Duke of Wellington
Big stone pub with modern and traditional furnishings, well kept ales, interesting drinks and highly thought-of food; bedrooms
The good pub guide review
Readers are regularly charmed by the attractive country setting of this honey-stoned inn, with fine views across the Tyne Valley and sheep grazing right up to the car park's fence. In the bustling bar with its built-in cushioned wall seats, farmhouse chairs and tables on honey-coloured flagstones, big woodburning stove and rustic bar stools against the counter, they serve Greene King IPA, Hadrian Border Tyneside Blonde and other local ales from the likes of High House and Wylam on handpump, a dozen wines by the glass, cocktails and a good choice of malt whiskies and gins; TV, darts, board games and daily papers. The L-shaped restaurant has elegant blue tartan-upholstered and wood dining chairs around pale tables on bare boards, modern art on exposed stone walls, and french windows that lead out to the attractive back terrace. Paintwork throughout is contemporary. The seven comfortable and well equipped bedrooms (a couple are dog-friendly) are popular with those exploring the area; breakfasts are hearty.
The good pub guide food review
As well as breakfasts (8-10am), the creative food might include twice-baked cheddar soufflé with parmesan cream, local cured meats, mackerel with white chocolate, horseradish and beetroot, steak and mushroom pie, fish and chips, burgers and steaks, braised pork cheek with sultana ragout, grain mustard croquette, braised leeks and caraway jus, truffled mushroom arancini with pea purée, salt-baked beetroot and charred corn, halibut with prawns, braised fennel and sea vegetables, and puddings such as cream pannacotta with berry compote and sticky toffee pudding.
Duke of Wellington, Newton, Stocksfield, Northumberland, NE43 7UL