The Rose and Crown

Pull a Windsor chair over to the log fire at Cheryl and Thomas Robinson’s creeper-covered 18th-century inn, in a picture-postcard village in the North Pennines. More

Contact details

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

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

all day in restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2017] per room B&B £115–£200, D,B&B £185–£270. À la carte £40.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

Pull a Windsor chair over to the log fire at Cheryl and Thomas Robinson’s creeper-covered 18th-century inn, in a picture-postcard village in the North Pennines. This is a ‘most welcoming’ place, with a ‘comfortable, relaxed atmosphere’ hanging about the copper pans, age-polished benches and rural prints, say Guide readers in 2017. (Dogs feel the same way, too, particularly after they’ve been given one of the locally small-batch-baked doggy treats.) ‘The inn may be small in size, but it is professionally run, with eager-to-please staff – a large part of its appeal.’ Each of the bedrooms has its own character – one has a stone fireplace, another has dark beams, others yet have a window seat. All are in ‘tip-top order’: ‘housekeeping is excellent’. There are ‘great walks’ from the door; follow a route down to the river and back along the old railway line, returning in time for dinner. Chef Dave Hunter’s ‘delicious, beautifully presented’ modern British dishes, perhaps lamb loin, belly and ragout, kale, fondant potato, are ‘the star of the show’. Headlam Hall, Darlington (see Shortlist), is under the same ownership. (Alwyn Ellis, Kevin Johnson, Adam Gibson)

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Special offers

£99 per person D,B&B August Mid-Week Special Offer

August mid-week one-night offer. Enjoy an overnight stay, Monday to Thursday during August, on this great value offer. To include: Accommodation in a superior room. 3 course a la carte dinner. Full English breakfast. Only £99 per person (based on 2 sharing). Monday to Thursday night only during August. 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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This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.

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

Guest comments

'Our third visit to this very popular pub. We had a room in the courtyard which was fine, roomy, lots of storage space and an excellent modern bathroom. Very comfortable. We didn’t appreciate being woken at 5 am by a barking dog – book a room in the main house to avoid this. The food is good. It is rare that I choose a vegetarian option but was very pleased I did on one occasion. Breakfast had a very good fruit selection The staff are young, efficient and friendly. It is very reasonably priced too. ' - Peter Anderson - August, 2018
'A very nice stay here with our dog, room comfortable and quiet, some great walks from the door . The food is the star of the show ,beautifully presented and delicious , we had the fine dining experience in the bar and loved it. Staff are lovely , attentive and friendly ' - Adam Gibson - March, 2017
'Another enjoyable stay at the R&C - our room in tiptop order as always. Comfortable relaxed atmosphere throughout. Excellent food served in both the bar and dining room. Beautiful setting in a picturesque village. This hotel is an absolute gem. ' - Kevin Johnson. - March, 2017
'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

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