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Three Horseshoes Inn
"Good Points: Friendly staff, excellent food, good location Bad Points: Condition of bathroom decor General review: A good selection for our needs

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Three Horseshoes Inn
"This pub is one of my favourite pubs in the North East. I visit the pub at least once a month and I always get nothing but 100% service. The ..." More

Three Horseshoes Inn
"Dont bother. If you are looking for a cosy pub lunch then make sure you pass this pub and leave it on the roadside as it should stay. Scruffy, run ..." More

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About five miles west of Peterlee and six miles east of Durham, in north east England in County Durham, lies the village of Thornley. The village is part of the Sedgefield constituency of which former Prime Minister Tony Blair was Member of Parliament from 1983 to 2007. The church of St Bartholomew, dating from 1843 and sited in the heart of the village was demolished in 2007 with plans for a housing development to be built on the site once the gravestones have been moved. The stained glass windows are being preserved however with plans for them to be displayed in the future. In line with many villages in that locality, Thornley grew rapidly with the development of coal mining, the first shaft being sunk in 1835 and the coals delivered to Hartlepool by rail shortly after, helping to ensure Hartlepool’s future role as a major port. There is virtually no sign now of the once extensive plant and machinery. The colliery closed in 1970 with a loss of over 900 jobs, which devastated the village. The first meeting of the Durham Miners Association, with Thornley miners playing a key role in its formation, was held in 1869 in the grounds of the Half Way House pub, one of the oldest buildings in the village, since extensively refurbished and extended, now called the Crossways Hotel.


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Gables Hotel (1.47 miles)

Gables Hotel

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A family run hotel with after dinner entertainment provided by mine host. Five miles east of Durham City, on the B1283 road at Haswell Plough. John and Dorcas Milner have been ... More

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Three Horseshoes Inn (2.25 miles)

Three Horseshoes Inn

The Three Horseshoes, situated within easy reach of the beautiful city of Durham, is a comfortable Old Country Inn with a well- stocked cellar, good food and first-class accommodation.

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Bowburn Hall Hotel (3.66 miles)

Bowburn Hall Hotel

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Bowburn Hall is a small country house hotel with 19 individually decorated bedrooms, approximately 2 miles from Durham City Centre with easy access to the A1(M). All bedrooms en-suite, with ... More

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Hillrise Guest House (3.98 miles)

Hillrise Guest House
Hillrise is a small friendly-run Guest House offering a very high standard of accommodation and home cooked food with a 3 star registration. There is a homely and intimate feel to the Guest Sitting Room ... More | visit website
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Days Inn (4.14 miles)

Days Inn have 14 great locations across the UK, our Durham hotel is ideally situated to be perfect for business, personal, families or just a quick overnighter if you’re stuck. The Days Inn hotel in ... More | visit website

Catlow Hall (4.47 miles)

17th Century Country House with panormic views of open countryside. Extensive gardens, ponds and wildlife. All rooms are ensuite with tv and refreshments. ... More
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Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf Club (4.54 miles)

Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf Club

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The four star quality Ramside Hall is set in a 220 acre estate with 27 hole championship golf course. It is situated at only 2 miles from the City of Durham ... More

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Moor End Bed & Breakfast (4.69 miles)

Moor End House Bed and Breakfast is non-smoking establishment with 1 family and 4 twin rooms. It has a 4 diamond rating from the English Tourism Council. ... More | visit website
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Seven Stars Inn (4.72 miles)

Seven Stars Inn
The Seven Stars Inn, dating from 1724, is a traditional English country Inn located on the edge of picturesque Shincliffe village, only one and a half miles from the centre of Durham city and ... More | visit website
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Hotel Bannatyne Durham (4.75 miles)

Hotel Bannatyne Durham

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Opened in February 2007, this hotel offers a convenient location just off the A1 motorway and next door to the state-of-the-art Bannatyne Health Club, complimentary for guests. Here, you can make use ... More

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