A civilised base for the area, with accomplished cooking, attentive service and a fine choice of drinks; bedrooms
Good Pub Guide Recommended
In a lovely Teesdale village opposite the green with its original stocks and water pump, this is a handsome 18th-c inn that makes a good base for exploring the area; the comfortable bedrooms are in the main building, the courtyard or Monk's Cottage, and breakfasts are highly rated. The cosily traditional beamed bar area has lots of brass and copper, old-fashioned seats facing a warming log fire, a Jacobean oak settle, a grandfather clock, and old farm tools and black and white pictures of Romaldkirk on the walls. Black Sheep and Thwaites Wainwright on handpump, ten wines by the glass and 15 malt whiskies. The hall has farm tools, wine maps and other interesting prints, along with a photograph (taken by a customer) of the Hale-Bopp comet over the interesting old village church. There's also a cosy little snug with sofas and armchairs by a woodburning stove, and an oak-panelled restaurant. There are seats outside. The exceptional Bowes Museum and High Force waterfall are nearby and the owners provide an in-house guide for days out in the area, and a [I]Walking in Teesdale[I] book.
Good Pub Guide Food
Good, enjoyable food includes sandwiches, ham hock terrine with home-made pickles, burnt apple purée, hazelnuts, pork pie and parmesan, razor clams with mussels, shrimps, broad beans, peas and almonds, wild mushroom and leek wellington with blue cheese sauce, steak and mushroom pie with bubble and squeak, chicken with boulangère potatoes, spinach, pancetta and thyme-infused sauce, bass fillet with beer-battered king prawns, herb-crushed potatoes and fish velouté and puddings such as lemon panna cotta with orange and pistachio and sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar, Dogs Bedrooms