For anyone seeking a quintessential English inn, loved by regulars and first-time visitors alike for its warmth, character, comfort and good, honest food, all set in beautiful surroundings, then you need look no further than the wonderful Rose & Crown. Run by the excellent Robinson family, who also own the popular County Durham hotel, Headlam Hall, the inn is in the best possible hands and continues to seamlessly do what it has always done so well: offer honest hospitality in an archetypical rural hostelry –with thick stone walls, beamed ceiling and stone fires, but with enough contemporary touches to blend old-fashioned charm with modern comfort and expectation. In the two AA rosette restaurant, you’ll find locally made oak tables and gleaming silver; in each of the 14 inviting bedrooms (Main House, Courtyard and Monk’s Cottage) expect good books and a Bose sound system. Well-placed for walking in the spectacular Dales countryside and fly-fishing on the nearby Tees (tuition can be arranged). Doubles from £195.
Name to Know: Ask Cheryl about where to go for a great walk, she has done almost all of them all and knows the best watering holes too.
See: High Force, England’s tallest waterfall on the spectacular upper course of the river Tees.
Eat: Local cheeses such as Teesdale Blue, Teesdale White and Cotherstone.
Buy: One of the locally made walking sticks for sale at the inn, a great companion for a day out in the dale.
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