HEDLEY ON THE HILL, Stocksfield, NE43 7SW
This small 200-year-old stone-built free house is set high above the Tyne Valley, and gives splendid views across the Cheviot Hills. Once frequented by lead miners and cattle drovers, all visitors are charmed by the friendly and relaxed atmosphere created by the owners. It's also worth the detour for its rotating choice of microbrewery ales; relax and sup Wylam Red Kite or Northumberland Pit Pony beside a welcoming wood-burning stove. Old oak beams, rustic settles, and stone walls decorated with local photographs set the informal scene. There's a good selection of traditional pub games like shove ha'penny and bar skittles; you'll find a good collection of cookery books as well. The impressive daily menu makes sound use of the freshest local ingredients - including game from local shoots, rare breed local cattle and Longhorn beef - to create great British classics as well as regional dishes from the north east. For a snack, order a sandwich of cold roast rib of Haydon Bridge beef with horseradish. Starters may include Sand Hutton asparagus with crisp fried Wylam duck egg and sorrel mayonnaise; or Northumbrian cheese rarebit with apple and rhubarb chutney. Typical of the lunchtime main courses are a Gunnerton Dexter beefburger with Doddington's cheese, brioche bun, gherkins, burger sauce, chunky chips and celeriac coleslaw. The evening menu may feature the likes of Medomsley Hebridean lamb chops served with buttered leeks, heritage carrots and braised pearl barley; or local game pie with wild mushrooms, creamy mash and buttered greens. Desserts line up an equally appealing selection such as creamy rice pudding with poached quince and boozy prunes; or apple and almond tart with clotted cream.
Tel: 01661 843607
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Mordue Workie Ticket, Northumberland Pit Pony, Orkney Red MacGregor, Wylam Red Kite, The Consett Ale Works Red Dust
12-11 (Mon-Wed 6-11 Sun 12-10.30)
No food served 1st 2wks Jan
No coach parties catered.