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Review: Cook & Barker Inn


Newton-on-the-Moor, United Kingdom

The right recipe for the perfect meal!

  • By SilverTraveller PamWNorth

    154 reviews

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  • Jul 2014
  • Newton on the Moor, Northumberland, England
  • Casual
  • British

47 people found this review helpful

The freshest ingredients, an excellent chef, friendly staff, all brought together in an olde worlde Inn set in beautiful countryside, provided the right recipe to ensure we had a fabulous Sunday Lunch and a welcome journey's break.

The Cook and Barker Inn is located in the village of Newton on The Moor, halfway between The Scottish Border town of Berwick Upon Tweed in the North and the City of Newcastle Upon Tyne to the south – it is around 35 miles to either of these destinations from the Inn.

The Turn off to Newton On The Moor is well signposted on the A1, take the turn off, then drive just three quarters of a mile and there you will find The Cook and Barker Inn which sits on the roadside.

We were travelling to Newcastle Upon Tyne for a family visit and decided to stop at the Inn for Sunday Lunch. It was to be our first visit. We decided to reserve a table. The Reservation process went smoothly – the phone was answered swiftly, the lady who answered was friendly and our table was booked.

We left the A1 for Newton on the Moor and soon we saw the Inn. Hanging Baskets full of plants in full bloom hung from the exterior walls, providing an eye pleasing welcome.

There are some car parking places, off road, immediately at the front of the Inn but we decided to park our car in the good sized car park, owned by The Cook and Barker, this is at the back of the Inn.

The interior of the Inn is very olde worked with exposed beams and log fires Food is served in both the bar area and larger restaurant. We were quickly taken to our seat in the restaurant which was beside the window, so we were able to enjoy the views.

The Cook and Barker Inn is known for it's good quality food. It sources it's ingredients locally, some of which come from just down the road (well 8 miles away at Hope House Farm, Amble) Its success was shown in how busy it was. However, what I appreciated was although it was busy there were plenty of staff on duty, so the atmosphere remained relaxed, the staff were able to give plenty of attention to customers. We found the service to be very good.

We ordered from a Sunday Lunch Menu. A three course Sunday Lunch costs around £16.95, there is a good choice of appetisers and starters, variety of main courses and a mouth watering choice of deserts. We didn't want an extra large meal so selected just the main course at £8.95 each.

The roasted Aberdeen Angus Beef which we both chose was superb, an excellent cut of meat, tender and tasty, quite possibly he best I have tasted for quite some time; The portion was generous too. This was served with Yorkshire Pudding, Roast Potatoes, Mashed suede, Carrot, Peas, Broccoli, Cauliflower Cheese, a delicious gravy in a large gravy boat was brought to us. The vegetables were, in my opinion, cooked just right, not too soft through overcooking and not too hard through undercooking.

By the time I had finished my meal I was completely full!. I could not have eaten anything else, so I was pleased I had not ordered three courses as I would have been disappointed at not being able to eat the rather tempting dishes available for the other courses.

As we were driving, we just had water and soft drinks with our meal. We were pleasantly surprised at the competitive prices of the soft drinks. For those wanting wine, this fully licensed restaurant has a good wine list

We noticed a menu for Afternoon Tea at £8.95 and made a mental note that this would be a lovely place to spend a relaxing afternoon. There is also a weekday lunch menu, Evening Meal Menu, Vegetarians are well catered for, as our children and high chairs are available. Those wanting to stop just for a coffee or snack are also welcome.

The Inn also offers accommodation, nearby to The Cook and Barker is the beautiful Northumbrian Countryside and unspoilt coastline with its many castles, stately homes and gardens to visit. The Inn is around 35-40 miles from Newcastle International Airport and from Royal Quays Terminal where cruises depart to Scandinavia and The Baltic countries and the Ferry to Europe.

We left to continue our journey, confident that we would return.

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Other Members' Thoughts - 3 Comment(s)

  • PamWNorth
    over 6 years ago
    Thank you for your comments, yes it is a lovely place to eat!
  • Vicky11
    over 6 years ago
    Brilliant. Nice place to eat.
  • ESW
    over 6 years ago
    This sounds marvellous - I am drooling at the thought of the roast beef....