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Guidebook for County Durham

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Guidebook for County Durham

Food Scene
Just up the road from the cottage, this restaurant sources all their ingredients locally and have a varied menu. They have a great specials board too, the chef is always experimenting with new food. On a sunny day, sit outside and take in the views of the countryside.
The Manor House Inn
Just up the road from the cottage, this restaurant sources all their ingredients locally and have a varied menu. They have a great specials board too, the chef is always experimenting with new food. On a sunny day, sit outside and take in the views of the countryside.
Amazing food in the cafe and the Award Winning Farm Shop next door has a great selection of food so you can stock up for your break away. They also bake their own bread daily.
Knitsley Farm Shop
Amazing food in the cafe and the Award Winning Farm Shop next door has a great selection of food so you can stock up for your break away. They also bake their own bread daily.
This is a great place for snacks during the day, or meals on an evening. The Restaurant is a new addition to the Garden Centre and is a real GEM of a place for food. Their restaurant also has outside seating overlooking the countryside, so great on a lovely summers day! They also have a small farm shop, gift shop and garden centre.
Lanchester Garden Centre
This is a great place for snacks during the day, or meals on an evening. The Restaurant is a new addition to the Garden Centre and is a real GEM of a place for food. Their restaurant also has outside seating overlooking the countryside, so great on a lovely summers day! They also have a small farm shop, gift shop and garden centre.
A short drive from the cottage, the Derwent Walk in serves a varied menu within their bar and restaurant. Good food, lovely atmosphere, good prices - worth a visit.
Derwent Walk Inn
A short drive from the cottage, the Derwent Walk in serves a varied menu within their bar and restaurant. Good food, lovely atmosphere, good prices - worth a visit.
If you are looking for a quick fix, the drive through McDonalds is just up the road from the cottage.
McDonald's
If you are looking for a quick fix, the drive through McDonalds is just up the road from the cottage.
Just off the main Consett Roundabout, is a KFC
KFC Durham
Just off the main Consett Roundabout, is a KFC
Just off the main roundabout in Consett is a drive through Starbucks and Cafe
Starbucks Coffee
Just off the main roundabout in Consett is a drive through Starbucks and Cafe
Within middle street is Greggs the Bakers.
Greggs
34 Middle St
Within middle street is Greggs the Bakers.
Small Italian Restaurant within Consett Town Centre. Good food, cheaply priced. They have specials and happy hours pricing too.
Sambuca Consett
Small Italian Restaurant within Consett Town Centre. Good food, cheaply priced. They have specials and happy hours pricing too.
Nice Indian Restaurant that offer takeaway too.
The Spice Venue
23 Newmarket St
Nice Indian Restaurant that offer takeaway too.
Open during the day for snacks, and then they turn into a restaurant in the evening. They also serve a delicious Sunday Lunch
Sweethart Coffee & Cakes
101 Durham Rd
Open during the day for snacks, and then they turn into a restaurant in the evening. They also serve a delicious Sunday Lunch
Well established Italian Restaurant in Shotley Bridge. Good food and good prices.
Sale Pepe
10-11 Front St
Well established Italian Restaurant in Shotley Bridge. Good food and good prices.
Fish and Chip Takeaway within Consett
Jugga's Plaice
73-75 Middle St
Fish and Chip Takeaway within Consett
Fish and Chip takeaway, as well as pizza and kebab too
Blackhill Fish & Chips Shop
113 Durham Rd
Fish and Chip takeaway, as well as pizza and kebab too
Pizza take away shop, deliver to the cottage
Pizza Daddy
89B Durham Rd
Pizza take away shop, deliver to the cottage
Chinese Meal takeaway in Blackhill
Wok n Go Chinese Takeaway
81 Durham Rd
Chinese Meal takeaway in Blackhill
Drinks & Nightlife
Great place to have a drink and they also serve up lovely food too. It is a very friendly, vibrant bar, just outside Consett.
The Travellers Rest
Great place to have a drink and they also serve up lovely food too. It is a very friendly, vibrant bar, just outside Consett.
Modern bar in Consett, specialising in Cocktails
Bar 1898
Modern bar in Consett, specialising in Cocktails
Serves great cocktails!
The Old Court House
Serves great cocktails!
Home to Consett Ales Micro Brewery, currently on sale in the pub are Red Dust - a rich ruby red ale, Steeltown a delicious traditional ale and White Hot, a refreshing light straw coloured ale. They change their beers from time to time.
The Grey Horse
115 Sherburn Terrace
Home to Consett Ales Micro Brewery, currently on sale in the pub are Red Dust - a rich ruby red ale, Steeltown a delicious traditional ale and White Hot, a refreshing light straw coloured ale. They change their beers from time to time.
Everything Else
Beamish Museum is a great place to visit. It is an open air museum with lots to do for children and adults alike. If you stay at Ford Cottage, I have discount vouchers for Beamish so you will save 25% off the entrance fee.
