Published on January 6th, 2013 | by Alastair Gilmour0
The Manor House Inn, Carterway Heads
The pub’s functional innards are exposed, there for all to observe
The public bar is small and traditionally furnished – timber floor, ceiling and counter – all of which seems to absorb friendliness and ambience only to breathe it back out whenever the front door opens. It’s an example of osmosis which is worth passing on.
The staff are young and are as enthusiastic about beer, food and the pub’s surroundings as their conversation about 3D television. When it comes to what pubs are all about, they know their onions.
A particularly pleasing – and clever – feature is the large window into the pub cellar where all the functional innards are exposed to view – ale casks, beer lines, junction boxes, pumps, bottles and boxes are there for all to observe that this is a very tidy and well organised operation.
Fiercely local or quality national with a lovely Young’s Old Gold and Sharps Doom Bar among the visitors, while Hadrian Border Farne Island and Scottish Borders Game Bird fly the flag for northern interest. There’s a fine wine list too.
Where to start? Some of the finest, locally-sourced ingredients available. If you forage, shoot, grow or breed something you can exchange for a pint. Chef’s Specials and Sunday lunches top the bill. Even the home-made pork scratchings fly out.
Where is it? Right on the A68 west of Shotley Bridge where County Durham meets Northumberland and near the head of the Derwent Reservoir which glistens invitingly in the valley below. It’s 10 miles from Corbridge and a 30-minute drive from Newcastle city centre and roughly the same from Durham.
Innkeeper: Chris Baxter
The Manor House Inn, Carterway Heads,
Northumberland DH8 9LX
T: 01207 255268