The Rose and Crown

    With ‘exceptional’ food, ‘exemplary’ housekeeping and ‘staff who are a real pleasure to be among’, this ‘delightful’ creeper-clad coaching inn finds favour among our readers. More

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    The Rose and Crown
    Barnard Castle
    Romaldkirk
    Co. Durham
    DL12 9EB
    England
    01833 650213
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    Hotel information

    Bedrooms

    14. 2 in Monk's Cottage, 5 in rear courtyard, some on ground floor.

    Open

    all year except 23–28 Dec.

    Facilities

    2 lounges, bar, Crown Room (bar meals), restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), boot room; fishing, grouse shooting, birdwatching nearby.

    Background music

    in restaurant.

    Children

    all ages welcomed.

    Dogs

    allowed.

    Credit cards

    Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

    Prices

    [2016] per room B&B £115–£180. À la carte £35.

    Good Hotel Guide Review

    With ‘exceptional’ food, ‘exemplary’ housekeeping and ‘staff who are a real pleasure to be among’, this ‘delightful’ creeper-clad coaching inn again finds favour among Guide readers. ‘It is a place where one feels completely at ease,’ say guests this year of Thomas and Cheryl Robinson’s 18th-century inn on the village green. ‘We were welcomed with an excellent afternoon tea and scones in the lounge’, a cosy spot with comfy sofas, books and magazines. Bedrooms are in the main house, in a single-storey courtyard building, and around the corner in 17th-century Monk’s Cottage, which has its own lounge and honesty bar. A suite overlooking the green, ‘although not huge, was comfortable and certainly more than adequate’; an annexe room was ‘first class’. Meals are served in the oak-panelled dining room and the rustic bar (pews, copper pans, a stone fireplace). Chef Dave Hunter’s ‘excellent’ updated English dishes might include roast loin of lamb, sautéed potato, artichoke, beetroot. ‘Breakfast was all we could have wished for.’ The Robinsons also own Headlam Hall, Darlington (see Shortlist). (Alwyn and Thelma Ellis, Ken Smart)

    Special offers

    Spring Break

    A two-night break during March, April and May to include tea and scones on arrival, four-course a la carte dinner and English breakfast staying in a superior room. Optional third night free during March (just dinner & breakfast to pay for). £89 per person per night based on two sharing. To benefit from this offer, please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.

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    This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.

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    The Rose and Crown
    Barnard Castle
    Romaldkirk
    Co. Durham
    DL12 9EB

    Guest comments

    'Second visit. Hotel still a most welcoming place to stay. Chef Dave Hunter and his team continue to produce excellent food with very good selection. Staff are friendly and eager to please guests. Housekeeping is first class. The hotel may be small in size but certainly subtly professional in its approach, and therein lies a large part of its appeal. A relaxing and pleasant place to stay. ' - Alwyn Ellis - June, 2016
    'We were welcomed with afternoon tea and scones in the lounge, which was excellent. Our room (detached from the main building) was first class, with every amenity we could wish for. The staff made us feel welcome at all times. The bar was cosy, with a nice fire. We dined in the restaurant in the evenings, and our meals were as excellent as our surroundings. If we had a small complaint, it would be that the menu was a bit restricted - but we enjoyed what we had. Breakfast was all we could have wished for. ' - Ken Smart - September, 2015
    'One of our favourite overnight stays. Our last stay towards the end of February was even better than usual. Despite gale force winds and snow, we managed to walk in the glorious countryside. Just being there is such an escape from the real world – total relaxation. The pub has such character and is kept immaculately clean. How do you choose between the elegant restaurant and cosy bar with open fire? But wherever you choose, the food is fantastic. The staff are all so welcoming. ' - Mrs Shirley B Gray - February, 2015

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