News and Events

Christmas Day at the Hovingham Inn

We will be open for lunch on Christmas Day this year, by reservation only. The menu is now available here. Don’t forget to book as soon as possible!

For other days, see our seasonal opening times here.

Castle Howard

This magical private house, open to the public, is on our doorstep. We suggest you make an evening of it and enjoy the Howardian Hills in this festive period. The Castle Howard Twilight Evenings begin from 30th November: A magical evening when the house is open until 8pm. You can enjoy the house after dark, adorned by candlelight, with roaring fires and entertainment throughout the evening from their live Harlequinade troupe of musicians. Then join us for dinner afterward, just down the hill, where we will be ready to welcome you. At the house be sure to pick up a postcard from us to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine.

Visiting The Hovingham Inn

To avoid disappointment, table reservations are required where possible and are essential on Friday and Saturday evenings as well as for Sunday lunch. Walk in customers are very welcome, but we cannot guarantee a table or waiting time.

To make a table booking, please call the pub direct on +44 (0)1653 628428 or email For parties of five or more guests we will require a £10 per person deposit.

Please inform us of any dietary requirements or allergies at the time of booking. We are happy to adapt dishes wherever possible. However, vegetarian, vegan and lactose-free diets require advance notice.

Children are welcome in both the bar and dining room. We do not offer a children’s menu, but will happily adapt dishes where possible.

Dogs are welcome in the bar area. Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the pub.

Richard & Lindsey Johns