Elks Head Whitfield

The Elk’s Head – near Whitfield, Northumberland

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The Elk’s Head, near Whitfield in Northumberland is a lovely riverside stop. Ideal for a pint and something to eat. The food is excellent value for money is delivered in generous portions by friendly efficient staff. If you’re lucky enough to visit when the sun is out, the large decking provides a relaxing space on […]

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The Countryman – Bolam

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In south-west County Durham, I found a gem of a pub, The Countryman, in the village of Bolam. The village itself is just south of the A68 and west of the B6275. Find the village and you can’t miss The Countryman. A warm welcome awaits you on arrival, in very pleasant and comfortable surroundings. There […]

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As English as it gets

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The English are known as a nation of eccentrics. Whether you think that is right or wrong, if you look closely enough, you can usually find evidence to support that claim. I can’t think of any other country where, when it’s pouring down with rain, it is not regarded as odd that someone says, come […]

A snowy Tan Hill Inn

A pub with a difference

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Every now and then, it is time to do something a little bit crazy, perhaps something you wouldn’t normally do. Today I did something that fits that description. I went to the pub. Now that probably doesn’t sound like anything out of the ordinary to most people, but this was a pub with a difference. […]


There’s cheese Grommit

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Hawes in North Yorkshire. A beauftiful little town lying slap on the A684 is home to Hawes Creamery, makers of the Wensleydale cheese made famous by Wallace & Grommit amongst others. It is a bustling town, always busy, whether with tourists travelling along the dale or the local dalesfolk themselves, yet this town provides a […]

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Back to the birthplace of trains

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Ask any railway enthusiast where the birthplace of the passenger railway is and many will mention Stephenson, the Stockton & Darlington Railway. Some may even mention Shildon in County Durham or the Mason’s Arms pub. However, few will mention Aycliffe Station. It is a place you wont find on any map today as it has been […]


The Sutton Arms, Elton

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The Sutton Arms in Elton, unlike a lot of other places, can mean different things to different people. Some choose it for its formal restaurant dining on an evening, whilst others will nip in for lunch or an early bird special. When we visited The Sutton, we specifically wanted to test the early bird menu. […]

Trillo of Whitby

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Visit Whitby in Yorkshire and it wont be long before you come across the name Trillo, but who are the Trillo family? Gregorio Antonio Thomaso Trillo (Neil told us he was known to the locals as Charlie who couldn’t quite master the long name) arrived in England from Italy in 1912 and quickly set about […]