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Strathmore Arms at Holwick
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Reviewed 6 May 2013

We stumbled across this hidden gem over a year ago. Peaceful, quaint and a pleasant drive out. The Gent behind the bar is lovely and made you feel welcome and the locals pleasant. We raved about this place to our family and friends and arranged for this time to all go together, What a mistake that was. We arrived and the place wasn't busy but not empty. Around 8 or so people were waiting for a Sunday dinner. We thought we would go outside and sit in the beer garden as the rain shower had eased off and we had a small child with us and figured, as we are decent people we would let him toddle about, give the other customers ears a rest as he was getting bored and us take in the lovely surroundings. That is when we encountered 'the cook'. She perhaps felt the strain off cooking 8 or so meals (of which I noticed the Yorkshire puddings were left, who leaves Yorkshire puddings???) My husband had leaned over the boarder to look up the country path talking about how we should go for a wander up there, and out of nowhere a voice shouts 'stay off the flower beds!' in a bit of an unpleasant manner. We looked around and thought nothing of it, then noticed a woman looking over the fence. We thought she was joking as my husband was no where near the alleged flower beds (I have a photo of them...I'm still wondering where she was looking) and also thought what on earth is she on about as I sit here typing there were no flowers and he politely replied he wasn't anywhere near them. He had in fact stepped on the stones beside the dumped bag of wood chips, briefly may I add for all but 3 seconds. She then argued 'yes you are, I saw you'. My husband doesn't suffer fools gladly and replied he really wasn't and she then argued again 'yeah, yeah, I believe you'. Well this left an uncomfortable silence and an aukward atmosphere. As avid gardeners ourselves whom have an allotment, and have beautifully kept gardens at home we are respectful of flowers, shrubs and such like and it honestly had no flowers in it. So there fore it baffles me why she felt the need to be so rude?!? All I can think is the poor woman was stressed and took it out on us. Such a shame, as like we said the Gent behind the bar is lovely, the pub is nice and it is in lovely surroundings plus all the other times we had visited we were met with warm hospitality.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 April 2013

Stayed here with my daughter over Easter. Anthony & Selina were very welcoming, locals in the pub friendly, good dinner & breakfast. Our room was comfortable and quiet, gorgeous walk to the low falls across the fields. Highly recommended

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 April 2013

The title is a motto hung on the wall and it could not be more true. We have just returned from a week in Holwick and visited the Strathmore Arms twice, availing ourselves of their home-made fayre on each occasion. On the last occasion, a Friday evening, we were also entertained by the 2 resident musicians;- it was first class!! Selina and Anthony are the best hosts and truly care about giving each visitor a memorable visit. This hostlery is not the largest but certainly the most cosy, with a fantastic bar and beautiful log fire (the snow was still laying reasonably thick during our visit!). The locals are very friendly and we left feeling that within the space of only a couple of hours, we had become part of that community;- this is what community is all about and should be the model for all village pubs. I could go on and on about the Strathmore Arms but just visit it and you will see what I mean.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 April 2013

Its cosy and very friendly and the food is plentifull to keep you going for those extra miles. The only trouble is, do not seat yourself in front of that lovely warm fire or you will never want to move on! The hosts are fantastic and nothing seems too much bother to them. We will definatley return!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 April 2013

Simply fab warm cosy welcome, lovely location and great food! Throw in Dog friendly and the place truly is a walkers haven!! Well worth the effort to visit the Strathmore Arms. We will return and soon!

  • Stayed: April 2013
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1  Thank GarethDurham
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Reviewed 16 February 2013

Have stayed a few times before,but this was the first time and the best time with anthony and selina......they are lovely and welcoming hosts,the food is proper pub food and lots of it....They are very friendly and make you feel at home,the beds are really comfortable and very snuggly.......and the locals are really friendly,a proper pub..........a fantastic place....the lovely fire is always lit,just what you need after a long walk....and a few halves of locally brewed allendale beer......we cant wait to go back....thanks guys....fiona and dave.

Room Tip: All rooms are lovely well presented and clean...you are above a pub,so dont choose it if you want to...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 January 2013

In spring of last year we first visited the pub whilst staying in a holiday cottage close by and said we would love to stay. Well, stay we did..4 times since then! ..Our last stay was over Xmas, for three nights, along with our dog. ,
There was a party and a band visited playing carols. We had mulled wine and mince pies. There was fun and laughter and on Xmas eve we sang carols to the accompaniment of a delightful local gentleman, who had brought his own keyboard.
The pub food is delicious and the Sunday lunch is excellent with enormous helpings and
gorgeous Yorkshire Puddings. In fact we have travelled up to the Strathmore just for the day, from 90 mins away for the lunch.
The rooms are very nice with ensuite and tea making facilities.
The walks nearby, down to the falls and on to the fells are very special in any weather.
When we thought ahead to Xmas last year we knew where we wanted to be....and we weren't disappointed. Xmas morning with one of Anthony' s breakfasts is just the thing.
Selina and Anthony are excellent hosts in a truly unique pub.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank jesscollie
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Additional Information about Strathmore Arms at Holwick

Address: Holwick, Middleton in Teesdale DL12 0NJ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Durham > Middleton in Teesdale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Middleton in Teesdale
Price Range: £30 - £60 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A traditional country pub with 4 en-suite rooms. The Strathmore is situated on The Pennine Way. Open from 12pm until the last person leaves. We are closed on Tuesday's. A real old fashioned country pub with great tasty predominately English fare, plenty of well kept local ales and fine wines, also plenty scrumpy ciders. The Strathmore Arms is close to both High & Low Force wateterfalls and is a fantastic area for walking/sightseeing. A warm welcome is assured. We are also pet friendly. ... more   less 
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