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 Selected Comments in Durham

John Wilson
This pub heralded the entrance to the City of Durham from the south, the old A!, (now the A167). I passed it countless times on my way to work in Durham but its not there now, just lots of houses.
Thursday, April 14, 2016Rating: No rosettes

Denys Carson
 Very Good food with pleasant service
We really enjoyed this fine restaurant with an imaginative menu, beers and wine.
With a log fire burning brightly its welcome right from the start in the Three Horseshoes.
We had a wonderful meal in one of the 3 eating areas to choose from with such friendly service, this is not just for the One-Off it's menu will encourage repeat visits.
Looking forward to our re-visit, thank you, Mary & Denys
Thursday, March 28, 2013Rating: rosettes

Mr Graham
 What a warm welcome. 10/10
Just been to the Woodman Inn in Gilesgates/Claypath Durham. It was one the most welcoming pubs I have had the pleasure to drink in.

Plenty of choice of ales and other beers. And great deals on if you can make their happy hours on a Thursday and Friday.

They also show live sports and we even had a toasted sandwich too.

Good to see such aI nice, clean pub these days. This pub can only keep getting better.

A must visit for anyone.
Sunday, November 4, 2012Rating: rosettes

Mr & Mrs Potts
12/06/2012 day visit to Co Durham from Sth Yorks visiting family we made a visit to the Three Horse Shoes at Maiden Law where my wife and I had lunch my wife had burger and french fries with salad and I had haddock and chips we both enjoyed our meals and would recommend this pub to any passing traveler or visitor to the area
as the meals are freshly cooked when ordered so there is a short wait but well worth it staff very friendly and they make you welcome too will visit again.
Thursday, June 14, 2012Rating: rosettes

maureen oliphant
 very disappointing
Cold plates, cold vegetables, cold meat and cold Yorkshire. A disgusting meal which we couldn't eat. Took our Malaysian student for a typical British Sunday roast so you can imagine our disappointment. Nor had they addressed the fact that torrential rain had caused a considerable leak through the ceiling grid causing a very slippery and dangerous floor in front of the buffet table. And cold drips down the neck as one served oneself.
Monday, June 11, 2012Rating: No rosettes

We have visited the Thinford Inn a few times recently over as many weeks. The carvery is always excellent, lovely and hot, with a good choice of meat and veg. Nice surroundings and pleasant staff.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012Rating: rosettes

waited 90 mins and meal still didnt arrive so went and got money back,we we were not the first people to do that either
Wednesday, February 15, 2012Rating: No rosettes

 Thurs trad music superb
I'm not a beer or pub guy in general, but for music, Thursday nights at the Dun Cow are wonderful: from about 8.15, session of British & Irish trad music, including Northumbrian/Borders tunes, even a bit of medieval. Superb bagpipes, fiddle, mandolin etc etc. Don't miss it!
Monday, January 16, 2012Rating: rosettes

We went here for an evening meal,the staff were pretty miserable to be honest and had a can't be bothered attitude and sort made you feel guilty about troubling them with your custom.We ordered 2 x 8oz steak meals,at 13.95 each i thought was a bit steep considering you can normally get mixed grills at many other places for that sort of money.We were then told a few minutes later that there was only 1 steak left,this was at 8 o'clock which i thought was a bit odd.Never the less i opted for the Steak & Ale pie instead and my partner was to be the lucky one to get the last steak available,at least that's what we thought.After a lengthy wait,the hard to get 8oz steak meal arrived on a huge plate with only 3 things on it.The steak (obviously) 1x tomato & 1 x mushroom,that was it!!!
Then my Steak & Ale pie turned up,this wasn't much better,one steak and ale pie and blob of dry mashed potatoe with some carrots on the side.This was capped off perfectly when i went to settle the bill and found out my pint of coke (driving) had cost me 3.Won't be going back in a hurry.
Monday, January 16, 2012Rating: rosettes

 Best pub in Durham...by a mile !
Only called in here for a quick pint of Castle Eden before leaving Durham, but will definitely be heading back here. The word 'pub' could have been penned as a fitting tribute to this place.....friendly family run feel, freindly locals in the bar, good beer, proper pub grub (as mentioned by many), quiz and music nights and a classic building....with an outside loo :) Raise your glass to the best pub in Durham, and maybe the whole of the north east !
Sunday, November 13, 2011Rating: rosettes

david wood
 sunday lunch
called in for sunday lunch and was appalled at the attitude of the staff on duty, we were totally ignored by the 3 young people at the bar one of whom rudely barged into one of my companions to get a napkin from the bar and still even at close quarters none of them aknowledged our prescence. We therefore left. Not only did you lose our custom on that day but we were also scouting out suitable venues for our company christmas function. may I suggest some staff training is in order.
Monday, October 31, 2011Rating: No rosettes

