Black Horse Beamish
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
It's entirely usual to see a country pub located amidst rolling fields, and it's entirely usual to expect hearty, freshly prepared cuisine inside. What is unusual is to see two keen gardeners tending to a flourishing, ten-acre vegetable patch as you head up the drive. This is exactly what you are likely to encounter at the Black Horse. Andrew and Lee tend to a paddock packed with fresh vegetables, and it's from this bountiful plot of land that the Black Horse creates some outstanding cuisine. It's good to know where your food is coming from but it's a real treat to see it in bloom from the dining room window. Diners at the Black Horse can expect the very best. After passing the garden you'll be eager to taste its offerings. Perhaps start with smoked trout, cucumber pickle, caper and shallot salad or a delicious ham hock terrine with piccalilli purée and pease pudding. Main-course choices are wide and varied, meaning everyone's palate can be satisfied. You'll find everything from fish dishes, such as the one-pot fish stew and roast cod loin, to vegetarian treats, meat dishes and pies, and a mouth-watering grill. With such fresh produce readily available, it stands to reason that the menu changes seasonally, but a few favourites remain available all year round. The Bombardier pie, fish 'n' chips and the Black Horse burger are all popular with regulars. A separate children's menu sees the little ones catered for, and diners can choose to dine in the restaurant or the orangery. What is a rural country pub without its share of history and, of course, a resident ghost? The Black Horse has both. As a 300-year-old building, it was originally one of the ten cottages built on the Bonny Bobby Shafto estate and its beautiful exterior matches the idyllic countryside in which it sits. But within its walls still roams George Ridley, a local miner who mysteriously disappeared in 1807 - maybe you'll see some of his muddy footprints. Found just a two-minute drive from the Beamish museum and minutes from Tanfield Railway, the Beamish lakes and Causey Arch, this is the perfect spot if you're exploring Durham. Perhaps make use of Huckleberry Cottage, a newly refurbished retreat with stunning panoramic views, surrounded by an abundance of wildlife and rare birds.