Black Horse Beamish

3.4
317 reviews
£25 and under
British
Stunning restaurant and hotel in Beamish, County Durham. From afternoon teas to full blown banquets for 250, there are plenty of ways to dine at Red Row Estate. Our restaurant and pub at Black Horse Beamish is the perfect place to wine and dine to your hear is content, with our luxury hotel onsite, it's the perfect destination. When the weather allows it, enjoy eating in our beer garden with children's play area, roof terrace, summer barbecues or private dining. Fantastic food and drink, creating the best restaurant in County Durham.

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Experiences

  • Traditional Afternoon Tea

    £19.95 per person

    Multiple dates available

    We require 24 hours notice for all afternoon tea reservations. A member of our team will be in touch before your reservation to take a deposit of £5 per person.
  • Gentlemen's Afternoon Tea

    £19.95 per person

    Multiple dates available

    24 hours notice is required for your reservation. A member of our team will be in touch to discuss your reservation and also take a £5 deposit per person.
  • Prosecco Afternoon Tea

    £25.95 per person

    Multiple dates available

    We require 24 hours notice for this reservation. A member of our team will be in touch to discuss your reservation and take a deposit of £5 per person.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 317 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.4based on recent ratings
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3.2
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3.6
ambience
3.4
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LisaS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service in beautiful surroundings

AN
AlisonN
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my friends birthday breakfast. I had full English, she had the veggie option. We were both very happy with our choices. Best breakfast love had. Loved it

MD
MelanieD
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Lovely meal, food hot&fresh, nice atmosphere, lovely views

MP
MalcolmP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Had a lovely Sunday lunch. Slightly disappointed that had run out of salmon by 1pm, and my vegetarian brother had to have quorn sausage and mash, which although he enjoyed is hardly sunday lunch. Had to chase up staff to order desserts and for the bill but they were busy.

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Leef
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was lovely but let down , by the frozen sweet potato fries. I at least expect them to be home made seen as home made chips are on the menu, i will remember never to get them again..

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Katrina
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food was lovely, unfortunately service was poor long waits (above what you'd expect for fresh cooked meals) mistakes made with orders and little effort made to apologise for the errors.

BM
BrideenM
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table of 9. Food was beautiful, staff were lovely. Can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Lovely food and great location.
Limited menu at the time of my visit but enjoyed the food we had.
Steaks a little on the expensive side.

JW
JulieW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Afternoon Tea, second time for me, not as good as the first time which was pre Covid, sandwich buns were a little dry (previously nice almost uncut loaf bread) fillings ok , scones had to eat with a spoon as so crumbly but tasted nice , cakes ok, had to ask for the pot of tea three times , we were then asked once if things were ok then no one seemed to bother with us, had to wave at waitress to ask for the bill , Covid protections great, still lovely setting, would go back , hoping it was a Covid blip

GB
GeoffB
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Been here several times always nice and staff helpful

JS
JulieS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal, lovely staff, very clean and very well socially distanced tables. Definitely a place to re visit. Will be returning Sunday morning for breakfast . Never had breakfast at the Black horse before, and really looking forward to it. Will return again soon for lunch. Thank you Black Horse for a lovely visit 😊

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christopherj
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Much improved from a previous experience a few years ago

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GemmaS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favourite places to eat. Food is amazing, staff friendly and helpful & the setting is perfect. Would definitely recommend

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Lauren
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was lovely, food was gorgeous as per usual! Unfortunately my ultimate favourite, the mushroom stroganoff was not on the menu, but the chef was happy to make it for me.. if you don’t ask you don’t get!

Portion sizes are great, we will definitely be returning soon!

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GemmaH
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a small birthday dinner for my partner's sisters 18th birthday, and we had a great time. Everyone was lovely to the birthday girl and kept checking in on her (and us) to make sure we were enjoying ourselves. Even when we seemed to be the only people left in the place, we didn't feel rushed to leave, it was a wonderful evening with a fantastic atmosphere and delicious food.

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Mamose
London
9 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very friendly and good service. The food was also very good. Altogether a lovely evening. Would recommend.

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SusanS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic views food was fresh and great flavours textures.Definitely be going back again.

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Holly77
Newcastle
6 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service from the staff at the Black Horse. One of our party has mobility problems, the staff made the experience much easier for her and helped provide easier access to the orangery. Food was enjoyable, good quality and portion sizes are generous.
Would heartily recommend.

DS
DennisS
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, great location and very helpful staff.
Plenty of options to eat indoors or outdoors.

MB
MalcolmB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very good as usual. Only negative was no real ale.

BS
BrianS
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Food very good but table service could soo much better

RR
RoseR
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was delicious but service was poor. All the staff were lovely but got a first drinks wrong and waiting for second drinks for 30 mins had to get up to find someone for a drink and then had to
Get up
And find staff to let them know we had been waiting
For drinks for 30 mins. All the staff were lovely though, think must be short staffed or have new staff or something x

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LynneD
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Booked a table for 4 people 13th June the occasion was an 80th birthday. On arrival we were given a table that seated 7 next to the bar and the doorway where they were booking people in. We asked if we could have a table in the orangery as it was more pleasant, so after a lot of posturing and checking on the booking tablet we were allocated a table. My husband received a dirty set of cutlery that had to be returned and had to chase the staff for a clean set well after his food arrived. The lamb wasn’t accompanied with mint sauce and we also had to ask for gravy and salt and pepper. Vegetables were barely cooked quite crunchy Ok if you like your veg that way. Waited half an hour for two sweets the staff didn’t seem to know who had ordered what as we were asked what our order was and then brought out the wrong sweet which subsequently was charged on the bill. When we did get the bill after half an hour of asking for it we had to query a few items listed to staff then again to the manager who did amend the amount for us. All in all a disappointing experience for a birthday treat as the black horse has always been very good a shame it’s not up to standard now.

