Good Hotel Guide Review
You can drink champagne in the vaulted bar, as W H Auden did, dine among the ancient stone walls like Philip Larkin, or sleep in a tranquil room once used by Benjamin Britten, at this hotel in the monastic buildings of a dissolved abbey. The heart of a North Pennines village, it is owned by the Calcot group (see Calcot Manor, Tetbury), and retains the ‘feeling of a heritage’, with beamed ceilings, ‘a maze of corridors’, and an inglenook big enough to hide a Jacobite general in the 1715 Rising. Bedrooms, in the main house, miners’ cottages and at the Angel opposite, range from ‘cosy’ to ‘champion’, their colours inspired by the Northumbrian landscape. Suites have their own front door, a log-burner. ‘My room was warm, the bed comfortable, bathroom splendid (but the lighting dim for reading),’ writes a reader who was frustrated by a mix-up over his booking. Where was Tommy Mark, the ‘genial Geordie’ manager, always so solicitous? Simon Hicks’s ‘honest British dishes’, perhaps chicken from Thistleyhaugh Farm (see entry, Longhorsley), with haggis and sausage patty, leeks, mustard cream sauce, regularly hit the spot. Breakfast brings freshly squeezed juice, ‘decent cooked
21. 7 in adjacent miners’ cottages, 10 in The Angel across road, some on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled.
2 lounges, restaurant, Gatehouse events space, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, beer garden, public rooms not suitable for wheelchair.
in dining room and bar.
all ages welcomed.
well-behaved dogs’ allowed in bedrooms, public rooms, not in dining room.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B £139–£264. À la carte £32.