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2 for 1 at The Ancient Unicorn

Nestling high on the North Pennines, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, The Ancient Unicorn has, for centuries, been a resting place for travellers who journey across the Pennines. Today, it’s a superb place to stay or dine – whether you are walking or cycling, or simply visiting Teesdale for a regional holiday or a short break.

What better way to relax than to sit in the cosy bar with a freshly pulled pint of real ale or a glass of wine and enjoy the warm and welcome atmosphere of this traditional coaching inn.

The Ancient Unicorn is also perfectly placed to dine after visiting nearby Bowes Museum and Barnard Castle, or for much needed nourishment after one of the many exhilarating walks in the surrounding countryside.

There is always a warm friendly welcome with a roaring fire to greet you in the low-beamed bar. Families are always welcome.

Important Information

Please Note: Members must pre-book at least 2 hours in advance and mention that they are a tastecard holder, failure to do so will result in the discount not being applied. Please be aware this restaurant is extremely busy at the weekend and, while the restaurant will do all they can to accommodate you, reservations may not be available.

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Gary said "Highly recommend this Place, Beautiful And Warming And Amazing Food
Been in here a couple of times now as we caravan locally and was searching somewhere for tea one..."
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Captainsmollet said
" Lovely food"
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Kevin said
" A great place to stop off when travelling between Scotch Corner and Carlisle. So good we stopped..."
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Anthony said
" Excellent menu choice. All dishes cooked to perfection, absolutely wonderful.

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N said
" Booked for Sunday lunch based on favourable reviews. Really impressed with quality of the food..."
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"A warm welcome here with excellent food served with a smile. Wide choice on the menu and good..."
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"Just spent a lovely evening at the Unicorn. Excellent food, service and atmosphere. A really..."
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"Very good menu, difficult to know what to choose!! Excellent food and very helpful staff! Rosie"
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"Very good choice on menu, excellent food.  Would recommend a visit. Gill  "
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"Hubby and I came to the pub and brought 2 friends. With us on a Friday night. What an excellent..."
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"We went for Sunday lunch. Great choice of food, which was very tasty. Good atmosphere. Would..."
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"The Ancient Unicorn is a friendly welcoming pub/hotel that offers a wide choice of menu. ..."
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"Visited Ancient Unicorn on Saturday and although quiet at 7pm, soon filled up. Lady behind..."
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  • Gary said: "Highly recommend this Place, Beautiful And Warming And Amazing Food
    Been in here a couple of times now as we caravan locally and was searching somewhere for tea one night available on taste card. Food and drink is quite simply excellent with massive portions.

    On our first visit we only ordered mains and deserts and they were delicious. Fish are huge and steak and ale pie also very large with lots of steak in. 2 dishes highly recommended.

    On our second visit we also tried starters and also Sunday lunch and very very nice. Beef lovely and tender and easy to cut unlike some places you get very tough meat.

    Starters again were nice with the soup of the day this time carrot and coriander served with lovely warm bread, also stuffed breaded mushrooms amazing.

    We will be back very soon.

    Drinks very cheap and high quality also although not included in taste card. Very nice and cosy eating area with coal fires. Very traditional and welcoming.

    Well done Ancient Unicorn and keep up the Good Work, see you soon. "
    Posted 3 months, 18 days ago...
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  • Captainsmollet said:
    " Lovely food "
    Posted 10 months, 24 days ago...
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  • Kevin said:
    " A great place to stop off when travelling between Scotch Corner and Carlisle. So good we stopped on the way back too! "
    Posted 3 years, 1 month, 29 days ago...
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  • Anthony said:
    " Excellent menu choice. All dishes cooked to perfection, absolutely wonderful.

    Welcoming atmosphere and no problem to use tastecard.

    The prawn starter was delicious, so good that we had to go back the next day for more also to sample some of the other menu delights. Not too sure if it is open at lunchtime so best to call if you are after lunch.

    My wife and I can thoroughly recommend this 'hidden gem'. "
    Posted 3 years, 2 months, 5 days ago...
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  • N said:
    " Booked for Sunday lunch based on favourable reviews. Really impressed with quality of the food and service and exceptional value for money. Very relaxed atmosphere and warm welcome - a nice mix of regulars and diners and not at all stuffy. Will definitely return when next in the area. "
    Posted 3 years, 3 months, 6 days ago...
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  • "A warm welcome here with excellent food served with a smile. Wide choice on the menu and good wine to wash it down. Worth a visit. Liz "
    Posted 4 years, 7 months, 21 days ago...
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  • "Just spent a lovely evening at the Unicorn. Excellent food, service and atmosphere. A really friendly and welcoming place - Will recommend it and Tastecard to my friends and relatives. Haven't had a better meal anywhere. Many thanks. Chris "
    Posted 5 years, 10 days ago...
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  • "Very good menu, difficult to know what to choose!! Excellent food and very helpful staff! Rosie "
    Posted 5 years, 1 month, 22 days ago...
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  • "Very good choice on menu, excellent food.  Would recommend a visit. Gill   "
    Posted 5 years, 3 months, 24 days ago...
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  • "Hubby and I came to the pub and brought 2 friends. With us on a Friday night. What an excellent night, all the food was well presented, hot and very tasty. Hubby and John had Field mushrooms with blue cheese and pancetta (voted a good choice) my pate was very tasty. The boys had fish and chips with mushy peas, quote "one of the best I have tasted" My tagine was good but the seafood gratin was said to be really good. Hubby wanted a desert and left the choice to the waitress, she was a little surprised but chose a cheesecake, what a good choice that was. I can see this establishment being sick of the sight of us. We will be back. Top notch. Ellie   "
    Posted 5 years, 5 months, 16 days ago...
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  • "We went for Sunday lunch. Great choice of food, which was very tasty. Good atmosphere. Would definitely visit again. Steph   "
    Posted 5 years, 6 months, 29 days ago...
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  • "The Ancient Unicorn is a friendly welcoming pub/hotel that offers a wide choice of menu.  While we were there Joanne was our barmaid and table host for 14 people eating and 8 people in the bar and handled both with ease and professionalism. Tiger prawn starter and goats cheese starter were both very good. My main course Partridge was fab and my wife’s duck in orange and honey sauce was apparently scrummy, vegetables were fresh and cooked al dente . This was followed by an excellent choice of desserts (shared the millionaires cake) we will definitely be visiting again soon. PS Good value wine by the glass.     WILL   "
    Posted 5 years, 7 months, 12 days ago...
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  • "Visited Ancient Unicorn on Saturday and although quiet at 7pm, soon filled up. Lady behind the bar was friendly and attentive, serving drinks, taking food orders and waiting on tables.  Good choice of locally sourced food which turned out to be tasty and good value for money.  A couple of different beers on offer. Roaring open log fire. A good evening! Paul   "
    Posted 5 years, 7 months, 16 days ago...
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  • Gary said: "Highly recommend this Place, Beautiful And Warming And Amazing Food
    Been in here a couple of times now as we caravan locally and was searching somewhere for tea one night available on taste card. Food and drink is quite simply excellent with massive portions.

