The Fairfax Arms


Main Street
Gilling East
North Yorkshire
YO62 4JH


01439 788212

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Check-in from 2pm.

Pets accepted in outside rooms - £10 per stay



Welcome to Yorkshire


You can be sure of a warm North Yorkshire welcome at The Fairfax Arms. General Manager, Andrew Daly and his team are never afraid to try new ideas. The inn is run with passion, ambition & enthusiasm, which enables The Fairfax to prosper and flourish whilst still retaining its traditional character and charm. 

In June 2011 owners Robert & Edward Fawcett decided that they too wanted to play a more active role in the management of The Fairfax Arms. Since the brothers took on their positions the inn has seen many re-investments to refurbish and refresh the interior and exterior as well as upgrades in the bedrooms including flat screen televisions and ipod docking stations throughout. There are many more gradual improvements planned to ensure that The Fairfax Arms continues to impress and uphold its growing reputation.

The Fairfax Arms is a traditional country pub situated in the beautiful village of Gilling East near Helmsley, North Yorkshire with very good quality modern accommodation and a warm, friendly atmosphere. Relax and unwind in the spacious bar and watch the world go by in this picturesque North Yorkshire village. The inn has a range of accommodation and bedrooms from classic doubles to deluxe and superior rooms including a luxurious suite - perfect for those seeking a relaxing country retreat.

The inn is proud to hold the accolade of 4 stars as awarded by Visit Britain and a 4 star silver award as awarded by The AA. We offer the perfect place to stay when exploring North Yorkshire and when visiting Helmsley, Ampleforth and York. Whether you are looking for a luxury weekend away or a couple of nights of great food and drink in a charming location you are sure to find what you're looking for here at The Fairfax Arms.

We offer rooms on a bed & breakfast basis and also regular dinner, bed & breakfast offers and discounted rates available throughout the year. The pub itself attracts a range of visitors and locals alike offering some quite lively evenings especially at weekends. The streamside beer garden is a relaxing spot to spend a sunny afternoon or you can venture inside to the bar area which, with its traditional furnishings, impressive oak bar and wooden beams, presents a relaxing and pleasurable place to have a drink or a meal.

Dining at The Fairfax Arms restaurant is an experience not to be missed, whether it be for a special occasion or just a quick bite to eat. Our chefs use only the freshest, finest ingredients which are locally sourced where possible. Our breakfast comes well recommended and our delicious lunches and highly acclaimed sumptuous evening meals have earned us an excellent reputation locally and a Rosette awarded by The AA. It's easy to see why our guests keep returning and why we are regarded as "one of the best inns in North Yorkshire".


  • Building of historical interest
  • Central heating
  • Children Welcome
  • Cots available
  • Disabled facilities
  • Dogs/pets accepted by arrangement
  • DVD player
  • Electric shaver points
  • Evening meals
  • Golf available (onsite or nearby)
  • Hairdryer
  • High chairs available
  • iPod docking station
  • Licenced (table or bar)
  • On street/public parking
  • Private parking
  • Public house/Inn
  • Restaurant
  • Television
  • WiFi or internet access

Location of The Fairfax Arms, Helmsley


By Road:
From the South: Join the A64 (from the M1 or A1), turn onto the York bypass (A1237) just before York, then after several roundabouts, onto the Helmsley Road (B1363) which takes you via Sutton on the Forest, Stillington, Brandsby, and then Gilling East
From the North: The easiest route to follow is the A19, then the A170 at Thirsk, towards Scarborough. A couple of turnings signposted 'York' bring you down into Oswaldkirk village, drive straight through into Gilling, 2 miles further on.

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