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Beamish, the Living Museum of the North
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Beamish Museum is a great place to visit. It is an open air museum with lots to do for children and adults alike. If you stay at Ford Cottage, I have discount vouchers for Beamish so you will save 25% off the entrance fee.
Blanchland is a lovely village about 20 minutes from the cottage. Its a great place for walking, or having afternoon tea in the converted school.
Blanchland
Blanchland is a lovely village about 20 minutes from the cottage. Its a great place for walking, or having afternoon tea in the converted school.
Shopping
Corbridge Village is a lovely place just a few miles from the cottage. It is very dog friendly with most shops, restaurants and cafes allowing your dog to visit. They have some lovely boutique shops and a great bakery!
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Corbridge
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Corbridge Village is a lovely place just a few miles from the cottage. It is very dog friendly with most shops, restaurants and cafes allowing your dog to visit. They have some lovely boutique shops and a great bakery!
Every Sunday from 9-4pm the Quayside hosts a great market, with many local independent traders selling handcrafted goods and local produce in an unrivaled location.
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Quayside Market
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Every Sunday from 9-4pm the Quayside hosts a great market, with many local independent traders selling handcrafted goods and local produce in an unrivaled location.
Britain's biggest indoor shopping centre is just 30 minutes from Ford Cottage, with over 300 shops, variety of Restaurants and a 10 screen IMAX Cinema
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intu Metrocentre
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Britain's biggest indoor shopping centre is just 30 minutes from Ford Cottage, with over 300 shops, variety of Restaurants and a 10 screen IMAX Cinema
Parks & Nature
Just around the back of Ford Cottage is Allensford Country Park. There is a great little cafe, kids play park, vast open space alongside the river Derwent. At the end of the park is a great walk through Allensford Woods, with lots of interesting wooden sculptures within. It is a great place to take the kids and walk the dog.
Allensford
Just around the back of Ford Cottage is Allensford Country Park. There is a great little cafe, kids play park, vast open space alongside the river Derwent. At the end of the park is a great walk through Allensford Woods, with lots of interesting wooden sculptures within. It is a great place to take the kids and walk the dog.
The Derwent Walk is an extremely popular linear route between Consett and Swalwell, with fabulous views across the Derwent Valley. The walk forms part of the C2C. There are bird hides, picnic areas, information and toilets along the way.
Derwent Walk
The Derwent Walk is an extremely popular linear route between Consett and Swalwell, with fabulous views across the Derwent Valley. The walk forms part of the C2C. There are bird hides, picnic areas, information and toilets along the way.
Gibside is a National Trust Site, great day out. Look out for their farmers market on some Saturday's and also they convert into a family pub on a Friday and Saturday in the summer, serving great local beers and sometimes they have live music, buskers etc. They also have a pizza place on site too. Great place to explore.
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Gibside
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Gibside is a National Trust Site, great day out. Look out for their farmers market on some Saturday's and also they convert into a family pub on a Friday and Saturday in the summer, serving great local beers and sometimes they have live music, buskers etc. They also have a pizza place on site too. Great place to explore.
Essentials
On the outskirts of Consett is a huge Tesco Extra, which has everything you need!
Tesco Extra
On the outskirts of Consett is a huge Tesco Extra, which has everything you need!
Morrisons
ALDI
LIDL
Nearest Petrol Station within Consett
Tesco Petrol Station
Nearest Petrol Station within Consett
Post Office
Entertainment & Activities
Based on a farm, Wheelbirks Parlour make and serve their own yummy ice cream. Great place for a snack and take the kids as you can also visit their farm animals!
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Wheelbirks Parlour
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Based on a farm, Wheelbirks Parlour make and serve their own yummy ice cream. Great place for a snack and take the kids as you can also visit their farm animals!
Great place to take the kids. Visit the farm to feed and stroke the animals. Special events are in place too throughout the year.
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Hall Hill Farm
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Great place to take the kids. Visit the farm to feed and stroke the animals. Special events are in place too throughout the year.
A small theatre within Consett, with one screen sometimes showing older movies, or up to date movies. Often they have live performances on and at Christmas there is always a local pantomime!
Empire Theatre
A small theatre within Consett, with one screen sometimes showing older movies, or up to date movies. Often they have live performances on and at Christmas there is always a local pantomime!
10 Screen Cinema, with IMAX Screen showing all the latest movies.
ODEON Metrocentre
10 Screen Cinema, with IMAX Screen showing all the latest movies.
Large indoor play area with cafe, for kids up to about 10
Jumbo Jungle
Large indoor play area with cafe, for kids up to about 10
For little kids, a great place for role playing up to 7 years old from toddlers. With cafe too, you can relax with a cuppa whilst the kids have fun.
Believe and Be
39 Medomsley Rd
For little kids, a great place for role playing up to 7 years old from toddlers. With cafe too, you can relax with a cuppa whilst the kids have fun.