    On our first visit we only ordered mains and deserts and they were delicious. Fish are huge and steak and ale pie also very large with lots of steak in. 2 dishes highly recommended.

    On our second visit we also tried starters and also Sunday lunch and very very nice. Beef lovely and tender and easy to cut unlike some places you get very tough meat.

    Starters again were nice with the soup of the day this time carrot and coriander served with lovely warm bread, also stuffed breaded mushrooms amazing.

    We will be back very soon.

    Drinks very cheap and high quality also although not included in taste card. Very nice and cosy eating area with coal fires. Very traditional and welcoming.

    Well done Ancient Unicorn and keep up the Good Work, see you soon. "
    Posted 3 months, 18 days ago...
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  • Captainsmollet said:
    " Lovely food "
    Posted 10 months, 24 days ago...
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  • Kevin said:
    " A great place to stop off when travelling between Scotch Corner and Carlisle. So good we stopped on the way back too! "
    Posted 3 years, 1 month, 29 days ago...
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  • Anthony said:
    " Excellent menu choice. All dishes cooked to perfection, absolutely wonderful.

    Welcoming atmosphere and no problem to use tastecard.

    The prawn starter was delicious, so good that we had to go back the next day for more also to sample some of the other menu delights. Not too sure if it is open at lunchtime so best to call if you are after lunch.

    My wife and I can thoroughly recommend this 'hidden gem'. "
    Posted 3 years, 2 months, 5 days ago...
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  • N said:
    " Booked for Sunday lunch based on favourable reviews. Really impressed with quality of the food and service and exceptional value for money. Very relaxed atmosphere and warm welcome - a nice mix of regulars and diners and not at all stuffy. Will definitely return when next in the area. "
    Posted 3 years, 3 months, 6 days ago...
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  • "A warm welcome here with excellent food served with a smile. Wide choice on the menu and good wine to wash it down. Worth a visit. Liz "
    Posted 4 years, 7 months, 21 days ago...
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  • "Just spent a lovely evening at the Unicorn. Excellent food, service and atmosphere. A really friendly and welcoming place - Will recommend it and Tastecard to my friends and relatives. Haven't had a better meal anywhere. Many thanks. Chris "
    Posted 5 years, 10 days ago...
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  • "Very good menu, difficult to know what to choose!! Excellent food and very helpful staff! Rosie "
    Posted 5 years, 1 month, 22 days ago...
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  • "Very good choice on menu, excellent food.  Would recommend a visit. Gill   "
    Posted 5 years, 3 months, 24 days ago...
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  • "Hubby and I came to the pub and brought 2 friends. With us on a Friday night. What an excellent night, all the food was well presented, hot and very tasty. Hubby and John had Field mushrooms with blue cheese and pancetta (voted a good choice) my pate was very tasty. The boys had fish and chips with mushy peas, quote "one of the best I have tasted" My tagine was good but the seafood gratin was said to be really good. Hubby wanted a desert and left the choice to the waitress, she was a little surprised but chose a cheesecake, what a good choice that was. I can see this establishment being sick of the sight of us. We will be back. Top notch. Ellie   "
    Posted 5 years, 5 months, 16 days ago...
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  • "We went for Sunday lunch. Great choice of food, which was very tasty. Good atmosphere. Would definitely visit again. Steph   "
    Posted 5 years, 6 months, 29 days ago...
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  • "The Ancient Unicorn is a friendly welcoming pub/hotel that offers a wide choice of menu.  While we were there Joanne was our barmaid and table host for 14 people eating and 8 people in the bar and handled both with ease and professionalism. Tiger prawn starter and goats cheese starter were both very good. My main course Partridge was fab and my wife’s duck in orange and honey sauce was apparently scrummy, vegetables were fresh and cooked al dente . This was followed by an excellent choice of desserts (shared the millionaires cake) we will definitely be visiting again soon. PS Good value wine by the glass.     WILL   "
    Posted 5 years, 7 months, 12 days ago...
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  • "Visited Ancient Unicorn on Saturday and although quiet at 7pm, soon filled up. Lady behind the bar was friendly and attentive, serving drinks, taking food orders and waiting on tables.  Good choice of locally sourced food which turned out to be tasty and good value for money.  A couple of different beers on offer. Roaring open log fire. A good evening! Paul   "
    Posted 5 years, 7 months, 16 days ago...
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