A civilised base for the area, with accomplished cooking, attentive service and a fine choice of drinks; bedrooms
Good Pub Guide Recommended
This handsome 18th-c inn is a lovely place to stay, with plenty to see in the surrounding area. 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 gin traps, old farm tools and black and white pictures of Romaldkirk on the walls. Black Sheep and Thwaites Original and Wainwright on handpump, ten wines by the glass, 14 malt whiskies and organic fruit juices. 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 around a woodburning stove, and an oak-panelled restaurant. Pleasantly positioned tables outside look out to the village green with its original stocks and water pump. 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
From a seasonally influenced menu, the notably good food includes sandwiches, salt and pepper squid with crispy panko coating and dijon cream, chicken liver parfait with fig and apple chutney, ham hock terrine with a fried duck egg and triple-cooked chips, burger with blue cheese rarebit and chunky ketchup, confit duck leg with apples and a green pepper sauce, trio of lamb (roasted neck end, braised shoulder and kidneys) with pea purée, thai-spiced cod with red curry sauce, and puddings such as salted chocolate tart with chantilly cream and cherry and almond clafoutis with balsamic cream.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar, Dogs Bedrooms