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“LOVELY COUNTRY PUB”
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Countryman's Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Hunton B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Barnard Castle, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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“LOVELY COUNTRY PUB”
Reviewed 20 July 2011

My wife and I stayed here for a couple of nights 2 weeks ago and found The Countryman to be a lovely pub in a lovely village location.

The bar is really nice and had an excellent selection of real ales. The evening meals were between average and very good depending on what was ordered. Breakfast time was a little dis-organised as we were "early" sitters (8.30am) but the cooked breakfast was great and filling.

Tony the host was very welcoming, friendly and attentive and the pub staff were friendly too.

Our room was on the small side (but we did opt for the cheaper deal) and was in need of updating/decorating but it was bright, tidy and importantly the bedding was clean. Unfortunately it was directly above the gents toilets so you could hear the door slam each time someone enytered or left - (maybes a soft closing hinge is required here) You may hear some distant bar chatter until the early hours but hey............. it's a country pub so it's to be expected. As I'm a light sleeper I take ear plugs everhwere with em and they worked fine.

The ne thing which let our visit down was the cleanliness in the general areas. We had to send back or change several items of cutlery, glasses, cups etc which had not been washed adequately. We pointed this out to Tony and his staff most times and on leaving Tony said that the washer was not working as it should and he was getting it looked at which is good but until then staff should be asked to be extra vigilant until it is fixed. The good thing is that Tony accepted the problem and welcomed the feedback and said he would make sure it was fixed.

Overall we enjoyed our stay, it had a super country pub atmosphere and friendly staff, just the cleanliness as mentioned let it down a bit.

Room Tip: Although our room was small there are better and more modern rooms
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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TonyCountrymans, Owner at Countryman's Inn, responded to this review, 22 July 2011
Thank you for submitting your review and sharing your feedback. We are glad that, overall, you enjoyed your stay with us.

The glass washer issue was resolved the following week, through a change of cleaning product and an increased frequency of "clean down".

With regard to the door closer on the gents toilets, I will have this looked at and either adjusted or replaced in the next couple of weeks.

Thank you again for staying witth us and for sharing your constructive and helpful feedback.
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Leeds
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Reviewed 18 July 2011

What a lovely little village this pub is situated in. We did not stay at this pub, we had lunch here. We arrived and seated ourselves in the window seats. After batting down god knows what from the seat covers, removed the dead flies from the cigarette burnt table cloth. We decided to give this place the benefit of the doubt as we'd read good reviews. The food was fabulous, could not fault it at all and very well presented. Again, the cleanliness, the gents toilets were disgusting (poo everywhere!!) I was told and my son refused to use them. We reported this and apparently the cleaner was due, we saw her arrive but she did not make this her first job!! friendly batman, very chatty! Steak & onion sandwich was amazing!!

  • Stayed July 2011
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TonyCountrymans, Owner at Countryman's Inn, responded to this review, 22 July 2011
Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. I have written directly to the reviewer to acertain the date of the visit. I have not had a reply but have now had the opportunity to discuss this with the bar staff on duty at the time. I believe the visit was on the afternoon of Friday 15 July.Unfortuatley I was not on duty at the time of your visit so could not deal with this matter personally.

I am sorry these instances spoiled your visit. I think my barman explained at the time, the previous evening had been particularly busy and the cleaner works from 13.00 in order to meet family/external requirements, and these service failures had not been addressed at the time of your visit.

The gents toilets were resolved immediatly the cleaning staff arrived and were corrected prior to your departure. The items noted in the bar were corrected immediatly upon your departure.

Obviously in these circumstances there is a process issue in completing the cleaning process prior to opening. Should this occur again I will consider asking my cleaner to start earlier.

Thank you again for your feedback and allowing us to further review and improve our service offering. I am sorry that our ommission marred your first visit.
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Stokesley, Cleveland, UK
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Reviewed 6 July 2011

I stayed here with my partner a few weeks ago and really enjoyed our stay, we were at a friends wedding at Bolton Castle for the evening so rather than driving back we stayed here and made a weekend of it.

The Pub is in a little hamlet which consists of lots of lovely little houses and one shop, which only seems to open in the morning and then shuts, we arrived Friday evening and had to wait a little while to check in. We did not realise that check in for the bed and breakfast was not till 6pm. Please be aware of this when booking as on our next nights stay some other people had arrived earlier as well.

Apart from that, we found the pub to be very hospitable. We ate in the pub restaurant the first night and the food is amazing, reasonably priced for top notch, so will highly recommend this.

Rooms – we stayed in the room that is waiting to be renovated and found it to be more than adequate. The room was bright and airy with a clean comfortable double bed. Cannot fault the rooms as very clean and tidy. Our friends that joined us the next night stayed in one of the rooms that had been recently updated, and they were very, very nice.

