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

Address

Romaldkirk
Barnard Castle
Co. Durham
DL12 9EB
England

Telephone

01833 650213

Bedrooms

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

Open

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

Facilities

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.

Children

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

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms and public rooms, except restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

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

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Special offers

Winter Snuggler 3rd Night Free Special Offer

A great value seasonal break available for two-night breaks in December, January & February PLUS an optional 3rd night FREE! A warm welcome awaits at the Rose & Crown this winter with a roaring fire in the bar, cosy bedrooms and delicious seasonal food. Available for two or more nights during December (1st – 21st), January & February. Offer includes: Stay in a superior double or twin room. Tea & homemade scones on arrival. Full English breakfast. A three-course a la carte dinner in the oak panelled room or bar. Optional 3rd night FREE*. All for just £79 pppn based on two sharing or £119 per night for singles. *To qualify for the free 3rd night just buy dinner (main course minimum per person) and breakfast the following morning (£12.50 pp). Further details on request. Offer ends 29 February 2020. To benefit from this offer, please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.


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