The Rose & Crown

Barnard Castle, Co. Durham

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Good Hotel Guide Review

‘This hotel is amazing.’ ‘The perfect place for a break in the country.’ A chorus of approval in 2019 for Cheryl and Thomas Robinson’s 18th-century coaching inn beside the Saxon church in a ‘charming, peaceful village’. ‘The bar has a real log fire, flagged floors and a fine choice of drinks, with treats for four-legged companions.’ Main house bedrooms have period features (beams, exposed stone), antique and locally made furniture. Courtyard rooms in a single-storey stone building are more contemporary, with outdoor seating area. ‘Our courtyard room was fine, roomy, with an excellent bathroom.’ Nice touches include Molton Brown toiletries, mineral water in reusable glass bottles. ‘But the exceptional delight is the food’ in the ‘beautiful oak-panelled dining room’. The Robinsons, who also own Headlam Hall, Darlington (see Shortlist), have farmed in Teesdale for four generations; they are in tune with the seasons, committed to animal welfare. David Hunter’s menus showcase local produce. ‘Pan-fried loin of Teesdale lamb with crisp lamb bonbon, ratatouille, asparagus, aubergine was stunning.’ Breakfast is ‘to die for’. (Fran Walker, G Waters, Peter Anderson, and many others)

Hotel details


Barnard Castle
Co. Durham
DL12 9EB


01833 650213


14. 2 in Monk’s Cottage, 5 in rear courtyard, some on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled.


all year except 23–28 Dec, bar menu only Mon lunchtime.


2 lounges, bar, Crown Room (bar meals), restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), boot room, public rooms wheelchair accessible, no adapted toilet.

Background music

in restaurant.


all ages welcomed, no under-8s in restaurant after 8 pm.


allowed in bedrooms and public rooms, except restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


per room B&B £120–£205, D,B&B £185–£270. À la carte £40.

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