Our host Tony was very friendly and could not do enough for us, even organised our taxi for us to Bolton Castle, and when we decided to come back he kindly organised a return taxi for us. All in all we had a very pleasant stay at the Countrymans and will end up going back for a meal if not staying again.

Admittedly if we were doing the Castle again I would stay in Leyburn as it was quite a way from Hunton. But saying that this little gem is a lovely little pub in quiet village with some great beers, locals and a great host

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Tony J, Owner at Countryman's Inn, responded to this review, 27 June 2016
Thank you for staying with us during your wedding at nearby Bolton Castle. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. We are in fact 5 miles from Bedale and 9 miles from Bolton Castle and offer a slightly quieter location from the pubs in Leyburn market square.

We are glad we were able to offer good quality local, beer, food and hospitality! Thank you for staying.
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Hinckley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 July 2011

we stayed at the countrymans inn for 3 nights the room was clean and the bed very comfy we ate in the resturant every evening as the food was excellent(best seabass ive ever had) the cooked breakfast was always hot and plentiful Tony was a great and very amusing host all the staff were friendly and helpful we throughly enjoyed our stay and will definatly be back if we are in the dales again

Room Tip: we stayed in room 2 nice view over the garden
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Tony J, Owner at Countryman's Inn, responded to this review, 27 June 2016
Thank you for staying and your review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit to the Dales and the pub. We hope to see you again in the near future.

Thank you again.
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Letchworth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 May 2011

Well decorated room, very clean with every facility needed, nice atmosphere with friendly locals, great food (with three vegetarian options - unusual for an Inn) and good real beer selection . Close to A1 so easy to get to. Would definately stay again.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Tony J, Owner at Countryman's Inn, responded to this review, 29 June 2016
Thank you for staying with us and your kind review. We are glad you enjoyed the pub, its locals, the beer and particularly the food. We are glad that, as a vegetarian you were happy both with your particular individual choice and the selection available to you.

Thank you again.
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Haverfordwest
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Reviewed 22 May 2011

Stayed at the Countrymans Inn with Family at the tail-end of a great weekend away from it all. Good, clean accommodation along with fine ales and great food, as well as great company made the short stay a memorable one.

Tony (the Landlord) and his staff provided us with a genuine warm welcome as soon as we walked through the door and we were well looked after during our stay.

The food in the restaurant was first class (well done Josh) and Tony made sure the service was of the highest standard.

On behalf of the Strefford Family (Mick, Carl, Steve, Elaine, Sue, Hollie and myself of course), we would like to thank Tony and the staff for a relaxing and entertaining stay.

I (we) highly recommend the Countrymans Inn, Hunton

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Tony J, Owner at Countryman's Inn, responded to this review, 29 June 2016
Thank you for staying and your review. We are glad you found your visit to the Dales relaxing and the basics of a local village pub met your requirements over a range of ages. We only try to offer straight forward things, comfortable rooms, good beer, good food and a warm and friendly Yorkshire welcome.

Thank you for your recommendation. It is particularly pleasing that, as a country pub, we met the requirements of the whole family.
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 April 2011

My wife and I both thoroughly enjoyed our two-night stay at the Countryman’s inn. Tony is a great host with a wicked sense of humour; nothing was too much trouble for him. The room we stayed in was clean, tidy and well equipped. The food in the restaurant was excellent as was the service we received from all the staff. The breakfast was freshly cooked and was piping hot. They have a good selection of local cask ales witch all tasted very good especially the Lightfoot bitter.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Tony J, Owner at Countryman's Inn, responded to this review, 2 July 2016
Thank you for staying with us and for your review.

We are an AA 3 star rated Inn with the Gold Award, and a traditional Dales village pub. We only try to do the basics well, a warm welcome, (wicked sense of humour is rather dependant on my mood!), good food, good beer and comfortable rooms.

It seems from your review we managed to cover all these bases during your recent stay. We will try our hardest to keep it up and not let you down should you return.

Thank you one again for your review and staying.
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Property: Countryman's Inn
Address: South View, Hunton DL8 1PY, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Hunton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Hunton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Countryman's Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A traditional village pub at the heart of its rural community with four modern en suite rooms. AA three star rated with additional" Gold Standard" and AA Diners Award. The well stocked bar offers a full range of local cask ales and lagers. We are Cask Marque approved and included in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide for 2015. The Countryman's Kitchen, now under new management provides food 18.00 to 21.00 EVERY WEEKDAY and SATURDAY EVENING AND FROM Midday to 18.00 on Sundays. ... more   less 
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