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The Blacksmiths Arms in Newton Aycliffe

Address : Preston Le Skerne, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, DL5 6JH
Phone : 01325 314873 Please mention thefoodplace.co.uk when you call.



About The Blacksmiths Arms

Cuisine : English, Pub Grub
Open for : dinner, lunch
Type : pub, restaurant
Tags : suitable for large groups, sunday roast
Suitable for : vegetarian diet
Website : http://www.blacksmithsarms-pls.co.uk/
Short URL : http://iate.at/ovT

The Blacksmiths Arms is a restaurant in Newton Aycliffe. The restaurant is open for dinner and lunch.



Reviews of The Blacksmiths Arms in Newton Aycliffe


13 people have left reviews for The Blacksmiths Arms in Newton Aycliffe - you can write your own review.

  • Review left on 29/08/2014 by Harry (1 review)


    Overall rating : 2.22.22.22.22.2 | Experience type: Eat-in
    | Food: 3/5 | Value: 3/5 | Service: 1/5 | Atmosphere: 1/5 | Toilets: 3/5 |

    We went here this week. Four of us aving a pleasant but not fantastic meal. We then ordered a dessert but ended up waiting 20 minutes to be told the order was not put trough. Tis was not the waitresses fault, it was clear the poor girl was not getting any help off the management and left to clear clean and take orders. We felt so sorry for her and then heard the management tell her off. This was clearly a management blunder in a big way. The waitress a young girl was left on her own to do everything. Slave labour comes to mind, and what a very pleasant girl indeed.
    We have a large network of family and friends and will not be returning in a hurry. If this review goes back to the management in which we hope it does, it needs to be addressed that the girls and young men you hire should never be left on their own to work. Mistakes happen and it was clearly a mistake on this poor girls faults, her performance was outstanding. the food however was not and the management needs addressing..... It must be difficult being so perfect ...

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  • Review left on 04/05/2013 by Noreen1996 (1 review)


    Overall rating : 55555 | Experience type: Takeaway
    | Food: 5/5 | Value: 5/5 | Service: 5/5 |

    Fab staff. Fab food. Fab service.

    Excellent value for money would definitely recommend!!

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  • Review left on 29/04/2013 by Steve Ramsey (1 review)


    Overall rating : 55555 | Experience type: Eat-in
    | Food: 5/5 | Value: 5/5 | Service: 5/5 | Atmosphere: 5/5 | Toilets: 5/5 |

    My girlfriend and I have Sunday lunch in loads of pubs ,its become a kind of hobby!

    Therefore we are well qualified to know when we find an exceptional one. The Blacksmiths Arms is just that, exceptional .Good food at a good price, real ales, the staff are friendly and efficient and there is a warm feel about the place.

    Spot on.

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  • Review left on 15/11/2012 by babs and john (1 review)


    Overall rating : 55555 | Experience type: Eat-in
    | Food: 5/5 | Value: 5/5 | Service: 5/5 | Atmosphere: 5/5 | Toilets: 5/5 |

    We have had fish and chip Fridays. Ordinary menu though the week and new years eve for the last three year. Have yet to find a fault with food or staff, would highly recommend a visit to any one .You would be most welcomed.

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  • Review left on 07/08/2012 by Mr & Mrs Robinson (1 review)


    Overall rating : 55555 | Experience type: Eat-in
    | Food: 5/5 | Value: 5/5 | Service: 5/5 | Atmosphere: 5/5 | Toilets: 5/5 |

    What a gem of place this is!! Our first visit was opportunistic as we were passing by, it looked like a nice place and worth a try. We are so pleased we did and we will certainly be back. The food was fantastic, excellent quality and very reasonably priced, the service was faultless, staff all very helpful, barstaff very welcoming, what a lovely friendly atmosphere in beautiful surroundings, very relaxing.
    We would certainly recommend this place, its a real find!

