Set in the small hamlet of Anick, the Rat overlooks the village green and surrounding countryside with the River Tyne in the distance curving round towards the ancient Roman village of Corbridge. An attractive ivy clad, sandstone building built into the hillside,probably with stone plundered from nearby Hadrians Wall,with a terraced beer garden popular in summertime.
In the cosy bar a cast iron range blazes away with a further log burning range at the opposite side of the room.The ceiling is low and beamed with the famed collection of chamberpots hanging from the ceiling.The bar fashioned from a great oak sideboard has once clearly seen service in a grand country home.
Run by Phil and Karen who previously owned the successful, Michelin rated Green Room restaurant in Hexham,The Rat is famous for its hearty and traditional locally sourced food,good wine,fantastic hand pulled beers and welcoming atmosphere.
The Rat is mentioned in many guides,including Michelin, Alastair Sawdays,Good Food, Good Beer and Good Pub Guides.The pub has also attracted national press recommendations including The Sunday Times,The Week Magazine,The Telegraph and also inclusion in Jay Rayners 20 best places to eat in Britain in summer published in the Sunday Observer.
Also ranked in the Top 50 Gastropubs 2013.
Open all year