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The Rose & Crown at Romaldkirk, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham

The Rose & Crown at Romaldkirk

4.5
4.5
92 Reviews
£25 and under
British

Our kitchen team create great tasting food that utilises the best of local produce and ingredients with excellent provenance. It's about dishes that reflect our stunning rural location using both classical and contemporary cooking techniques with an eye for detail.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00–14:30 Dinner Daily 18:00–20:30

  • Phone number

    01833 650213

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Head Chef Dave Hunter

Menu

Bar lunch - Served from 12pm to 2.30pm; Vegetarian menu available – please ask

Starters and Light Snacks

  • Homemade Cauliflower & Fennel Soup£7.00

    curry oil, roasted cauliflower, Cotherstone cheese scone

    • Goats Cheese Salad£7.00

      fig, nuts, puy lentil & honey dressing

      • Large Portion£12.00
    • Scottish Smoked Salmon£8.00

      brown bread, lemon

      • Large Portion with Salad£14.00
    • Prawn Cocktail£8.00

      marie rose sauce, baby gem lettuce

      • Large Portion with Salad£14.00
    • Potted Smoked Mackerel£7.00

      wholemeal toast

      Sandwiches

      Served on soft wholemeal bloomer, with a side salad

      • Roast Ham Salad Sandwich£8.00

        roast ham, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise

        • Oak Smoked Scottish Salmon£8.00

          cream cheese, cucumber

          • Simpson's Outdoor Reared Pork Sausage£8.00

            apple puree, fried onions

            • Crispy Bacon & Brie£8.00

              tomato chutney

              • Prawns in Marie Rose Sauce£8.00

                with baby gem lettuce

                • Free Range Egg Mayonnaise£7.00

                  with watercress

                  • Cotherstone Cheese£8.00

                    homemade sun blushed tomato pesto, rocket

                    • Mug of Homemade Soup£11.00

                      with your choice of sandwich

                      Platters

                      Main course for one or starter for two

                      • Ploughman's£17.00

                        Simpson's pork pie, local cheeses, boiled egg, roast ham, home pickled onion, apple, grapes, homemade bread

                        • Vegetable Mezze£17.00

                          Homemade humus, marinated artichoke, olives, sun blushed tomatoes, tempura mushroom, Cotherstone cheese, pickled vegetables, homemade bread

                          • Fish Platter£18.00

                            Oak smoked salmon, potted smoked mackerel, tempura king prawns, prawns & brown shrimps in Marie rose sauce, smoked salmon mousse, homemade bread

                            • Charcuterie Board£18.00

                              Parma ham, chorizo, salami, roast ham, pickled onion, battered sausage, homemade bread

                              Mains

                              • 'Tomahawk' Chop of Outdoor Reared Pork£18.00

                                triple cooked chips, brassicas, Apple puree, crispy kale, sage jus

                                • Homemade Fishcake£14.00

                                  dressed leaves, triple cooked chips, tartare sauce

                                  • Baked Aubergine Filled£16.00

                                    with ratatouille & mozzarella, potato cake, toasted pine nuts, tender stem broccoli, grilled spring onions, tomato jus

                                    • Teesdale Lamb & Rosemary Sausage£18.00

                                      herb potato cake, spring onions, savoy cabbage, onion gravy

                                      Sides

                                      • Triple Cooked Chips£3.00

                                        • Fries£3.00

                                          • Mixed Side Salad£4.00

                                            • Seasonal Vegetables£4.00

                                              Last updated: 1 February 2022

                                              What 92 people are saying

                                              Overall ratings and reviews

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                                              4.5
                                              4.5 based on recent ratings
                                              • 4.5Food
                                              • 4.5Service
                                              • 4.6Ambience
                                              • 4.3Value

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                                              1. RB

                                                RoyB

                                                County Durham

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 5 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Lovely village and surrounds Eaten there a few times, love the platters

                                              2. CC

                                                ChrisC

                                                Yorkshire

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 6 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                All good. Menu needs to change more often. Prices seem a bit high now. Lemon Posset amazing, pie superb, mackerel pate fab. Gas fire on which was a bit unnecessary. They’ve gone to a service charge ( yuck) but make clear it is optional unlike most, the thing is your ten pound tip now goes in as pay and you lose half to bloody sissy Sunak through NI, employers NI and tax. Will leave cash on table instead next time as usual. Just small things but overall fantastic as usual.

