The Hammer & Pincers
“Family-owned country pub, modernised but still traditional” - AA Inspector
NEWTON AYCLIFFE, COUNTY DURHAM
Regulars at the former Blacksmiths Arms swiftly simplified its new name to The Hammers, where traditional, home-cooked meals begin with a selection of small plates and tapas – duck pancakes, and trio of fishcakes, for example – at three for a tenner. In addition to pub classics, also worthy of an honourable mention are the chef's specials, such as beef, root vegetable and Guinness casserole; slow-cooked belly pork; and scampi with dressed salad. Touring caravans are welcome.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Closed: false
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Discover County Durham
County Durham reaches halfway across England, from the North Pennines in the west, to the sea in the east. Much of it is very sparsely inhabited, and is naturally beautiful; a mix of rolling hills, monumental valleys, lush farmland and unforgiving moors. It’s strong on industrial heritage as well, and remnants of the now all-but-vanished mining industry are everywhere.
The City of Durham has a magnificent Cathedral which can be traced back to the establishment of a church in the 10thcentury as the final resting place of the miraculous remains of Saint Cuthbert. The Cathedral, alongside the city’s Castle (an 11th-century structure that now houses University College), were created a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. The area’s mining past is fully documented at the Durham Mining Museum; an amazing resource. Bishop Auckland is the other major settlement, and for centuries was run almost as an independent state by the powerful Bishops of Durham. These days it is still a bustling town with plenty of shops, historical interest and events like the annual food festival. The coastal town of Peterlee is unusual; it was set up as a new town to house Durham miners after WW2.
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