An 18th century coaching inn, idyllically-set in the middle of 3 village greens, and close to the Saxon church. You can eat well in their brasserie, which keeps longer hours, or more formally in their restaurant - which, with its polished oak panelling, crisp white napery and evening candles, make it an ideal place for that special occasion.
Brasserie-style dishes include Salmon Fishcakes, Sausages & Mash and the like, and are ordered at the bar - the choice is comprehensive.
As would be expected, the restaurant menu changes with the seasons, and items have been carefully-sourced. But starters such as 'Loch Fyne Smoked Salmon'; 'Seared Scallops with Leek Risotto, Grilled Crispy Bacon & Herb Oil'; 'Cotherstone Cheese Soufflé' and 'Duck Liver Paté with Plum Chutney' set the style.
Perhaps to be followed by 'Pan-fried Breast of Chicken Breast with Leek & Bacon Risotto & Light Gazpacho'; 'Baked Slice of Halibut with Cotherstone and Cream & Red Onion Marmalade'; 'Pan-fried Woodpigeon Breasts with Lentil Purée, Roast Chestnuts, Grilled Pancetta & Juniper Berry Sauce' and 'Roast Monkfish Tails with Wilted Spinach and Red Wine & Balsamic Jus'
Desserts are tempting, with maybe 'Sherry & Toasted Almond Trifle'; 'Hot Sticky Walnut Tart' and 'Espresso Crème Brulée' there to tempt you.
If you plan ahead, you can stay overnight in one of their comfortable bedrooms.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Sun 12.00-13.30, set L Sun £17.95 (3 courses); plus brasserie-style dishes remainder of week; mains from £8-£14
- Dinner: all week, 19.30 (18.30 in brasserie) 21.00; mains from £11.50 to £15.25; set D £32.50 (4 courses)
- Seats: 24, plus 24 outside
- Wine: a well-thought-out list kicks off at £15.50
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Bishop Auckland
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: 24th to 26th Dec.
- Rooms available