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Microbrewery ales and cracking food

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Beer festival

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.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 12-11 (Monday to Wednesday 6-11 Sunday 12-10.30)
  • Lunch opening: Thursday to Saturday 12-2, Sunday 12-4.30
  • Dinner opening: Wednesday to Saturday 6-8.30

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Real ales: Mordue Workie Ticket, Northumberland Pit Pony, Orkney Red MacGregor, Wylam Red Kite, The Consett Ale Works Red Dust
  • Real ciders: Westons 1st Quality and Old Rosie

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival, Easter
  • Cider festival, Summer bank holiday


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions

Getting here

A695 towards Gateshead. In Stocksfield right into New Ridley Road. Left at Hedley on the Hill sign to village

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