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Crook Hall & Gardens

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Afternoon tea

Excellent waiting staff and good tea and food been several times and always brilliant Dogs welcome... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Roy Y
Magical performance of A midsummer night's dream.

Excellent location for a theatrical experience and a wander round the house and the gardens. If... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bd1954
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Stockton, England
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Crook Hall is a Medieval Manor house built circa 1217 and is one of the oldest inhabited houses in Durham City. Home to the Bell Family since 1995, the Medieval Hall merges into a Jacobean Manor house which in turn merges into a Georgian Town house...more
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went here for the tipsy afternoon tea last September 2018. The food was lovely but felt let down by the choice of cocktails you could choose from. Our party turned up at different times but even though it was a hot day we weren't offered...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Excellent waiting staff and good tea and food been several times and always brilliant Dogs welcome with plenty treats ad water

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Roy Y
CrookHallGardens, Owner at Crook Hall & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you so much Roy. We are always delighted to welcome dogs ( and their owners!) on our terrace at the Garden Gate Cafe. It's a great place to stop for a rest and some refreshment after a walk along the river. Best wishes, Maggie

Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent location for a theatrical experience and a wander round the house and the gardens. If you pay £17 you can get an annual pass which gives you access to the place throughout the year. Its located past the Radisson Blue hotel with parking so...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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CrookHallGardens, Owner at Crook Hall & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you, I think trip advisor users will find your comments very helpful. The performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream was fabulous wasn't it? We have several theatre in the garden experiences planned for this summer- Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, The Tempest and The...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The second time we've been to Crook Hall now. The coffee shop at the entrance is new to the last time we were there. It looked lovely although we preferred to eat up at the hall itself, more atmospheric. The gardens are beautiful and the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank MrsE1
CrookHallGardens, Owner at Crook Hall & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for your kind review. We are delighted with our Garden Gate coffee shop at the entrance but, like you, I still love our tea rooms in the Hall itself. There is something very special about having a home made cream tea...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely long established gardens with excellent coffee shop at the entry. The historic House has been exceptionally well maintained by the owners who still live on the top floor. Well worth a visit just a stroll from the city centre.More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Michael B
CrookHallGardens, Owner at Crook Hall & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much Michael. As you can imagine it is an ongoing battle to maintain the Hall to a high standard, so it is very gratifying to know that you think we are succeeding. As you say we now live on the top floor...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Reservations and payments are made in advance: £24.50 for afternoon tea or £32 for a Tipsy tea. There are many themed teas throughout the year so check their website as some get booked up quickly. Located a short distance from the heart of Durham City,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank CambridgeJo
CrookHallGardens, Owner at Crook Hall & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Jo, thank you for your thoughtful and detailed review. We always aim to exceed our guest's expectations when they come along for afternoon tea and, although we are disappointed when we don't succeed, we appreciate the feedback. Best wishes, Maggie

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a gorgeous place, not far from city centre, easy walk, afternoon tea was great, absolutely yummy and so much to eat we had to bring the cakes home in a wee box, the service was super, very pleasant and friendly, would certainly recommend Crook...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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CrookHallGardens, Owner at Crook Hall & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Lynne, what a lovely review. Thank you so much for taking the time to encourage us like this- it gives the whole team a boost when kind guests like yourself take the time to give us such positive feedback. We think that our afternoon...More

Reviewed 14 February 2019

It's a nice garden to walk around. I was there in October. I presume it is much nicer in summer. I wish we had time to stay for a cup of tea/coffee. They seemed to have a nice cafe inside the garden.More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 409azadehf
CrookHallGardens, Owner at Crook Hall & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2019

Hello, I am glad that you enjoyed your walk around the garden. As you suggest, the gardens are constantly changing, so it would be great if you could visit again in a different season. At the moment I am absolutely loving all the snowdrops, especially...More

Reviewed 13 February 2019

Everything about this place is super. The history, the house, the gardens, the freedom to move about, the food. MWAMore

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BLUE56
CrookHallGardens, Owner at Crook Hall & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2019

What a lovely review. Thank you so much. We think that the Hall and Gardens are idyllic too- sometimes we can't quite believe that we are lucky enough to live here. ( Although when the bills come in we sometimes think we are mad to...More

Reviewed 12 February 2019

Tucked away from the tourist trap, but a nice place in the summer. Well worth a visit on a sunny day. The cafe is friendly and lovely for a nice snack.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Kevin F
CrookHallGardens, Owner at Crook Hall & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2019

Hello Kevin, thank you for taking the time to post a review. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your visit, and our cafe. We love it when people describe us as a 'hidden gem' . Thank you. Best wishes, Maggie

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neebur
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Response from Ashleigh G | Reviewed this property |
i dont think so dint see any when there
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Response from maggiew939 | Reviewed this property |
No my sister had problems and couldn't see it all .
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