Half Moon Inn, Durham
The Half Moon is a handsome, prominent pub, pretty close to the centre of the city and it's as traditional a pub as it looks. The split-level interior, divides the New Inn into a sort of public, bar at the front and a cosier, upholstered saloon bar at the rear. It's a well-maintained pub and sports a tongue-and-grooved ceiling (not so many of those around nowadays) with the walls displaying photos from the ages including some astonishing pictures of the Durham miners' gala with vast crowds filling the streets outside. On the drink front, there's a good range of excellent Cask Marque ale on the hand pumps and should the sun come out, there's a very long narrow terrace out the back that leads down to the river. The New Inn is a solid, traditional, dependable pub, that serves excellent ale and is not likely (thankfully) to change its ways any time soon. Just a disappointment then, that the service on our visit was grudging bordering on surly. Possibly a one-off, but judging from our visit, we have to mark this one back to a 2-pinter.
81-82 New Elvet, Durham, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3AQ
0191 374 1918
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