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Review of The Countryman

The Countryman
Ranked #67 of 289 Restaurants in Darlington
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Buffet, Reservations
Description: The Countryman is a traditional country pub situated just off the A68 in the small village of Bolam. We are a friendly pub suitable for all occasions. Opening Times. Tuesday Lunch 12-2pm Pensioners Lunch (£7.95), Two Meals for £10 and Main Menu. Tuesday Evening 6-8:30pm Two meals for £10 and Main Menu. Wednesday Lunch 12-2pm - Pensioners Lunch (£7.95), Two Meals for £10 and Main Menu. Wednesday Evening- 6-8:30pm Two meals for £10 and Main Menu. Thursday Lunch 12-2pm - Pensioners Lunch (£7.95), Two Meals for £10 and Main Menu. Thursday Evening 6-8:30pm Two for One Steak Night, Two meals for £10 and Main Menu. Friday Lunch - 12-2pm - Pensioners Lunch (£7.95), Two Meals for £10 and Main Menu. Friday evening 6-8pm - All you can eat buffet(£8.95), and Main Menu. Saturday all day 12-8:30pm- Pensioners Lunch (£7.95)(12-2pm) Main Menu and Two Meals for £10. Sunday Carvery 11.45am-5pm. (Booking is advisable)
Reviewed 25 May 2014

This is quite possibly the strangest restaurant experience i've ever encountered! I booked to dine here at late notice and was told they do an all you can eat buffet for £8.95. Sounds good, thats until we sat down. Imagine an OAP's coach trip to a tacky Blackpool B&B/hotel. Imagine the 'canteen/restaurant' in that hotel...well its pretty much the same minus the sea and sand...

The place was in dire need of decoration. Old tables and chairs mixed with signs hanging from the ceiling (salad bar / 'taste of Italy' etc) along with tacky canvasses that don't blend in with the rest of the decor. I just get the feeling the management have simply given in. Saturday night should be booming but the "restaurant" was about a tenth full! The bar consisted of 4 local chavs and other than that, the place was lifeless!

The food by the way, although a large selection, was a large selection of very very average grub. For £8.95, its worth it i guess, it fills you up, but its not somewhere to take your other half for a romantic meal out! I'm so pleased i chose somewhere else for valentines, because it was on the shortlist!

For such a nice looking pub from the outside, it should be far more successful. The all you can eat buffet seems like an act of desperation to get custom in. The staff were very pleasant. Felt sorry for them they had to work in sure a lifeless place.

I hope one day, some money gets spent on it because it has the potential to be a fab country pub and restaurant! In all honesty, it was a real shame to see how run down this country pub was. Gordon Ramsay would have a field day here!

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Thank Michaelnufc88
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Reviewed 24 May 2014 via mobile

Was very good value, and the food was eatable but felt like you were eating in a canteen! Staff pleasant and efficient. Roast beef was very nice though!

1  Thank clacton57
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

Then go to The Countryman. We visited yesterday and were welcomed by friendly staff and shown our table, we went straight to the carvery and had a choice of 4 meats which were freshly carved off the joint as we waited. There was an amazing number of vegetables plus Yorkshire puddings all of which were very tasty. The one downfall was that as with all carveries the Yorkshire puddings were rather chewy and roast potatoes were not crunchy but everything had a home cooked taste.

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Thank Lesley W
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

There is lots of variety to choose from,staff are very welcoming and friendly,been going for years and the all you can eat has been a great idea for good value for money.

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Thank claire p
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

Been to the countryman a lovely friendly welcolming pub staff always friendly and well presented lovely pub I have visited with family and friends in the past but had not until last sunday tried the carvery I could not believe the choice offered if fresh vegetables and home made yorkshire puddings and so reasonably priced brilliant idea to offer choice if size plates the place was full we did not book a table although I would advise we got a table after just a five or so minute wait the staff were accommodating and although busy managed to keep us updated on when our table would be free thoroughly enjoyed our meal we had a small whuch was very reasonably priced at 5.95 highly reccomend a visit well done

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1  Thank stokelds
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