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All reviews traditional pub real ale friendly locals city centre four poster bed like stepping back in time off street parking pub with rooms few minutes walk full english breakfast cooked breakfast great room short stay breakfast was excellent enjoyable stay tea and coffee yogurt
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Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

Full of character, good beer, friendly (mildly eccentric) locals. Cosy coal fire.

If you like traditional pubs there is nothing not to like. Don't come here looking for fancy gin or fashionable cocktails. They do pickled eggs though.

Date of stay: September 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank steamtrainian
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Reviewed 20 September 2018

We stayed here 2 nights and the room is nice however, each night we could hear the pub downstairs until about 11:00 pm each night. I did ask a couple people who had stayed here before if it was noisy, since it is above a pub. They all said it was not. So there may be some rooms that are quiet. I don't remember our room number, but if you stay here ask for a quiet room. Also, the beds are a bit small for 2 people. The breakfast was really nice and the location was great.

Date of stay: September 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank cpapat
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Reviewed 19 September 2018

This is a superb pub. There is a well presented bar area and cosy back rooms crammed with Victorian memorabilia. The place is clean and has a good selection of real ales, the selection of wine is somewhat lacking though.
There are real coal fires which adds to the character of this pub and this is one of my favourite pubs in the UK.
The service was fine and polite.
It is in a good location a very short walk from the city centre and close to the university.
I know they do accommodation but can't comment on this.
As far as I know there is no food offered.
Definitely not a place for children.

Date of stay: September 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Thank alistairrobinson1977
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Reviewed 14 September 2018

Put simply, this is an absolutely fantastic pub. It features a bar area and a number of smaller rooms/snugs, each with decor that appears to entirely date back decades if not 100 years (apart from a random photo of Coronation Street’s Kevin Webster!). The bar in particular is spectacular - it could feature in a museum of pub culture. Numerous delicious craft beers and real ales are on offer, many from the North East. The pub has no slot machines and no music, ensuring a friendly crowd and the possibility for conversation to flow. Lastly, but importantly, the staff are extremely friendly and will give good advice on beer or simply nice chat. The kind of pub that you can happily while away the hours in. Absolutely worth the 10 minute walk from the tourist heart of Durham.

Date of stay: August 2018
Trip type: Travelled with friends
2  Thank Gabhar
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Reviewed 13 September 2018

This is a pub as it should be. The real ales are kept to perfection by a bar/cellarman, i.e. someone who knows how to keep the lines clean and how to prepare and keep ale, as well as serve it. There are 6 rooms on a B&B basis and toasties compliment the range of snacks. On a Sunday this pub boasts a traditional bar "spread" of pickles, cheeses, scones, home made pies etc. This is a pub as it should be, no slot machines, no TV. Just good ale and good craic.

Room tip: Any room is good
Date of stay: September 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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1  Thank victortwoone
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