The Lord Crewe Arms

Contemporary country house meets ‘cheerful’ local pub at this 12th-century former abbot’s lodge, in a ‘beautiful’ conservation village. More

Contact details

The Lord Crewe Arms
The Square
Blanchland
Co. Durham
DH8 9SP
England
01434 675469
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

21. 7 in adjacent cottages, 10 in The Angel across road, some on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year.

Facilities

3 lounges, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, beer garden.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

‘well-behaved dogs’ allowed in some bedrooms, not in dining room.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B £164–£184. À la carte £30. 1-night bookings refused Fri/Sat Mar–Oct.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Contemporary country house meets ‘cheerful’ local pub at this 12th-century former abbot’s lodge, in a ‘beautiful’ conservation village. The spirit of the place is immediately striking, say Guide inspectors this year. ‘It blends effortlessly into the architecture and the ambience of the village’; ‘the accent you hear and the mood created belong to the immediate area’. The main building – its thick stone walls and medieval vaulted bar, its ‘maze of corridors’ – ‘reeks of history’; bedrooms, up the stairs, in adjacent cottages and in The Angel across the road, are modern and ‘beautifully appointed’. ‘Our first-floor Angel room had a restrained decor in tartan, greys and cream. It had a window seat, two chairs, very good storage, delicious home-made cookies; a great rain shower over the bath.’ Eat in the Bishop’s Dining Room: chef Simon Hicks’s ‘interesting’, ‘unfussy’ dishes might include duck cooked on the open grill; a ‘lovely’ pea, lettuce and lovage soup. ‘The tables were quite close together, encouraging chat between guests.’ Calcot Manor, Tetbury (see entry), is under the same ownership. (DB, and others)

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The Lord Crewe Arms
The Square
Blanchland
Co. Durham
DH8 9SP

Guest comments

'A relaxing and enjoyable stay with a wonderful room, excellent food and drink, and most of all staff who unostentatiously went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. There is a minimum of fuss at check-in. Our Champion room at the top of the Angel was generously proportioned and beautifully appointed. The food was of a high standard, beautifully served by knowledgeable staff, and we thought it was reasonably priced. Breakfast was simple, with a DIY element involving squeezing one’s own orange juice and cutting one’s own bread. The dinner menu was unfussy, best described as sophisticated country style. ' - David Birnie - August, 0906
'The recreation of a long-standing inn, well thought through. They employ mostly local people. There was always a manager at the desk ready with a cheerful greeting. The main building reeks of history. A maze of corridors leads to Larders, a big space with an open fire (on which meats are sometimes grilled), small seating area and the dark crypt bar. Meals are served here on a first come, first served basis. Our first-floor bedroom, in the Angel across the road, had a restrained décor; a window seat, very good storage; a great rain shower over the bath. Dinner and breakfast are taken in the first-floor Bishop’s Dining Room, which has a large central table and small tables around the walls, some with banquette seating. These were quite close together, encouraging chat between tables. Dinner had an interesting choice of ‘honest British’ dishes, very reasonably priced. Breakfast had good fruit; freshly squeezed orange juice; decent cooked dishes. ' - JT - August, 0407

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