Good Hotel Guide Review
In a ‘quaint village’ just off the Great North Road, Anne and Richard Furbank’s 19th-century coaching inn is done up with a dash of good humour. Each of the bedrooms is named after a famous (or infamous) George – Eliot, Orwell, Best, etc. Plain and traditional, they all have a ‘clean, modern bathroom’, with a drench shower, spoiling toiletries. ‘Dedicated young staff’ extend a ‘warm welcome’. Downstairs, in the ‘popular, family-friendly restaurant’, chef El Akil Benaissa’s ‘truly excellent’ modern British dishes might include medallions of local venison, sautéed potatoes, parsnip purée, baby leeks, green peppercorn and Marsala jus. Breakfast brings ‘perfectly poached eggs’ and ‘excellent’ coffee.
12. 3 suitable for disabled.
lift, bar, lounge, restaurant, private dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, courtyard.
in public areas.
all ages welcomed.
allowed, not unattended in bedrooms, only guide dogs in restaurants.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B £95–£150, D,B&B £155–£210. À la carte £50.