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    The Ancient Unicorn

    Bowes, Barnard Castle, Bowes DL12 9HL, England
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    Historic building being sensitively renovated. We had a lovely room and good food and service. Great cask ales and altogether great value. Bar/dining area is very large with fires and comfortable seating.

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    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    The renovation is really very good and ongoing. The decor in the attractive pub/restaurant is vintage quirky, with a roaring open fire by the bar and a stove in a sitting area. There were very few diners the night we were there but the noise...More

    1  Thank UkOma
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    This is a fantastic Inn equally as good for a long stay to explore the magnificent local landscape as well as an overnight stopover just off the main route between the southeast and Scotland. Friendly and helpful staff, large rooms and great food, all at...More

    Thank 75AndyB75
    Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

    I’ve stayed here a few times & really enjoy my stays here. This trip was no different with a good bed & excellent food. The room rates are very reasonable & there’s always a warm welcome from the owner Any & manager Lesley. I look...More

    Thank Paul T
    Reviewed 31 October 2017

    Our room, over in the old stables, was extremely comfortable, warm and exceptionally clean. Perfect for a couple of nights stay while we were up for a wedding. The breakfast was EPIC and I overheard that they did a decent vegetarian breakfast too. On the...More

    Thank Jenny M
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    nutzzz
    16 September 2016|
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    Response from Philip J | Reviewed this property |
    Yes, I have seen dogs in for lunch-time, There is the main bar/dining area with large fire and then just round the corner a small snug with a few chairs and table and another fire. Also plenty of room outside on the terrace... More
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    16 September 2016|
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    Response from Billie65 | Reviewed this property |
    We stayed there with our 3 dogs and took them with us into the bar when we went for our evening meal. Not sure if they are allowed in all areas - we didn't take them into the dining room where breakfast was served and there... More
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    12 August 2016|
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    Response from MJD1952 | Reviewed this property |
    Yes two choices I think, one was vegetable lasagne and I don't recall the other one.
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    "Rooms in the main pub have the best views whilst the charming rooms in the converted stables are quieter/more..."
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    "did not stay in rooms"
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    "One of our group had a room with well equipped kitchen, and small dining area - very handy for a family."
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    "Ask for one with an opening window"
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