The County Aycliffe Village

In the heart of Aycliffe Village, Co. Durham, The County Restaurant with Rooms offers that perfect combination of a countryside restaurant and a local village pub with luxury guest rooms.

For over two hundred years, The County has been a welcoming place for weary travellers on the Great North Road to rest their heads and fill their bellies for the road ahead. While the essence of our hospitality remains the same, the guest experience and quality of the food & drink has most certainly become worth the journey itself. In 2010, The Prime Minister and local MP Tony Blair invited the French President, Jacques Chirac, here for dinner and a pint of the local real ale.

What makes you unique?

The County prides itself on its long-standing reputation for quality food, and locally brewed real ale is served up in a warm and friendly environment. ​As proud supporters of CAMRA,  they offer up to four different guest ales at any one time.

​The County offers seven luxury guest bedrooms, which have been individually designed and all feature the sort of home comforts you come to expect.

​Whether it is your first or fiftieth visit, The County aims to make you feel at home as soon as you step foot inside. The cosy and relaxed surroundings, combined with great food & drink and a team that genuinely cares for guests, is the perfect hospitality formula.


The restaurant is open every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a constantly developed menu to highlight the vast array of quality, local and seasonal produce from Co. Durham and surrounding counties.

The County is delighted to cater for private events and family gatherings, including a private area that can cater for up to 24 people.

Our double, twin and single rooms are all individually designed with calming décor, comfortable furnishings and soft colour schemes, providing a cosy retreat after a hearty meal in our restaurant. All rooms offer home comforts such as comfy thick duvets, fluffy towels, toiletries, tea and coffee making facilities, free & fast Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs.

We can also offer special corporate rates if you travel to the area on business frequently.


The County is a proud ambassador for Co. Durham and is always very excited to help guide guests around the local area. Whether it is your first visit or knowing the area pretty well, they will help inspire your next adventure while staying at The County.

High Force Waterfall is a spectacular visual reward on a 5-mile circular trek within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The starting point is at Bowlees Visitor Centre, which is just a 45 min drive from The County.

Kynren is an epic performance taking you through 2000 years of English history. Tripadvisor ranks it in the Top 5 Shows to see in the UK, and The County highly recommend a visit. Kynren is part of The Auckland Project that also offers a collection of galleries, parkland and event all around the historic Bishop Auckland. All this is just 18 minutes from The County.

Saltburn-by-the-Sea is highly accessible either by car (45 min drive) or train (75 mins). A Victorian seaside resort, well-known for its famous pier and cliff tramway, offers a blue flag beach with a promenade, lots of nearby facilities and is very popular for surfers.


We are delighted to welcome children into the restaurant and offer a dedicated kids menu for lunch and dinner.

How Much Does it Cost?

Rates are currently available from £55 for a single room up to £130 for a deluxe double, including breakfast. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us directly for current special offers and packages.