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“Eat Out to Help Out” BEGINS TODAY 🥳

Come support us by getting 50% OFF (upto £10) your food, soft drinks and hot drinks  (Alcohol not included 😢). 

Remember there is no limit on the number of times you can avail this offer 🥳🥳🥳 

Book a table in advance, if possible, as we are functioning at reduced capacity due to social distancing measures.

“Eat Out to Help Out” BEGINS TODAY 🥳

Come support us by getting 50% OFF (upto £10) your food, soft drinks and hot drinks (Alcohol not included 😢).

Remember there is no limit on the number of times you can avail this offer 🥳🥳🥳

Book a table in advance, if possible, as we are functioning at reduced capacity due to social distancing measures.We will be participating in the new 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme which takes place all day (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday ONLY) from the 3rd of August 2020 - 31st of August 2020.

This means every individual will get 50% off their 'FOOD, SOFT DRINKS & HOT DRINKS' upto £10.
(This does not apply to alcoholic beverages).

As per government guidance, there is no limit on the number of times this offer can be used by a customer (including children) during the above mentioned period.

So please come and take advantage of this offer every Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday in August 2020, and SUPPORT US by getting 50% off your meals 😱.

Our kitchen will be serving food,
Monday - Saturday

Lunch: 12 noon - 3pm
Dinner: 5pm - 8pm.

Please try to book a table ahead (if possible) to ensure you don't miss out on this offer, as social distancing measures are in place and we are operating at a reduced capacity.

(T&Cs apply)

#EatOutToHelpOut #50PercentOff Eat Out to Help Out UK #BarnardCastle Barnard Castle
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6 days ago

We will be participating in the new Eat Out to Help Out scheme which takes place all day (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday ONLY) from the 3rd of August 2020 - 31st of August 2020.

This means every individual will get 50% off their FOOD, SOFT DRINKS & HOT DRINKS upto £10. 
(This does not apply to alcoholic beverages).

As per government guidance, there is no limit on the number of times this offer can be used by a customer (including children)  during the above mentioned period. 

So please come and take advantage of this offer every Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday in August 2020, and SUPPORT US by getting 50% off your meals 😱. 

Our kitchen will be serving food, 
Monday - Saturday 

Lunch: 12 noon - 3pm 
Dinner: 5pm - 8pm. 

Please try to book a table ahead (if possible) to ensure you dont miss out on this offer, as social distancing measures are in place and we are operating at a reduced capacity. 

(T&Cs apply)

#EatOutToHelpOut #50PercentOff Eat Out to Help Out UK #BarnardCastle Barnard Castle

We will be participating in the new 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme which takes place all day (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday ONLY) from the 3rd of August 2020 - 31st of August 2020.

This means every individual will get 50% off their 'FOOD, SOFT DRINKS & HOT DRINKS' upto £10.
(This does not apply to alcoholic beverages).

As per government guidance, there is no limit on the number of times this offer can be used by a customer (including children) during the above mentioned period.

So please come and take advantage of this offer every Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday in August 2020, and SUPPORT US by getting 50% off your meals 😱.

Our kitchen will be serving food,
Monday - Saturday

Lunch: 12 noon - 3pm
Dinner: 5pm - 8pm.

Please try to book a table ahead (if possible) to ensure you don't miss out on this offer, as social distancing measures are in place and we are operating at a reduced capacity.

(T&Cs apply)

#EatOutToHelpOut #50PercentOff Eat Out to Help Out UK #BarnardCastle Barnard Castle
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10 wonderful years of The Old Well Inn Open Mic Night 🎤 

As some of you may know the Old Well Open Mic would have been holding a special night on Thursday 30th July to celebrate its 10 year anniversary. 
The weekly live music sessions started with Peter Cockerel who had just taken over as landlord, Len Rowland and the late Bob Jordan just playing a few tunes in the bar. Over the years, as more people came along to play, the Thursday nights evolved to become the great open mic session that you have all helped contribute to. 
As we are not able to meet together in person to celebrate, I would like to ask if you would be prepared to post 2/3 videos recordings of yourself (or your band) playing,  on the Barney Musicians Share (BMS) Facebook page on Thursday 30th July mentioning that you are supporting the 10 year anniversary of the open mic. 
They don’t have to be new recordings, they could be posts previously put on the BMS page (or elsewhere) during the lockdown or previously recorded videos from other venues, which ever is easiest for you.
I do hope you are able to help us in this, but whatever, I would like to thank you all for supporting the Open Mic over the years and look forward to when we can all meet together again for our Thursday night sessions.

We would also like to give one of the biggest thank yous to Malcolm Elsbury without who Thursdays in Barney wouldn’t be the same.

