The Bruce Arms

2 Main St, West Tanfield HG4 5JJ
$$ English

Reservations

Business Info

  • Address: 2 Main St, West Tanfield HG4 5JJ
  • Cuisine: Desserts | English | European | French | Steak | Vegan | Vegetarian |
  • Cost: | Inexpensive
  • Category: Casual Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Car Park |
  • Payment Options: VISA | MasterCard | Cash | Apple Pay | Android Pay | Debit |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Staff: Dave Lawson | Director of Advertising
  • Phone: 01677 470 325
  • Features: Hotel Dining, Organic Ingredients, Outdoor Seating, Private Room, Winning Wine List, Working Fireplace, Lounge / Bar, Farm-to-table,
  • Occasion: Child Friendly, Romantic Dining, Dining Alone, Business Dining, Meet for a Drink, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Vegetarian, Dog Friendly, Trendy / Hip, Date Night,

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Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
Closed
Thursday
Lunch - Dining Room 11:45 - 14:45
Dinner - Dining Room 18:00 - 20:30
Friday
Lunch - Dining Room 11:45 - 14:45
Valid between: Sept. 6, 2021 - Nov. 26, 2022
Dinner - Dining Room 18:00 - 20:30
Saturday
Lunch - Dining Room 11:45 - 14:45
Dinner - Dining Room 18:00 - 20:30
Sunday
Sunday - Dining Room 12:00 - 17:00
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.67 out of 5 stars based on 266 votes

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Sep 14, 2022
Chelcie H.
Excellent roast dinner, one of the best we’ve had! Will be back when next in the area!

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Sep 12, 2022
Mrs Laura J.
Went for the first time with friends. Everything was lovely from being greeted by very cheerful, polite young ladies to the fabulous food. We will be back.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 03, 2022
Alan R.
Great food, service was excellent.

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Aug 31, 2022
Claire B.
Excellent food, in lovely surroundings. This is the best Sunday lunch around. I had chicken which was beautiful but my friends had the beef which they said was the best they’d eaten.

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Aug 07, 2022
Jayne T.
Food and service were very good. We had a lovely evening.

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Aug 07, 2022
Ray G.
Very impressive - great food, lovely welcome, friendly locals. Would definitely recommend. Thanks

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Aug 02, 2022
Linda C.
Really enjoyed it. I took 1 point off the food simply because the vegetables were a touch al dente for my taste. Will definitely go again.

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Jul 10, 2022
Judy A.
excellent fresh menu great friendly service reasonably priced definitely go back again

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Jun 07, 2022
maryfiona R.
Best Sunday lunch.

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Jun 06, 2022
Alison R.
Food was excellent and the staff welcoming and very efficient

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Jun 05, 2022
John B.
Excellent food, great service

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May 30, 2022
Tim L.
My friend and I had an truly excellent lunch at The Brue Arms on Saturday, in more ways than one. We were running a little late due to traffic but it was not a problem when we called. Service was excellent, informative, particularly on their considered wine selection, and the food did not fail to deliver. The best sausage and mash (With a twist) my friend had ever had and my bacon chop was beautifully cooked, accompanied with perfectly cooked chips and a generous salad. We cheekily asked if chef might be able to make some sandwiches to go as some of the boys that were playing cricket down the road at North Stainley didn't have time to buy lunch. Not a problem. The sandwiches were fantastic according to the lads and, given the quality, very fairly priced in the circumstances. The team won too, so an excellent day all round. Will certainly go again and could not recommend highly enough. A real gem.

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May 21, 2022
Douglas L.
Great!

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Apr 25, 2022
Sharon N.
Excellent food, best sunday dinner ever!

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Apr 23, 2022
Millie W.
Lovely atmosphere, outstanding food, fab & friendly service!!

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Apr 16, 2022
Claire B.
Excellent food, service and ambiance, as always

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Mar 30, 2022
Henry F.
Excellent food and service.

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Mar 29, 2022
David G.
My wife and I stayed at the Bruce Arms last weekend and had a great time and were very impressed with everything about the place. The staff were never less than helpful and friendly from the moment of our arrival. Although we had never been before, we felt almost like regulars by the the time we left. The pub is full of character with an especially elegant dining room. The bedroom was very comfortable and well-appointed. The food is, perhaps, the pub's speciality and didn't disappoint. A Truly excellent and imaginative menu. Maybe a little expensive for some. I must mention the beer on offer. There can't be many pubs in N Yorks villages offering a draught Belgian ale. Top marks! Thanks to all for a lovely weekend. I'm sure we'll be back before long.

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Mar 22, 2022
Antonia E.
Well, first of all we turned up a day late for our reservation. The staff were incredibly nice about it and made space in the bar for us even though they were fully booked. We were so grateful, especially so as the meal we then had was fantastic. Great quality, lovely flavours and generous portions. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. We had a great meal and plan to come again, next time on the right day.

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Mar 14, 2022
oliver w.
Great place !!

