Originally built as a farmhouse in the 17th century, this is now a delightful pub with two comfortable stone-walled bars, original beams and open fires. An interesting collection of historical photographs show how the community has developed over the years. They offer a good variety of real ales, plus an impressive selection of malt whiskies.
Food is taken seriously, and you can eat snacks and lighter meals in the bars or the pretty courtyard, with a stream running through, or in the evening theres a dedicated dining room. Chef/co-proprietor Robin Kershaw offers a regularly-changing menu of mainly traditional dishes, ranging from freshly-cut Sandwiches & Ploughmans through lunchtime Bar Meals during the day, to more elaborate dishes during the evening.
The à la carte menu follows the seasons and the kitchen sources whatever possible from a network of trusted local producers. Starters such as Roast Tomato & Red Pepper Soup; Grilled Fresh Asparagus with a Balsamic Dressing; Sweet Marinated Herrings; Chicken Liver Parfait and a much enjoyed 'Twice-Cooked Kielder Cheese Soufflé' set the style on an late Spring menu.
Perhaps to be followed by Roast Northumberland Lamb with a Rosemary & Redcurrant Jus; Cider-Baked Gammon with Cumberland Sauce; Grilled Sea Bass with Herb Butter and Game & Mushroom Pie - described by an inspector as gutsy and delicious. Vegetarians always have a good choice.
If you have a sweet tooth or just fancy some pud you could be tempted by 'Sticky Toffee Pudding'; Bread & Butter Pudding; Treacle & Orange Tart or Raspberry Crème Brulée.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.30; snacks and lighter meals
- Dinner: all week 19.00-21.00; mains £8.00-£14.00
- Wine: a well-chosen list, with modest mark-ups, travels the world
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Nearest station: Bardon Mill (14 miles)
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Parking: Yes
- Outside eating
- Rooms available