10 wonderful years of The Old Well Inn Open Mic Night 🎤

As some of you may know the Old Well Open Mic would have been holding a special night on Thursday 30th July to celebrate its 10 year anniversary.
The weekly live music sessions started with Peter Cockerel who had just taken over as landlord, Len Rowland and the late Bob Jordan just playing a few tunes in the bar. Over the years, as more people came along to play, the Thursday nights evolved to become the great open mic session that you have all helped contribute to.
As we are not able to meet together in person to celebrate, I would like to ask if you would be prepared to post 2/3 videos recordings of yourself (or your band) playing, on the Barney Musicians Share (BMS) Facebook page on Thursday 30th July mentioning that you are supporting the 10 year anniversary of the open mic.
They don’t have to be new recordings, they could be posts previously put on the BMS page (or elsewhere) during the lockdown or previously recorded videos from other venues, which ever is easiest for you.
I do hope you are able to help us in this, but whatever, I would like to thank you all for supporting the Open Mic over the years and look forward to when we can all meet together again for our Thursday night sessions.

We would also like to give one of the biggest thank yous to Malcolm Elsbury without who Thursdays in Barney wouldn’t be the same.
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2 weeks ago

Comment on Facebook 10 wonderful years ...

Just want to say a huge 'thank you' to everyone involved. The Old Well open mic was the very first place John and I played in public. We were sat in the corner waiting for our turn when Len announced us as 'the two corner boys'. The name stuck. We'll put a couple of videos of some of our gigs there on the BMS site as requested. Thanks again Rima, Roy, Peter, Len, Malcolm, and of course the wonderful regulars. 🎸🎷🎶

One of the worst things about lockdown is not being able to go out to open mics, even those which are 300 miles away. Suzanne Carlino and I hope to be able to come up to Barney before to much longer.

Peter Cockerill

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Diver explores long lost cellars below town centre

By Nicky Carter – Reporter 

Despite being a regular at the Old Well, in Barnard Castle, Ian Mitchell, 50, hadn’t realised there was a hidden well despite the descriptive name of the pub.

“It’d got chatting to some visitors,” said Mr Mitchell, a keen amateur scuba diver. “They’d been reading the history cards in the pub and told me about it.”

Mr Mitchell, who is more used to diving in the River Tees, said he seized the opportunity and asked Roy and Rima Chatterjee, who purchased the pub two years ago, if he could take a dive.

Mrs Chatterjee said: “We normally don’t let anyone down into the sub-cellar for health and safety reasons, but Ian said he was qualified and we were interested to know more about the well and what’s down there.”

When they purchased the pub, which dates to about 1795, Mr and Mrs Chatterjee installed lighting and two hi-definition cameras in the subterranean cellar. Monitors in the front bar and dining room link to the camera, allowing visitors to glimpse the ancient well. However on the morning of the dive the monitor broke so were unable to have the feed live in the pub itself.

Mr Mitchell had hoped to get video footage of his dive but the visibility was so bad he doesn’t believe it will show anything. He spent about ten minutes exploring the well, which is in a cave like room below the bar’s cellar.

Mr Mitchell, of St Mary’s Close, in Barnard Castle, said: “I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face – it was so murky. I felt my way down three of the walls. The first wall went straight down. I was down about 25 to 30 feet but I wasn’t at the bottom. The second wall I went down about the same depth and I felt something like a cord or wire – a diver’s worst nightmare, so I came back up. The third wall narrowed off much like a funnel. I didn’t want to go any further with my training, but I know I hadn’t got to the bottom.”

It took two attempts for Mr Mitchell to extricate himself from the well itself after his air tanks became wedged. Fortunately the owners’ eldest son, Aayush Chatterjee, 22, was on hand to help guide him up the access ladder.

There were as many as 39 wells in Barnard Castle in the early part of the 19th century. All but two were covered over following a cholera epidemic in 1824 and it is believed the Old Well’s water-filled cavern is one of those two.

The last recorded time a diver was in the well was 1969 when the licensees were Peter and Kay McArthur. The Teesdale Mercury reported of Army frogmen who spent two hours in the well, which was used for brewing beer. At the time samples of the water, which gives off a distinctly sulphurous odour, were sent off to the local brewery for analysis.

Mr Mitchell said he is going to contact a cave diver group to see if they want to investigate further.

With Thanks to The Teesdale Mercury

FOOD SERVED

KITCHEN IS CLOSED SUNDAY & MONDAY

Kitchen Opening Times

Tuesday - Saturday ONLY.

Lunchtime
Noon - 3pm
Last orders 2.45pm.

Evening Meals:
5 - 8pm
Last Orders: 7.45pm