Handsome old inn with accomplished cooking, attentive service and a fine choice of drinks; bedrooms
Good Pub Guide Recommended
The comfortable bedrooms (in the main building of this 18th-c inn, the courtyard or Monk's Cottage) make a civilised base for the area, and breakfasts are highly thought-of. The 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, 11 wines by the glass and 20 malt whiskies. The hall has wine maps and other interesting prints, a cosy little snug has sofas and armchairs by a woodburning stove and there's an oak-panelled restaurant. Picnic-sets line the front terrace. The village church is interesting and the exceptional Bowes Museum and High Force waterfall are nearby; the owners provide an in-house guide for days out in the area, and a Walking in Teesdale book.
Good Pub Guide Food
Imaginative food includes honey-glazed goats cheese with beetroot, apple, hazelnuts and gingerbread, king scallops with carrot purée, curry emulsion, cured pork fat and coriander, steak in ale pie, wild mushroom and cheese wellington with roasted vegetables and red wine sauce, salmon with seared langoustine, smoked champ potato, roasted cauliflower and white wine sauce, pork shoulder wrapped in parma ham with pork sausages, baked apple, sautéed potatoes and port jus, and puddings such as white chocolate pannacotta with passion-fruit and sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar, Dogs Bedrooms