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Great service, a friendly atmosphere and delicious food

Over Two decades

A rich history

Guisppe or Joe, as he was known, was the much-loved owner and proprietor of The Hotham Arms for almost 20 years.

Born in Turin and brought up in Hull, he left home at an early age and adventure beckoned. 

After working at the Dorchester in London he returned to Italy, working in hotels and restaurants where he acquired a real passion for food, wine and architecture.

Joe had a passion and skill for restoring buildings and renovating pubs. After refurbishing many public houses for breweries in the East Yorkshire area, his first opportunity to own and run his own public house came in 1985, when he restored the derelict Plimsol Ship Hotel (1985 – 1993), Witham into an extremely successful and thriving little boozer. Thereafter he moved onto and restored the dilapidated Londesborough Arms in Market Weighton (1990 – 1997), the Plough at Hayton (1999 – 2003) and the Cresswell Arms in Malton, York (2001 – 2019). 

In 1990, Joe acquired The Hotham Arms and started yet another major overhaul that spanned 20 years before sadly leaving us on 6 April 2019.

After a brief interlude, The Hotham Arms is now back in the family and we cannot wait to welcome you once again. 

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We ate here with friends on August Bank Holiday Sunday. The food was superb and the service and welcome so friendly. Cannot this beautiful pub restaurant highly enough. The late, much loved owner Joe would be really proud. We can’t wait to return.

Sara Riley

“Wow the fishcakes what can I say! More Wow out of this world. What a great real British pub. I wish we had a place like the Hotham Arms in my village.”

Mr Higgins

“Called in for Sunday lunch when passing through; lovely warm atmosphere – from the log fire and the Landlord! Food excellent, will certainly be going back.” 

Anne Walker-Taylor

“The Hotham Arms is a fantastic place, friendly landlord and excellent service in this well run pub. The appeal and charm of the place will mean i’ll be returning again in the future and they have a decent food and wine selection, highly recommended.”

Mr Beasley

“Lovely place in the village of Hotham, always a warm welcome from the friendly staff. An excellent selection of dishes to suit all palates, ample portion size giving good value for money, log fire gives a cozy greeting in the winter, I have visited the pub on several occassions and highly recommend it.”

Mr. Manville

“Came to this part of the world on business and loved the place, it was the best english sunday roast ever!”

Patrice Van Isacker

“Great selection of wines, i was pleasantly surprised to find Amarone available – my fave.” 

Miss Olsen

Our beautiful pub and restaurant


How can I book a table?

Please get in touch! You can call us on 01430 422 939 or email us

Do you do Sunday lunch?

Yes, we do! We have a roast and also the main menu.

What are your opening hours?

Monday-Saturday food served 12-9pm, drinks until late.

Sunday food served 12-6pm, drinks until late.

How soon should I reserve my table ?

We would always advise giving us as much notice as possible and we are very happy to help with any special occasions.

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