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The Morritt Hotel

Greta Bridge, BARNARD CASTLE, DL12 9SE

Georgian grandeur to the creeper-clad exterior; country house character and contemporary comforts inside; this classic, large coaching inn has commanded a bridge over the River Greta for three centuries. In Victorian times Charles Dickens passed through; he likely based a scene in Nicholas Nickelby here. In the bar, an eye-catching mural of Dickensian characters was painted by 'Guinness' artist Jack Gilroy; the practice of promoting local artists continues, with regularly changing works of art on display. A change of hands in early 2016 ensured continuity both of the stylish accommodation and the award-winning food, which is rich with local pickings. Bar meals such as fish pie or braised shoulder of pork are served in the Dickens Bar and Bistro; the more gracious Gilroy's Dining Room has a changing menu which might offer wood pigeon starter followed by hoggit loin, salt-baked leg, wild garlic purée and gnocchi, and mint jus; or sea bass with crispy chicken wing and French peas. Local real ales and a good selection of bins seal the deal.

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Tel: 01833 627232
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Principal beers

Timothy Taylor Landlord, rotating local guest ales


All day all week
7am-11pm (Sun 7am-10.30pm)


Children welcome.
Family room.
Children's play area.
Dog friendly.
Coach parties catered.
Bedrooms available.



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From A1(M) at Scotch Corner take A66 towards Penrith, in 9m exit at Greta Bridge. Hotel over bridge on left

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