About Us

Out of over 600 restaurants in the York area guess who’s been voted into the top 5% of the best places to eat?  Yep, Us!

It’s not a vote by some obscure organisation, no sir, it’s a vote by the general public, real customers!

Did we mention thats us in the top 5% of well over 600 restaurants?

Yipeee! and Thank you all.

Celebrating 10 Years Taking  Care of You

Come eat, drink and be merry at the centre of ” God’s own county”, The Victoria at Cattal, one of the few remaining family run freehold country inns.

dining room

 A recent publicity stunt saw the Yorkshire Tourist Board team up with Leeds University to find the absolute geographical heart of Yorkshire; the balancing point of the region which can accurately pinpoint it’s centre.The method used by the university was based on boundary distances and finding the centre of gravity of “God’s own county” based on its shape and area using the Government’s boundary data and low water mark for the coastline sectons.

The exact spot is a field not 500 metres from The Victoria and based on this information secures us the title of the closest inn to the centre of Yorkshire!!!!!

We are sure that our friendly service, well kept Yorkshire hand pulled ales and fresh, local produce befits our newly found responsibility.The Victoria at Cattal; one of the few remaining family run freehold properties.

Virtual tour by Google Maps Business View Yorkshire

You will find The Victoria, right next to Cattal Railway Staition on the Harrogate to York line.

Steve “Balky” Balcombe is your host of the family run Free House, The Victoria at Cattal.

You may remember him and his long time business partner, Pat Grant, from the Duke of Wellington at East Keswick, 1987 – 1992; The Crown Inn at Great Ouseburn 1992 – 2001 and The Bull Inn at West Tanfield Feb 2002 until Oct.2003.

On 31st August 2001 Steve married Gillian in their hometown, Skerries Co. Dublin, and now have two boys, William and Thomas.

In January 2004 they embarked on the total transformation of a some what run-down Huntsman Inn, changing the inn’s name back to its’ original. Since then it has been very rewarding to witness the Victoria’s growth in popularity, welcoming customers new and old.

Thank you all for your custom during the last decade and here’s to the next………. “Cheers!”