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Black Bull Inn

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$$ - $$$
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Bridge End, Frosterley DL13 2SL, England
+44 1388 527784
11:00 - 18:00
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Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Durham, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Been coming here for years but not been for 18 months or so. If anything it's got better! I had a marvellous glass of cider (they have some of the best guest ciders and perry around) to accompany my scotch egg - amazing. Then I polished off some superb venison with the best dauphinoise potatoes I've ever had! We were... More 

Thank MyFavouriteThings
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This food was delicious and beautiful. The chef is so talented and charming and the staff were friendly and kind. The pub is very olde worlde ...if you remember the 30s and 40s the fires will thrill you. We really enjoyed our lunch here and will return many times. The belly pork was delicious and the creme brullee excellent. Great... More 

2 Thank Hadawayandfiddle
Durham, United Kingdom
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142 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great pub; cosy real fires and local real ales. There was friendly welcome and good service. Really enjoyed my vegetarian Sunday lunch which was packed full of flavour. The deserts were all tempting but I had the bread and butter pudding which was delicious and simply melted in my mouth. We'll definitely return again soon.

Thank Plawsworth_DH2
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Black Bull Inn is a charming, welcoming place. There are open fires in every room making it so cosy. The staff are really lovely & helpful. Nothing seems too much trouble. My partner & I had a fantastic evening meal there. Good choices, well prepared. Prices are reasonable for the quality. Overall this was a really good find. We will... More 

Thank Isabel B
Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited the Black Bull for Sunday Lunch, the staff were friendly and the restaurant was very authentic with log fires burning in every room. We both had top side beef and I can honestly say it melted in your mouth. The meal was fantastic and the Real Ale was very good. We'll certainly be going back again soon. Make sure... More 

1 Thank brianboru23
Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

My son and his wife were visiting from Australia for the Christmas and New Year holidays so his first request was to go back to the Black Bull. The beer did not disappoint so we booked Sunday lunch. It was delicious, the beef was exquisite and the veggies so tasty. To have a fresh Yorkshire pudding was a real treat.... More 

Thank Jennifer L
Nailsworth, England, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

We popped in for just a sandwich and staff were really accommodating, squeezing us in although we hadn't booked. (It's really popular, looks like its best to book.) The food was fantastic and really reasonably priced. The pub had a really cosy feel with a fire and the other things on the menu looked great. So glad we stopped here.

Thank Michelle R
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88 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Stopped for a pint and a bit food after a group of us did a walk. Landlord supplied our food for a donation and we arrived to a roaring fire as weather outside was very very chilly. Staff were superb, cask ale selection is brilliant and location is picturesque.

Thank graemeb69
Sunderland, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

29th December 2016 - went here for a lunch stop off after a lovely winters walk. Staff so friendly and welcoming, dog friendly and cannot fault the food and hospitality

Thank doxfordequestrian
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

I really can't understand the very few negative comments about this lovely oldy worldy pub. Contrary to one of those comments I am not easily pleased but this place never ceases to completely satisfy me. This time I visited with 10 friends. We were all extremely impressed. I had the crab lasagne followed by pheasant then shared cheese and biscuits... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Bridge End, Frosterley DL13 2SL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Durham  >  Frosterley
  • Phone Number: +44 1388 527784

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?