Vintage gastro-inn on a pretty Teesdale village green
Of the hundreds of Rose & Crowns in Britain, this one is the tops. This former 18th century coaching inn is crowned by its location in the pretty conservation village of Romaldkirk.
- Walking in the high fells and lush valleys of Teesdale.
- A picture-postcard village setting.
- All the charm of a coaching inn – old beams, gleaming brass and ticking grandfather clocks.
- Gastronomic treats.
Hit the Spot
On the green in the Teeside village of Romaldkirk.
There are two eateries – the oak panelled Restauarnt and the informal Brasserie, with candles in waxy old bottles. There's also a mellow bar with a crackling fire, and a lounge with comfy armchairs for tea.
Good to know
Pocket your car keys – walking trails start right from the front door.
Minimum Staytwo nights at weekends
ParkingThere is free guest parking.
AirportTeesside – 20 miles
TrainDarlington station – 18 miles
ChildrenChildren under six are not permitted in the restaurant.
LocationRomaldkirk, Barnard Castle, Durham, DL12 9EB, United Kingdom
Rustic beams and downy pillows set the tone for beddy-byes in the individually styled bedrooms. Those in the courtyard are more contemporary in style, while those in the main house tend to have beams and antiques. All come with Molton Brown bath gels, Bose music systems and bathroom speakers.
We preferred the contemporary Superior double courtyard rooms and the cosy doubles in the main house.
Eat & Drink
Expect more-ish modern English cooking. The restaurant is cosy yet smart, with glowing oak panelling, candlelight, big comfy chairs, starched white linen and silver cutlery. Try quail egg, bacon and avocado salad with red onion dressing as a starter, followed by grilled fillet of sea bass with prawn and pea risotto, and polished off with a Rose and Crown stem ginger ice cream. The Yorkshire Blue, spinach and pancetta risotto is another favourite.
Full breakfast is served until 9.30am
Available morning and evening.
See & Do
Be sure to explore the Bowes Museum, Eggleston Hall Gardens, Raby Castle near Staindrop, and historic Durham cathedral. Head updale to High Force, England's highest waterfall and discover the fabulous countryside hereabouts.