John Morris
 take no notice
Just back from the second visit of the month to the Thinford Inn. Surprised at the negative comments because we really enjoyed it. Generous and tasty meat portions, a good variety of veg, real ale, good service and excellent value before 7. The grandchild enjoyed a free mash of veg in the high chair.
Thursday, September 29, 2011Rating: rosettes

Very, very dissapointed. Meat was fatty and cold. Veg was overcooked, nearly mashed. Gravy looked like thin shit and no taste at all. Probably just water and Bisto granules without beef stock. No floor staff and chef was probably mute. Cutlery, salt and pepper we had to find ourselves. Not to mention PRICE!!! Scandal.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Mac One
Wednesday 4-30pm. No other customers.
Really looking forward to this visit and expected much better. Scraps of old leftover food lying in windowsills, sticky table surface and damaged cutlery (tip of steak knife bent at right angle). Not a good first impression. The food was plentiful but not especially well cooked and of poor quality. Huge disappointment for price.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011Rating: No rosettes

harry ramone
great decor, super food, what more can i say
Monday, June 20, 2011Rating: rosettes

 county durham
just came back from a excellent visit to the thinford inn, i was very optimistic about going after reading some of the bad reviews, and no be honest they couldnt be more wrong about the place. food is excellent, fresh and hot at all times, staff are very friendly and make me and my family feel dead welcome. couldtn possibly see why people would have a problem with the staff attitudes as they were all very polite and hard workers. the place was spotless and had a very relaxing atmosphere. will deffo now be a regular customer and recommend it to anyone i no. dont believe all these crap reviews, go and find out for yourself!
Monday, June 13, 2011Rating: rosettes

george haversham
 dining in durham
on a recent business visit to durham i was travelling with three work associates returning to leaming bar. we passed the thinford at 1600 hrs.
the restaraunt decor was beautiful but quiet.
we inspected the carvery before ordering and it looked inviting. the young man behind the bar approached us and asked if he could assist us.
we placed our order and found ourselves eating good food at an unbelievable inexpensive price.
toby carvery can learn from this excellent establishment.
Friday, June 10, 2011Rating: rosettes

japul sing
 thinford! excellent food and service.
my wife and i were passing the thinford inn with our three children. we noticed it was a carvery.
on our arrival we experienced a large car park, and even though it was quite busy, parking was easy.
the thinford looks like a light and airy place to eat and drink.
the wallpapers and paint give it a real nice feel.
the service that we received was friendly and attentive.
we were told that it was now run by new owners.
the carvery was a delight and the food was hot.
it was 1.30pm on a thursday afternoon and we found it a delight to dine there.
well done to all involved.
Friday, June 10, 2011Rating: rosettes

I visited the Thinford Inn on sunday and very much enjoyed the carvery, fantastic selection of meats and fresh veg and a nice selection of sauces to compliment the meal.
I found the front of house staff very friendly and they couldnt help me enough, the young man who served us on the carvery was very friendly and welcomed us like he had known us for years, very refreshing and he even gave us a gravy boat for extra gravy! little things like that go a long way in my book., the yorkshire puds were out of this world and beat my wifes big style, overall a most enjoyable experience at the thinford and we will make this our local from now on, judge for yourself as we did and you wont be sorry........well done thinford ;)
Thursday, June 9, 2011Rating: rosettes

