Oooh, clickbait Bass.
Is a pint of banked Bass REALLY the best visual representation for County Durham (not to be confused with Durham the City or Adrian of Talksport infamy) ?
But it does appear in the Good Beer Guide, which is the official source to UK boundaries,
and Stockton would be in my Top 10 pub towns if I ever got round to doing THAT list, on account of the Carling-fuelled Sun and the magical Golden Smog.
You can eat, drink and bantered (?) better in Stockton than almost any place on earth. I recommend the parmo at Borge;
But you haven’t come to Durham for parmo, have you ? You’ve come for the scenery near Barnard Castle,
and the coast around Seaham,
and the thundering power of High Force.
and the enduring beauty of old Durham town.
The county town has had more than its fair share of GBG entries over the years,
ranging from the scruffy to the ornate,
to the frankly brilliant.
That’s the Station House, the jewel in Durham’s crown, though to be honest I haven’t been to the Victoria or Elm Tree since a whirlwind weekend when I did a dozen here in 2003.
And I haven’t visited the pubs along the A689 for a while, so hopefully the Black Lion at Wolsingham is still a classic. BRAPA liked it;
But for even better art, Peterlee is the place for your brutalism fix.
Hope I’ve sold it to you. But if you’re coming from the Black Country you’ll be wanting your BBB and barms, so head to the mining villages like Hamilton Row for your Proper Pub lunch.
And be glad there are places that craft forgot.