"Definitely Stay Here!!!!"
This place is AWESOME!! Great great food. Very beautiful pub. John, the bartender is an amazingly friendly individual as are the owners. I stayed in this inn for 2 nights and was treated to an original English style home made breakfast each morning. I highly recommend the sticky toffee pudding for dessert after your dinner, simply melts in your mouth! […] The rooms are spacious and very comfortable, very clean and updated. Off the beaten path, but very quiet, relaxing and scenic. I will definitely stay here again when visiting northern England!!! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Nothing wrong with the place except there was no mirror in the bathroom, makes shaving complicated! Staff were nice if a little disorganised!Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great country pub with wonderful hospitality."
The Punchbowl is secluded but in a perfect location to explore the many area attractions. The couple running the operation could not have been more friendly and helpful. Rooms are recently decorated and very clean. The big breakfasts served kept us going all day.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice place to stay"
Very helpful, great breakfast would stay again. it is a bit off the track as far as distance to most place in the area but if your a walker or just want some peace and quiet then this is the place for youGenuine Expedia guest review
"Clean & Pleasant"
Business trip, it served a purpose, good food with ample servingsGenuine Expedia guest review
"Reaaly comfy cosy bed."
We found the landlord and landlady very friendly and helpful.Breakfast was plentiful and plates hot, hooray.We can recommend the home made pies in the restaurant, particularly the chicken, leek and mushroom, delicious. Thank you Jill and Terry for a pleasant stay.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Very accommodating, comfortable and ideal for my purposes.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Very nice food"
Comfy bed with a nice pub feel and nice food.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
I was visiting Durham for one night and decided to stay outside the city centre. The Punch Bowl was easy enough to find and not too far from Durham park and ride. My room was a single bed with TV and en suite shower and toilet. It was quite basic but not bad value, the room was comfortable enough for a short stay. The pub was quite busy in the evening […] as was the restaurant. Food portions were generous and very tasty, service was a little slow but worth the wait. Breakfast did start a little late for business travellers but they did offer to make me something to take away. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Very comfortable B&B"
Had a very pleasant night with home cooked food. Nothing was too much bother for staff.Genuine Expedia guest review
"stunning hotel With stunning views"
The rooms were excellent value for money and breakfast was perfectGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"country side location"
lovely room, fantastic breakfast and the landlady very friendly and helpful. hotel on the outskirts of Durham so fairly handy to see this city and convenient for train station and major roads if you want to go into newcastle.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
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01/19/14 Fred B Durham, United Kingdom
Had a lovely family meal. A lot of visits recently and never been disappointed. Burgers are excellent as are the home made chips. Friendly service. Overall good quality pub grub and no hesitation in recommending
Christmas dinner what can I say it was gorgeous this is our second visit for christmas dinner and we will be going back for christmas dinner next year you can't go past this place for meals management and staff are very friendly the Aberdeen beef was very nice the wife said the Turkey was also nice from beginning to end it was cracking
"Stay well clear!"
12/19/13 dave s Durham, United Kingdom
My wife and I were looking for somewhere new to go for a meal as we are part of a large group of walkers and cyclists who would probably spend in the region of £200 between us on a normal night. Anyway, we popped into the Punchbowl tonight for a meal. First impressions were good. Lovely cosy fire and a pretty good choice of menu. The landlady served our drinks at the table and advised that there would be a 20 minute wait for the food. Okay, so far. Then 30 minutes later the food arrived. The handcooked chips on both plates were very well done, verging on burnt, but just say edible if you were very hungry, which we were. My wife's punch chicken had burnt blackened parma ham on top. The landlady saw this and offered to take it back, although we couldn't understand why she brought it out if she thought it so burnt. However, being polite and hungry, my wife said it would be okay (after all we had waited 30 minutes atready). My burger was fine, except for a soggy bun, but would have been acceptable if the food had been brought out 5-10 mins earlier so that the chips weren't burnt. When we finished, the landlady came to clear the plates and asked if it was okay. I could only be honest and say that it was disappointing. My wife said that it could have been good if the ham wasn't burnt, the chips overdone and the vegetables not swimming in oil. The landlady replied, fine, just don't pay for it then. We thought that was a good attitude. However, when we were ready to leave we approached the bar to settle our bill and she said was I not happy with my meal either. I said that the chips were rather burnt. She interjected, well that's it then, don't pay. I said we would be happy to pay for the drinks though. She said, no, I think it was out of order. I thought she was agreeing with us. However, my wife realised what she meant, that she thought WE were out of order. My wife said, you asked us for our opinion and we gave our honest answer. The landlady repeated that we were out of order. We tried to be nice, but she was adamant saying that that was the best we could do and if was wasn;t good enough then we should just leave and don't come back. We were totally flabbergasted! She could have just apologised for the burnt food and gave us maybe an incentive to come back...we would have happily tried them again, but not after been treated so offensively. The Punchbowl have missed out on potentially hundreds or perhaps £1000s of future custom, just because this landlady cannot take some honest feedback. What a shame! She really needs to learn more about the business and good customer service...or I fear the Punchbowl will be closing up once again.
