The Lord Crewe Arms

The flagstone floors, cavernous fireplaces, labyrinthine corridors and barrel-vaulted crypt bar ‘reek of history’ at this cheerfully updated medieval abbot’s lodge in a conservation village on the North Pennine moors. More

Contact details

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

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, Gatehouse events space, 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

[2017] per room B&B £129–£192. À la carte £30. 1-night bookings refused Fri/Sat Mar–Oct.

Good Hotel Guide Review

The flagstone floors, cavernous fireplaces, labyrinthine corridors and barrel-vaulted crypt bar ‘reek of history’ at this cheerfully updated medieval abbot’s lodge in a conservation village on the North Pennine moors. It is part of the Calcot group, whose Gloucestershire siblings are in Tetbury and Barnsley (see entries). ‘The place has had a successful make-over – it’s very stylish, but retains its heritage and the feeling of a locality,’ say Guide readers this year. Smart bedrooms (some in adjacent cottages and at The Angel across the road) vary in size from ‘canny’ to ‘champion’, plus suites to suit a family. Each is different: one may have a roll-top bath or log-burner, another, stained-glass windows. ‘Our room was lovely – large, well appointed, with good storage and a splendid bed.’ Eat spit-roasted meats from the fire in the basement Hilyard, or mount stone steps to the Bishop’s dining room, where chef Simon Hicks cooks accessible fare (perhaps chargrilled flat-iron steak with chips and ‘naughty sauce’) using local produce and home-grown vegetables. ‘Breakfast was as good as I’ve seen – fresh, well chosen and well served.’ (Tony Ayers)

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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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