Walking back from Durham town centre towards our hotel, having sampled the various offers elsewhere, we just called in on the offchance, and stumbled upon a gem of a place. The first things to stands out were a well stocked bar with a choice of 3 real ales, pristine decor, very clean, and very welcoming tenants. Being members of Camra we were keen to try the real ales on offer, and were well pleased with the quality of all three of them. It was noticeable that the handpull pipes were being kept in tip top condition. Good banter with Neil & his family simply confirmed their tireless dedication to ensuring the very best offering of drinks, snacks, & a spot-lessly clean venue. This was just as evident in the toilet facilities. The only point of interest was the sit-down gents cubicle door which had two security devices - 1, a bolt with no hasp, & 2, a hasp with no bolt :-) thankfully, the customers were friendly & made us strangers feel quite at home from the start. The drinks prices were very competitive. Their games room was well attended. After a busy second day around Durham, it was a no-brainer to call in again on our way back to our hotel. All in all a very pleasant proper local pub experience.
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