Having planned a concert trip to Newcastle the only thing left to do was arrange a 'food stop' at a suitable location. This was decided, by reason of time and distance travelled, to be Haltwhistle. Our planned stop off time of 5pm appears to be earlier than most establishments open for evening meals on a Sunday. This became apparent after contacting another establishment to be told a straight 'no' when asked if a 5pm meal would be possible. Not so with the Black Bull, Kevin the landlord was more than accomodating and made arrangements for our early arrival and need for a quick turn around. Menus were made available days in advance and plenty serving staff avilable to ensure food was destributed in a speedy manner.
The food ordered was delivered quickly and without incident and was of a good quality in terms of produce used and final presentation. The cost was as reasonable as any other establishment of its like and the lengthy process of paying, required by our group, was accepted without complaint of bad grace.
The pub itself is a quirky and intimate local pub and despite its rugged appearance is clean and well presented. It is a place where even the deapest of deap cleans would leave it looking exactly the same and that is how it should remain.
The atmosphere appeared lively and welcoming to members of my group and our only real regret is that we could not have spent more time as part of out stop over. I have read several articles highlighting the perceived character flaws of Kevin the owner and can only speak for my personal experience of him; having liased and arranged the visit prior to our arrival I had found him to be helpful and professional in his service delivery. On our arrival he communicated in a polite and factual way and directed us to our seating and served us in a manner that was without fault. This was consistant with the nature of our relationship during our visit and his approach was neither rude nor overbearing.
A relaxing and enjoyable visit which will be repeated in the future.
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