Neatly kept and welcoming, tasty bar food, several real ales and fine nearby walks; bedrooms
- Separate restaurant
- Sandwiches sold
Bar food times: 12-2.30, 6-9
Restaurant times: 12-2.30, 6-9
Typical main dish: beer-battered haddock and chips
Typical main dish price: £9.95
Average two course evening meal price: £16.00
- Speciality beers
- Cask ales
Price of cheapest bitter: £3.10
Name of cheapest bitter: Hawkshead
- Pub games
- Board games
Number of bedrooms: 8
Price of a bedrooms starts at £0.00
- Children allowed in the bar
- Children allowed in the restaurant
The good pub guide review
On the edge of the North Pennines AONB and within striking distance of Hadrian's Wall, this extended former smithy has plenty of walks nearby and just the warm welcome ' and open fires ' you could wish for on your return. Several neatly kept, traditionally furnished bars include a lounge on the right with upholstered banquettes and wheelback chairs around dark wooden tables on patterned red carpeting, with country prints and other pictures on the walls. The restaurant is to the left and there's also a long lounge opposite the bar, with a step up to another room at the back. You'll find Black Sheep and Hawkshead Bitter and Windermere Pale plus a weekly changing guest on handpump, 20 wines by the glass, 30 malt whiskies and a dozen gins; background music, darts and board games. A couple of picnic-sets are placed outside the front door with more in the back garden. The cottagey bedrooms are comfortable and the breakfasts good. Disabled access.
The good pub guide food review
Honest food includes sandwiches, black pudding bonbons with peppercorn dipping sauce, duck spring rolls with soy dip, vegetable curry, beef stroganoff, liver and bacon casserole with mash, chicken and leek pie, salmon fillet with white wine sauce, rump steak with onion rings and chips, and puddings.
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