“ Carlton Village, Stockton On Tees, TS21 1EA. Tel: 01740 630471 „
Myself, my husband and 3 children are a huge fan of The Smiths. You can not fault the meal at all, my husband is a very fussy eater and loves the food here! The portions are HUGE!!! And for £9.95 for two huge meals is unreal value!!! There is always service with a smile and on the cold days they have their wood burning fire to warm you up! We now always go there for family occasions as they can't do enough for you. They re-arrange the tables so we can all sit together and comfortably too! Not like some pubs where they squash everyone in a corner!!! Our favorite foods are the steak and ale pie - beautiful! The lasagna is out of this world and the kids devour the fish and yummy home cooked chips!!, all in the two for £9.95 menu!!!! All in all.......amazing!!!! :-)
Just returned from their early bird special after having it recommended by my sister.Could not believe the value and quality,£9.50 for 2 meals .I had steak & ale pie and my husband had scampi salad & delicious homemade chips.This is a must, and we certainly recommend the SMITHS we usually go to the Toby early carvery at Wolviston which is good, but would probably say this is even better.Pleasant waitresses & surroundings .believe the early bird menu time is between 4.30 to 6.30.Intend to try their later fayre soonR&J Pinder
The Smiths is a local village pub which serves food. As it is in the next village along from us, it's in a very convenient location. My fiancee used to go regularly several years ago, so now we've moved back to the area we decided to give it a try.
The Smiths, formally The Smiths Arms is a village pub on one side, and a gastro pub on the other. Both sides are completely seperate and have very different characters.
The gastro pub side has a small bar, and is decorated in a semi basic farm house style, vintage style details on the whitewashed walls and functional, chunky wood furniture.
The pub has undergone a change of ownership in the last year, and I can't say it has improved the menu. The prices have remained fairly high at around £12-£20 for a main course, but the standard of the food has dropped, from interesting and existing modern pub food, back to deep fried cod and chicken parmos. There is always a place in my heart for traditional pub grub, but I don't expect to spend more than £10 on a main course for it. In addition last time we went the chips were disgusting, very greasy, and old grease at that.
Often I can excuse expensive food if there is good atmosphere or excellent service, but again The Smiths fell short. The waitresses stood by the bar chatting, and we waited over 20 minutes for the bill, despite being one of only 3 tables occupied.
We have gone back and tried the menu 3 times since the change of ownership, keep thinking its just taking them a while to settle in, but it hasn't changed or improved. There is a lot of competition in the area, and for the money (around £45 for two people for three courses), we'd rather go elsewhere.
However the other side of the bar is fine, the bar is reasonably priced, and there are large screen flat screen tvs showing sporting events. There are a wide variety of on tap ales, and a variety of wines and spirits. The actual 'pub' side is great for a quiet drink with the guys.