John Rowland
 Sunday Lunch
We visited there yesterday for the Sunday Carvery which I thought was overpriced - but was hot and enjoyable. The main problem was the staff & management. When we went to the bar for drinks we had to wait untill who we presume wass the Manager finish his conversation with someone on the other side of the bar before he condesended to go behind the bar and serve us. There were no cutlery to be found so we asked a girl who was wrapping cutlery on a table opposite the bar and she said it was over by the carvery and that she didnt work there!! The Chef on the carvery unit told us twice that whe would only be two minuted as she we plating meals up for the kitchen. We eventually found the cutlery, and were asked by the same Manager person when we were walking toward our table if we needed any cutlery - to which I replied ' we had eventually found our own'. When we were serving ourselves at the carvery it would of been a bit more sensible if the serving utensils all had rubber handles to pick your food out with and NOT metal tongs in some of them!! We had nearly all finished eating when the Manager came to our table and noticed one of us were still eating and he said he would be back to clear the table in a minute - after fifteen minutes we left after deciding not to order deserts. We found the organisation front of house to be non existant and if it would every be busy total mayhem would rule, as there was approximatley two dozen people in the whole pub. We went to go to the Coash & Horses but could not get a table for forty minutes as it was full to capacity (as normal) so came to the Thinford as we had young children with us who could not wait. Next time we will book a table at the Coach & Horses as there you get good service and there is never problem with purchasing drinks, food or staff attitude.
Monday, June 6, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Thursday, March 31, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Thursday, March 31, 2011Rating: No rosettes

very nice and friendly
good drink
friendly manager and staff
down side no food but well worth a visit
Friday, February 25, 2011Rating: rosettes

 Never again
Visited the Thinford with my wife and daughter for the Sunday carvery after spotting the advert outside for 5.99.
Once inside we found those prices are for mid week only, and on a Sunday the price is 7.99 for the carvery.
The chicken meals that my wife and i had were Ok but the pork that my daughter had was absolutely disgusting, very fatty with more fat than meat, and there was even a large pigs nipple on the plate, which very nearly made my daughter vomit. We complainred of course but were refused a refund as she had eaten some broccoli but she was offered more meat or a free dessert, which didn't make up for the appalling plate of fat she was given. There was also no aplogy other than from the waitress. We will never be returning or reccomending this place.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010Rating: rosettes

 Very disappointed
Been here a few years ago and it was very friendly and clean then, but now dark and dingy and could do with refurbishing. The service was very slow due to no staff there at all. We had carvery and the meat was very fatty and the rest of the meal was cold, gravy looked like it had been there since the morning (all conjealed). Won't be going back
Friday, July 30, 2010Rating: rosettes

its cracking food and friendly bar staff :-)
Wednesday, July 21, 2010Rating: rosettes

this is the most amazing pub good food good drink.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010Rating: rosettes

I go regularly, as my Mam and Granny enjoy carveries so we go out once a week, and choose Thinford because it is the nearest.
It is very hit and miss. Some days amazing, others, not so much. If you get in when it first opens it is usually better. The size of cuts seem to be dependant on the chef and service dependant on who is working, so if you're lucky you will have an amazing. If not, something sub par.
Thursday, May 27, 2010Rating: rosettes

Saturday, April 24, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 food and attitude
The food was terrible dry and tasteless.If that was a large gammon (6 by 2 in) i hate to think what a small was like.Chips especially were very dry. Would not eat there again.The young lad behind the bar had the wrong attitude for dealing with people.When asked if everything was alright and we said no,he never made any comment or asked or said sorry.Also wanted paying before we saw the bill,which was all wrong.
Saturday, April 24, 2010Rating: No rosettes

a few friends get together every week for a meal this week we went to the thinford and had the nicest carvery i every had .The staff were very helpfull during to one of our party is handcapped. We will definatly be going back again well done to the thinford
Thursday, February 18, 2010Rating: rosettes

Sue A
 Very disappointing
Our girls monthly get-together chose the Thinford for its offer of a carvery (10 for two including soup) mid-week. Arrived for 7.30pm to find only 2 out of 3 meats available, and all the veg. dried out. Only two of the 5 veg were topped up - literally on top of the dried up stuff! Only 1 dessert on the specials board was available (not updated) then, when I ordered coffees was told machine switched off. No-one had the sense to ask us beforehand. Not as if it was busy - only 2 other couples in the whole time. By 9.45 place was empty. Will NEVER recommend or return.
Thursday, February 18, 2010Rating: rosettes

Pete R
We had a xmas day meal 2009, very disapointing, meal was cold, plates cold, as were the so called freshly brewed beverages, that were served from stainless steel pots just left on a table not even on a hot plate. over all very disapointed.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009Rating: rosettes

Allan Hodgson
Excellent service.The meals were freshly cooked.Soup of the day was thick and hot ! Best chips I have ever had .Very good atmosphere. Will go back again for sure.

