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The Hammer and Pincers

Preston Ln, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH, England
+44 7984 930784
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good18%
  • Average9%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible12%
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“casserole” (2 reviews)
“tapas” (2 reviews)
“belly pork” (4 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Preston Ln, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was out as a group from work and someone recommended this place to us. My food was very nice but someone else had chicken which wasn’t properly cooked through. No offer of a refund which was disappointing. They did offer to redo the meal however...More

Thank Julia G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely meal was had. Food was delicious and a good portion size. Extra veg was brought out at no extra cost which was great. Staff very friendly and helpful. Will visit again.

Thank Sarah-JaneJackman
Reviewed October 18, 2017

We visited this pub with friends for a lunchtime meal. We had been here many times over many years so we thought we knew what to expect, but found it had changed ownership. The pub was unusually quiet for a Friday . The staff were...More

1  Thank terry S
Reviewed October 11, 2017 via mobile

The food is very good. Decent choice. Slightly pricey but the quality and portion size are good. Atmosphere is lovely and the staff attentive and helpful. A friendly pub and restaurant that is a good venue for a relaxing meal and the facilities look great...More

Thank Sarah-JaneJackman
Reviewed September 29, 2017

If you are looking for somewhere that is different, want top class food and service-look no further than here!!! Their 3 tipee tent is such a magical venue for any special occasion, their service is second to none, what more can I say *****

Thank sbbritton
Reviewed September 28, 2017 via mobile

Plenty of choice from small bites menu at 3 for £10, main menu or early bird menu. We all chose from the early bird menu as it was excellent value for money and there was something on it for all 4 of us. Food was...More

Thank RayL1892
Reviewed September 10, 2017

Decided to give this a try having not been for years. Sorry to say I would not rush back . The food was average and portions small . The service was not brilliant - the waitress seemed far more interested in talking to the 'regulars'...More

Thank Pauline I
Reviewed August 19, 2017

Last minute decision to call for something to eat and how pleased we are that we went to the hammer and pincers the welcome is warm from staff ,you are not hurried into ordering, we decided on a shared start ,the fish one it was...More

1  Thank 310vennard
Reviewed August 18, 2017

Have now had the fish Friday meal twice and each time excellent. Huge succulent fish and lovely home made chips. Excellent tartare sauce ( included) peas, tea/ coffee bread and butter all for the princely sum of £7.50 each. Lots of parking and very pleasant...More

Thank Linda S
Reviewed July 19, 2017 via mobile

Tucked away amongst eye-catching landscape, this venue offers the homely feel of a country pub with extensive gardens as well as a place for live entertainment and impressive tee-pees! Staff are attentive, there's a specials board and local ales are available. I had a very...More

Thank Alan H
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Carol J
May 7, 2017|
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Response from Glenn S | Reviewed this property |
They might not have seen this comment as they are really busy but yes they do we have done wedding events there and are having a party there in the tipis later this year.
Sharon W
September 29, 2016|
Response from boydy73 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I have no idea
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$7 - $33
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:15 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:15 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:15 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:15 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:15 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Preston Ln, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  County Durham  >  Newton Aycliffe
  • Phone Number: +44 7984 930784
  • E-mail
Country Pub serving great food! Maybe it's the warm northern welcome, but that would be too obvious, or perhaps it's the curiously eclectic mix of the ancient and contemporary. It probably has a lot to do with the food, and the beer... Whatever it is that makes the Blacksmiths Arms such a favourite with it's regulars, you need to come and experience it first hand. For weddings, birthday parties, special occasions and corporate events:- Ask about our beautiful giant Nordic Tipis and our canvas marquee which can be hired for weddings either in our own garden or we can transport and rebuild them in a location of your choice within a 2 hour radius of Darlington. Suitable for 40 to 250 people. For a party with a difference why not book our newly re-furbished Anvil room, perfect for a private party of 10 - 30.
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