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  • Review left on 26/07/2012 by Lou (1 review)


    Overall rating : 4.84.84.84.84.8 | Experience type: Eat-in
    | Food: 5/5 | Value: 5/5 | Service: 5/5 | Atmosphere: 5/5 | Toilets: 4/5 |

    Absolutely love this place its a real gem! The pub is really quaint with beautiful gardens. My kids love to run about the big garden and play - it brings back fond memories of my younger years spent there in the sunshine in the beer garden :o) Bev is so friendly and welcoming we always feel relaxed and well fed. The food is absolutely scrumptious and you get lots of it - there is so much to choose from on the main menu and always plenty nice specials on at really good value. We love Thursday night Curry night - curry, rice, naan and a drink for £6.50 ! My other favourite is fish and chips yum yum! I know a few people who get this to take away too! I don`t know much about beer but everyone always talks about how good it is here :o) This place is steeped in history too - take a look at the photos on the walls. Love it!

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  • Review left on 11/05/2012 by antony ferguson (1 review)


    Overall rating : 55555 | Experience type: Eat-in
    | Food: 5/5 | Value: 5/5 | Service: 5/5 | Atmosphere: 5/5 | Toilets: 5/5 |

    In my opinion, not being from the area I found the Blacksmiths Arms to be very family orientated, calm relaxing atmosphere. On the first visit steak night was exceptional and got free bottle of wine for £20 for two steak dinners!!!! cant fault it, so decided to pay a second visit to experience a T Bone steak which I would rate as one of the best in the north east. I would highly recommend Tuesday night for Steak Night and another night for any other food. Staff are very accommadating and will "go the extra mile" to make your night a very special night. I would also add that they also serve a selection of real cask ales served to a high standard. I highly recommend anyone wanting a real taste of warmth and enjoyment to visit THE BLACKSMITHS ARMS AT PRESTON LE SKERNE just outside Newton Aycliffe. YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Review left on 08/05/2012 by Andy (1 review)


    Overall rating : 55555 | Experience type: Eat-in
    | Food: 5/5 | Value: 5/5 | Service: 5/5 | Atmosphere: 5/5 | Toilets: 5/5 |

    My partner and I eat out at the Blacksmith arms about once a month, and have not found any other pub that compares to the quality of food and service we have received. The whole experience is fantastic, with gorgeous home cooked food. The staff can't do enough for you. We have spent every New Years eve there for the last 6 years and will continue to do so as we couldn't begin to find a better place. I highly recommend people trying this establishment as you will definitely not be disappointed.

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  • Review left on 04/05/2012 by Blackswan (1 review)


    Overall rating : 4.84.84.84.84.8 | Experience type: Eat-in
    | Food: 5/5 | Value: 5/5 | Service: 5/5 | Atmosphere: 5/5 | Toilets: 4/5 |

    Brilliant meal again.Well done,this is the fifth time we have visited this pub and not a complaint in sight.

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  • Review left on 24/09/2011 by Insight (1 review)


    Overall rating : 4.24.24.24.24.2 | Experience type: Eat-in
    | Food: 5/5 | Value: 4/5 | Service: 4/5 | Atmosphere: 4/5 | Toilets: 4/5 |

    I've eaten at this restaurant on well over a dozen occasions, typically with my girlfriend. I’ve never had a bad experience personally, although one time I went with my family the waitress “forgot” to write down my mothers order (it then transpired they didn’t have what she ordered in), meaning she had to order something else after our meals arrived. no apology was given or drinks offered or anything, just a somewhat shirty response when my mother complained afterwards. Besides that one blip in an otherwise perfect record (which could have just been attributed to the staff working that night), the food is excellent. I almost always go for the fillet steak (Yum!). Staff are friendly and the place is pleasant and quaint. It seems funny however, that when the place is quiet, it takes a lot longer to get your food than when it’s full, might just be me though!

