The Bowes Hotel was stumbled upon by Cask Task while looking for the Twice Brewed pub.
We called in The Bowes to find that, unexpectedly, two hand pubs were to be had there. Jennings Tom Fool and Wylams Gold. So we had a pint.
As it happened the barman was a bundle of knowledge on real ale pubs in the area. So, not only did we enjoy a decent drink, but we gained our route plan for the day.
Thirst temporarely quenched, off we went.