Eat, Drink and Stay

Barnard Castle and Teesdale has a wide variety of places to stay from self-catering gems, to country hotels, to B&Bs to camping site. There is plenty of choice on This Is Durham’s accommodation page. We also have a great choice of cafes, restaurants and pubs to rest and recuperate in. Just walking around town you will see lots of choice on offer. In particular the following pubs and cafes offer a very warm welcome to walkers.

The Three Horseshoes

A stone’s throw away from the majestic River Tees, the historic Castle and a ten minute walk from the Bowes Museum, the Three Horseshoes offers every modern comfort, with luxurious rooms, a warm welcome, good food and a friendly atmosphere. There are excellent facilities for walks and cyclists, who will be delighted with the choice of paths routes immediately accessible in this picturesque area. There is free parking in the hotel’s car park.

The Old Well Inn

A traditional, welcoming inn, close by the castle walls, where you will find real ales, great food and comfortable B&B accommodation. We have 10 ensuite rooms, a cosy restaurant specialising in authentic Indian food and a delightful beer garden. Our Sunday roasts are truly scrumptious and will satisfy any appetite. We are also a convenient “pit-stop” for a snack, light lunch or takeaway for your walk or a cup of tea and a cake at the end of a day exploring beautiful Teesdale. We welcome walkers and will do whatever we can to make your visit to Barney as memorable as it can be.

The Old Well Inn

21 The Bank

Barnard Castle

DL12 8PH

Tel: 01833 690130 or 07999 741246




Clarendon’s is a traditional cafe with a contemporary feel, on two floors, right in the centre of the town. We pride ourselves on tasty, home-cooked cuisine, supporting local producers, because we believe that’s how business should be done. We have a reputation for excellent service and we really do welcome walkers, as well as other visitors and our many local regulars. We also have a stylish gift shop with lots of great ideas for gifts of all kinds.

29 Market Place

Barnard Castle

DL12 8NE

Tel: 01833 690110


Number 15

A small but very friendly, independent cafe, we pride ourselves on excellent coffee and a tempting range of sandwiches, wholesome soups and light lunches. All our food is prepared freshly on the premises from locally sourced produce and there is always something that little bit different for you to try, be it a tagine, spicy stew or homemade pie. We are also happy to provide packed lunches and takeaway drinks to order for walkers.

Number 15

15 Market Place

Barnard Castle

DL12 0QG

Tel: 01833 630302

No 8

You’ll find a very warm welcome for walkers from all of us at No 8 The Bank cafe and restaurant, just down from the Market Cross on Amen Corner. We have seating at tables both inside the cafe and outside. Take your pick from a selection of breakfasts, light lunches, sandwiches and truly wonderful cakes, scones, teas and coffees – or maybe a full 3-tier afternoon tea. If you’re a walker, cyclist or just visiting the town for a look around, please come and see us for good food and attentive and professional service at all times. We are a dog-friendly cafe and even have a special menu for dogs to ensure your pet has a great time too.


8 The Bank

Barnard Castle

DL12 8PQ

Tel: 01833 631277

The Hub

Teesdale Community Resource’s The Hub is a unique facility for the whole community, just a short walk from Barnard Castle town centre. We offer an amazing range of resources and activities, from music, dance and fitness groups, outdoor activities to meeting rooms and even a serene spa. Our bright and modern cafe is open Mondays to Thursdays 3pm – 7pm and Saturdays 9am – 2pm, serving a selection of hot and cold drinks, cakes, sandwiches and snacks (chocolate brownie and green tea anyone?). Groups may book the cafe space by contacting the reception team. We have 5 bright, well-furnished and reasonably priced bedrooms, with 3 to 8 beds each and a camping area, which are ideal for visiting walking or activity groups. Wifi is available throughout the centre.

The TCR Hub

Shaw Bank

Barnard Castle

DL12 8TD

Tel: 01833 690150



Slightly further afield in Eggleston is Eggleston Hall.

Our cafe and tearoom is set in the beautiful and secluded grounds of Eggleston Hall, alongside the prestigious Eggleston Hall Gardens plant nursery and is an ideal refreshment stop, whether you are enjoying one of our several lovely, local walks or a scenic drive up the dale. Everything is home-made and locally-sourced wherever possible, so please join us for breakfast, light lunch or afternoon tea and enjoy a freshly-made scone or cake and one of our range of speciality teas and coffees. Opening times: March to October 10am – 4.30pm and November to February 10am – 4pm.

Eggleston Hall Cafe & Tearoom
The Coach House
Barnard Castle
DL12 0AG
Tel: 01833 650553

If you are looking for somewhere else to stay try MinT Cottage, in Middleton in Teesdale, just up the dale.

A traditional cottage that has been tastefully furnished to a high standard, whilst retaining its original character. The property sleeps up to 4 people in two bedrooms (a king size and a double bed), with a walk-in shower room, fully-equpped kitchen and lounge with wood-burning stove and is perfect for all the family. Travel cot available. Sorry no pets and no smoking. Free WiFi. Only a short walk from the centre of Middelton-in-Teesdale, with its shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants, the cottage makes an ideal base for walking in and exploring Upper Teesdale and the North Pennines AONB.


MinT Cottage

Town Head


County Durham

Tel: 07879 033235