Rose & Crown

Barnard Castle, Durham
+44 (0)1833 650213
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£115 - £200
per night

Everything you’d want of a lovely country inn - pretty rooms, tasty food, local ales in a cute bar and fabulous walking


14 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome

£115 - £200 per night

The Experience

Romaldkirk is one of those lovely villages where little has changed in 200 years. It sits peacefully in the north Pennines, lost to the world and without great need of it. As for the Rose & Crown, it dates to 1733 and stands on the village green next to a Saxon church. Roses ramble across stone walls at the front, so grab a pint of local ale, then sit in the sun and watch life pass by. Inside, you can roast away in front of a fire in the wonderfully old-school bar while reading the Teesdale Mercury. There’s a peaceful sitting room for afternoon tea, then a panelled restaurant for excellent food, perhaps local Raby Estate venison pie followed by white chocolate panna cotta and pistachio ice cream. Thomas and Cheryl bought the place in 2012 and have been spending money on it ever since: it has never looked better. Stylish rooms – some in the main house, others out back, a couple in a cottage next door – have warm colours, comfy beds, Bose sound systems and super bathrooms. Don’t miss High Force waterfall, the magnificent Bowes Museum or the sausage sandwich at lunch. Dogs are very welcome.


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from £115
Singles £140-£200. Dinner, B&B £112-£157 per person.
1 Cottage for 4
From £115
7 Doubles
From £115
2 Suites for 2
From £180
3 Twins
From £115


Special offer: Apr & May: DB&B in a superior room. £120 per person per night based on 2 sharing for a 2 night min. stay.

Booking information

Check in
From 2.30pm
Check out
Other details
Reservation only.
23-27 Dec and one week in January.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property

Dog beds, towels for drying and locally made dog treats.

Max. 2 dogs.

Great walks from the door, village green next to the inn and river nearby.

Lunch from £13.50. Dinner, 3 courses, from £33. Sunday lunch , 3 courses £33.


Cheryl and Thomas Robinson have managed to inject high standards of hospitality and service while maintaining the essence of an informal village inn. There is a rustic charm about the place, the menu is as rooted in the environment as the pub itself, with a genuine local flavour, and characterful rooms combine period detail and contemporary style. A Teesdale treasure in an idyllic village.

David, Sawday's Inspector

Truly outstanding dinner, skate boned and wrapped, tomato salad with 3 different types of tomato, olives, pine nuts, huge fish platter excellent local cheeses, lemon posset with raspberry sorbet, and a very fine Muscadet. Service excellent.

David, Cambridge

Another enjoyable stay here, it just gets better and better. There's always a warm welcome from the wonderful staff. Excellent food served in both the cosy bar and the elegant restaurant. Superior furnishings and decor throughout the hotel. Very dog friendly with free treats provided in room and on the bar, lots of nice walks from the doorstep.

Kevin, Selby

Have stayed here on several occasions with my sister Daisy and my mum & dad, it is the most dog friendly hotel we have ever stayed in. We are allowed in the very comfortable bar where we sit under the table and eat the excellent treats provided by the owner, oh by the way my name is Gilbert and I am a nine year old westie. My dad, Kevin particularly likes the relaxed friendly atmosphere in the bar at lunch time. In the evening my mum, Marilyn likes nothing better than putting on a posh dress for fine dining in the romantic oak panelled dining room. We all love the R&C to bits.

Gilbert, Selby

On a cool August day we received the warmest of welcomes at this beautiful and comfortable inn. It’s several years since we had enjoyed a stay here and we were once again charmed by beautiful rooms, delicious food and great service. We are planning another trip for this year. It’s an oasis of calm in a troubled world!


Have stayed at the R&C many times. All of the rooms are furnished and decorated to a high standard. The housekeeping is excellent. All of the staff are kind, friendly and helpfull. The food served in both bar and restaurant is of faultless quality, good choices on bar and restaurant menus. The comfortable bar, overlooking the village green is a very relaxing place in which to enjoy good food and a drink. More formal dining in the oak panelled dining room is candle lit and romantic. Very dog friendly, lots of good walks locally.

Kevin, Selby

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Thomas & Cheryl Robinson

  • High Force - England's highest waterfall at 70 feet is a magnificent sight and on a beautiful stretch of the river Tees in upper Teesdale (8 miles).
  • Bowes Museum - a magnificent 'chateauesque' museum housing collections of international significance of fine and decorative arts (6 miles).
  • Eggleston Hall Gardens - delightful historical walled gardens that specialise in rare species and include a garden walk and shop (2 miles).
  • Raby Castle - a superb example of a medieval castle in parkland filled with deer (9 miles).
  • Barnard Castle - a charming market town with a ruined 12th century castle and famous for its antique shops on 'the bank' (6 miles).
  • Hannah's Meadows - run by the Wildlife Trust these meadows once owned by Hannah Hauxwell are examples of rich unimproved upland hay meadows in a traditional farming landscape (3 miles).