The Lord Crewe Arms

A ‘lovely drive over moors’ leads to this hotel in a North Pennines village built from the stone of a dissolved 12th-century abbey. More

Contact details

The Lord Crewe Arms
the Square
Blanchland
Co. Durham
DH8 9SP
England
01434 675 469

Hotel information

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.

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, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £99-£200, double £119-£224. A la carte £32.

Good Hotel Guide Review

A ‘lovely drive over moors’ leads to this hotel in a North Pennines village built from the stone of a dissolved 12th-century abbey. The hotel itself occupies surviving monastic buildings, including the abbot’s lodge, in gardens leading down to the River Derwent. Part of the Calcot group (see entry for Calcot Manor, Tetbury), it has been ‘very stylishly’ made over while maintaining its historic character. Today’s visitor finds flagstone floors, ‘a maze of corridors’, ‘an enormous fire on which meats are sometimes grilled’, a ‘dark crypt bar’, beams and barrel-vaulted ceilings. Bedrooms, in the main building, former miners’ cottages and ‘another interesting old building’, The Angel, opposite, blend contemporary style with original features. They range from ‘cosy’ to ‘suites’ via ‘canny’ and ‘champion’ (‘our champion room had books, magazines, an espresso machine, home-made biscuits, fudge, a walker’s pack and umbrella’). In the upstairs Bishop’s Dining Room, Simon Hicks uses local and home-grown produce in such dishes as Ayrshire mutton banger, lamb chop, whipped tatties, wild garlic; Durham rare breed pork chop, naughty beans. Breakfast brings fresh juice, toast-your-own crumpets, eggs from the hotel’s hens.

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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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