Friendly village inn with quite a mix of customers, homely bar food and streamside garden; bedrooms
The good pub guide review
This honey-stone longhouse dates back to the mid 1600s, and has long been a focus for the community, first as a farm, later as the drop-off point for Royal Mail and since the 1980s as a family-run pub. In a quiet valley surrounded by forests, it's close to Kielder Water, convenient for Hadrian's Wall and can arrange fishing and bike hire for guests: the area is a cycling mecca. The charming low-beamed lounge has ranks of old local photographs on stripped stone and panelling, brightly polished surfaces, shiny brasses, dark wooden pubby tables and chairs and upholstered stools ranged along the counter; there are several open fires. A separate public bar is simpler and opens into another snug seating area with beams and panelling. The friendly licensees and courteous staff serve Timothy Taylors Landlord and a couple of guests such as Allendale Wolf and Wylam Cascade on handpump, several wines by the glass, 40 malt whiskies and a couple of farm ciders. There are picnic-sets in the streamside garden, plus a pony paddock. The eight bedrooms are comfortable, breakfasts are good and they also have a self-catering cottage.
The good pub guide food review
Enjoyable food made with produce as local as its own cottage garden includes sandwiches and packed lunches; also, twice-baked Northumberland cheese soufflé, red onion and goats cheese tartlet, hot-smoked salmon, new potato, fennel and french bean salad with horseradish dressing, Moroccan baked cod with roasted vegetable couscous, dressed local crab, game and mushroom pie, salmon, lemon sole, monkfish or sea bass with herb butter or light cream sauce, and puddings such as brioche and marmalade bread and butter pudding and bakewell tart.