Saturday, October 3, 2009Rating: rosettes

Susan Ireland
We ate at the Rose Tree on 2 occassions whilst visting our son in Durham, the food was excellent, as was the service, we had our toddler daughter with us & the staff were so friendly & helpful. A bonus to all this was price of the food, 4 adults , 1 toddler , around of drinks plus pudding about 66.
Monday, September 28, 2009Rating: rosettes

 No nonsense village pub
This is a decent pub, though a bit on the Spartan side. Can attract VERY rowdy groups, which is a shame, as it has a great location in prime walking country. Decent Black Sheep on tap, but alas, two big plasmas destroyed any atmosphere...
Monday, September 7, 2009Rating: rosettes

nice relaxing pub for couples or if you are out with a group of friends. recently decorated and refurbished to a lovely modern contemporary taste. lovely company and regulars, always made to feel welcome.
once you have been you will go back. regular varied entertainment to suit all.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009Rating: rosettes

angie winston
having been here in the past, we decided to try again having been ok but nothing special, we were told by the only bar staff to find our table come back to the bar and pay,so we did just that then made our way back to the carvery to get our food as we were both so hungary,we waited at least 4 minutes for the chef to come and cut our meat, with no warmly greeting hello or kiss my ass,asking us what we wanted with a bit of an attitude we were horrified at the treatment, hell i thought what a way to treat your guests! he was dripping with sweat a real turn off and to top it all hardly any meat on both plates, we moved up and got our veg and so on, the gravy pot had a thick crust on the top as though it had been stood for centuries,anyhow went to seats only to find no cutelry salt and pepper so i had to go and serve myself as there was no staff anywere in sight,being seated once again my plate looked miserable lacking in meat the veg was cold and the gravy tasteless like stodge,very dissapointing all round as having such a nice day in durham and this just spoilt it ... must say that we were the only customers in there well that speaks volumes will definately not be going again they just lost another 2 customers, and the decor looked like it could of gone 10 rounds with some washing up liquid!! wonder what gordon ramsay would make of the thinford inn!!!!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Mary Blacker
We booked a table and went with friends on Saturday 8/8/2009 for 8pm. Could not put drinks on the Bill- showm to a table at 8.05pm - and were told they stopped serving food at 9pm- 'Enjoy your meal'.
The carvery vegetables were very unappetising - broccilli was actually burnt- further vegetables were produced- very disappointing - unwelcoming.
Monday, August 10, 2009Rating: rosettes

Mike and Audrey leonard run the tenancy
Sunday, March 8, 2009Rating: rosettes

 late sunday lunch
out of desperation and hunger we stopped at thinford inn. we were pleasantly surprised at decor and food was good.Only complaint was that service was poor with staff standing gossiping next to us as we ate and were unhelpful.Would give it again on a week day
Sunday, August 17, 2008Rating: rosettes

Jane Przyborski
 Great food, friendly staff, well priced!!
My two children and I had dinner at the rose tree on Saturday night. The food was very tasty, hot and well presented. It was also very competitively priced. They offered small portions of most of the main menu meals for the children, instead of the bog standard 'children's menu' which normally consists of 'shaped' meat, chips and beans. Very impressed and we will return again soon.
Saturday, July 5, 2008Rating: rosettes

 pulled down now apts
Tuesday, June 17, 2008Rating: No rosettes

pat johnson
good friendly atmosphere great food,and our kids made very welcome, makes a change large garden and play room very enjoyable visit thanks
Friday, May 23, 2008Rating: rosettes

 Live Music
I saw a band in this pub the other week ....T-Base I think they were called. They were excellent , great songs , great moves and the audience loved them! Reminded me of the Rolling Stones crossed with Take That .
A wonderful evening , great beer , great entertainment and a lovely bite to eat !
Wednesday, February 14, 2007Rating: rosettes

Margaret Thompson
 Excellent food!!
After a very long journey from Birmingham to Durham to visit our daughter at University, we were extremely hungry and chose this pub solely for the carvery advertisement, also we hadn't eaten all day!
The service was excellent, we were informed of the new management and would like to say a big well done. The chef was friendly and calved to perfection!! The vegetables were very fresh and the gravy was superb.
The atmosphere was friendly and relaxed and overall the pub seemed like a wonderful family spot for a hearty sunday roast!
A big thank you to the staff, the hard working waitress especially! We left a big tip and bid farewell. We are visiting our daughter again in March. We hope to visit again.
Thanks again
Saturday, February 3, 2007Rating: rosettes

