About the Gold Cup Inn

The Gold Cup Inn is a traditional country pub with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. We are located at the foot of the Hambleton Hills, on the boundary of the North York Moors National Park and are surrounded by a pretty village and beautiful countryside. We are just 2 miles from the A19 and easily accessible from surrounding villages which makes us an ideal place to break your journey, stop off for a drink or meal if you are touring, or make us your destination for a visit if you are staying in the area. You are welcome to enjoy anything from a pint of ale to a three course meal while enjoying the panoramic views.

Heading up the Gold Cup team since early March 2021 we are both enthusiastically involved in the day to day running of the Inn, with mine host Richard as the Chef and Josh as front of house; we aim to give our guests a warm reception by providing friendly service and high quality food and drink in comfortable surroundings.

We can also provide food & refreshments outside of normal food service times for walkers, cyclists, concert or race goers, etc. by prior arrangement. Please phone for further details.

How the Gold Cup Inn got its name

Nether Silton sits at the foot of the Hambleton Hills and it was on top of those Hills, in an area now known as Black Hambleton, that one of the earliest racecourses in Yorkshire was situated. The Inn is named after the main race held annually, the Royal Gold Cup. The earliest reference to the racecourse was in 1612 however, it was later (1714) that the first mention is made that the main race at Hambleton was for the Royal Gold Cup, donated each year by the Crown although it is thought that the Prize was long established by that time.

During the race, the cup is thought to have been displayed on a stone plinth (thought to have formerly been a sundial) to which the scales for weighing the jockeys were also attached. It is believed that the stone is still in existence in the local area.

In 1720 the Crown discontinued the donation of the cup and this was replaced by a prize of 100 guineas. There was only one annual meeting at Hambleton usually at the end of July or beginning of August but as it was thought to be a difficult area to access, the meeting finally closed in 1775 when the Royal Guinea race was transferred to York and Richmond on alternate years.

Private Parties and Outside Catering

Private Parties

We offer options for private gatherings and aim to cater for everyone and any event at the Gold Cup Inn.

Outside Catering

We can also provide outside catering and bar hire for occasions including weddings, birthdays, christenings, business meetings, funerals etc.

Please contact Richard on 01609 883416 or call in to see us to discuss your requirements and we will do our very best to fulfil them.