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Accommodation Details The Ancient Unicorn Inn
Front Street, Bowes Co DurhamDL12 9HN
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Comments by walkers who stayed at The Ancient Unicorn Inn in Bowes on The Pennine Way
Our worst accommodation in 20 nights.
Bowes has nothing to offer so make it a long day and head on to the delightful small town of Middleton in Teesdale.
John&Marsha, Steve&Rosie, left on 15 May 2011
Good value for money. Room comfortable. Meal good. Staff very friendly. Recommended for Pennine way walkers

July 2010
Edward & Alex, left on 12 September 2010
very poor room, could do with a complete makeover, food just ok, the worst accomodation
I had, give bowes a miss and carry on to middleton.
left 16th july 2010
frank, left on 28 July 2010
You don't have a huge choice at this point on the Pennine Way, having fought through the bogs from Tan Hill. So you may have to swallow pride and stay here just for the experience.
This place is only just acceptable for accomodation; the food is amongst the worst cuisine in the UK! Everything partially thawed from their ancient freezer.
the Two Johns, left on 14 October 2008
I had a really nice overnight stay at the Ancient Unicorn. Landlady Joanne was coming up to her first anniversary in charge and had clearly made a lot of improvements. The room I had was nicely refurbished and seemed very good value. Dinner was wholesome and home-cooked, and breakfast too. I loved the ambience of the old coaching inn, which has loads of history.
Will Swales, left on 28 November 2007
Stayed here twice in the same room as broke our walk in Bowes and Bowes Moor hotel was being renovated. Just about ok room but bed ancient and full of springs, evening meal good, but porridge at breakfast was very poor.
Anne & Vince, left on 01 October 2007
Think it had just changed hands when I stayed. Very helpful staff, evening meal enormous and very enjoyable. Bedroom was tired and dirty but I suspect this will improve as the new management take over and make their mark.

Not good value at present.
P Harvey, left on 23 July 2006
Excellent facilites good food good ale good people
Val & Steve, left on 28 September 2005
Accomodation is 'chalet type' in what may well have been a converted stable.

Rooms were fine with provate facilities and they were very helpful in changing our booking from 2 singles to a single and a twin at short notice.

Excellent range of local beers including a couple from the Linton Brewery kept me happy, and not far to stagger back to bed.

A bit pricey, though you come to expect that at pubs
Kevin, left on 22 August 2005
Warm and welcoming! nice room but given a twin when booked a double, oh well!! Great fire!!
sam, left on 09 November 2004
Warm welcome, excellent diner and good accommodation
werner ludwig (holland), left on 30 August 2004
A good reason for keeping the Bowes Loop open. Good food and good company in the bar afterwards and another fine north east walker friendly welcome. A good stop over.
John Curren, left on 18 September 2003
Expensive, and they do not keep their Jennings in very good condition.
Peter Lever, left on 18 September 2003
Stayed in bunkhouse, very basic and only one bathroom between a maximum of eight but very warm welcome. Pub does excellant grub however at very reasonable prices.
, left on 19 November 2002
excellent accomodation reasonably priced meals very good
jim henderson, left on 16 May 2002


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