The Lord Crewe Arms

Blanchland, Northumberland

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. More

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

Hotel details

Address

The Square
Blanchland
Northumberland
DH8 9SP
England

Telephone

01434 675469

Bedrooms

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

Open

all year.

Facilities

2 lounges, restaurant, Gatehouse events space, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, beer garden, public rooms not suitable for wheelchair.

Background music

in dining room and bar.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

well-behaved dogs’ allowed in bedrooms, public rooms, not in dining room.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £139–£264. À la carte £32.