Weardale Pubs Guide

Some of the great local pubs around Weardale

There’s nothing like a decent pub meal or that early evening drink at ‘beer o’clock’ when on holiday. Most nowadays also have food on offer though this is highly variable. Many of the pubs have other services, which we’ve tried to show here too.  So, here’s a quick guide to the some of the pubs and bars in easy reach of Rookhope.

Rookhope:Ham'n Eggs at the Rookhope Inn

  • Rookhope Inn – The closest to Terrace Cottage is just down the path in the centre of the village. Reasonably priced food, good beers and a roaring fire on winter evenings – 01388 517 215 


  • Cross Keys, Eastgate, at the junction with the A689 – good Sunday lunches and food for most of the week; real ales; B&B rooms;  – 01388 517234 ‎
  • Horsley Hall – more of a restaurant and country hotel and a bit of a journey via Stanhope as its the other side of the River Wear


  • Grey Bull West Terrace; real ales with regular guest ales; 01388 526663
  • Bonny MoorhenFront Street; named from the song about the Battle of Stanhope – evening food;
  • Queen’s Head – Sunday Lunches and ‘Fish Friday’ menus; 01388 528160
  • Pack Horse Inn – B&B Rooms; beer garden; Free wifi; Wednesday quiz nights; 01388 528407

St John’s Chapel

  • Blue Bell Inn Hood Street – real ales; beer garden; wifi – 01388 537256
  • The Golden LionMarket Place – 01388 537231 – Now under new ownership


  • Weardale Inn – 01388 537764

FrosterleySunday Lunch at the Black Bull

  • The Black Bull recommended – family owned and run with good food and Sunday lunches; lots of local real ales; the only pub in England with its own peal of bells! –  01388 527784
  • Frosterley Inn – Sports TV, pub games and real ale ‎- 01388 528493


  • Hare and HoundsFront Street – Good food; real ale pub with onsite brewery serving up Weard’Ale, and home made evening meals – 01388 517212



  • The Forresters Hotel – good beer and very good inventive restaurant; B&B Rooms – 01833 641435
  • Teesdale Hotel – 18th Century Coaching Inn with a bit of character and beer garden


  • Black Lion – guest ales on tap and winner of CAMRA Cider Pub Award 2013, pool table and TV sport; rear garden – 01388 527772
  • Black Bull – opposite the town hall on the market place with food and south facing garden
  • No10 – a decent café on the Market Place – with tables outside in summer to watch the world go by

Heading towards Tynedale



  • Cowshill HotelCowshill – real ales; home cooked food; – 01388 537236


  • The Crown – home cooked food; real ales; live folk music on Thursday eves – 01434 683447


  • Carts Bog Inn – good food including their famed ‘Bog Pie’


  • Travellers’ Rest – former farmhouse with good food, real ales, open fires, family friendly, wifi – 01434 673231
  • Rose & Crown – good food using local ingredients, real ales, family friendly – 01434 673996


  • Miners Arms – Fine restaurant menu reasonable prices; real ales; B&B rooms; – 01434 381427

Garrigill, Alston:


Lord Crewe Arms the Square – Newly refurbished; excellent restaurant; cosy cellar bar with stone vaulted ceiling and good bar food – 01666 890391


The Punch Bowl –  good food; real ales; wifi; afternoon teas; B&B rooms; angling tickets available; – 01207 255545

Tynedale Pubs

Some of the more outstanding pubs (usually with food) in Tynedale which are worth a visit when you’re across there:

HexhamRat Inn at Anick, Northumberland

  • The Rat – actually outside Hexham in Anick village; very good food reputation; real ales;
  • the Sun Inn, again outside at Acomb village


  • The Angel – good food and ale and lots of history
  • Golden Lion
  • Black Bull
  • Errington Arms – further North on the A68 out on the junction with the ‘Military Road’

If you are a local publican/café owner or have a suggestion you’d like to see included just drop us a line, or add a comment below.

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