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Cook & Barker Inn (Northumberland)

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PUB / RESTAURANT. Newton-on-the-Moor, Northumberland.

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      12.11.2010 00:46

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      I and my partner went to cook & barker after hearing it was good food and service (poooooooooo) starter was spot on but the main course was uneatabel meat was overdone and my partners (well we did not what it was ) its a long time since i was there it will be a lot longer before i go back marks out of 10 - ----5

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      02.08.2010 13:06
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      not very good at all

      I recently went here for Sunday lunch with friends and family. There were seven of us in total, 4 adults and 3 kids. We were shown to a separate room where we had to assist the waitress in pulling tables together. We were not offered a menu or the option of starters but were advised that only roasts were available and only beef or pork. We subsequently ordered our 4 adult and 3 kids portions, 2 pints of lager, 5 cokes. The food arrived promptly but at £9 per head we were very disappointed with the small portions. The vegetables were offered on a communal plate to share, which isn't unusual, however, it worked out that we got half a carrot each, 3 potatoes, a small spoonful of cabbage and a small sprig of broccoli each. The food was just ok - certainly not good and at the price of £73 (4 adults, 3 kids, one course only) we considered far too expensive and lacking for that price. We werent given a bill itemising what we had paid for and would certainly not recommend others to dine here. There are many far better places to eat in the surrounding area offering much better value for money.

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      02.06.2009 12:56

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      I have not eaten at the Cook and Barker at night time but the lunchtime menu is great value and I found the food really good.NB - Does "danthemanuk27" work for the Cook and Barker? He sure leaps to their defence a lot.

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      12.01.2009 12:32

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      We were a large party(23) to celebrate a birthday. The majority of the party stayed overnight, those in the annexe were more than satisfied with the accomodation, however those in the main building complained of 'cold' rooms. The restaurant offered a number of dinner options, which suited such a large party, which was quite refreshing. The staff were extremely attentive and helpful especially with the three small children . The food was excellent, from my point of view ( cannot comment for all), and the courses were spread out just nicely.Just one serious black mark! A section of secondary double glazing fell out on to one of the table's, broke a table lamp on the window sill and gave two of the guests a terrible shock, so much so it spoilt their night. Can the management sort this out- Health and Safety!!!

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      03.07.2008 08:13

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      I would recommend this inn to anyone. We were a party of six called it for an early meal,£9 for 2 course, The food was excellent the staff were pleasant and most helpful. The manager Philip put himself out to fit us in , he was a credit to the Cook and Barker.Thank youSteve

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      07.05.2008 15:52

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      Overall a good place to stay over and eat.

      My husband and I visted the Cook and Barker and stayed over in the four poster room on the 3rd May 2008. I was slightly worried about this after reading reviews, but have to say that it wasn't as bad as what has been said recently, all though everyone is entitled to their own opinion. The room was nice and clean, only down point was the kettle, it could do with a good descale and put me off having a cup of tea. The bathroom looked quite modern, but the shower wasn't working to its full potential, it was one of those with power points all over on it, but only the shower head was working, but saying that it still had good power to it. The room is what I expected, it wasn't like I had booked a 5 star hotel and expected all the mod cons!!!! We booked the champagne package with it being our wedding anniversary, I am pleased we did as if you have a normal package you are restricted on the menu, to £25.00 per person and you would struggle to get three courses for that. The food was excellent, the only thing I could fault was the service, to start with it was good, but as the restaurant got busy we were forgotten about. After our main course was finished our plates were cleared but we were not asked whether we would like dessert, which we did, 15 minutes later and some desperate looks from me, they dessert menu was brought over, we ordered 2 desserts and 2 coffees, dessert came, but once again we were left waiting for our coffee, when the lady eventually came over to clear dessert plates, she said "have you ordered coffee?" even though she had taken the order!!! Overall the food was excellent and the room was clean and what you should expect for the money. On a last note the breakfast was excellent!!! I would go to again and recommed the Cook and Barker.

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      20.03.2008 14:48

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      Very happy customer.

      This is the update to my complaint when my husband and I stayed at the Cook and Barker Inn on the 7th March 2008.

      Well, I am very impressed with the response of the owner, he not only gave me a full refund but also invited us to stay free of charge at any given time by booking a room which I was most surprised at, I must admit I expected an argument and this was my assumption after dealing with his manager who was most arrogant towards me after I dared to complain, it has made me feel guilty for thinking that way, I really never thought or expected a full refund but I did expect a small refund to compensate for the bed, and he has informed me that he would look into the problem that I raised with my complaint.

      All in all this was very good service from the owner and I applause his response.

      He cannot do any more than he has done to put things right for me.
      One very happy customer.