Master Bates
 FRee Drinks
All the pubs are giving free drinks if you do not go to the fighting cocks
Monday, January 29, 2007Rating: No rosettes

Thursday, January 18, 2007Rating: No rosettes

Tom Nelson
Wednesday, January 17, 2007Rating: rosettes

barny s.
 good pup great music
visiting the area to see a old friend a fortnight ago.great atmosphere,cracking band on called barnstormer who played PROPPER MUSIC,not the tripe we get down south.nice friendly people. a great night out . see you in six months time. barney.
Friday, December 15, 2006Rating: rosettes

Brian Knight
 great food
My wife and I ate at this wonderful little pub twice this week. The whole experience on both occasions was outstanding. I have not eaten so well in a pub in the north east ever. The food is of a high standard with pub prices. If I was served food like this in a restaurant in London for twice the price I would still be impressed. They have excellent cheap but good quality wine to accompany their food. Real ale (and I mean real) is also on tap. Whenever I go back up north, this will be a must visit venue.
Saturday, October 28, 2006Rating: No rosettes

 under new management
This pub has now got new managers after its mishaps and seems to be turning round again, Carole and Philip are the friendliest hosts i have had the pleasure of meeting and as a bonus - the pub is completely no smoking......give it a go you will be very suprised.
Monday, September 25, 2006Rating: rosettes

John Smiths lover
 Will it still be here soon?
I love the Newt but that back room never seems to have anyone in it. I just hope that it doesn't go under or I'll have to start drinking in that stupid new fun pub called The Grange. And I'm not keen to have to walk up there every night.
Thursday, September 14, 2006Rating: rosettes

Steve Evans
 Fantastic value
Great value for an overnight stay. The room was immaculate, spacious and comfortable. Breakfast was excellent. Superb value and an ideal location for the centre of the city.
Saturday, August 5, 2006Rating: rosettes

 great place
bar 19 is one of the best pubs in durham the staff are all realy friendly and try to be as plesnt as possible but when it is chocker on a friday and saturday night you cant expect a bit of chit chat.
it is definetly not a gay bar the females often out number the males 5 yo 1.
it has a good mix of music and the beer is ok
Friday, July 14, 2006Rating: rosettes

The food is lovely!! I'd say it has to be one of the best bar meals around. Visit here quite often due to working quite near by. The owners and staff are brilliant and cant do another to help you. The prices are very reasonable too and the portions are massive!!
Thursday, June 15, 2006Rating: rosettes

Jo-Anne Simpson
 Excellent service
We recently hosted a Durham Brass Festival event at the Red Lion and the function room was a great music venue. The staff were fantastic and did everything they could to make the evening run smoothly. Quality and personal service throughout, would recommend to anyone, we would certainly like to use the venue again
Thursday, June 15, 2006Rating: rosettes

Mr E.Wilson
 No thanks
Go in and see ....if your not in the clique .... stay away . A moon bar ....no atmosphere
Monday, June 5, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Mrs K Donnelly
 very happy customer
i recently visited the Thinford inn and i recieved a warm welcome from the staff, through out the meal they couldn't do enough to help and the food was cooked to perfection (we all had Steaks). I can definatley say that we will now make a return visit
Thursday, May 4, 2006Rating: rosettes

The Newton Hall is my local and it is class. There is never any bother. The beer is 2.40 a pint which is no more expensive than any other pub in the area bar one or two which are full of skum anyway.
The pub does nice food and plays the footie it has a toilet for you to wee in and a non smoking area that is out the back. The pub has recently been renovated and it 1000% better than it used to be. There is live music on a friday night.
Friday, April 14, 2006Rating: rosettes

Unhappy Customer
Went with family for sunday Lunch. Everybody's vegatables totaly raw. Informed manager, but no mention of refund, or even replacement. Poor service, certainly won't be returning there again.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Lorraine Turnbull
 Lovely cosy atmosphere
Just recently opened again, very clean cosy envoirement. The staff are very friendly and focused on customer service. The best part is the good beer that is served.
Monday, April 10, 2006Rating: rosettes

 A class pint
The Newt has been touched by the hand of God , its had a revamp , a face lift , a bit nip and tuck and the atmosphere replaced.

The best boozing establishment on the estate.

