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“Traditional surroundings, thoughtful food.”
Review of Black Bull Inn

Black Bull Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Restaurants in Frosterley
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 23 June 2014

The whole pub is a restaurant - every space is taken up by tables. That's not a problem but it is a surprise. The surroundings are traditional "old country pub" - it's dark, old pews and the like for furniture, a range of old stuff about the place with no real theme except "tradition". It hasn't been put together, it's just come together. This is an eclectic collection of real tat - it is not a pretend collection of old tat put together by a designer trying to make it look traditional. It's brilliant and really refreshing. Even the loo is traditional.

When we went there were three proper cask beers on sale; beautifully kept and served and an exactly the right temperature and condition ... so it's not a lost art at all. There's no need for wine when that's available - although they do have it. The seats are not the most comfortable, but that's not the point; and the rooms are not really romantic, but that's not the point either. This place is special - it wouldn't have been 40 years ago, but it certainly is now.

Then there's the food. It's not particularly quickly served and neither is there a great choice, but my word it's imaginative and the cooking is amazing. I had the pink and slow-cooked lamb; two lovely pieces of lamb cooked quite differently and complementing each other beautifully. Interesting vegetables and just the right amount. My wife had the salmon - again beautifully served. Lovely starters and sweets too, prepared and served well.

The staff are terrific, giving just the right level of attention without being pushy.

The whole experience is like travelling back in time as well as travelling through some breathtaking scenery to get here. And that's great to be able to do.

This is just a lovely place to come and we'll certainly be back again.

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1  Thank Ian N
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

We have been to the Black Bull a few times but continue to be impressed by the service and the quality of the food. It's a wonderful place to come for lunch with the family. The waitress was happy to microwave our own food for our little grandaughter and even washed the container and presented the food on a lovely plate. We chose the sirloin of beef and the pork. It was the best we've had anywhere and the gravy, served in a lovely pottery jug was exceptional. We hope to use the heritage railway and come up on the train, as the pub is so near. It runs in June and July on a weekend. We'll be back soon as weekday lunches are wonderful too.

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2  Thank Sue F
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Reviewed 28 May 2014 via mobile

The pub is exactly what a pub should be, friendly, old fashioned and excellent food. The waitress was lovely, attentive. The pub is like stepping back in time, log burning fires, low ceilings, nooks and crannies. The food did not disappoint, gorgeous! Can't wait to go back!

1  Thank Tg2111
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

I tend not to review places twice unless I have been impressed to the point of feeling compelled to do just that,and our Sunday lunch today was of such a high standard that it just had to be done. A stunning piece of rare cooked lamb,which could have been cut with a spoon was the star of the show,but everything served was fabulous,and the beef dripping roast potatoes were a revelation.

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Reviewed 3 May 2014

We travelled from Lincolnshire to spend an evening in the Black Bull some 160 miles !
The food,atmosphere,hospitality make it stand right up there with any pub/restaurant we have visited in the UK a little gem and surely everyone wishes their local was like this, I hope the people of Frosterley
realise how lucky they are.

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3  Thank chrishunt16
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