5 of County Durham’s best country pubs for a roast dinner (cosy season is here)

Houghton le Spring, Seaton and Barnard Castle are just some of the areas with pretty country pubs to visit <i>(Image: Getty/Google Maps)</i>
Houghton le Spring, Seaton and Barnard Castle are just some of the areas with pretty country pubs to visit (Image: Getty/Google Maps)

Whether you’re looking for a country pub offering scenic views as you enjoy a Sunday lunch or you fancy tucking into some beef and roast potatoes next to a roaring fire, there’s plenty of choice in County Durham.

From a dog-friendly service in Barnard Castle to the perfect cosy inn in Seaton, where is your perfect spot?

Here is a selection of the county's best country pubs to enjoy a roast dinner according to their Google reviews.

Some of the best country pubs offering roast dinners in County Durham

Three Horseshoes

Location: Pithouse Lane, Leamside, Houghton le Spring, DH4 6QQ

Rating: 4.6/5

This couple said: “Myself and my husband called in this afternoon for a last minute Sunday Dinner.

“Booked a table for inbetween jobs at half 5 but turned up a little earlier. We were sat at the bar while a table was prepared and no sooner did we get our drinks we were shown to our table. Bar staff were super friendly.

“Orders were taken promptly and food served was absolutely delicious and arrived quickly. Staff were so lovely too. We hung around for desserts that also didn’t disappoint! They were heavenly and could of easily had another.

“Thank you guys for a great experience, will certainly be back.”

The Rose and Crown

Location: Romaldkirk, Barnard Castle, DL12 9EB

Rating: 4.6/5

A family who popped in with their dog, commented: “Visited last weekend with my family and our dogs for Sunday dinner.

“The staff were so lovely and welcoming of us and our pooches, the location was gorgeous and the food was amazing.

“The best Sunday Dinner we've had in a very long time. We will definitely be making the effort to come back soon. Thank you :)”

The Seaton Lane Inn

Location: Seaton Lane, Seaton, SR7 0LP

Rating: 4.3/5

This pub is also pooch-friendly, as one user posted: “A very comfortable place we went for Sunday lunch and it was excellent.

“Very friendly staff, who love dogs. Billy also got a Sir Woofchester meal specially made for our canine friends, thank you to the waitress who got him some gravy as well.

“A thoroughly welcome change from some of the establishment's we sometimes frequent. Would give 6 stars if we could.”

The Pub and Kitchen

Location: Front Street North, Cassop, Durham, DH6 4RJ

Rating: 4.6/5

These customers left this review: “Sunday lunch today was amazing. Melt in the mouth roast lamb. My partner had the beef which she said was delicious.

“The veg was cooked to perfection, we added cauliflower cheese as an extra, very tasty too. Huge Yorkshire puddings and lush gravy. Although very busy the service was spot on. Will definitely return."

The Duke of York Inn

Location: Fir Tree, Crook, DL15 8DG

Rating: 4.6/5

This person hopes to return, adding: “Just had a fantastic Sunday lunch here. Spoilt for choice and plenty of meat and very good selection of vegetables. Excellent customer service and very friendly.

“Plenty of space between tables and very nicely decorated. Will definitely return.”