Eat Well, Drink Well, Sleep Well

Join Us For  Drink at Teesdale’s ‘Pub of the Season 2015’

We are currently the only pub in Barnard Castle in ‘The Good Beer Guide’, to have won many accolades ! Winner of Teesdale Pub of the season in 2011, 2012, 2014 , 2015.

We’re well known for our cask ales and the bar serves a wide range – usually five and has an extensive wine list.

From time to time we hold beer festivals with 10 real ales on tap and a selection of speciality ciders. Come and join us and enjoy the afternoon and evening live music and entertainment. Our next one will is scheduled for September.

We keep surprising our customers and ourselves. Turns out – nothing tastes as good as our Real Ales!

Come and try our new menu – a delicious mix of popular cuisines that we keep changing regularly. Predominantly British, you will find Italian, Indian , Thai and food from other parts of the globe. We also have a delectable dessert counter!

There’s a comfortable lounge, a quiet restaurant, a beer garden with gorgeous views and the castle wall enclosing it and a bright and warm conservatory with a coffee bar.

We also offer excellent facilities for business meetings or training sessions, with a private meeting room and wireless internet access.

The Old Well Inn offers you traditional value and ambience with contemporary service – the best of both worlds. We are a family friendly, pet friendly hotel and pub  and we welcome you to the Old Well Inn experience.


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Join Us For A Hand-Pulled Real Ale!


It’s a clean and simple pale lager and one of the more popular beer varieties.


Stouts have an unclear history, yet it’s strongly held by many that they derive from porters.

  • Guest Ales

  • Timothy Taylor's4.3%

  • Strongarm4.0%


  • GUZZLER3.6%

  • Tennis Tipple4.0%

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Pale ale is one of the world’s most popular beer styles. It’s made with the use of pale malt.


It’s a very old style beer, whose history dates back to unhopped ales.

In the Old Well you’ll find a warm and cosy atmosphere and a range of drinks to suit all tastes, including a fine selection of wines and cask ales. We normally have 5.

Our range of casks changes every week and includes great beers from lots of local breweries including;

Timothy Taylor, Mitral Ales, York Brewery, Coniston, Consett Ales, Pennine Brewery, Black Hill Brewery, Hambleton Ales, Camerons and many more…

The Old Well Inn  features in ‘The Good Beer Guide’ and has done since 2011. Unlike other beer quality awards this is solely based upon CAMRA members votes. It is something that can’t be bought!

We have also has been voted 1st in the Darlington branch of CAMRAs pub of the season competition 2011,2012,2014 and are delighted to be the reigning champions 2015!


Our Menu

  • Starters

  • Soup of the day£4.50

    A freshly made pan of warming soup served with a fresh roll

  • Chicken Skewer£5.50

    Chicken Breast marinated and grilled and served with a salad

  • Deep Fried Brie£4.50

    Served with a side salad & warm redcurrant jelly

  • Prawn Cocktail £4.50

    Served with a bread bun

  • Garlic Mushrooms£4.50

    Served with a bread bun

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    served with appropriate accompaniment


    A traditional pot pie served with Chips and Garden Peas

  • Haddock, Handcut chips & mushy peas£10.95

    fresh from the docks!

  • Pasta Of The Day £9.95

    Served with parmesan & garlic bread

  • Chicken, King Prawn & Black Pudding Warm Salad£10.95

    Served with coleslaw

  • Veggie Sausage, Mash & Yorkshire Pudding£9.95

    served with a vegetarian gravy

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  • 10oz Ribeye Steak£16.95

    with chips, onion rings, mushrooms and salad.

  • 10oz Sirloin Steak£16.95

    with chips, onion rings, mushrooms and salad.

  • 10oz Gammon£10.95

    with chips, eggs, pineapple and salad

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Every night is our 2 steaks and a bottle of wine for £34 !

  • Litebites & Snacks

  • Paninis with 1 filling£5.75

  • Sandwiches with 1 filling£5.50

  • Toastie with 1 filling£5.50

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Filling choices

Tuna, Cheese,
BBQ Pulled Pork, Prawns,
Caramelised Onion, Bacon,
Sausage, Egg, Roast chicken

Add any extra filling for only £1

All served with a crisp dressed salad

Side orders all £2.95

Onion Rings
Garlic Bread
Crisp Dressed Salad
Garlic Mushrooms

  • Lunchtime Special

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£ 3.95

Fresh Soup Of The Day Served With A Fresh Bread Roll
Creamy Garlic Mushrooms With Crusty Bread
Prawn Cocktail

Main Courses

£ 5.95

Pie of the week
Haddock with Chips & Mushy Peas
1/2 Gammon, Egg & Chips
Devil Eggs


Please ask at the bar for our great selection of Desserts


  • One Course£9.95

  • Two Courses£12.95

  • Three Courses£15.95

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Soup of the day (v)
Classic Creamy Garlic Mushrooms (v)
Prawn Salad
Venison Pate and crusty bread

Main Course

A choice of ;
Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding
Roast Chicken and Stuffing
Roast Gammon
All served with mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables,
roast potatoes and gravy.


A selection of puddings and pies to choose from.

**Children under 8 eat for free from our Sunday menu**

Relax with real coffee,  home-baked cakes
and a children’s play area.

Relax in our newly furnished coffee lounge in the conservatory whilst enjoying the view across the beer garden. We are a family friendly and pet friendly pub so you need not worry about a babysitter while you relax!