A delightful country pub in York. Located in the beautiful village of 

Sutton-on-the-Forest, North Yorkshire

CIC Members - don't forget tonight's AGM at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.  

   About The Rose & Crown Pub                                                                   01347 811111

The Family

The Rose and Crown is very much a family business.  Neil Willetts is the tenant and looks after front of house and his partner Nikki is the Head Chef. 

The Village

Sutton-on-the-Forest is a beautiful village on the road between York and Helmsley so is an ideal spot to stop on the way to the North York Moors. The parish of “Sutton in the Forest of Galtres” is mentioned in the Doomsday Book and is now at the centre of 6,000 acres of arable land.

In 1252, Robert de Nevill whose family owned Sheriff Hutton Castle (of Richard III fame) and the village remained in the hands of the Nevill (or Fauconberg) family (on and off) until 1799 when Lord Fauconberg sold the Manor to the Rev. Henry Goodricke for £30,000. 

Goodricke’s predecessor as vicar of the parish was Laurence Sterne whose famous book “Tristram Shandy” was based on his efforts to farm in Sutton. The parish reverted back to the Fauconberg family when the Harland line died out in 1863.

A feature of the village is the magnificent early Georgian mansion, Sutton Park, which was built in 1720 to replace an earlier the Elizabethan House. was pulled down and the present one built which is a fine example of an early Georgian Mansion. In 1963, Major and Mrs Sheffield purchased Sutton Park, and it is now owned by their son Reginald Sheffield whose daughter Samantha is the wife of the former Prime Minister, David Cameron.

Sutton Park was occupied for a time during the Second World War by Officers of the Royal Canadian Air Force who flew their Halifax Bombers from the nearby East Moor Airfield. There is a small memorial to the brave airmen in the village. More than 230 operations were mounted against enemy targets over a period of three years resulting in the loss of over 100 aircraft and 640 aircrew. The immense debt of gratitude we owe them is remembered each year with a short service at the memorial.

Up to the beginning of the Second World War most of Sutton’s inhabitants were engaged in agriculture and the village was virtually self-sufficient. Indeed as recently as 1988 the village had two shops, a Post Office, two garages and two pubs.

Now only the Rose and Crown remains, protected by its listing as an Asset of Community Value.  


There are many reasons for you to come and try The Rose and Crown ... here are just a few:

  • Full gluten free menu available at all times
  • Some of the Best Pub Food in North Yorkshire
  • Open Tuesday to Sunday evening
  • Sunday Roast Menu
  • Traditional Local Hand Pulled Ales
  • Great Selection of Wines, gins and Spirits
  • Fresh Fish, Market Vegetables and Local Sourced Meat, Delivered Daily



Tuesday  5pm - 11pm

Wednesday:  5pm - 11pm

Thursday: 5pm - 11pm

Friday: 5pm - 11pm

Saturday:   5pm-11pm

Sunday: 12.00 - 8pm

Some Local Links

Sutton-on-the-Forest Wikipedia

Parish Council

Trip Adviser Reviews


Properties for Sale in Sutton-on-the-Forest

Open Gardens

Sutton Park

D K Brown Associates

Fridlington Farms

Greenspace Self Storage

Jorvik Web Design

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