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“OK Meal” 3 of 5 bubbles
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The Punch Bowl Inn
Ranked #4 of 11 Consett B&B and Inns
LIVERPOOL
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83 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“OK Meal”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2013

This pub is alright - decent real ale and good feel to the place. But the meal was average. Trout covered in cheap rubbery shrimp. Bangers and Mash were rather bland and for such an easy meal to make - this should have been much better.
Puddings were the best part of the meal and at £4.95 won't break the bank.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Bob M
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Durham, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2013

situated in the lovely Derwent Valley the area is ideal for a Sunday drive or any day for that matter. a friendly homely pub in a quiet village with real fires and pleasant atmosphere.
my family have visited many time and had Sunday lunch and other meals so had recommended this place to us. we visited and had a sunday lunch food was nicely prepared and cooked to perfection the only downside was not enough vegetables. This was soon solved when we asked for more they happily obliged. we still managed to keep enough space for desert which they make on site.
trip out in to the country but worth the journey for the meal

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Dina98
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England
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31 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2013

Never visited the Punch Bowl before, but heard excellent reports, so this is merely an observation of one lunch-time rather than a recommendation or otherwise. Staying with relatives in Consett they had sung the Punch Bowl's praises so we took Mum to her favourite venue. A very quiet day with only one other set of customers, but we were still very well received by the young bar-lady. Menu was extensive with several specials as well, mains priced just under or just over £10.

We'd been warned by Mum that meals could take some time as they would be cooked to order and so it proved. We were in no hurry so it didn't bother us at all, but I did wonder how we'd fare on say a busy evening. As I say that's just an observation. I'm sure they cope, as its popularity indicates. When they came, presentation was excellent, the two trout were large and I'm told tasted as good as they looked. I want to love every meal I eat, and certainly my vegetables were 100% and the mustard sauce delicious, but on this occasion the loin of pork, though perfectly well cooked, was a little stringy and not the juicy cut I'd hoped for. Also just unfortunate as I'm the one with the appetite that my portion was small!

I'm sure my minor disappointment isn't representative of everyday meat quality, but I had to speak as I found. I'd definitely visit again, and I'm sure on another day the 85% would be 95%. Regarding waiting I have to say that a couple came in just looking for sandwiches and were served very speedily with generously portioned sandwiches.

Edmundbyers is a pretty village in a beautiful location on the edge of the moors, so worth a visit just for that.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank davebellmk
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Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2013

Been to the punch bowl many times, as a couple & for large family gatherings & its also always been really really good. However my husband & I went there for a midweek evening meal & I'm afraid to say I could have done better at home very disappointing. We won't be going back.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank sata251216
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Chris B, Owner at The Punch Bowl Inn, responded to this review, 14 May 2013
Very concerned to read of your disappointment. We take pride in trying to provide the best we can at all times but I find it really difficult to correct a problem after the guest has left without passing comment at the time. If comment had been made then I feel certain that we could have gone at least some way to make up for that disappointment.
Having visited 'many times before' and always having enjoyed those occasions I find it sad that we are not allowed any perceived mistake.
Again, if there is a problem, surely it is better to report it at the time so that we are at least given the opportunity to put it right.
I would hope that a one off disappointment should not be an indication of a no return.
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wirral
Level Contributor
33 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2013 via mobile

Stayed here while cycling the c2c, which is well positioned for that route
Chris and moira can not help you enough
Dinner and breakfast where wonderful and the rooms are quiet and a good standard
Will stay again

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank stevieWirral
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013

The pub was warm and welcoming and the food was good...however we were disappointed by the size of the portions. The pub favours a nouvelle cuisine approach to food which put too much emphasis on presentation rather than decent portions. After a day walking, we were very hungry and we came out of the pub thinking we could eat the same again.

We had the chicken korma which was very tasty followed by desert. The apple crumble was tiny and the cheesecake portion very small.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Capercaillie_13
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Hexham
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2013 via mobile

Don't go here whatever you do- it's getting far too popular and I don't want it to get too crowded.
Lovely to find a choice of vegetarian food- and so tasty too.
Mum was raving about her 6h pot roast beef practically melting under her knife as she cut it.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
Helpful?
2 Thank Fantantoosh
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Property: The Punch Bowl Inn
Address: Edmundbyers, Consett DH8 9NL, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Durham > Consett
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Consett
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — The Punch Bowl Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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