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Court Inn, Durham

Court Lane

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Graham Coombs left this review about Court Inn

A comfortable and surprisingly large local pub, hidden in back streets. Inside there is a good-sized central bar with tabled areas extending around there sides, running off towards more of a dining area to the rear. A nice selection of regional beers seemed in fair nick and the food looked ok, but not sampled.

On 5th December 2017 - rating: 7
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Alan Winfield left this review about Court Inn

The Court Inn is a decent sized back street pub that is opposite the police station.
Once inside there is an oblong shaped room to the left which runs to the rear,the bar is to the mid right,the seating is comfy bench type and chairs,there was a TV to the rear showing BBC news.
There is a decent sized dining room to the rear right.
There was a decent choice of real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Harvistoune Bitter & Twisted which went down very well,the other beers were Taylor Landlord,Maxim Double Maxim,Old Golden Hen and Bombardier.
There was some decent background music playing and the pub was fairly busy in both room on my Saturday dinner visit.
This is a decent and comfortable pub to have a drink in.

Pub visited 19/3/2016

On 10th April 2016 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about Court Inn

Surprisingly large and modern backstreet pub/eatery aimed at the family market. L-shaped interior with blue/green tartan style carpet, fabric booth seating, and lots of dried hops hanging from the ceiling. China and glass cocks on the windowsills along with Laurel and Hardy ephemera. Left-field presence of a vintage table top arcade machine which appeared to be in full working order. Food is a big thing here and most people were eating. Six pumps with five on, three from LWC, TT Landlord and Jarrow Rivet Catcher. My LWC Hop & Glory was in pretty good shape but ludicrously priced - London style - just shy of £3.90 a pint when rounded from a half. Maybe it’s a cack-handed attempt to keep out the scallies from the Crown Court over the way. Read later that a CAMRA discount is apparently offered but I saw no note of it advertised. All-in-all a funny little place, worth a look in if you're doing a crawl.

On 10th July 2015 - rating: 7
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Malden man left this review about Court Inn

Fairly upmarket place, not sure if it has changed hands since the last review but feels different. A large L-shaped space, tartan carpet, regular seating at striped and patterned banquettes. The bar is along the long side with the shorter return area more set up for eating. Exposed brick columns, hops entwined along the beams and ceiling edges, Laurel and Hardy figures on a low cill. Other décor of interest includes a dangling model seaplane. a vintage phone box plus beer clips.
The regular beer is Taylor's Landlord, in addition there was Tyne9 Black Lager, Jarrow Rivet Catcher, Jobling's Swinging Gibbet and Firebrick, Stella Spark and Elder Statesman. If you like your whiskies you are sorted here, a range of about 60 available.
The food menu looked very good indeed if a bit upmarket, steak and fish menus are the main deal, loved the pub, a fine pint and a friendly welcome.

On 4th June 2015 - rating: 8
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ROB Camra left this review about The Court Inn

Called in for a couple last night and to have a chat to Harry (the landlord). Sadly personal circumstances mean that they no longer have letting rooms, so I couldn't stay on this visit. There are still 2 handpumps with Rosie Coloured Spectacles (aka Mordue Radgie Gadgie) and Cloggin' Betty (aka Daleside Bitter) on the bar. The two pints of "Rosie" were in top condition as always. The pub is in the GBG2012 and deserves to be. One of the beers will be changing soon and will be rebadged Wylam Gold Tankard. Always a warm welcome in here and the food is good as well.

Nicely appointed pub right next door to the Crown Court as you might expect. Two handpumps one with Black Sheep and the other usually serving a changing beer from Wylam. It's always a good pint in here if a little pricey, but that's how Harry the landlord likes it as it keeps out "certain elements" that aren't welcome. It has two letting rooms upstairs with a kichen where you make your own breakfast. I stay here whenever I'm in Durham.

On 13th April 2012 - rating: 8
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Gill Smith left this review about The Court Inn

First time visit to this 2012 Good Beer Guide pub. It is a short walk from the centre and has a well appointed dining area and very reasonable and varied menu. The real ale was what appeared to be 2 ales badged for the pub. Both had elaborate clips that appeared to be home made with no brewery names on them. One was from Daleside Cloggin' Betty 3.7%. The other was Mordue Rosie (coloured spectacles) 4.8%. A board displayed the beers and breweries plus the price. Both £3.60 a pint. Reluctant to pay that for a 3.7% beer we had the 4.8% and it was a well kept ale.

On 24th March 2012 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Court Inn

A decent pub this one with well kept ales and friendly staff. I usually pop in here after visiting the Dun Cow and before the victoria. This visit I enjoyed the Mordue Northumbrian blonde and Mordue Workie Ticket named Gaol Ale for the pub. Has decent clientelle

On 6th October 2011 - rating: 8
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peter ashworth left this review about The Court Inn

Although a little way outside the city centre, the pub is definitely worth a visit in particular if you are dining,where you will get large portions of food with a varied menu A couple of the dishes were in the high price range,but the excelent quality made up for that.I must admit though i was slightly surprised at paying for the meal before being served, apart from that the pub was great.

On 14th April 2010 - no rating submitted
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Peter Carr left this review about The Court Inn

Two Real Ales on tap at my visit. The Landlord has banned the use of mobile phones in his pub. "GOOD FOR HIM" I wish all pubs would ban them.

On 1st September 2009 - rating: 8
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Court Inn

Fairly central location, but nonetheless tucked away from the crowds. A couple of tables out the front and a small courtyard.
There seems to be a large restaurant area although we didn't try the food. A couple of beers on tap along with Olde English Cyder.

On 30th June 2009 - rating: 7
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