                                              3. MF

                                                MartinF

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 11 May 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Lovely country hotel in a nice village. Food is excellent and sometimes very busy due to its popularity so better to book it just for food. Lunch menu is a bit limited for light snacks.

                                              4. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                County Durham

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Great local food.

                                              5. AW

                                                AnneW

                                                Warwickshire

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 4 May 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                An excellent lunch. Delicious food. Helpful staff. Wouldnt hesitate to recommend the hotel.

                                              6. C

                                                Catherine

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 29 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Lovely food. Lovely place. Helpful and friendly staff.

                                              7. AD

                                                AmyD

                                                County Durham

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 29 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The pub is so pretty and the staff were so friendly. We had a delicious 3 course lunch and sat outside in the sun for drinks after overlooking the quiet country village. I’m glad we booked as it was busy and I can see why. Can’t wait to come back!

                                              8. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 24 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Was staying nearby and wanted to celebrate with a meal for our friends retirement . It was all lovely. Would definitely recommend.

                                              9. PF

                                                PaulF

                                                County Durham

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 22 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great place to visit lovely little village and the rose and crown is a great village hotel. Food was exceptional will be spending our summer up here.

                                              10. DS

                                                DunS

                                                Glasgow

                                                2 reviews

                                                1.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on 20 April 2022

                                                overall1food1service2ambience2

                                                Very limited choice and unimaginative. Cauliflower soup was tasteless and steak pie was dry. Overall expensive for the quality.

                                              11. CH

                                                ClaireH

                                                County Durham

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 17 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Loved it! The dogs were made to feel welcome, staff were lovely and food was amazing! Not surprising though as you are connected to Headlam hall which we equally love!

                                              12. F

                                                Fozzie

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 17 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Lovely olde worlde bar/eating area with another room at side both dog friendly- they even provide sheepskin rugs and treats for the woofers. Quiet dog free old fashioned dining room. Food was suberb. We come here at least once a year to eat if not to stay as well. Not cheap but about MPW prices. Food this time was best ever

                                              13. MY

                                                MicheleY

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 14 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Lovely table , friendly and efficient staff and the food was beautiful to look at then really well cooked and tasty, good portion sizes , would definitely recommend

                                              14. K

                                                Karlos

                                                County Durham

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 13 April 2022

                                                overall3food4service3ambience3

                                                Good food, albeit on the pricy side at a time when money is scarce. Maybe have one or two better value dishes on the menu.

                                              15. MM

                                                MaMul

                                                Warwickshire

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on 31 March 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Excellent food, great environment and lovely staff. We visit whenever we can.

                                              16. SU

                                                SUSANR

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 28 March 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The food here was amazing so much so that we ate there 2 or 3 times during our stay in the village, the staff were so Obliging, we had 2 dogs with us and they made sure that they too were well looked after, overall a lovely experience on all occasions

                                              17. NS

                                                NickS

                                                County Durham

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 25 March 2022

                                                overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                A lovely venue with an excellent menu and well presented food. Staff attentive and welcoming. A great choice.

                                              18. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                London

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 23 March 2022

                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                Proper country pub, great local people who along with the staff were very welcoming, food good flavour well cooked and presented, beer well kept. The most dog friendly pub ever including a sheepskin rug for ours to sit on. Highly recommend.

                                              19. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                County Durham

                                                4 reviews

                                                3.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on 19 March 2022

                                                overall3food4service3ambience4

                                                Whilst this is an excellent pub and the food is very good, adding 10% service charge to the bill for very little is really taking things to the extreme. We ordered at the and paid at the bar, food and drink was brought to the table, hardly top end service. Left a sour note, may stop me going back or providing recommendations.

                                              20. RA

                                                RichardA

                                                Hertfordshire

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 6 March 2022

                                                overall3food2service2ambience2

                                                Disappointing. Table set for 2 when we arrived despite booking for 4. Starter dry and lacking a dressing. Fish main course dry and overcooked. I expect more when paying so much. Got the impression they don't care.

                                              21. MD

                                                MargaretD

                                                County Durham

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 4 March 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The Rose and Crown always make my day! food excellent as always, prompt service very nice staff who make you feel special. Would recommend to everyone.

                                              22. EB

                                                EmmaB

                                                Yorkshire

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 26 February 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We have visited here a few times as my parents have a cottage nearby, my partner said it is the best food he has ever had and orders the same meal every time because he enjoys it so much. Lovely place, very welcoming and friendly staff, would (and have) recommend to anyone. Thankyou Emma

                                              23. T

                                                Thomas

                                                Newcastle

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on 23 February 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Lovely venue in a truly tranquil setting. Excellent food and service - Will be back!

