What is still very much the village local, with real ales, darts matches, vegetable competitions and quoits tournaments, also offers good food cooked by chef/proprietor Tony Binks who has worked under the legendary Albert Roux.
He specialises in cooking seasonal, regional produce in a simple 'honest' way so the quality of the produce shines out.
Starters such as 'Northumbrian Ham Terrine with Homemade Piccalilli'; 'Grilled Goats Cheese Crostini with Black Bury Pudding and Apple & Cider Chutney'; 'Prawn Cocktail' and 'Twice-Baked Cheddar Cheese Soufflé' set the style.
Perhaps to be followed by 'Slow-Cooked Shank of Lamb with Rosemary & Garlic and Champ Mash'; 'Roast Butternut Squash & Sage Risotto & Shaved Parmesan'; 'Twice-Cooked Duck with Smoked Bacon & Vegetable Cassoulet & Red Wine Jus' and 'Seared Escalope of Organic Salmon with Giant Pasta Shells & Dill Fish Cream' among the mains.
If you have a sweet tooth, the likes of 'Baked Lemon Tart with Praline Cream & Fresh Raspberries'; 'Warm Liquid-Centred Chocolate Cake with Caramel Ice Cream' and 'Vanilla Crème Brulée with Shortbread' might be their to tempt you.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Tues-Sat 12.00-14.00, Sun 12.00-15.00; set L £12 (2 courses), £17.50 (3 courses); mains about £9 to £12; set L Sun £12.50 (2 courses) to £15
- Dinner: Mon 18.30-21.00; -Sat 18.30-21.00; mains about £9 to £17
- Seats: 60, plus 20 outside
- Wine: a concise list has modest mark-ups, and offers a good selection by the glass
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Hexham Rail
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: L Mon & D Sun.
- Outside eating
- Rooms available