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The Church Mouse

Waldbridge, Chester Le Street, DH2 3SL +44 1913920942

((((* British
  •  - County Durham
  •  - County Durham
  •  - County Durham
  •  - County Durham
  •  - County Durham
  •  - County Durham
Main course: £10
Food spend: £25
Opening hours
Monday to Saturday: 12:00 - 23:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 22:30

Outstanding .very inviting .a joy to walkthrough thedoors

Elizabeth Byers 29 December 2017
from Durham

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Near to Durham, The Church Mouse delivers classic British pub food in a picturesque country setting, with an attractive stone and oaken décor to match. The Church Mouse once fed local miners, and continues to provide dependable traditional cuisine, to be enjoyed from the comfort of the welcoming hearth-fire or the pretty garden.

Hearty Sunday roasts and trusty British dishes head The Church Mouse menu, and a range just for kids offers mini versions of pub favourites. Signature Vintage pies offer fillings like beef & merlot with buttered peas, while The Church Mouse ‘Vintage classics’ menu includes lemon & garlic-roasted chicken with seasoned chips.

Paying homage to the Great British pub, the Vintage Inn bar stock includes cask-conditioned beers, real ales and a meticulously compiled wine list. Thirst-quenching offerings include seasonal non-alcoholic cocktails and freshly-pressed juices, and rich coffee is brewed freshly throughout the day.

Situated in Waldbridge, The Church Mouse at Chester Moor is only 5 minutes’ drive from Chester-le-Street Train Station.

The Church Mouse

Waldbridge, Chester Le Street, DH2 3SL

Contact +44 1913892628
Reservations +44 1913920942

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Customer reviews for The Church Mouse

3.9 ((((* (based on 33 reviews)
87% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • lunch (20)
  • dinner (19)
  • value (11)
  • child friendly (9)
  • large parties (5)
  • private dining (4)
  • romantic (4)
  • business (3)
  • al fresco (2)
  • views (2)
  • afternoon tea (1)
  • luxury (1)
  • trendy (1)
  • (((** 16 January 2018 by Jayne Mirfin from CHESTER LE STREET

    We have visited several times over the years and have been impressed more recently with the new menu. The food was very good, however, I asked for a high chair when I booked online and this wasn't organised and the service was extremely slow even though the restaurant area was quiet; my husband had to ask for someone to take our order over half an hour after we arrived.....not impressed on this occasion.

  • ((*** 2 January 2018 by Joanne Fullard from Chester-le-Street

    Booked the church mouse because we had been before and had a lovely meal. This time the food was a very mixed bag. The beef burger was just warm the chips were hard. My mother in law had hunters chicken the chicken was warm and tough and the bacon was actually a fat lump of tough gammon. The eaton mess pudding was a mess just a big pile on a plate, not presented nice at all.the staff were run ragged waited 5 minutes for vinegar for chips. My sister in law had fish of the Xmas menu and they forgot the veg. Very disappointed this time. Will try again hoping it was a one off due to the period between Xmas and new year. A lot of money to be disappointed.

  • ((((( 29 December 2017 by Elizabeth Byers from Durham

    Outstanding .very inviting .a joy to walkthrough thedoors

  • (((** 27 December 2017 by Stephen Stokoe from SEAHAM

    First impressions are everything and unfortunately ours was one of chaos. We waited a good five minutes before we were even acknowledged but we're finally seated.

    Our drinks order was taken by the bubbly and pleasant Alec and we were left to peruse the festive menu. Our drinks were brought and when I pointed out there was ice in my drink when I'd specifically asked for none I was told there was nothing on the chitty as if that were my fault.

    The pate arrived and it was delicious although insufficient bread to accompany it. My husband had the garlic mushrooms which was delicious too.

    Then the wait for the main course was way too long and the mains when presented had clearly been been sitting under heat lamps on the pass for a considerable length of time as my fish had gone dry and unappealing to look at and Paul's steak knife was too hot to pick up for a good five minutes after the food arrived. This was a great shame as there had been a significant level of care had gone into the dishes we had and we're both very satisfied had it been served when it was prepared it would have been a credit to the kitchen.

    The desserts were bought in and disappointing.

    The balance of flavours presented for the starter and main were such that we would both return to dine again at the Church Mouse hopefully when it's less busy and the staff, with the exception of Alex, are less surly and stressed.

  • (((** 17 November 2017 by Chloe from Durham

    The experience was good but the service was slow.

  • ((((( 16 October 2017 by Val Bennett from Durham

    It was very busy but lovely to know we had reserved our table and only had to wait a couple of minutes. Food was delicious as usual and service very good.

  • ((((( 5 August 2017 by Marguerite Simpson from Washington


  • (((** 16 May 2017 by Anthony Mitchelson from Chester-le-Street

    Meal was exerlent service poor.

  • ((((( 15 May 2017 by Sue Pender from Chester-le-Street

    Favourite detail.... loved the CHEDDAR MASH...not sure if u do it any more
    We were 6 diners -3Adults & 3 children
    Service was great ... food very high quality & standard
    Loved the individual gravy boats - We even asked 4 more - No problem
    Loved the kiddy colouring/ crayons... we were able to eat quickly without bothering other diners in a small enclave with a big table ... great if kids misbehave
    Good parking facilities
    Couldn't fault anything about the experience... have been many times & keep returning
    Booked on line with no problems

  • ((((* 3 April 2017 by Irene from Durham

    Excellent Sunday lunch. Great service and lovely surroundings.

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