Published on May 6, 2015 | by Alastair Gilmour0
Pub Profile: The Fox & Hounds, Coalburns
Coalies, as it is known locally, is quite possibly one of the friendliest pubs in the region.
Your hand is still on the door knob as the ambience settles. The 17th century former coaching inn has “community” written all over it with no gimmicks such as happy hours, two-for-one, or any suchlike. Six beautifully cared-for ales on the counter cater for the most demanding of palates. The hub of the pub is the bar – as easy a room as you’ll find anywhere – traditionally set out with huge beamed ceilings, dominant fireplace, a blend of tile and timber flooring, local vintage photographs and the most solid of solid tables crafted in a workshop next door. Robbie the quizmaster has been setting his 10 pictures and 40 questions every Wednesday for 19 years. “People make this pub,” says Ian Gray. “And the three clocks are never right – time stands still in here.”
Six regular handpulls in a village of 15 houses says a lot for the quality of the ales. Fyne Ales Jarl has a virtual permanent spot, like Frank Sinatra at Las Vegas. Popular brews from Hadrian Border, Mordue and Firebrick plus Timothy Taylor’s Landlord rotate.
Traditional Sunday lunches – choice of four roasts – is the only food offer, but boy are they worth the wait. It’s all home-cooking, served in two intimate dining rooms complete with pristine white tablecloths. Regulars come from far and wide for the experience.
The pub is known locally as a Formula One venue where, on a Sunday after lunches, motor racing fans gather to watch the action.
Ian Gray and Karen Burnett (since December 2005).
The Fox & Hounds (aka Coalies)
Tyne & Wear
Tel: 0191 413 2549