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Pint of beer at the Stables Bar & Restaurant courtyard in Beamish

Image taken by Aiden Dawson at Stables Bar & Restaurant in Beamish

This restaurant is established in a 18th-century style stable block at the back of Beamish Hall. As you enter the restaurant, you first walk through the outside courtyard where there are plenty of sheltered seats and tables. The main entrance takes you straight to the bar area, where you will be greeted by one of the colleagues who will escort you to a table. Inside the building, you have a variety of small tables for two people and larger tables for families, including booths which used to be some of the stable stalls. 

Around the restaurant, there is plenty of antique décor including the great big wooden beams on the ceilings, grand fireplaces, leather couches and oak wood coffee tables, and rustic-style features including cast-iron light fixtures and oak barrels. The restaurant spans across three main rooms, the central bar area and two larger high-ceiling halls at either side. You have a combination of wood flooring in the bar and stone flooring in the dining halls.  

All of the courtyard is paved with flat stone and features a trickling fountain in the centre among the many different tables for sitting and eating/drinking outside. There is patio heaters and parasols along with giant potted palm trees for a tropical vibe.  

Why you should this pub in Beamish 

We definitely recommend visiting this lovely restaurant in Beamish, it’s perfect for families and anyone who likes to enjoy some good beer and pub grub. 

Location 

If you have ever visited Beamish Museum or plan on doing so, then you are in for a treat- the Beamish Hall is just a 2-minute drive down the lane from the museum and the Stables Bar & Restaurant is actually part of the hotel, situated towards the back where the old stables used to be.  

Visiting this restaurant is a perfect idea after spending the day at Beamish Museum, and you don’t even have to visit the museum or stay at Beamish Hall to come to this restaurant as it is open to the public. Not only is the restaurant located right next to the museum and Beamish Hall, it is also surrounded by plenty of woodland with lots of forest trails and footpaths to go on walks.  

The Beamish Golf Club is also on the way between Beamish Museum and Beamish Hall so coming here after a round of golf is also a nice way to end the day. 

Food/drink 

Of course, the main attraction at this restaurant is their awesome menu. Their food features carefully selected local produce. The dishes are all high-quality and relevant to fine dining. Not only that, but the menus also offer a wide choice of meals and drinks. You can choose anything from a light lunch to a hearty pub classic and not to mention the delicious dessert menu. There is also nibbles and sharing platters which include cheese and artisan bread. 

In terms of food choices, you can get paninis, wraps and sandwiches as well as chips, salad, pies, and other options including steak, burgers and fish and chips so there is something for people of all tastes. 

The drinks are not limited either. There is always a selection of decent cask ales, draught lagers, and cider. There are also low-alcohol options too as well as soft drinks and hot drinks like tea and filter coffee. Drinks can be ordered at the bar or when the waiter comes to the table.  

Click here to check out their menu in more detail. 

Afternoon tea 

As well as being able to come for a meal out and a drink, other experiences that the restaurant offer include afternoon tea, which includes sandwiches (hand-picked), scones, preserves, cream and cakes- just everything you would expect with a traditional British afternoon tea service. It’s the perfect idea for treating a friend or family member on their birthday or other special occasion. The afternoon tea experience can be booked online on their website by clicking here. 

Celebrations 

The restaurant will also accept bookings for private events, whether it’s a birthday party or even a baby shower. The location is also ideal for this as you can book accommodation at the Beamish Hall Hotel, so nobody has to worry about driving home and everyone can enjoy having a drink. Click here to check out Beamish Hall accommodation booking details.  

Gift vouchers 

You can purchase gift vouchers as a perfect gift for someone. Vouchers include Afternoon Tea, 3-course meals for two, and vouchers for the restaurant. To find out more about gift vouchers click here. 

Accessibility 

The Stables Bar & Restaurant is perhaps, the most accessible-friendly venue in Beamish. It accounted for wheelchair and pushchair users, families with children and dogs, and people of all needs generally. 

Wheelchair friendly

There are no steps to get in/out of the indoor seating areas, and getting around the rooms inside is easy because all the flooring is flat and even and there are no tight corners or narrow spaces/doorways. Getting from the car park to the restaurant isn’t a problem either, it’s just a gentle push up the hill (not very steep) and a 2-minute walk to the entrance through the outside seating area in the courtyard. The courtyard is also wheelchair friendly as it is all evenly surfaced with flat paving slabs and there are no cobbles. All of the venue is on one level (there is no upstairs). 

Toilet facilities

There is a disabled toilet near the bar area. The main toilets however, can be accessed out the back exit. This is clearly signposted “Toilets” with an arrow pointing to the door. Turn left as you come out the door, and up a flight of steps and the ladies and gents’ toilets are located upstairs.  

Parking

The nearest parking is literally on the doorstep to the restaurant, this is also the parking for the hotel too. Disabled car parking spaces are located at the top end which is nearest to the Stables Bar & Restaurant and is opposite end to where you drive into the car park. All the parking is free of charge.  

Dog-friendly

The pub is very dog-friendly, you can bring your pooch with you when you go for a bite to eat or a pint after a long dog walk. Assistance and guide dogs are also allowed of course.  

Child-friendly

For children, there are plenty of kid-friendly options on the menu and there is always soft drinks and juice. Highchairs for babies and infants are also available and can be found at various points around the restaurant. There are no restrictions on using mobile phones and/or tablets. There is a Wi-Fi available for access to internet to keep the little ones (and the teenagers!) entertained.  

Inclusive menu

The menu takes account of people with all needs including dietary requirements such as gluten-free and dairy-free options. The staff are always willing to help with inquiries around allergens. There are also plenty of vegan options too. If you’re dieting, check out the information on calories for each dish. 

Public transport

A bus service does operate to the main Beamish Museum but doesn’t go all the way to the hotel. You can get off the bus just before the entrance to the museum and it’s a 10 minutes walk to the restaurant, all downhill. Taxis can easily be hired to take you back home and/or drop you off right outside the venue. Unfortunately, there is no train station or rail service nearby (the nearest is Chester-Le-Street).  

Atmosphere

A lovely warm ambient atmosphere, with soft lighting and a smouldering fire. It never gets loud or noisy but there is gentle music playing in the background. The restaurant can get busy during weekends and on evenings, especially during school holidays. Booking a table in advance is recommended if you want to dine or drink inside during any busy period. Waiters/waitresses are always around and are more than happy to help if you have any other issues.  

Conclusion

We hope this listing has helped you in planning your day out at Beamish. Hopefully it has given you more insight into friendly, accessible restaurants in the area. We also recommend Beamish Museum as it’s a very accessible and autism-friendly day out- view the listing for Beamish Museum here!

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Q Will I need to book a table in advance?

It is recommended to book ahead if you're planning on coming at a time that is busy. Booking of tables can be done online. However, if you want to sit outside on the courtyard, the tables are first-come-first-served and cannot be booked.

Q Do you have to be staying at the hotel to visit this bar?

No, the bar is open and welcome to the public

Q Can food be ordered for take-away?

No, but you can ask staff if you can take leftovers home in a carton if you can't manage to finish your meal.

Q Does this restaurant do daily specials?

On a Sunday, they do a Sunday menu. And all year round, they have seasonal menus with different options each season.

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