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FIRST DRINK TO BE SERVED AT SHARP 12 NOON !!! 🍺🥃🍷🥂
It has been a long wait, but it is finally time for us to open our doors. Yes, there will be quite a few changes but if we stick to the guidelines and look out for one another, we can get through this TOGETHER. 

Here are a few steps to remember: 

1) When walking in, please mark your table on the board at the entry so that future customers know if there are any tables available. Please remember to unmark your table upon exit. There are tables in the garden with umbrellas, if you choose to sit outside (weather permitting, of course). All tables have been placed to ensure social distancing. 

2)Please use the sanitisation stations, follow the markings and guidelines provided all across the pub. These are there to ensure the safety of EVERYONE. 

3) ONLY table side service will be available. You will have to ORDER and PAY USING YOUR CARD by scanning a QR code and ordering through the secure link that comes up. Your order will then be brought to your table by a member of staff. Here is the link to the online ordering platform you will need to use.
https://theoldwell.touchtakeaway.net/menu

4) While ordering, it will ask you for your details. This is only to help with the governments track and trace efforts. 

5) The play area for kids is unfortunately closed. Children must sit with their parents/ guardians at all times. 😢😢

6) If a customer is suspected to be unwell or shows any symptoms, they will be requested to leave. Again, this is just to ensure everyone is safe. 

7) Please book a table in advance if you can, it helps with crowd management. 

We will have teething troubles while we try to adjust back into the new normal, so please bare with us. 🙏🏻🥶

We appreciate all the good wishes we have been sent and look forward to seeing you all back. ❤️❤️❤️

Thank you for your cooperation and continued support!!

Cheers 🍻

FIRST DRINK TO BE SERVED AT SHARP 12 NOON !!! 🍺🥃🍷🥂
It has been a long wait, but it is finally time for us to open our doors. Yes, there will be quite a few changes but if we stick to the guidelines and look out for one another, we can get through this TOGETHER.

Here are a few steps to remember:

1) When walking in, please mark your table on the board at the entry so that future customers know if there are any tables available. Please remember to unmark your table upon exit. There are tables in the garden with umbrellas, if you choose to sit outside (weather permitting, of course). All tables have been placed to ensure social distancing.

2)Please use the sanitisation stations, follow the markings and guidelines provided all across the pub. These are there to ensure the safety of EVERYONE.

3) ONLY table side service will be available. You will have to ORDER and PAY USING YOUR CARD by scanning a QR code and ordering through the secure link that comes up. Your order will then be brought to your table by a member of staff. Here is the link to the online ordering platform you will need to use.
theoldwell.touchtakeaway.net/menu

4) While ordering, it will ask you for your details. This is only to help with the governments "track and trace" efforts.

5) The play area for kids is unfortunately closed. Children must sit with their parents/ guardians at all times. 😢😢

6) If a customer is suspected to be unwell or shows any symptoms, they will be requested to leave. Again, this is just to ensure everyone is safe.

7) Please book a table in advance if you can, it helps with crowd management.

We will have teething troubles while we try to adjust back into the new normal, so please bare with us. 🙏🏻🥶

We appreciate all the good wishes we have been sent and look forward to seeing you all back. ❤️❤️❤️

Thank you for your cooperation and continued support!!

Cheers 🍻
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Hope it all goes well. 🍺🥃🍾

Good luck xx

All the best... Keep safe.

Good luck Roy, Rima and team. Stay safe 🍷🍺

All the best dear. Cheers

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2 days ago

Now accepting takeaway orders for Thursday - Sunday. 

We have also got bottles of Kingfisher and Cobra to accompany your takeaway meals 🍻

Now accepting takeaway orders for Thursday - Sunday.

We have also got bottles of Kingfisher and Cobra to accompany your takeaway meals 🍻
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4 days ago

Getting ready to welcome you on July 4th🎉

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5 days ago

Math classes from the 4th of July....see you all soooooon

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1 week ago

Getting set 🥂

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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