This 200-year-old coaching inn stands near the original toll bridge over the Waren Burn. Formerly on the Great North Road, the building is now just a stone's throw from the A1. Inside, you'll find thick stone walls and an open fire for colder days; in summer, there's a small sheltered seating area outside, with further seats in the adjacent field. The Dukes of Northumberland once owned the pub, and its windows and plasterwork still bear the family crests. Visitors and locals alike enjoy the welcoming atmosphere, fine wines and Northumbrian ales. The modern British dishes are created in-house from the county’s produce; the bread, preserves and desserts are home made too. Try perhaps pheasant and black pudding terrine with black grape, apricot and cumin chutney; and seared duck breast, apple and hazelnut fricassée with anise velouté. Vegetarians are well catered for, with interesting dishes like baked tower of aubergine, courgette, onion, sweet pepper and mushroom with beetroot sorbet and blue cheese.
Open all year
Open all week
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 12-2.30 5.30-10 (Sunday 12-10)
Lunch: all week 12-2.30
Dinner: all week 6-9
Food and drink
Real ales available: Caledonian, Hadrian Border Tyneside Blonde, Greene King IPA