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, this 18th-cenury coaching inn continues seamlessly to do what it has always done so well: offer honest hospitality in an archetypal rural hostelry. There are thick stone walls, beamed ceilings 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.
Doubles from £115
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High Force, England’s tallest waterfall on the spectacular upper course of the river Tees.
Local cheeses such as Teesdale Blue, Teesdale White and Cotherstone.
One of the locally made walking sticks for sale at the inn, a great companion for a day out in the dale
CLAIM TO FAME
Recent visitors have included Greg Wallace and Ben Fogle.
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