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Background

The Joiners Arms is a family-run pub and restaurant located in the quaint village of Hunwick just a short drive from Bishop Auckland and Crook. This is the go-to place in this County Durham village making it very popular among the locals. But this pub also attracts visitors from further afield as it does unique dishes on their menu. And their menu changes frequently with special offers for three course meals and events for special occasions.

Bar room at Joiners Arms pub near Bishop Auckland

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The pub is also open as a restaurant which makes it a good place for a meal out on a special occasion. It has recently been refurbished with their newly-furnished dining area.

While this pub has been modernised, it still has that traditional British pub vibe with it’s cosy bar room to the right as you enter. They have a smouldering coal fire, several hand pull beer taps serving locally-made cask ales, and they also have a pool table and dartboard to the back.

This pub and restaurant is definitely worth visiting if you’re in the area either locally or visiting.

Why you should visit this pub/restaurant in Hunwick, Bishop Auckland

The Joiners Arms is a very welcoming pub and it encourages families with children as well as the regular beer-drinking folk. It definitely has appeal for varied age groups and people of different backgrounds.

Location

The location where this pub and restaurant is set is a very quaint environment and is just a short drive from other nearby villages and towns including Willington, Bishop Auckland and Crook. Hunwick is also home to a lovely coffee shop and restaurant- the Quarry Tea Room within walking distance from The Joiners Arms.

It’s within a 5 minute drive from other local outdoor attractions including Low Barns Nature Reserve and Kynren, as well as other days out like Raby Castle & Park, Bishop Auckland town centre and The Dairy Tea Barn. This makes The Joiners Arms a decent place to stop by for a drink or a meal at the end of your day out.

Food

The menu is constantly updated and features plenty of tasty, quirky and unique options along with all the traditional pub classics. This includes their Early Bird Menu which is available five days a week Tuesday-Saturday between 5-6.45pm. Food served includes chicken curries, chili con carne, pizza, lasagne and chicken & mushroom pie.

They always do a Fish Friday menu on a Friday, this includes dishes such as seafood mixed grill, cod parmo, and other alternative menu options. They have a Sunday Lunch Menu every Sunday served between 12-5pm.

There is also snacks available on a separate light bites menu which include loaded fries and chicken coujons. You can also buy nibbles including peanuts, crisps and pork scratchings.

They host special one-off menus including their Grill Night which includes special offers for two people, with a main course and side dish. Other special themed menus include Chinese food.

Follow their Facebook page to keep an eye out for their upcoming special offers by clicking here.

Drink

Their bar is always slinging pints of various beverages for people of all tastes to whet their whistle. On draught they serve their own brewed lager, along with the usual lagers and also Neck Oil craft beer. They also have a selection of hand pulls serving guest ales from local breweries which change frequently.

Other drinks available include all different spirits- gin, vodka, rum, whiskey etc, with different mixers available including tonic (both slim-line and ordinary), and soft drinks served on post mix. As well as spirits, they have a selection of fine wines all varieties. They have fridges fully-stocked with bottled drinks including lager, wine, and soft drinks.

Non-alcoholic drinks include 0% ABV lagers, soft drinks by the bottle or post mix, and tap water.

Events and entertainment

The Joiners Arms often host events for special occasions as well as regular events. Events include themed nights like cheese nights- serving all kinds of exotic cheeses on a fancy cheeseboard along with a buffet.

Other events include:

  • Bingo nights
  • Quiz nights
  • Match days played on a big screen.
  • Fancy dress parties on special occasions like Christmas and New Year.
  • Cocktail nights
  • Live music
  • Karaoke

A lot of their events take place in a marquee out the front especially during the summer.

There is also a pool table located in their pool room at the back. Darts can be hired from the bar for a games of darts in the pool room too.

Accessibility

This pub and restaurant is accessible to people of all needs and disabilities.

Wheelchair access

The entrance to the pub is just wide enough for a wheelchair to pass through and there is no big steps. Inside the pub, the dining area and bar lounge are spacious and have flat, level floor surfaces- the dining area has a hard floor surface and the lounge is carpeted. Getting to the toilets and the pool room is down a straight corridor and round one corner.

It’s also worth noting that the pub is located on a steep bank.

Toilet facilities

The toilets are located at the back of the pub. You have to walk through the pool room to get to the toilet facilities. There is a separate disabled toilet along with the ladies and gents. There is also baby-changing facilities too.

Outdoor space

Out the front of the pub there is a wood decking terrace and picnic benches for people to sit and eat/drink outside. They often put up a marquee out the front too, just opposite the decked seating area. The marquee is usually erected during the summer months so people can enjoy the outdoor space even when it’s raining. The outdoor space is also handy for people who may prefer more space and quiet if it is too busy inside.

Diverse menu

The menu is very diversified. This means it includes food options suited to people who are on special diets including vegetarian and gluten-free. Allergy information can be obtained by asking members of staff. The menu also serves food that has lower calories for people who are on slimming diets. Portion sizes also vary to suit children and people with other dietary requirements. The drinks are also varied to include gluten-free beers and alcohol-free drinks too.

Child-friendly

The pub and restaurant is also welcoming to families with young children and babies. They provide little activities for children including word searches and other puzzles to entertain them. They also have a kids menu which includes smaller portion sizes and food more appealing to children.

For babies, they provide a folding high chair which you can ask for at the bar.

Dog-friendly

This pub and restaurant is also dog-friendly. They have a dog bowl to fill with water and dog treats too, just ask at the bar.

Parking

There is no car park for this pub, but people can park for free on the side of the road or any of the nearby streets in the village. People cannot park right outside the pub entrance however.

Public transport

There is a bus stop within walking distance down the bank from The Joiners Arms. The road cutting through Hunwick is part of several bus service routes and a bus can be caught from Willington, Crook, Bishop Auckland and as far as Durham and Tow Law.

Conclusion

We hope you found this listing useful in finding pubs and restaurants that have good accessibility in the area. Other venues nearby that we also recommend include The Bishop Lodge, Quarry Tea House, and The Dairy Barn.

Q Can I book a table in advance?

Bookings can be made over the phone or via email. It is recommended to book tables during busy periods including weekends and bank holidays.

Q Do I need to pay to attend any of the events?

Please check the Facebook page for event details as some of them require booking tickets, and some events are free to attend.

Q Does this pub have a beer garden?

There isn't a beer garden but there is an outdoor seating terrace at the front.

Q Is food served during all opening times?

Food is served at different times throughout the day. The main menu is available Tuesday-Saturday and the Sunday Lunch menu is served 12-3pm. Snacks can be bought at the bar at all times.

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