14. 2 in Monk's Cottage, 5 in rear courtyard, some on ground floor.
all year except 23–28 Dec.
2 lounges, bar, Crown Room (bar meals), restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), boot room; fishing, grouse shooting, birdwatching nearby.
all ages welcomed.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
 per room B&B £115–£180. À la carte £35.
Good Hotel Guide Review
With ‘exceptional’ food, ‘exemplary’ housekeeping and ‘staff who are a real pleasure to be among’, this ‘delightful’ creeper-clad coaching inn again finds favour among Guide readers. ‘It is a place where one feels completely at ease,’ say guests this year of Thomas and Cheryl Robinson’s 18th-century inn on the village green. ‘We were welcomed with an excellent afternoon tea and scones in the lounge’, a cosy spot with comfy sofas, books and magazines. Bedrooms are in the main house, in a single-storey courtyard building, and around the corner in 17th-century Monk’s Cottage, which has its own lounge and honesty bar. A suite overlooking the green, ‘although not huge, was comfortable and certainly more than adequate’; an annexe room was ‘first class’. Meals are served in the oak-panelled dining room and the rustic bar (pews, copper pans, a stone fireplace). Chef Dave Hunter’s ‘excellent’ updated English dishes might include roast loin of lamb, sautéed potato, artichoke, beetroot. ‘Breakfast was all we could have wished for.’ The Robinsons also own Headlam Hall, Darlington (see Shortlist). (Alwyn and Thelma Ellis, Ken Smart)
A great value short break based on a two-night minimum stay during September, October & November to include: accommodation in a superior room, full English breakfast daily, three-course a la carte meal each evening, tea/coffee and homemade scones with preserves on one afternoon. £178 per couple per night or £129 for singles. Optional third night free in November. You just need to buy dinner that night (main course minimum) and breakfast the following morning (£12.50 pp). To benefit from this offer, please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.
10% discount voucher
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.
Guide Book Vouchers
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.Buy the guide
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