Quality drink , excellent staff , top notch grub made by Davey the Chef ...a quality boozer .
Sunday, April 9, 2006Rating: rosettes

Davy G
 Waste of concil house land
The Newton Hall is a hole. It is overpriced (2.40 a pint anyone? - welcome to the London of the North) for a pint of average tramp lager. The staff are miserable and rude, whilst the regulars seem stuck in the miners strike of the 1970's. With city centre pubs only a mile and a half away this pub is dying a slow death. Investment needed? This place needs an investment of Chelsea style proportions
Wednesday, March 22, 2006Rating: No rosettes

 durhams only gay bar
Bar19 is a gay place will not step foot in the place.
Sunday, February 26, 2006Rating: No rosettes

David and Lucy Liddle
 Fantastic pub - restaurant
We have been here many a times and the new management are fantastic, they are very friendly and welcoming with a smile! They are well known for there mixed grills and choice of drinks! If anyone is ever around the area pop in and we know you'll enjoy yourselves!
Thursday, February 16, 2006Rating: rosettes

I visited this pub 2 weeks ago and I must say I wish I had not.

There seems to be a pattern here of bad comment, good comment so I can only guess the good comments are coming fro staff or friends of staff.

Its not worth the treck out of Durham however I would treck away if it was my local.
Monday, February 6, 2006Rating: No rosettes

don burton
 good value
good find
Monday, January 30, 2006Rating: rosettes

Bar 19 is much better now it has been done out. Staff could be a bit more polite.
Monday, January 23, 2006Rating: rosettes

Yes I think you are right, there are always to many in.
Sunday, January 22, 2006Rating: No rosettes

I think they let to many people in to the pub.and you can never get sirved. I think the should get some one in to see how many they can get in.
Sunday, January 22, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Love the pot and glass
Got to be the best pub in Durham i have ever visited. Staff friendly and nice and food and drink absolutly excellent. Will definatly be returning as a regular customer. I love u the pot and glass crew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, January 18, 2006Rating: rosettes

 please reply
I was woundering if you could send me a price list for meals as i have heard they are very good and i would like to book a table i have been in your pub before for a drink and i think it is a lovely pub since it has been taken over by new people
Sunday, January 15, 2006Rating: rosettes

alex woodmass
ok this is usualy some where i love to eat nice food with good helpings.
went last night upon arival at bar was told theres no chips left, boiled , mashed or jacket excuse me if im wrong dont chips come from potatoes or just from frozen bags.
so i thought ok i will get the beef ale and stake pie with mash potatoe, this is where it gets worse.
the crust on the pie was at least half an inch thick rock hard and over done nearly to the piont of being burnt this also affected the taste of the filling which was almost tasteing burnt.
needless to say the mash was the best bit of my meal.
when waitress asked if everything was ok i told her this only to be told back your the second person to say that today no apolagies or anything else.
a very unhappy custemer
Tuesday, January 3, 2006Rating: No rosettes

horatio anklefart
 a fine venue for jollification and cat botting
a homely spot where one can relax and drink ones self to a state of near death. all manner of practises accepted hea, including cat botting.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005Rating: rosettes

home sweet home
Tuesday, November 29, 2005Rating: rosettes

joanne taylor
 fabulous time we had
what a great time we had on our party night Diane the mangeress was great very welcoming and hospitable and that dj stue well he was fab as well very good pub recomend it to all great night
Friday, November 18, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 Under New Management
The Three Horse Shoes has recently been taken over (Sept 2005) and there have been a great number of improvements made to both the Exterior and Interior.
One of the major improvements has been the change in staff, including the hiring of a new chef with over 10 experience. This has resulted in a return to high quality, homemade food, with steaks and grills an particular speciality. I would recommend the Three Horse Shoes to anyone for any occassion.
Thursday, November 17, 2005Rating: rosettes

A. Richter
 Avoid if you have the choice
My first experience of this pub will be the last.

I was in the pub while on a business trip and held an informal meeting there.

While there the following things happened.

1). One of the chef was rude to a customer over something as silly as roast potatoes and the lack of mash.

2). I heard said staff member (while in the kitchen) insulting said customer, he didnt seem to realise you could hear everything from the Carvery que.

One of the customers group talked with the chef who then appologised for his comments.

3). Fro that point on said customers had drinks waiting at the bar while staff stood around chatting. The staff walked past said customers and id they took an order, it either stood at the bar or the order was left unfulfilled.