"Fantastic weekend at the punch bowl"
11/24/13 poxbradford bradford
Wanted to visit beamish, so booked the Punch Bowl for the weekend, the best choice I could make, Gill and Terry were the perfect hosts the food was very good and the room was beautiful and clean, will go there again if ever we are up there, we were very pampered. Highly recommend this to anyone.
"A lovely welcoming pub with home cooked food"
11/10/13 Malaysian_Liz Durham, United Kingdom
This was our second visit to this pub which has a welcoming atmosphere and good, honest, home cooked food. The service was a little slow, but that didn't stop us from enjoying our meal which was excellent value for money. We will be back!
"Food good and service too"
We have been here a few times and the main thing that irritates me is the lack of handheld menu, you arrive on time for your table, but then instead of being shown to the table, they tell you to choose from the various blackboards before you sit. This makes you feel rushed and awkward just standing there! I don't like this and for the four times we have been none of the people we have been with have either. The first time I thought it was just while they were waiting for them to be printed, but clearly not. The food is nice and the waitresses are always helpful and friendly, except I have found one to wear inappropriately short skirts (didn't see her last night). Like I say all enjoyed the food albeit we had to wait a while. There is another blackboard in the restaurant but it is situated behind a table and if that table is full you can't see it for the bodies at the table and also if I was sat at that table I wouldn't want anyone staring at me. May I suggest you either print menus or hang the board above the fireplace for all to see. Overall fine, but please sort the menus.
"Cosy pub lunch"
10/13/13 morageckford Scotland
Called here for lunch while travelling on a wet, miserable day. Cheered up when I saw the real fire! I had fish and chips because the veggie dish didn't look very interesting and my husband had beef and pigeon. The food was fine and the staff were friendly. I would eat here again if I was in the area.
"Stunning Sunday Lunch"
09/22/13 pscott1973 Durham, United Kingdom
I always judge a pub lunch by whether it's as good as what you would have at home. Believe me, the Sunday Lunch at The Punch Bowl is beautiful. Lots of meat off the joint, huge Yorkies, roasted veg, roasted potatoes then a dish of cabbage, turnip and mash, accompanied by a jug of the tastiest gravy. This was a real treat and WELL above average. Anyone in the Co. Durham area, give The Punch Bowl a try, you will NOT be disappointed.
"brilliant welcoming place to stay!"
08/21/13 olivia f Northampton, United Kingdom
the punch bowl is a very warm welcoming place to stay! The beds in the bedrooms where very very comfy and each bedroom had its own en-suit. the staff where really friendly and the breakfast was delicious. There where always things to do around the area like durham cathedral and beamish museum. pub\restruant was very cosy and had a lovely atmosphere. We had dinner there every night because the food was so tasty. would definitely recommend it to anyone!
"Warm welcome, fantastic food a little gem of a b&b."
Fantastic food,lovely comfortable rooms and every need catered for. The owners go out of there way to ensure everything was perfect. Set in beautiful surroundings. Great little peaceful getaway. Will be returning ASAP. Thank you
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