The Old Farmhouse, Darlington, UK
”A country pub oozing rural charm and rustic character” – The Old Farmhouse
Local to myself is a beautiful country pub on the outskirts of Middleton St George, Darlington, situated in picturesque surroundings.
On Fridays, my Mum looks after my son for me while I work. If I happen to have some client cancellations or just a generally quiet day, I make the most of it and spend time with them both. Well recently, on one of those days, we decided to treat ourselves to a meal at The Old Farmhouse at lunch time.
This wasn’t the first time I’ve visited. As usual, it did not disappoint!
As you enter the building, you are greeted with a warm and welcoming atmosphere with dim lighting. The bar is in front of you, and beautifully decorated with warm fairy lights, encouraging that cosy feeling. To the right is a seating area by the fire, which is perfect for those who are just there for drinks, and dining rooms follow to the left and behind the bar. The atmosphere is calm, and the friendly and efficient attitude of the staff works hand in hand with the ambience. The rustic design fits perfectly with the building and the scenic surroundings.
There are two sections in the Old Farmhouse. One side is table service, but the other side is order at the bar. While I have sat in both areas, I can say that the system on both sides works perfectly adequately, however on this occasion we picked a table in the ‘order at the bar’ section.
So, we found ourselves a table by the window, and had a look through the menu.
Everything you would expect to get in a country pub was available on the menu, from steaks to burgers and from pies to fish. There was also a great selection of vegan dishes.
Like mother like daughter, both my mum and I decided to go for the beer-battered cod served with triple-cooked chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce. I took a glance over the childrens menu and chose to order the margarita pizza, peas and chips for my almost 2 year old.
The food at The Old Farmhouse was beyond our expectations.
The children’s meal arrived, and I was very surprised to see that it would have been perfectly adequate for an adult lunch. The quality of the pizza was fantastic, whereas I usually find that children’s meals are extremely basic in other places. Also, my mum and I were both perfectly happy with our meals, nothing went to waste! The portion sizes were ideal and everything was cooked exactly how I had hoped.
Luckily, I had seen on the Vintage Inns website, that if you sign up as a member of The Old Farmhouse, you have 30 days to receive a free hot drink and mini pudding when you order a meal, so it would have been rude not to!
Next arrived our beautifully presented coffee and Belgian chocolate brownie with Irish liqueur ice cream, as per our voucher. I am generally not a fan of liqueur, or even any flavoured ice cream, however I have to say, this is probably the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted. As somebody who makes my own chocolate brownies regularly, I can honestly say that I was very impressed with the standard, and I can’t think of an ice cream that would compliment this chocolate brownie any more perfectly. Nothing could be done to this dish to improve it for me. Pictured below, is from a previous visit when I ordered this as a whole dish and not as a mini pudding. As you can see, the mini pudding would be more than enough to serve as a whole dessert, however I’m not complaining that we get more if we pay!
This entire meal came to £33.35. That includes beer-battered cod and chips for 2 people, 2 smaller portions of Belgian chocolate brownies (although the portion size would have been adequate as a full dessert), a margarita pizza, chips and peas for a child, 1 coke and 1 pint of soda water.
I can personally recommend The Old Farmhouse, Darlington for families, couples, large group parties and more. If you are interested in trying it for yourself, click here to book your table, and don’t forget to sign up to receive your free hot drink and mini pudding within 30 days before your meal.
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