About time I had a moan about opening hours again; I can’t have you thinking all that top beer in Scotland has cheered me up.Duncan had warned me about “inconsistent opening hours” one of my cluster of remaining Durham GBG targets. I won’t name it but it’s got a big waterfall. Dave will guess it.
I gave that one a miss and headed for Whorlton‘s Fernaville Arms, just east of busy Barnard Castle and a couple of minutes off the A66.
From Guide and What Pub it sounds like an upmarket food-led “pub with rooms” in a picture book village, with opening times to match;
12-10 Mon-Thu; 12-11 Fri & Sat; 12-5 Sun
But on a sunny Wednesday lunchtime in Half-Term week, it was closed. Actually, the door opened as I walked up to the door and I was met by a chap taking a dog for a walk.
“Can I help you ?”
“I was after a drink”
“Oh. We don’t open at lunchtimes”
And indeed, looking now, their website does indeed say
“Open everyday from 5.00pm’ish…”
If you look hard enough.
As I’ve said before, pubs can open when they want, and clearly the inconvenience is entirely my fault for not phoning ahead to check the details in the Guide are still correct (I’ve advised the change via What Pub).
I’m more surprised a dining pub would give up entirely on lunchtime opening, apparently at weekends as well. That really is a sign of the times.
Luckily, there’s still life in Barnard Castle.
The town seems to get a new “solid town local” in the Guide each year or so, and this was my first trip to the Golden Lion.
I do like town centre Marston pubs; look at that lovely glop of Pedigree.
It was gorgeous (NBSS 3.5), surviving our latest mini heatwave surprisingly well. A small scale food trade, but really this is one for the professional drinkers, who treated me to a political analysis that would have persuaded you to changed your vote, either way (unless you had Lord Buckethead to vote for, of course).
And look at this seating.