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“Great find in the middle of nowhere.”

General Havelock Inn
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed 18 June 2014

The food was fresh and cooked to order. All of the food was sourced locally and always cooked fresh. The salmon and cod was fantastic. Although they praise their cheese croquettes I was fairly disappointed. The sticky toffee pudding may honestly be the best I have ever had (and I frequent restaurants quite often). This place should definitely be placed in your itinerary as it is a wonderful find!

1  Thank Matthew P
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

Gary and Jo are amazing hosts and the setting in beautiful Haydon Bridge tops it off. I have had many wonderful meals here and would definitely recommend the Cheesy Balls

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1  Thank Chimpanzoo
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

We read the trip advisor reviews of this place but it really did not prepare us for what was on offer. Yes, agreed the outside of it does look a bit grim but go in. It does not open until 7pm, which again threw us but the food was fantastic. So you can have pub style meals and pricing in the front bar, but in the back restaurant/dining room they have a proper evening menu with locally sourced produce. Lovely dining room overlooks the river and garden and has a pleasant calm atmosphere. A little background music would not go astray as it was a bit quiet this night. Can't think why the food is so good. The chef and yes, he is a chef not a cook, makes everything himself from bread to gravalax, to sauces an it shows. We had an appetiser of the cheese croquets and they were lovely little marble sized tasty melted cheesy balls in crumbs with homemade tomato dipping sauce. A real taste treat. He makes his own bread rolls and they are the best bread we have had in the UK. We both then had a special of rack of local lamb with minted potatoes and local asparagus and gravy. Extra local beg was also included in the price. It was sensational. Best meal we have had in England since coming two weeks ago and better than fine diner Langley Castle. Well worth it - great value for money - would rival most restaurants in England we have tried (and we have been to many 1 hatted Michelin) including London. This is a chef who cares. We are going back tomorrow. Do yourself a favour and try it, if you are a lover of good foo.

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1  Thank Monika S
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

I had heard in the past and through trip advisor good reviews of this place and left a little disappointed. We turned up looking for a Sunday lunch without booking but managed to be fit in. Both had Beef Sunday dinners. Portions were good for meat but would have liked a bit more veg. Quality and taste was OK, not bad but not outstanding. Hand pulled beer was a bitter that was very bitter. Setting is full of character, it was like walking into someone's home from a bygone era. Nice looking beer garden overlooks the river but typical English weather put that out of bounds when we were there. If tripadvisor did halfs this would be a three and a half.

Thank PeteToon
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

Been a while since we had a meal here - too long in fact, we decided as we left.

Popped in for lunch on a Wednesday (just happened to be passing) and were extremely pleased we'd done so. The lunch menu was again very well thought out and every dish sounded lovely. The specials on the chalk board made deciding what to have very tricky indeed...!

In the end, I went for sausage and mash and my wife had salmon. The quality of food is exceptional - they are proud to state on their blackboard that they use local suppliers and everything is very fresh - it doesn't half make a difference to the food - Wow!

As a number of other reviewers have said (and as I think I said myself in a prior review), don't be put off by the very "normal" looking exterior of the pub and even when you first step inside, you could be a little underwhelmed. There's nothign at all wrong with it - it's just all very normal and "very Northumberland". The restaurant is located at the rear of the property, in a converted barn that overlooks the River Tyne. Al fresco dining is available when the North East weather is being kind.

However, buildings and decor aside, it's the food that makes this place ultra special. I'm actually very surprised that it's not an AA rosette establishment.

There's time yet - it's HIGHLY recommended.

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3  Thank Daft80sBloke
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