                                              24. DT

                                                DavidT

                                                County Durham

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 13 February 2022

                                                overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                Food is excellent, varied and not usual pub grub. Cooked and served well.

                                              25. CM

                                                ColinM

                                                County Durham

                                                3 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on 13 February 2022

                                                overall4food2service4ambience5

                                                The lamb was rather tough, possibly the time of year, otherwise OK.

                                              26. TD

                                                TomD

                                                London

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 12 February 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Incredible food in a lovely setting. The venison pie and hog roast sausages were amazing and the chips are probably the best I’ve ever had. Can’t wait to go back!

                                              27. GL

                                                GlenysL

                                                County Durham

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 6 February 2022

                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                Good food, good service, overall a really enjoyable meal.

                                              28. RP

                                                RachelP

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 5 February 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                We visited for dinner on Saturday 05 Feb 22 the service and food were exceptional - we eat out a lot and this was by far the best food we have had in a long time. The only (very minor) grumble was that we were seated in the bar area by the door - hence the lower score for "ambiance". We spotted a very nice dining room but (as you would expect) it is reserved for residents in the first instance. We would definitely return, requesting a table in the dining room if it's not too busy.

                                              29. C

                                                Claire

                                                Newcastle

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on 5 February 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Food was lovely and a great atmosphere for a relaxing lunch. Definitely recommend.

                                              30. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                County Durham

                                                4 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on 28 January 2022

                                                overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                Excellent pub, with a lovely atmosphere. Food is very good if a little limited and only a minor observation, the menu has not changed since our first visit about 3 years ago. Lager appears to be £6.00 a pint which is a little on the high side. Will not stop us going back.

                                              31. KG

                                                KatherineG

                                                Newcastle

                                                8 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                8 reviews

                                                Dined on 2 January 2022

                                                overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                The best Fillet Beef Sunday Lunch you can get and the best Vegetables to go with, particularly the Cauliflower cheese.

                                              32. TH

                                                TonyH

                                                County Durham

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 29 December 2021

                                                overall3food5service2ambience5

                                                The menu choice was poor. It seemed that they were using up food before the new year closure. Too many menu items with black pudding! Some of the waitresses were rather surly and unhelpful. The Rose and Crown has never been like this before!

                                              33. L

                                                Localdiner

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 29 December 2021

                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                A great pub and with good food and ambience. A bit surprised by the service charge that's been introduced since we were last there though.

                                              34. RJ

                                                RichardJ

                                                County Durham

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 12 December 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                A wonderful evening with my partner in great surroundings. Food was excellent and service was great

                                              35. PS

                                                PaulS

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 9 December 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Excellent food and great staff in a very ambient country Pub/restaurant. Highly recommended

                                              36. PV

                                                PippaV

                                                Bath

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 23 November 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                I've been to the Rose & Crown a few times now and it's always been fabulous, the food is excellent and the staff are always really helpful and friendly.

                                              37. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Birmingham

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on 19 November 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                A very nice local pub serving an intimate mix of food - washed down with a good pint of ale - very tasty - rounded off a November evening - would recommend

                                              38. WB

                                                WillB

                                                Gloucestershire

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 12 November 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                A beautiful setting with fantastic food and really friendly staff

                                              39. CM

                                                ColinM

                                                County Durham

                                                3 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on 7 November 2021

                                                overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                18th century coaching inn serving good food at reasonable prices

                                              40. NP

                                                NimnyP

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 5 November 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Perfect! My favourite place to eat. Great service, lovely food and it's quiet and easy to have a conversation.

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                                              The Rose & Crown at Romaldkirk is rated 4.5 stars by 92 OpenTable diners.

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                                              Google Map for The Rose & Crown at Romaldkirk

                                              Romaldkirk Barnard Castle, Co. Durham DL12 9EB

                                              Additional information

                                              • Area

                                                Barnard Castle

                                              • Hours of Operation

                                                Lunch Daily 12:00–14:30 Dinner Daily 18:00–20:30

                                              • Cuisines

                                                British

                                              • Dining style

                                                Casual Dining

                                              • Dress Code

                                                Smart Casual

                                              • Parking Details

                                                Private Lot

                                              • Payment Options

                                                AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                              • Executive Chef

                                                Head Chef Dave Hunter

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