Rose & Crown
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Good Pub Guide Recommended
Although a new licensee has taken over this handsome 18th-c inn, all the staff are staying on andno major changes are planned. Indeed, recent reports from readers have confirmed that they found pub perfection' here. The cosily traditional beamed bar 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 on handpump, ten wines by the glass, organic fruit juices and pressed vegetable juices. The smart brasserie-style Crown Room (bar food is served in here, too) has large cartoons of french waiters, big old wine bottles and high-backed dining chairs. 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 an oak-panelled restaurant. Pleasantly positioned tables outside look out over the village green with its original stocks and water pump. The exceptional Bowes Museum and High Force waterfall are close by and the owners provide an in-house guide for days out in the area, and a [I]Walking in Teesdale[I] book. This is a lovely place to stay.
Good Pub Guide Food
As well as light bar lunches that include sandwiches (with a salad and potato crisps), smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on wholemeal toast and smoked mackerel, warm fennel and baby potato salad with a lime and caper dressing, the excellent food includes cheese and spinach soufflé, smoked haddock kegeree with prawns, quails egg and parmesan, roasted butternut squash, pine nut and rocket risotto, steak and mushroom in ale pie, chargrilled venison rump with green peppercorns and chips, slow-cooked pork with apple mash, black pudding and grain mustard sauce and puddings such as rhubarb and apple brown betty with vanilla ice-cream and caramel pannacotta with ginger bread,; they also offer a two and three-course set lunch menu and a set four-course evening menu (in their restaurant).