The Cleveland Tontine is something of an institution in beautiful North Yorkshire.

With its open fires, eclectic mix of furnishings and fabrics, outstanding service and fantastic food, the Tontine is still ‘the’ place to eat, drink and stay in this beautiful part of the country.

Whether you’re here for a business meeting, bite to eat or a relaxing break our team will ensure you are made most welcome.

This venue is dog friendly in the bar and lounge

History of the “Tontine”

In 1804 the Yarm to Thirsk turnpike was opened and with the growing traffic, the demand for some form of resting place grew, which resulted in the building of The Cleveland Tontine.

A Tontine is an old business term where a group of investors put money into a venture. As the members passed away, the shares were divided between the remaining investors until there was one sole survivor who then inherited 100% of the shares. Tontines are now illegal, as they allegedly had a tendency to lead to many ‘unnatural’ deaths!

The Cleveland Tontine was built in 1804 and thanks to the London to Sunderland Mail Coach, it became a popular resting place for travellers. With the arrival of the steam engine and the decline of ‘horse’ power the Tontine become a private residence known as Ingleby House.

Post-war, traffic began to increase and Camerons Brewery bought ‘Ingleby House’ as a high quality ‘road house’, with a restaurant, ballroom and a cellar bar. The Cleveland Tontine was back in business.

In September 1976 the McCoy brothers took over and within a few years the Cleveland Tontine’s regional and national reputation was firmly established.

Most recently in June 2016 Provenance Inns & Hotels purchased the Cleveland Tontine, this was the nineth acquisition for the group which also owns West Park Hotel in Harrogate, The Carpenters Arms in Felixkirk and the Black Bull in Moulton.

Chairman Chris Blundell said: “The Cleveland Tontine has built an excellent reputation over a number of years and we are delighted to have the opportunity to build upon this. We will be exploring the possibilities of creating more bedrooms, while underpinning its standing as a fine-dining establishment by offering our own seasonal and locally-sourced produce.”

Since purchasing The Tontine Provenance Inns & Hotels have begun phases of work including relocating and installing a new bar in the Bistro, which has a bespoke wine storage area and storage facilities. This work has allowed an increase in dining spaces by creating an intimate dining space within the bar area.

There is a new sound attenuating fence along the entire Western boundary which provides security, safety for customers, reduces the sound of the traffic and with the recent planting of an ornamental hedge enhances the visual image of this boundary which was previously open to the A19.
The car park to the north and to the west of the site have been resurfaced and increased in size to accommodate a further forty car parking spaces.
Externally the building has been redecorated and we have recently replaced the chimneys.


Whether you want a room for the evening, a bite to eat, or to share The Cleveland Tontine experience with someone special, we have got something for you.

  • “Might be next to the A19 but this is quality with staff to match”.

    NasherRoyston_Herts, Trip Advisor, September 2016

  • “Service was super-attentive

    It was a lovely lunch. Period. Long live the Tontine evolution.” Malcome Warne

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