Kings Arms

High-class food cooked by the owner in bustling village pub

The good pub guide review

Refurbished and reopened by an enthusiastic chef-patron and his wife, this busy little place is in a quiet, leafy village. Most customers are here for the particularly good food, but there is also a small bar with leather armchairs, high chairs against the counter, bare floorboards and a friendly welcome. There's a couple of real ales on handpump and well chosen wines by the glass. A restaurant extension at the back has button-back banquette wall seating, high-backed dining chairs around white-clothed tables on carpet, books on shelves and a few local pictures, and there's a woodburning stove. There are seats and tables outside at the front and to the side.

The good pub guide food review

Imaginative food using the best local produce includes a good-value set menu, creative seasonal specials, all-day bar snacks including a couple of sandwiches and notably good vegetarian options. From the main menu, dishes include foie gras and black pudding with scrumpy apple and pineapple chutney, charred Scottish mackerel with pickled cucumber, watercress and horseradish, Whitby dressed crab, local venison with rainbow chard, wild mushrooms, medjool dates and honey-roast black fig, Hartlepool halibut with white asparagus, spinach, lobster ravioli and bisque, and puddings such as Yorkshire rhubarb and egg custard tart and hot dark chocolate fondant.

2021 Awards

Contact Details

Kings Arms, Glebe Road, Great Stainton, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland, TS21 1NA

(01740) 630873

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 5.30-11 Mon; 11.30-3, 5.30-11 Tues-Sat

Sunday: 11.30-6