Surrounded by old beams, stable tools and crackling log fires, a pub lunch at The Stables Beamish Hall in County Durham is perfect for a Sunday outing. After a scenic drive through the rolling hills (a nice break from the stale London air), we arrived at The Stables Beamish Hall hungry for some delicious home-cooked food.
After a friendly welcome, we sat with our drinks at the bar and soaked up the atmosphere. A roaring fire in the corner helped stave away the thought of the rain outside and the short wait for a table left us excited for the menu. The Stables is all about ‘real’ food, freshly prepared from locally-sourced ingredients in line with the seasons – we were practically drooling at the menu. Using locally-grown, reared and harvested ingredients means the chefs have full confidence in the quality of their dishes.
Sunday lunch proved to be a popular family outing at The Stables due to tables being full of families enjoying food together in local surroundings. We sat overlooking the courtyard and immediately felt cosy with the under-floor heating warming us up (later discovering a melted Kit Kat in the bowels of my handbag.) Outside it was raining but inside this homely pub in the middle of the Durham countryside, it was warm and welcoming.
Beer battered cod and chunky chips with a pea puree countered the sorry weather outside, and the roaring fireplace complemented the delicious food. Huge bay windows played picture frame to the courtyard outside, parasols still up, and the family meals surrounding us provided a comforting hubbub. Including the hearty roast as the perfect Sunday treat, the menu at The Stables Beamish Hall promises traditional home-cooked food with a unique twist and certainly lives up to its ‘regional cookery’ expectations.
Whether you want a quiet lunch with friends or a family function with your clan in mind, The Stables Beamish Hall is not only homely but big enough to accommodate everyone’s needs. Pick a table by the window and make an indulgent menu choice – it’s too good to pass up.
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