The Feathers Inn, Stocksfield, is a 200 year old country pub serving outstanding and exceptional food. The pub is little changed, with wood burning stoves in all the rooms, bare wooden tables and exposed stone work. Combining an informal and relaxed style of dining the kitchen team use ingredients foraged and farmed in the surrounding area to create a unique experience. Rhian and Helen celebrate ten years at the pub this year and the winning formula that has seen them win 36 awards during this time. Rhian and his team create a daily changing menu maximising the local produce with in house butchery, charcuterie, preserving, smoking and butter churning. Fermenting beer to create vinegar and seeds to create rye and sour dough white breads. Working with local farmers and using the lesser known cuts, many glorious dishes using offal, everything is skilfully crafted into delicious and satisfying feasts. With a seasonally changing wine list all selected to pair with the food offerings as well as an extensive whisky range and perfectly kept cask ales, the drinker is as welcome as the diner.
Located at almost the most southerly point in Northumberland you can see Cumbria and the lakes to the west, Gateshead and then the metropolis that is Newcastle to the East (with the coast visible in the distance) and County Durham is just south, only 18 miles to Durham city. Hedley on the Hill is near Stocksfield, which is just beyond Prudhoe on A695, about a 15-minute drive west of Newcastle, in the Tyne Valley. In Stocksfield, take New Ridley Road south, opposite the Chemists, then take a left after a mile, and you’ll find Hedley (on the Hill). The view and the Feathers Inn’s surroundings are wonderful and there’s plenty of walking around the area.
“Thumpingly good food with an emphatic North Country accent and bags of local pride” The Good Food Guide 2017.
A few words from Chef Rhian
My food is most definitely based upon classical and regional French cooking. I find inspiration in the books of Elizabeth David, Jane Grigson, Mark Hix and Fergus Henderson of St. John London.
I also love Mediterranean flavours from Spain, Italy and North Africa. You will find old fashioned stews, pies and suet puddings alongside delicious offal preparations and lighter, simply grilled fish and meat alternatives on the menu. There are always plenty of vegetarian options. I favour simply plated but immaculately prepared desserts too. We are very proud of our Northumbrian cheese board at The Feathers Inn and when it is brought out it always impresses.
Rhian Cradock, Chef Proprietor
Kielder Waterside is set in the heart of Kielder Water & Forest Park; here there is a play garden, ideal for big kids and little kids alike. Enjoy family fishing or the stunning Kielder reservoir, see a flying demonstration at the birds of prey centre or take a scenic walk along to our Tower Knowe café and enjoy delicious home made ice cream. If you don’t fancy the walk to Tower Knowe, you have a range of options for food and drink at the Boat Inn and The Hide at Kielder Waterside.