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      07.03.2008 13:17

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      My wife and I stayed as part of a party of 3 last weekend, and in all honesty we have been left with a bad experience all round.The so-called 'four poster' bedroom we were allocated was no more charismatic than a basic Travel Lodge, and the power shower tripped the electricity depending on which setting you wanted it on.Worse was to follow. Although the meal on the Saturday evening was adequate for the price, my wife and I both started suffering from stomach upsets the following morning. These have persisted for the best part of a week, and according to our doctor were most likely caused by shellfish we both had as part of our main course.A experience to be remembered - sadly for the wrong reasons!

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      25.02.2008 15:20

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      We booked a £150 package too at the Cook & Barker, we found the food adequate although the service was very slow, we waited an hour for our first course! What we felt let our whole stay down the most was the cleanliness of the room, or lack of it! We found all the room mirrors dirty, dead leaves from a plant on the floor, which looked like they had been there about as long as the dust covering the furniture. I had to clean down a chair in the corner before even sitting on it. On being asked how the room was on paying our bill i complained about the cleanliness and got the usual, "oh am sorry to hear that". Not a place we will be in any hurry to re-visit.

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      06.10.2007 00:00

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      It was my husbands birthday so my daughter and son-in-law took us out for a meal at the Cook and Barker. It was a great disappointment, starters o.k main course terrible, others arriving after us were served first. We waited 30 minutes between courses and 25 before the bill came after a reminder. Not a restaurant to re-visit.

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      21.05.2007 14:40

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      Will not be returning to Cook & Barker until standards have improved.

      Have been regular customers of Cook & Barker, having a caravan at Swarland. In the last two visits have been extremely disappointed with Sunday lunch.
      Yesterday chose roast beef for me and mince & dumplings for my husband. His portion of mince was unacceptably small and dried up. My roast beef was two slices of paper thin beef. The gravy tasteless and watery. A bowl of vegetables was served which we considered only sufficient for one serving plus two halves of roast potatoes - no other potato such as mashed or boiled. Included in this bowl was a piece of screwed up clingfilm!! When we brought this to the attention of the young man, acting as a waiter, he replied "sorry about that". We will give Cook & Barker a wide berth until we get some better reviews. It most probably has a new owner and they do not intend to maintain the highest standards that this establishment has been renowned for.

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      07.05.2007 23:03

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      Highly Recommended

      First time we've visited the Cook and Barker although friends of mine visit it often and recommended it to us. The food was excellent - we ate in the bar and we were pleasantly surprised at the price (£26 for two of us and we had a starter and a main course with extra chips and vegetables) Only thing that let it down a little was the fact that the smoke from the smoking area can still be smelt in the non smoking area (depends on how many peope are smoking I suppose and will not be a problem after 1st July!!!!). Service was warm and friendly and I will definately go back.

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      08.04.2007 16:51

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      Found the whole experience to be pretty good - but do get a package

      Pretty Good

      Visited Saturday before Easter and paid £150 for the Champagne package - includes a bottle of Champagne, Bed & Breakfast and ANYTHING from the Al la Carte menu! (we had four courses). It's good to be able to order what you want without even considering the price.
      If we hadn't had this package our food would have been around £80, add the Champagne that makes £115 leaving £35 for B&B so from that point of view - very good value

      Food was good with a varied interesting selection.
      We found the portions to be just on the large size for us.
      Service fast and cheerful.
      Room was modern, clean and had very large plasma television.
      Breakfast was good.

      Only thing I don't get is that they used all fresh ingredients but FROZEN CHIPS????

      One other thing - they now use paper napkins on Saturday nights!

      DF

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      14.01.2007 23:03
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      still worth a visit - if you take earplugs & your own napkin

      I was very interested in the reviews on the Cook & Barker, Newton on the Moor, Northumberland. I would agree that the food & service are excellent. However, I feel that the place is somewhat let down by the never ending repeat playing of a Robbie Williams & Co CD and by thin paper napkins. I obviously offended the head waiter when I remarked on this - I was told that it was because each of our visits - New Year's Day set menu £25 per head, tonights set menu £38.50 for two, were "cheap meals" and that if we wanted cloth napkins, we should be there on Saturdays when they don't offer "cheap meals". What a diplomat!

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        17.07.2006 19:21
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        I would rate it the best place to eat in Northumberland

        I do not understand how the lady before can say that her meal was disgraceful. I do not live near the Cook and Barker Inn, but when i travel upto Scotland, I stop there overnight, have my evening meal and breakfast and what a fantastic time i have whilst there. The waitering staff are so friendly, the choice on the menu and wine list is to die for, and best of all, the whole surrounding is a rustic feel making you feel so warm and cosy!
        i have taken my whole family there before for my fathers 70th birthday and we couldn't have asked for a better day! they made a special cake for my father and provided us with a special party menu! It was an amazing evening!
        I would recommend the place to anybody for whatever reason they are visiting and I would recommend one of the newly built 20 rooms!
        It really is a well spent evening out!

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