Welcome to the Red Lion at Cotherstone. CAMRA Good Beer Guide Entry.

LocAles, craft ciders, open fires, beer garden, dog friendly, darts & dominoes.

We sell craft ciders, real ales, cask beers & bitters from local craft micro brewers. Always stocking, Yorkshire Dales Brewing Company - Rowantree, Best Bitter & Aysgarth Falls, Blonde Ale.

We’re situated 4 miles from Barnard Castle and 6 miles from Middleton-in-Teesdale in the historic North Riding of Yorkshire.

Please browse through our pages and discover some of the charms of this cracking little pub set in the heart of Teesdale.


Eighteenth century (1738), grade II listed, stone built Coaching Inn set in the idyllic Teesdale village of Cotherstone. 

Within the walls of the Red you won’t find a T.V, jukebox or bandit. Just the crackle of the open fire, good beer and the pulse of conversation and laughter. 

This old coaching inn has served the village and surrounding hamlets of Cotherstone with fine ales since its foundations were laid in 1738. The Red Lion can be described as a traditional, opened beamed, dales pub. There’s an open fire in the front bar and often a lively game of dominoes (5's & 3's) being played. The pub has a few claims to fame, aside from having the late Hannah Hauxswell as a past neighbour and playing host to the final sketch of 'The Fast Show.' The pub also had the last heather thatched roof within the village and was only removed in the thirties. 

CAMRA Good Beer Guide from 2007 onwards

Teesdale Pub Of The Season 2009 & 2013

'Runner-up' Darlington CAMRA Country Pub Of The Year
2007, 2008 & 3rd place in 2020

Darlington CAMRA Rural Community Pub Of The Year 2008. 

2 real ales served all year round. 
Yorkshire Dales Brewery - Rowantree, Best Bitter (3.8%abv) 
Yorkshire Dales Brewery - Aysgarth Falls, Blonde Ale / American Pale (3.8%abv)
4 craft ciders

Children, dogs, clean boots
& well behaved parents are all welcome!

The Fast Show - Ted & Ralph (Burning Love)