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Real Ales, Real Food, Bed & Breakfast Accommodation

Barnard Castle … the doorstep to Teesdale

Next time you visit Barnard Castle or Teesdale, book your Bed & Breakfast in Barnard Castle at The Old Well Inn. With 7 spacious, individually designed rooms, all en-suite with smart TV’s, you will enjoy your B & B break with us.


We have implemented strict Covid Safety Measures to ensure our guests and staff have the utmost level of protection against Covid 19 whilst visiting The Old Well.

We have introduced a restricted Indian dine in menu prepared by Rima, for both Lunch and Dinner, so we can limit the number of staff in our kitchen ensuring their safety.

Facilities include;

  • Comfortable lounge serving bar meals
  • A quiet restaurant
  • Comfortable breakfast room serving sumptuous English & Continental breakfast
  • Beer garden with gorgeous views and the castle wall
  • Bright and warm conservatory with a coffee bar
  • Business meeting facilities and training sessions
  • Private meeting room
  • Wireless internet access.
  • Family friendly & Pet friendly B & B Accommodation and Pub

Traditional value and ambiance with contemporary service.

Covid Safety Measures

Join Us For A Hand-Pulled Real Ale!

  • Guest Ales

  • Timothy Taylor's4.3%

  • Strongarm4.0%


  • GUZZLER3.6%

  • Tennis Tipple4.0%

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

Relax in our bright and warm 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!

Bed & Breakfast Guest Reviews

  • andyjoneszz9/03/2021
    5 star rating

    Lovely, comfortable, unpretentious pub, friendly service, excellent pint of Timothy Taylor's. Four other real ales on the bar. Great oasis in which to take advantage of the weekend unexpectedly beginning an afternoon early and watch the world go by. 🙂

    Sally Durham9/01/2021

    Had a really nice meal here after a walk. Great food & beer. Friendly staff.

    Belinda Holt8/07/2021

    Very quaint pub with so much atmosphere and attention to detail.
    Lovely, friendly bar staff too.

    Carl Braybrook8/03/2021

    lovely pub great food and a great pint ..the beer garden out the back is beautiful

  • Caldough7/28/2021
    5 star rating

    Called in for a drink after visiting the castle and walking along the river. We sat in the beer garden which is very relaxing and peaceful. Although it was lunchtime we weren’t hungry but saw lovely food being served to other people.
    After wandering around the town and looking for somewhere to eat we returned and ordered the fish and chips. Wow! They were cooked to perfection, the fish was delicious with crunchy batter and everything was piping hot.
    The beers and wine were lovely too with good choices.
    Staff were very friendly and gave great service.
    We will return on our next visit to Barnard Castle.

    Karen Napper7/25/2021

    lush garden . lovely friendly staff too

    Glen Turner7/25/2021

    We only called in for a pint, but really enjoyed it, the staff were pleasent and attentive, the food looked great and good value for money. Will definitely be back.

    5 star rating

    Overnight stay on 26th June to celebrate my birthday, it was the first time staying away from home since start of pandemic. Immediately felt at ease as inn had robust covid safety measures in place. There was a bit of confusion on arrival as previous occupant of our room had walk off with the keys. However this was quickly solve by very helpful staff and owner Roma. As we were a late booking and all other rooms were filled we stayed in a family room (1 double and 1 single bed). The building was built around late 17th century and had all the charm of this age of building, wonky floorboards, low door ways, fine for me at 5’ 1”, although my husband had to bend his head every time he went through doorways. As stated staff were very friendly and helpful and the cooked breakfast was wonderful. I was also greeted at the breakfast table with a chocolate cake, with birthday candle and a card from the owners and staff. I cannot recommend this inn highly enough, would definitely visit again. More

  • Patricia T6/26/2021
    4 star rating

    Lovely place to stay , owners are so friendly , they make you feel so welcome . Amy the bar manager is so pleasant and makes you feel at home. All the staff are friendly and helpful . Food is nice breakfast sets you up for the day .The bed has to be the biggest I have seen and so comfy . Rooms clean , tea making facilities and an hair dryer .

    5 star rating

    An excellent first ever visit to pub in a town I know pretty well. I’ve just never visited before, but I really wish I had years ago.

    Served by Lucy, who was a real credit to the place. She was very friendly but most importantly provided excellent customer service on what I found out was a week into her first ever job. They’ve obviously trained her very well in such a short period of time. Briefly chatted to who I assume was the supervisor behind the bar who was also very friendly and professional.

    Lovely beer varieties on offer. I didn’t stay for food but was pretty gutted about that. Everybody around us did have food and it looked and smelled very nice indeed.

    Also a lovely, friendly atmosphere in the beer garden with lovely surroundings.

    Highly recommended. More

    Lindz J Vern6/10/2021

    lovely beer garden, great host and an excellent curry. 10/10. ❤

    Bill Oldfield5/29/2021

    Bought a sharebox takeaway a couple of days ago. I should have done it before. Absolutely brilliant. Apart from being remarkable value, this is much more authentic Indian food than many will have experienced. If you're looking for a chicken tikka masala, it may not be for you. But if you're looking for well-balanced, incredibly tasty, authentic Indian-style food, give it a go!

  • Chris Bale5/01/2021

    Thanks Roy and Rima for the food tonight. Really enjoyed my thaali with chicken and the spicy bean burger was fab as usual.

    Nick Wood5/01/2021

    The loveliest pub garden in Barnard castle

    Lesley Glass4/25/2021

    Our favourite place in Barnard Castle. Great service,beautiful enclosed garden. Well worth a visit. Makes our stay here special

    JoJo Metcalf4/25/2021

    Great outdoor beer garden. Well organised for COVID. Food was good, especially loved the sauce on the chicken burger, it was delicious.

  • Morris Young4/23/2021

    Great food great beer very friendly

    Rachel McBurney4/17/2021

    We had the veggie curry and it was delicious 😋. Fabulous service. Would highly recommend

    Tony Borrowdale3/27/2021

    Fantastic service. Meal delivered to our door, absolutely delicious and very very tasty. Would highly recommend. Thanks to Roy and his team.

    Helen Wherry3/06/2021

    Takeaway was beautiful, delivered to our door. Would definitely recommend.

The Old Well Inn