Milbank Arms

County Durham - Barningham

A historic pub interior which was of national or regional importance where the interior has been ruined

Listed Status: II

Norbeck Bank
DL11 7DW

Tel: 07494 582444




Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

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UPDATE 2019.

The Estate owners have converted the interior into one that resembles thousands of country eating pubs. This pub has therefore been re- categorised as Interior Ruined.

The former description is shown below. The accompanying photographs show the interior before the work took place.

Rebuilt in 1857 and opened as the Milbank Hotel in 1860, it is named after the local landowning family who own Barningham Park as well as the pub and a majority of the houses in the village and local farms. Since 1860 there has only been three names over the door with Sam Turner taking over in 1939 and since 1987 it has been Neil Turner. Entering the pub you could be forgiven to thinking you are in someone's house as there is no bar counter, you stand at the top of the cellar steps to get served. This area has some dispensers attached to the wall and around the staircase to the cellar is a collection of, at last count, 2021 miniatures which started in 1963. This is one of only eight traditional pubs left in the whole of the UK without a bar counter including the other Heritage Pubs the Cock, Broom, Bedfordshire; Red Lion, Ampney St Peter, Gloucestershire; North Star, Steventon, Oxfordshire; Tuckers Grave, Faulkland, Somerset; Rose & Crown, Huish Episcopi, Somerset; Kings Head, Laxfield, Suffolk; and Manor Arms, Rushall, West Midlands.

Only one of the original three rooms is in regular use which is the tap room on the left. This small room has partly old half-height panelling, fixed seating all around the walls, baffle by the door and its old fireplace has new tiles. Note the cocktail menu listing 85 with the most popular being Sex on the Beach and Snowball. Parties of people come from nearby towns to sample them and as the pub does not serve food, some folks bring their own!

A carpet now covers the flagstone floor in the passage and main room. The Domino Room to the left is now only used occasionally for meetings and in fact is in use as a private room during the daytime. The room with a '1' on the door to the right of the passage was only brought into use at very busy times such as Christmas closed in 1969. It was called the dining room as it was where villagers came on the 2nd Tuesday in January and July to pay their rents and the licensee cooked a meal for the tenants. In summer there is a local outdoor quoits league and the pub plays on the green outside the pub on Monday evenings. Outside gents'. Closed Mon. to Sat. lunchtimes.

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