4). The bill for said customer was wrong.

5). When said group of customers left one of the staff (now off duty and sitting in the pub) made a comment about one of the girls legs.

All in all I thought the staff were lazy and unmotivated. The only motivation they demomstrated was to ignore said group of customers.

The behaviour of the staff really let doen the pub which on the whole I thought was ok.

As I said, I was there on a business meeting and was looking for a place to hold further ones.

If the manager of owner reads this, your staff from sat 12th Nov have forced me to take my business elsewhere. I was only planning 2 or 3 informal meeting a month wiht maybe only 5 people each time so you may not consider this much of a loss.

If anyone reading this knows which brewery runs this pub then please post a comment as I would like to let said brewery know about this pub.

Thursday, November 17, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Mr Paul Guy
 Small friendly pub
Very friendly pub serving a fine range of beers including several guest ales, which change on a regular basis. Serves good food with big helpings, highly recommended. Friendly owners and very helpful staff.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005Rating: rosettes

 good pub
The red lion has a great atmosphere and all there staff are great especially paul and julie the owners even to the secruuity they have on the door thanks clockworks.
Tuesday, September 6, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Mary McGovern
 Your pub
How long has your pub been in existence? My grandparents used to stop at a Bluebell pub on the way home from church on Sunday mornings. I wonder if it was your establishment. They lived in West Stanley.
Tuesday, August 9, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 Closed as of July 2005
Sold on short notice, closed and to be raized for a housing development.
Wednesday, August 3, 2005Rating: No rosettes

David & Carol Bowe
 Fun time
Great friendly atmosphere, as Americans, we enjoyed the locals
Friday, July 29, 2005Rating: rosettes

carol jones
What has happened to this pub? It used to be one of the nicest in the area with great food and service, complimented by the lovely views from the dining room. Well the views are still there but sadly the rest is lacking. On the last three occasions I have eaten there, one of which being a Christmas meal, the food was mediocre and the service was beyond belief! Dirty glasses, missing cutlery, no serving spoons, clueless staff, and an hour's wait for a main course. Need I go on? Any request was met with either a blank look or a half hearted apology, the staff seem not to care. The management of this place desperately need to get organised and get their staff trained properly. An offer of a free coffee does not make up for the fact that a meal was completely ruined. I will definitely not be eating here ever again.
Saturday, July 16, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Deborah Humphreys
 Sunday Lunch
I've eaten here a few times on Sundays and always found the food very tasty and plentiful. It's great for people with large appetites as the self service carvery means you can fill your plate. The meat is always cooked to perfection and there is certainly not a shortage of it! Staff are friendly and helpful, if not overly so, and the surroundings are comfortable and pleasant. You could do an awful lot worse than this for a lazy Sunday lunch.
Saturday, July 16, 2005Rating: rosettes

Diane Martin
contact Paul and Diane Martin

Tel. 01913836970
Owners of the fighting Cocks Durham
Thursday, June 23, 2005Rating: No rosettes

simon peterson
 new menu breath of fresh air
i went there for an evening meal with my wife and we had seafood gumbo and the jambalaya respectively, thoroughly enjoyed it. this pub has come a long way, these new owners have created a slice of new orleans cuisine widely devoid in the local area. i recommend the jug to anyone.
Monday, June 20, 2005Rating: rosettes

Richard Lonsdale
 Go there now
This Pub Is Great, the people are friendly and the prices are cheap.
Thursday, June 9, 2005Rating: rosettes

liz burdess
 carvery for 2 on 8th June 18.30
possibly the worst meal I have had for I can't remeber when!
Roast potatoes cindered, bought yorkshire puddings which had been kept warm for ages, couldn't eat, the beef was atrocious, stringy. Asked to have turkey instead and when got that, rest of dinner cold and it was processed turkey which was slimy and tasted of nothing. Had to keep waving off flies. If they were in the dining room they must have been on the food waiting to be served. Told the 2 kids who served and took the money and got a half hearted sorry. Used to go frequently last year, don't know what has happenned but won't be a visitor again.Only good thing was the no smoking policy
Thursday, June 9, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 Best avoided
Used to be a great pub for rock music but recently gone down hill and best avoided. The staff are the rudest in Durham
Tuesday, May 17, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 Its the best pub ever!!
Yay for my pub
Saturday, April 9, 2005Rating: rosettes

