Darlington InnMarket Place
This old 13th-century former coaching inn is now a lively and sociable town centre community pub, catering for the demand for evening entertainment as well as drinking. The single bar presides over a Z-shaped room whose beamed ceiling and wood-planked floor chime with its antiquity, although a startling modern touch is provided by a large disco unit in one corner. One end of the room hosts the pool table and mainly wooden furniture including an old settle, whilst the other end has a settee and easy chair presiding over the disco. The pub is generally more of a lively evening venue than a daytime one; however, food from an imaginative selection is available all day. The beers are regularly varied on the three handpumps, usually with a local brew or two, and a fourth may appear seasonally on gravity dispense from the cellar. Coaches once stopped on the cobbles outside while the horses were stabled through the archway opposite. Election results also used to be announced from the pub balcony. Accommodation is en-suite.