“Surrounded by the wild moorland and sheep-dotted fields of the North Pennines, the Rose & Crown is perfectly placed. The countryside cries out to be explored, not just because of its glorious beauty and tranquillity but also as the perfect way to walk off some of the pub’s fine food. The cooking here is what draws back many guests time and time again; a confident British menu that shows off the ingredients without fuss but definitely with interest: perhaps sea trout with roasted baby gem and crushed peas, or ox cheek with black pudding bon-bons. There’s good local sourcing, too, with Teesdale lamb rarely off the menu.
The handsome, Georgian coaching-inn, which sits in the centre of Romaldkirk - a village of smart country houses, pretty cottages, neat village greens and a Saxon church - has a casual style that is both smart but relaxed. It still feels like a village pub with tartan carpets, wood panelling, and walls with hunting prints and country scenes. There’s a cheery bar with copper pans and open fire, a quieter sitting-room with raftered ceiling and squashy leather armchairs, and a more formal, oak-panelled dining room.
Bedrooms - some in the main building, some in the courtyard behind - are unfussy and ‘modern-country’ with thick wool curtains, heathery colours, and pale-washed or plain wood furnishings. Some have beams or window-seats, others have small patios. And they’re dog-friendly, too.
A perfect retreat whether you want to doze with the papers or blow away the cobwebs and finish the evening putting the world to rights over a single malt in the cosy, fire-lit bar.”
Written by Helen Pickles
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
To enjoy great food, the cosy bar and the fabulous countryside for walking and other outdoor pursuits.
What is there to do in the area?
Walking, cycling, fishing, shooting, museums, antique shops and more.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
Full English with local produce.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
Lunch and dinner served every day
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
What facilities do you have for children and can you fit extra beds in your rooms ?
We have sofa beds in our 3 suites.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
This is a great place for a rural escape with a balance of luxury and a relaxed atmosphere. Great food is at the heart of the inn.”