Roz Place
called in on spec, very impressed service very good food absolutely delicious,puddings even better!!!!! cant wait to go again
Wednesday, March 30, 2005Rating: rosettes

steven lloyd
 the best pub in the uk
the staff are great!
Wednesday, March 16, 2005Rating: rosettes

brett mulcahy
 very good all round
food xcellent service very good and bar staff very friendly
i'll defineatly be back
Sunday, February 27, 2005Rating: rosettes

The Newton Hall, otherwise known as the NEWT has a lot of potential although the interior is a little shabby. Give the place a revamp and its one of the best pubs in Durham!!!
Friday, February 11, 2005Rating: rosettes

 The best pub I have ever been to
The most amazing pub I have ever been into. The atomosphere is brilliant, the snacks (notably proper pork scratcings, toasties and the famous locally home cooked pork pies) are something else and the freindly banter in both the snug and the lounge is brilliant. What a superb place to watch the Six Nations! One you've been there once. I garauntee you will want to live in there. It is run by the best couple ever - they make an effort to know everyone.
Thursday, February 10, 2005Rating: rosettes

Eddie Turner
Licensee is Lesley Fyfe. Great cask beer selection.
Thursday, January 20, 2005Rating: rosettes

Barbara Tong
 Disco- feast for A FIVER
We had a fab time at disco night. Food excellent and atmosphere brilliant. Very friendly staff. Hope you do really well in 2205.
Saturday, January 1, 2005Rating: rosettes

ian swift
 what a pub
at last a pub where you can chil and have a really good meal i ll be back
Wednesday, December 15, 2004Rating: rosettes

william hall
 new owners the food is excelent
i called in the vigo inn the meal i had was well presented and plenty of it with real potato cut chips i will certanly be back
Wednesday, December 15, 2004Rating: rosettes

 The Dun Cow
The Dun Cow folk night is every Thursday night and newcomers are always welcome!
Monday, November 22, 2004Rating: rosettes

 This is now Bar 19
Never been in Bar 19. Saddle Market was a hell of a hole.
Monday, November 15, 2004Rating: No rosettes

 I LOVE this gin joint
Medium size pub with a truly excellent range of real ales all year round. Also hosts the Durham Beer Festival in October which sopeaks for itself. Pool, darts, television, friendly locals: truly special.
Monday, November 15, 2004Rating: rosettes

 I LOVE this gin joint
Medium size pub with a truly excellent range of real ales all year round. Also hosts the Durham Beer Festival in October which sopeaks for itself. Pool, darts, television, friendly locals: truly special.
Monday, November 15, 2004Rating: rosettes

 A family favourite
It will come as no surprise that this Scottish and Newcastle establishment serves up regular helpings of Theakstons, Black Sheep and a quality range of other real ales with a real liking for Batemans - which I'm absolutely all for.
Some rather tastey food on occassion.
Overall, good for real ale and very central location in Durham.
Monday, November 15, 2004Rating: rosettes

 This place rocks.
Quite a large pub opposite the Swan and three Cygnets. Usually serves three to four quality real ales and a good selection of lager. Not the cheapest plce in town but the back room is down a few steps into a darker, danker environment as it approaches the river banks. This gives the whole place that 'private pleasures' aura which is a definite must for the depressed or decadent.
Monday, November 15, 2004Rating: rosettes

 Cozy real ale joint
Just down from the Swan and Three Cygnets and opposite the red brick Victorian Administrative centre for the University.

Small establishment with a relaxed atmosphere and castle eden ales.
Folk nights on occassion and ham and cheese toasties to get those pints absorbed
Monday, November 15, 2004Rating: rosettes

That would be iniquity not inequity - the priices are very fair. 'Ive no complaints' as Bobby would say
Monday, November 15, 2004Rating: rosettes

 Sammy Smiths establishment.
Cheap booze, pool room, regular folk music nights in the back room.

True bohemian excess in this little den of inequity. Fantastic.
Monday, November 15, 2004Rating: rosettes

Kitchen Manager scaked for cleanliness issues
Saturday, November 13, 2004Rating: No rosettes

Paul Jones
 The Best Pub in Britain
The place 2 b 7 days a week with the crack sensational every nite. The usual faces are saw on a weekend and where the most fun happens. A pint of heineken is just a little bit special in surely what is the best pub in the North East!
Thursday, September 23, 2004Rating: rosettes

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