The Old Well Inn
“Enjoyable food matched by a large range of real ales” - AA Inspector
BARNARD CASTLE, COUNTY DURHAM
- Social distancing and safety measures in place
- Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
- Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
We are a historic , old hostelry. It’s an amalgamation of many buildings and is higgeldy-piggledy in nature. The guidelines have had to be interpreted to work in a building like ours. We have lost a lot of space but have tried our best to mitigate potential threat to staff and customers. Using certain areas solely as a thoroughfare and losing seating , opening usually locked doors to create routes that will help maintain social distancing, using little bells on room keys to alert guests on stairways are some of the measures we have taken. We are constantly having to think out of the box.
Dating back to the 16th century, this black-and-white timber-fronted pub is next to Barnard Castle itself and there is a well beneath the main bar. The castle wall borders the pub’s beer garden, where you can enjoy one of the seven cask ales – Timothy Taylor Landlord, perhaps – and ciders in the summer. At other times of the year, grab a seat by the large open fire and order from the globally-inspired menu. Traditional pub classics like gammon, egg, pineapple and chips or like steak, ale and mushroom pie sit happily alongside the home-made Indian curries.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Coach parties accepted
- Open all year
- Wide selection of Ales
- Wide selection of ciders
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About the area
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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