The Rose & Crown

Romaldkirk, Co. Durham

‘In a stunning village’, this 18th-century inn beside a Saxon church is now a highly rated pub-with-rooms, owned by a local farming family with deep roots in the Teasdale soil. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

A ‘haven of peace and calm, with excellent pub food and friendly, efficient service,’ this 18th-century inn stands beside a Saxon church ‘in a stunning village’ in Teasdale. It is owned by a local farming family with deep roots in the Teasdale soil. Characterful, country-chic main-house bedrooms and more contemporary courtyard rooms with outside seating area have fresh milk, home-made biscuits, Molton Brown toiletries. ‘Especially comfortable’ Laithkirk has ‘a range of books that would do credit to any library’. ‘Number five courtyard room is smaller than the others, but comfortably appointed, with a good shower.’ Food is served in the dog-friendly bar at lunchtime, and alongside more ambitious dishes at night in the bar and oak-panelled dining room. ‘Dinner was superb, a skate dish that would have been a winner on Masterchef, and a fish platter so generous my wife could not finish it.’ ‘The best pork chop and apple sauce I have ever eaten – so good I had it twice!’ A ‘hearty breakfast, with locally sourced produce’ is cooked to order. ‘Highly recommended as a base for exploring Teasdale, dipping in the river Tees, and hiking the moors.’ (Tessa Stuart, David Ganz, and others)

Hotel details


Barnard Castle
Co. Durham
DL12 9EB


01833 650213


14. 2 in Monk’s Cottage, 5 on rear courtyard, some on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled.


all year except 23–28 Dec.


lounge, bar, restaurant, front terrace, in-room TV (Freeview), boot room, EV charging, public rooms wheelchair accessible, no adapted toilet.

Background music

in restaurant.


all ages welcomed, extra bed £25, no under-8s in restaurant after 8 pm.


allowed in most bedrooms (no charge) plus public rooms, except restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from £155, singles from £140. À la carte £39.

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Comments about The Rose & Crown

The quintessential country inn. The rooms are beautifully decorated, cosy and comfortable, having luxurious en-suite facilities including piped music while you bathe, if that’s your thing. The bar has a real log fire, flagged floors , a fine choice of drinks, doggie treats for your four l-gged companions. The dining room glows with evening candlelight, polished glasses and dark wood panels reflecting the light. Delicious food, elegantly served by the friendly staff. - Fran Walker - January 2019
Every bit as good as on our last visit. Our room was spacious and comfortable. In the beautiful panelled dining room, the dinner is unfussy, inventive and excellent. Nice breakfast too. Very good staff. A traditional English country inn, reassuring and cosy on a cold winter's night. - David Birnie - January 2019
Our third visit to this very popular pub. Our room in the courtyard was fine, roomy, lots of storage space and an excellent modern bathroom. We didn’t appreciate being woken at 5am by a barking dog – book a room in the main house to avoid this. The food is good. I rarely choose a vegetarian option but was very pleased I did on one occasion. Breakfast had a very good fruit selection The staff are young, efficient and friendly. Very reasonably priced too. - Peter Anderson - August 2018
Loved the thoughtfulness, The excellence and the lack of pretension. Wonderful value. Midway between a hotel and a pub, in a delightful village. - David Birnie - August 2018
A very nice stay here with our dog, room comfortable and quiet, some great walks from the door . The food is the star of the show ,beautifully presented and delicious , we had the fine dining experience in the bar and loved it. Staff are lovely , attentive and friendly - Adam Gibson - March 2017
Another enjoyable stay at the R&C - our room in tiptop order as always. Comfortable relaxed atmosphere throughout. Excellent food served in both the bar and dining room. Beautiful setting in a picturesque village. This hotel is an absolute gem. - Kevin Johnson. - March 2017

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