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Blacksmiths Arms

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Preston Le Skerne, Newton Aycliffe, England
+44 1325 314873
11:30 - 14:00
18:00 - 23:15
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Tue - Sat 11:30 - 14:00
18:00 - 23:15
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I really don't understand why individuals complain about the quietness of the pub during their visit sometimes that happens! The food is always great when we visit whether I am with family or friends, food is always delicious and hot especially the pie of the day which I regularly have! (beef, ale and mushroom is to die for) always presented... More 

Thank Caz299
Darlington, United Kingdom
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191 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had two really excellent ribeye steaks. These were cooked exactly as we wished. One medium and one medium rare. You could see the difference a sign of a good cook! Dessert was good and service pleasant. Improvements looking good we will be back.

Thank Wensleydalebob
Darlington, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love coming here been a few times and the food is always great. The belly pork is to die for, my wife had the risotto she loved it and the atmosphere was lovely and relaxed. The drinks prices are reasonable and the choice of real ale is great. We will return

Thank Glenn S
Durham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our food, great service, improvements to the bar/restaurant are looking great. Well worth a visit.

Thank kevinjimmison
Darlington, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went for our annual family Christmas dinner on a Saturday dinnertime should have known from the lack of cars in the car park what it was going to be like we all eight of us were the only ones there the food wasn't a patch on previous years and the lack of atmosphere ment we didn't hang around too long... More 

Thank GaryHemmingway
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Under new management since last visited the restaurant.No atmosphere in restaurant at all. Food very moderate and was not hot when it arrived at the table. Will not go back again.

1 Thank John K
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ate at this restaurant numerous times under previous owners and was always excellent. Booked for 6 on Friday. The menu must now be only one quarter of the size and 3 of us struggled to find a starter as only 4 choices so they ended up with only a main.One of party needs gluten free meal for which there was... More 

Thank durhamgirl_9
Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Late Christmas Celebration for 6 family members the last time we were there was when the previous owners were there and we always had excellent food and service so we booked up for a meal hoping that the standards would be kept up,unfortunately the number of cars in the carpark said it all. The place was nearly empty. The men... More 

Thank jacks0nma
Darlington, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friendly staff, all very helpful. Lovely warm atmosphere. We had pre ordered our food and the service was first class. We were asked if we wanted to wait between courses . The food was excellent and very well presented. Thank you for an enjoyable experience.

Thank Janice A
Darlington, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went for dinner tonight with a friend. Fantastic. Settled for tapas to share for starters and then had the belly pork. Gorgeous. My friend had the scampi which he said was perfect. Fantastic service from the staff who were very attentive. Highly recommend

Thank weldonwares

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$30
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:00
18:00 - 23:15
11:30 - 14:00
18:00 - 23:15
11:30 - 14:00
18:00 - 23:15
11:30 - 14:00
18:00 - 23:15
11:30 - 14:00
18:00 - 23:15
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Preston Le Skerne, Newton Aycliffe, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Durham  >  Newton Aycliffe
  • Phone Number: +44 1325 314873
Country Pub serving great food!

Maybe it's the warm northern welcome, but that would be too obvious, or perhaps it's the curiously eclectic mix of the ancient and contemporary. It probably has a lot to do with the food, and the beer... Whatever it is that makes the Blacksmiths Arms such a favourite with it's regulars, you need to come and experience it first hand.

Come see our array menus including a Gluten Free menu, come sample our beers with many guest beers changing regularly, and soak up the wonderful Blacksmiths Arms ambiance... We now also have Baby Changing facilities!

We now do Wedding meals, Christening parties and any occasion you might want us to cover...! Call and discuss your requirements and let us give you the occasion you want!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?