Hidden amongst the countryside in the neighbouring area of the infamous Beamish Museum in County Durham, the Black Horse secretly resides itself, riddled with history dating back to the 17 hundreds. The surrounding Gardens, Orchards, Resident Red Kites and Spectacular Views are just a few of the many things that draw people into travelling wide and far to enjoy the wonderful dining experience here.
As you drive up the path leading to the front of the pub to your left you can see the Black Horses front paddock. In this paddock you can find Spring Cabbages, Leeks, Carrots, Beetroot, Spinach, Potatoes. Our charming and devoted Gardeners Andrew and Lee are just about to plant some Broad Beans that will be ready for March/April next year.
To the rear of the pub is what is known as our “Show Garden”. Carefully landscaped, that makes it look like a picture postcard in Summer with is colourful neat lines of an assortment of Cabbages, Cauliflower, Lettuces, Broccoli, Asparagus, and Potatoes to name but a few. The Herb garden is to the front of this area and here you can see Sage, Fennel, Rosemary, Parsley, Mint, Thyme, Chives, Rocket, Horseradish and Bay Leaf trees all growing.
The Gardeners will tell you this patch seems to have created the perfect ground conditions in which to naturally grow our vegetables and this year have been lucky enough to not have to use any insecticides, just a comical drunken looking Scarecrow wearing his high Vis jacket and Flappers to keep the birds at bay.
We have what is known as a rare ‘field to plate’ opportunity at the Black Horse where on a daily basis something will be picked from the garden and used by our newly appointed talented Head Chef, Sean McCabe to create our set menu dishes or simply used as part of the vegetables for the day.
Although the winter is fast approaching us and the cabbages and cauliflowers are coming to their end, things are far from slowing down outside at the Black Horse. The gardeners will be busy spending winter rotating the ground preparing for summer, and the builders are busy building an exciting addition to the restaurant to include a beautiful 60 seated Orangey that will have views across the rolling countryside and our gardens ready in time for the December celebrations.