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  • Review left on 23/07/2011 by angrykebab (2 reviews)


    Overall rating : 3.43.43.43.43.4 | Experience type: Eat-in
    | Food: 3/5 | Value: 4/5 | Service: 3/5 | Atmosphere: 3/5 | Toilets: 4/5 |

    eaten here several times very good standard all round would not hesitate to go again

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  • Review left on 17/05/2011 by ian16527 (1 review)


    Overall rating : 55555 | Experience type: Eat-in
    | Food: 5/5 | Value: 5/5 | Service: 5/5 | Atmosphere: 5/5 | Toilets: 5/5 |

    We called here for lunch on a Saturday and the pub was fairly full. Ordered from the sandwich board, 1 burger and 1 chicken with sweet chilli dressing. Both meals were served promptly and with home made chips, salad and coleslaw.

    Really nice and good value for £6.95

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  • Review left on 01/03/2011 by criz778 (1 review)


    Overall rating : 1.21.21.21.21.2 | Experience type: Eat-in
    | Food: 1/5 | Value: 1/5 | Service: 1/5 | Atmosphere: 1/5 | Toilets: 2/5 |

    I came here for food with my family as a birthday meal out. On arrival all seemed promising, not busy and a pleasant restaurant besides the fact all the curtains where drawn. We where asked if we had booked on arrival ( we hadn't, which i wouldn't have thought was a problem being a week night and only two tables of guests when we went in) the waitress had to ask the manager if it was OK if to came in. My first thought here was "OK, maybe we should have booked a table. The restaurant must be filling up soon" ( Not what happened the place was dead all night). After being allowed to have a table in this "empty restaurant" we ordered our food. My Dad had been eyeing up the duck breast which sounded amazing. The waitress soon came back and told us the duck would take 30 minutes to cook and would we be prepared to wait for it. "No" we where hungry so my dad settled for the chicken breast instead. OK now I'm a chef myself and i doesn't take 30 Min's to cook a duck breast or a chicken breast! (If they had none or couldn't be ... as a birthday meal out. On arrival all seemed promising, not busy and a pleasant restaurant besides the fact all the curtains where drawn. We where asked if we had booked on arrival ( we hadn't, which i wouldn't have thought was a problem being a week night and only two tables of guests when we went in) the waitress had to ask the manager if it was OK if to came in. My first thought here was "OK, maybe we should have booked a table. The restaurant must be filling up soon" ( Not what happened the place was dead all night). After being allowed to have a table in this "empty restaurant" we ordered our food. My Dad had been eyeing up the duck breast which sounded amazing. The waitress soon came back and told us the duck would take 30 minutes to cook and would we be prepared to wait for it. "No" we where hungry so my dad settled for the chicken breast instead. OK now I'm a chef myself and i doesn't take 30 Min's to cook a duck breast or a chicken breast! (If they had none or couldn't be bothered to cook it i would rather they told me that) Are order was taken at 7:20pm we received are food at 8:10pm 50 minutes later!!!!! I'd understand if the place was packed to its teeth with customers, but four tables in the who restaurant!!! COMPLETLY DISGUSTING service Now 50 Min's to cook a meal, I'm expecting gold on a plate no one should wait this long with out being warned prior to being seated. 4 out of 5 dishes where overloaded with super small cheap and tasteless prawns(Product bulking). I ordered a sizzler dish, It arrived lukewarm and not sizzling, in 5 minutes i was eating a cold plate filled with cheap prawns. Customer Service We were asked how are meal was at the end, i said it was not hot and was essentially tasteless, She sniggered and said "I'll let the chef know" then proceeded to snigger with her friend in the corner ( No apology). DISGUSTING CUSTOMER SERVICE On leaving i consulted the manager who seemed more interested in getting our money than apologising for the poor experience. He commented " Were a family run business and we weren't expecting to be busy" BUSY 4 tables is far from busy with two waitresses and three people in the kitchen only one of which wearing the correct clothing for food preparation. I'm giving a zero star rating and wouldn't advise anyone to experience this culinary disgrace

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