There are only so many times I can visit the local pub, so on a nice sunny(ish) day off, my good lady wife and I decided to stroll to Shipley to visit the Countryman Inn. We’ve lived in Ashington for years and never been.

The walk there and back was lovely (the route I have put in a different article) but the pub was outstanding.

The staff were lovely, the food was excellent, the pub garden was awesome, the lager was cold – what more could you ask for…? How about a cute herd of deer slowly strolling past?

A well deserved 5 stars from us to add to their already excellent reputation.

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