Rose and Crown at Romaldkirk
OF THE HUNDREDS of Rose & Crowns in Britain, this one must be the tops. The Rose & Crown at Romaldkirk is a visibly loved 18th century coaching inn, crowned by its location in a pretty conservation village complete with ancient stocks among Teesdale’s fells and moors.
It’s kept to perfection, with beams, brasses, glowing copper and polished panelling. Exposed brickwork, cosy snugs, dancing fires and the reassuring tick of a grandfather clock create warmth in the lively bar, where locals are likely to sweep you into their conversations.
There’s elegance, too. Expect starched napery and silver candlesticks in the Rose & Crown's oak-panelled dining room or red walls and framed cartoons in the brasserie. Discerning palates make a beeline here for the chef's first-rate gastropub cuisine. Bedrooms are smartly choreographed while enjoying village-green views. There are also courtyard rooms where pet pooches are welcome.
Teesdale fells and fare
Christopher and Alison Davy's friendly and efficient team provide hospitality here with good humour, and the Rose & Crown has been showered in awards. Scrumptious fare includes pink roast fillet of Teesdale fell lamb with woodland mushroom and potato broth, and sticky butterscotch pudding.
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Rose and Crown at Romaldkirk was reviewed for Room for Romance by Mike North