This pub is a traditional urban local just across the pedestrianised Elvet Bridge from the city centre. The interior comprises a front bar and lower rear lounge, connected by the semi-circular bar counter from which the pub reputedly takes its name. Both have plenty of dark wood and red leatherette bench seating. There is also a large beer garden at the rear overlooking the river.
There’s no food (although the website promises a new sandwich menu) and TV sport is shown, ensuring a lively atmosphere on match days. The regular beers are Draught Bass (very reasonably priced on my visit), Taylors Landlord and Durham White Gold, plus a couple of rotating guests. The pub has been in the Good Beer Guide for thirty consecutive years.