Popular village tavern with imaginative food, interesting beers from small breweries and a friendly welcome
The good pub guide review
Making a virtue out of necessity, the Feathers' licensees Rhian and Helen created an outside kitchen, fire-pit barbecue and outside dining space for summer 2020's tentative steps out of Covid-19 lockdown. This illustrates not just their community spirit and hard-working, hands-on ethos, but their respected status on the contemporary dining scene ' such outdoor feasting is of the moment. The interior is tiny but very well run and welcoming, with two neat, homely bars with open fires, tankard-hung beams, stripped stonework, solid furniture including settles, and old black and white photographs of local places and farm and country workers. There are three cask and four craft beers on handpump, including Allendale Wagtail and Hadrian Border Secret Kingdom, as well as a wide range of farm ciders, 30 or so wines by the glass, 38 malt whiskies, home-flavoured gins and home-produced cordials. They hold regular wine and beer evenings, festivals and other events (see the website for details); dominoes and board games. The picnic-sets at the front are a nice place to watch the world drift by.
The good pub guide food review
First class food using only the best carefully sourced local produce from artisan producers and farmers includes home-cured rare-breed ox tongue pastrami with potato salad and pickled beetroot, baked duck egg with morel mushrooms, wild garlic and cream, roast cauliflower steak with warm cracked wheat, roasted tomato and pepper sauce, beer-battered fish and chips, rabbit, cider and wild mushroom pie, local roast mallard with marmalade and Cointreau and celeriac purée, slow-cooked rare-breed lamb with braised spelt, leeks, carrots and mint, and puddings such as almond and orange sponge with vanilla custard and dark chocolate brownie with candied walnuts and vanilla ice-cream.
Feathers, Hedley, Stocksfield, Northumberland, NE43 7SW
Weekdays: 6-10.30 Mon; 6-11 Weds; 12-11 Thurs-Sun
Winter: closed first two weeks Jan