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SharonC
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Only had drinks, sat for 45 mins before some one served us, then took about 25mins for drinks to come would have understood if they were busy but quiet

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GlynP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Sat at one of the covered outdoor tables which was great. Food great and service good though servers and host were busy which perhaps stopped them reacting quickly to requests (additional condiments requested never arrived and bill was requested 3 times before being told that if paying by card better to go to the bar to do). Changes to the outdoor area are a big improvement too! Will definitely be coming back again soon!

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Suzie63
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

A beautiful place to eat with amazing views, food was delicious, however, the service was terrible, we have eaten here before and the service was good but I think on this occasion they had overbooked and also had a wedding and a private function on and the service was extremely slow. Staff friendly but inattentive

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VickieF
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Afternoon Tea was amazing, so much choice, really enjoyed it

SM
ShaniceM
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food was delicious will be returning

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Trevor
London
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great views, excellent food and good service… will certainly be going again!

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Jacquim
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Lovely surroundings friendly attentive

Comfy table. Inspired quotes on the walls. Nice touch

OT
OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Lovely place

VC
VikyC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal yesterday at Black Horse was lovely as always, we’ve never had a bad experience here! The staff are lovely and the food is outstanding. The view is second to none!

OT
OpenTable Diner
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable as always

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Lotti
Yorkshire
17 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Took elderly parents here for a weekday lunch. We were greeted and shown to our table, staff very pleasant and helpful. Menu choice good, and my favorite wine so all great.

Only thing that tarnished slightly was the buildings works being carried out on the roof above where we were seated (conservatory) my parents are hard of hearing and have hearing aids, but loud noise is apparently exaggerated more so abit uncomfortable at times for them, but overall a great day out.

We sat outside after the meal as it was a lovely sunny day and enjoyed the wonderful countryside views. Amble seating outdoors.

AF
AudreyF
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience1

Booked for a birthday lunch on 8 June 2021. Helpful waitress went through menu and that day’s “specials” - all three of us chose the “special” Clay-baked Lamb. What a mistake.

We waited ages for it but were advised by the Chef (who shouted across to us when the waitress queried the delay with him) that it was “baking in the clay” so after the wait we were expecting something really special.
Instead, what was brought to our table were three portions of lamb chunks, formed into balls & wrapped in grease proof paper (with a whole garlic clove and a tiny bit of rosemary) encased in clay, which the waitress then broke open and served onto our plates.

We were obviously paying for the novelty value of the dish because we got the distinct impression it was a clever way of using up left over lamb. The dish was dry and tasteless (apart from the lingering taste of the garlic clove). It certainly seemed that rather than actually being “baked” in the clay, the clay was just a mechanism to re-heat what looked like leftover roast meat. We were expecting “seasonal vegetables” with the lamb but all that was served was a small sprig of broccoli and two pieces of carrot, accompanied by some lukewarm mashed potato which was tasteless and seemed as if that too was left over from the previous day. At £16.95 a head it was very over-priced.

We hadn’t had breakfast that morning (looking forward to a nice lunch instead) so ate most of what was served to us solely because we were hungry but we’re really disappointed by the meal. We’ve eaten at The Black Horse many times in the past and always enjoyed the food so we were really looking forward to our meal, particularly as it was a special occasion. The meal was only redeemed by the absolutely delicious desserts (two of us had cheesecake and one had the chocolate lava cake) - hence the overall score we’ve given here. If it wasn’t for the desserts we’d have scored ‘1’.

CJ
ChristineJ
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you haven't been go. That is my very best advice. Everything is amazing, staff are so friendly and helpful. Nothing too much trouble. If you go once you'll be hooked as you'll see other's food being served and just know you need to go back to try that!

CM
ClareM
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food, lovely setting. Staff extremely friendly, will be back!

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foodie123
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Lovely staff but food is overpriced and tasteless.

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johnsmith
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

We visited the Black Horse on Sunday lunchtime and just wanted a few drinks. We were greeted by a lovely member of staff who sat us down in a nice table in the main courtyard in a perfect sunny spot. We ordered 4 beers which arrived quickly. An hour passed before we were visited again by any member of staff which by that point we were really needing another drink. We had tried and failed to gain the attention of the many young staff members, some of which didn't look to be serving but merely cleaning. In the end, one of us had to go into the bar area and ask for our order to be taken. A girl finally came out and took our order of drinks and then we waited another 10-15 mins for the drinks to arrive. It was really slow service and isn't a one off as other friends have had the same issues. Slow, unattentive service isn't what I would expect, especially in covid times when the whole idea is to stay at your table. It wasn't busy enough that that should affect the service either. Really poor to the point I probably wouldn't visit again. More attentive staff just asking if we are okay as they are passing is all that is really needed to make this otherwise lovely venue a much more attractive offering. I think the lack of management on show and checking on the staff is probably telling. Having worked in hospitality, I know the benefit of strong management to ensure the younger members are on the ball.

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Camelot
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Seated upstairs, unpleasant dusty surroundings, smelly, upstairs, food -over cooked veg and chewy tasteless sirloin of beef. Won’t go back. It used to be really good.

FAQs

Black Horse Beamish offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01207 232569.

Black Horse Beamish is rated 3.4 stars by 317 OpenTable diners.

Black Horse Beamish does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.blackhorsebeamish.co.uk/gifts.html.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.