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    The Ancient Unicorn

    Bowes, Barnard Castle, Bowes DL12 9HL, England
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    Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

    Lovely place, really cheap beer for such a nice boozer. Recently renovated and it shows. The room had one of the best showers I've ever had. The menu was a bit limited but the steak was really good, cooked actually rare and very tender. Hopefully...More

    Thank Chezzers B
    Reviewed 2 May 2017

    Our colleague chose the Ancient Unicorn after his first choice had no availability for our dates. As it turns out it would be first choice for another expedition. Evidently popular with travellers and locals alike the rooms are good quality, ambience warm and inviting, food...More

    Thank Bob D
    Reviewed 2 May 2017

    Very pleasant hotel with good food and service. Excellent quiet location but not far from Barnard Castle, Bowes Museum etc. Very clean and tidy room with very comfy bed. Excellent bar with a good variety of beers and spirits at reasonable prices. Would highly recommend

    Thank Andy L
    Reviewed 24 April 2017

    I have been visiting this area each year for the last 5 or 6 years and always try to find a nice place serving good food. In the area of Barnard Castle this place ranks as good as if not better than any you will...More

    Thank piprice62
    Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

    We stopped here for 2 nights whilst visiting Barnard Castle. Excellent location & good food. Room was a good size & shower was powerful. Friendly staff. If I'm being picky.......the sausages at breakfast were like hot dog sausages. Not brilliant. Other than that, excellent place...More

    Thank Coltomango
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    nutzzz
    16 September 2016|
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    Response from Philip J | Reviewed this property |
    Yes, I have seen dogs in for lunch-time, There is the main bar/dining area with large fire and then just round the corner a small snug with a few chairs and table and another fire. Also plenty of room outside on the terrace... More
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    16 September 2016|
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    We stayed there with our 3 dogs and took them with us into the bar when we went for our evening meal. Not sure if they are allowed in all areas - we didn't take them into the dining room where breakfast was served and there... More
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    12 August 2016|
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    Response from MJD1952 | Reviewed this property |
    Yes two choices I think, one was vegetable lasagne and I don't recall the other one.
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