as a stop-off point to quench your thirst after a hike or cycle ride, as a great base for a relaxing weekend break to explore the glorious countryside or as a holiday destination where you can catch your breath, get back to nature and really take in the beauty that’s all around.
Acklam-born owner Steve Gavin first saw the listed, 400-year-old pub three years ago. And, despite it being sadly rundown, he fell head over heels in love with it.
“I’ve never regretted my decision to take the project on,” said Steve.
“How could you regret living in such a place? When I look out of the window and see the rolling countryside, it still takes my breath away.”
The Queen Catherine is 1,000 feet above sea level and Steve jokingly tells friends that he lives on the top of a mountain.
“The air here is so clean and fresh,” he said. “It’s been like stepping back in time to a cleaner, calmer and more peaceful way of life.”
With its village store dating back to 1786, a trio of pubs, fish and chip shop and café, Steve made the move to Osmotherley with son Ashley who, alongside chef Andy, provides delicious home-cooked food for residents and visitors alike.
“Everyone loves our parmo,” he laughted. “There’s no Greggs here!”
Despite living on what could pass as the set of Last Of The Summer Wine, Steve is never bored.
“There’s always someone new to meet,” he says.
Lockdown was spent building a new 100-seat terrace offering al fresco dining and drinking, following which, The Queen Catherine enjoyed its best summer ever, selling more beer than any other year in its history, despite a four-month forced closure.
“We’ve had visitors from all over the country and all over the world,” revealed Steve proudly. “We’ve had Dutch, Australians and Americans, along with coach parties from Scotland and Newcastle.”
With three famous walks on its doorstep – The Cleveland Way, Coast To Coast and the Lykewake Walk – the pub is often full of hikers, dog walkers and even pilgrims retracing historical steps.
People are not only attracted by the surroundings but the traditions, such as the village games with welly throwing and live music.
“I see someone new every day, but I would love more people from Teesside to visit,” admitted Steve. “As a Boro lad myself, I can guarantee good beer, good food and a warm welcome.
“Aside from anything else, our beauty spots need our investment and this is right on the doorstep of Teesside. As I always say, the countryside is ours – come and use it.”
Visit their website at queencatherinehotel.co.uk.