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Mar 10, 2022
Wendy D.
Lovely time, meal was terrific, Manager was very attentive, all in all a very pleasantexperience

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Jan 23, 2022
Josie M.
Excellent first visit whilst under new ownership and delighted we now have a wonderful eatery near to our holiday home - will try the bar forvdrinks in evening next time

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Nov 15, 2021
Anna J.
This was one of the nicest meals we’ve ever eaten. The good service and place as a whole was amazing

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Oct 15, 2021
Adam R.
We enjoyed a really lovely evening at the Bruce. Great atmosphere, attentive service and well cooked and presented food. These guys are really trying to create a memorable dining experience and all credit to them. We will most certainly return. Amazing cheese board too with delicious veggie and vegan options! :)

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Oct 13, 2021
Ruth H.
Food and Staff were brilliant. Loved that the inside was still full of character and it hadn’t been given a bland make over. Great Sunday Lunch menu. Will definitely go back if in the area.

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Sep 27, 2021
Laura H.
Such good service and food.. we had the 3 part Sunday dinner and I couldn’t fault it in anyway at all. The staff where brilliant.. faltless.. really accommodating to having a small slightly shouty baby at times.. I’ll definitely be recommending the Bruce arms to all my friends and family and visiting again

Overall: 9/10
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Aug 28, 2022
Tony W.
Four of us, plus Stanley the Westie for late lunch after a long walk by the river. Took our daughters this time. A warm friendly welcome on arrival, great menu options. Terrine and scotch egg were the starters chosen, followed by Hake and steak. Then home made sticky toffee pudding, delicious. Excellent quality, and restaurant level, which is not surprising given the owners background as chefs. This is not typical pub food and highly recommended. We will be back.

Overall: 9/10
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Jul 06, 2022
James V.
A pleasant pub. Parking a bit limited. Peaceful location in West Tanfield. Interesting menus. Excellent service. The floor was a bit hazardous for us elderly customers, but that added to the rural ambience. Staff were very friendly and welcoming, beer was good, food was good: a grand day out.

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May 30, 2022
Patricia & Tom F.
Food excellent, service friendly & informative, e.g. advice on best tonic to drink with a gin I hadn't previously tried, and falling down only very slightly because of the long wait for the bread, which we had to ask for, and not being automatically brought a jug of water. We were surprised that there was an extra charge for bread but the meal was still very good value. Pluses: vegans catered for, lovely Georgian building with lots of original features retained, open fires, jar of fresh wild flowers on each table, notice suggesting leaving racist uncles at home! Negative: no hook for bags in the ladies' toilet.

Overall: 9/10
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Value: 8/10
Nov 06, 2021
Helen C.
Warm & cosy dining without being cramped or stuffy. Prompt & helpful service, interesting menu. All dishes enjoyed by our group of 3, though the weakest part of the gnocchi dish was the gnocchi themselves. Would happily visit again or recommend to others.

Overall: 9/10
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Oct 08, 2021
Matt L.
For a pub/ restaurant that has only just opened, the food was delicious. The welcome so important, we genuinely felt they were pleased we were there. The service excellent and the wine flowed. A little more time between courses would help and more “gravy” on the pork. They didn’t pick up on my booking form that it was my wife’s birthday but That’s just me nit picking. Other than that a first class dinner we will be back.

Overall: 9/10
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Oct 07, 2021
Tina S.
Warm friendly welcome, roaring fire, delicious food. Well done. Will definitely return.

Overall: 8/10
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Jul 13, 2022
Ryan S.
Lovely pud. Nice food, portion sizes just too big. Was full up after the starter. Overall had a great Sunday lunch

Overall: 8/10
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Jan 29, 2022
David E.
Excellent. Will be back!

Overall: 8/10
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Dec 04, 2021
Diane M.
Love this little place. Cosy, welcoming - and good food.

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Nov 10, 2021
Judith M.
Service was excellent. Staff were attentive. I would have preferred vegetables to be provided in dishes so we could decide how much we want. Also table next to us had cauliflower cheese on their Sunday lunch and we didn't get any. The beef and pork were very tasty.

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Jun 14, 2022
Graham W.
Have eaten and stayed at The Bruce Arms several times over the last several years and has always been a pleasurable experience. However, on this occasion the Sunday dinner was average due to the fact the roast lamb was tasteless and fatty. The chocolate tart dessert was good and the guest Theakston beer palatable. The large glass of NZ Sauvignon Blanc was expensive at £11. We waited ages for someone to fetch the card machine to pay the bill and in the end went and asked the waitress. Overall, I was disappointed as we had taken friends and told them how good the pub is but I don’t think I will be rushing back in a hurry……

Overall: 7/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 6/10
Value: 7/10
Nov 17, 2021
Sam F.
The staff here are excellent welcoming even though busy. We really like the pub and the dining area but music was way to loud and sounded like heavy metal. Just a suggestion to rethink volume and music types as unfortunately spoilt the ambience and felt like battling with it to relax and enjoy meal. Luckily not under speakers but still loud. The food was lovely however the Sunday lunch Chicken and was quite basic and a trace of lemon and thyme could not be found just one drumstick and a small piece of fillet was a little disappointing the beef and pork looked lovely. The puddings were lovely too.