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“Unique historic building, excellent food and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Blagraves House

Blagraves House
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$41 - US$65
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Blagraves House is a charming historic 15th Century building. With its heavily beamed ceilings and large open fireplaces, it has been playing host to weary traveller and businessman alike for some 500 years. It has connections with Richard III. It is also recorded that Lieut. General Oliver Cromwell held Council here in 1648 were he was presented with burnt wine and oat cakes. Today our emphasis is on fresh food cooked to order using mainly local produce, accompanied with a comprehensive wine list and friendly unobtrusive service. So why not dine were Cromwell dined and experience the unique atmosphere of Blagraves House.
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“Unique historic building, excellent food and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

We were recommended this restaurant by the owners of a holiday cottage we rented in the area. It just goes to show the value of asking those who know best!
Blagraves House is one of the oldest buildings in Barnard Castle. You know it's going to be special before even entering. As the gargoyles look threateningly down at you from above, the warm welcome inside forms an amusing contrast.
Sitting in the lounge and studying the menu we couldn't help but wonder at the architectural features around the fireplace. What kind of wealth must it have taken to say "and please carve some ornate patterns on the inside of the fireplace"? The ancient carved internal doors are amazing too - it would almost have been disappointing if the now warped doors were a good fit.
But wait, we were here for food. The lovely canapé delivered while we pondered the menu's many choices were a pleasant surprise. The wine was excellent even just by the glass. It was almost a shame to make the menu selection and end the ore-dinner experience.
Up the winding ancient wooden staircase to our table upstairs we were pleased to be seated in the window with a unique view up and down the high street. A great table location if there are just two of you eating.
The food was what I find hard to describe in England - what is English after all? Great choices for starters, main, and we even struggled to force down the sticky toffee pudding and chocolate torte. It would be rude not to!
The bill for all this - less than we pay in our local Chinese or Indian restaurant. Amazing value for such excellent food in a truly unique setting. And the staff were friendly and helpful at all times, service with a smile.
It's hard to fault this restaurant. For us it was a perfect and memorable birthday meal and we will gladly return if we're ever in the area. I wouldn't recommend it for young children, and beware that the short flight of stairs could be difficult for the infirm.
Be sure to book, you're unlikely to get a table without booking but worth a try if you haven't.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Rob P
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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“A unique experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

The oldest building in town, packed full of history, providing a restaurant experience extolling all the classic virtues of providing the customer with a night to remember. From when you walk in to what looks like a private home with a roaring fire, where you have pre-dinner drinks and canapes while you choose from a great menu, to walking upstairs to a small, intimate dining area - everything is done with care, sensitivity and a great approach to customer service.
The food was excellent, beautifully presented and with good quantities. The service was attentive and not intrusive and all focussed on giving the highest customer service.
Oh - and it was reasonably priced; much less than what you might expect of such a good meal, especially in these surroundings.
Go!

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Richard B
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Darlington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Top Quality Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

Went for our wedding anniversary, and had a fantastic night. Can't understand why we've never been before. Feels like walking back into history - 16th century building with uneven walls, creaking floors, low, beamed ceilings, open fireplaces, small leaded windows - all lends itself to a sense of occasion.

Food was superb - Sweet Potato and Coconut soup was lovely, with just a hint of chilli heat. Sea Bass, with Soy, Ginger and Spring Onions, and Cod on bed of Lentils with Red Wine Sauce were two fantastic specials. Obligatory Sticky Toffee Pudding was one of the best i've had, whilst my wife's Chocolate Torte with an Amaretto sauce was the best sweet she's had in ages.

You can also not fault the service - from the moment you're greeted in the reception area, to paying the bill, the staff are wonderful - friendly, efficient, unobtrusive.

All in all, as good a restaurant as i've been too. Will be back without doubt.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank QuakerA
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North
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62 restaurant reviews
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“Attentive staff, romantic setting, excellent food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2014

Went here for a celebratory meal with my girlfriend and was not disappointed. Stunning food, excellent service in a romantic setting. Do not delay, go there - it was superb.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank HWMR
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“Very individual place to eat”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2014

Blagraves is something different - a really old property put to good use a restaurant with pre-meal drinks - and a little cheese tart - downstairs and a small upstairs dining room. The staff were very helpful and attentive, and the food was good. The beef with horseradish dumplings was real melt in your mouth, and the cheese soufflé starter very tasty. Really good home cooking; just a slither below excellent.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank farthingstravels
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