Battlesteads

‘Surely one of the best places to stay in the north of England’, Dee and Richard Slade’s historic coaching inn is run as a ‘characterful, modern’ pub, hotel and restaurant, where some of the best views are to be found at night. More

Contact details

Battlesteads
Wark-on-Tyne
nr Hexham
Hexham
Northumberland
NE48 3LS
England
01434 230209

Hotel information

Bedrooms

22. 4 on ground floor, 5 in lodge, 2 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year except 25 Dec.

Facilities

bar, dining room, function facilities, drying room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 2-acre grounds (walled garden, kitchen garden, dark sky observatory).

Background music

Yes, bar, restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in public rooms, some bedrooms (£10 per night).

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2017] per room B&B from £120, D,B&B from £165. À la carte £32.50.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Surely one of the best places to stay in the north of England’, Dee and Richard Slade’s historic coaching inn is run as a ‘characterful, modern’ pub, hotel and restaurant, where some of the best views are to be found at night. It is in Europe’s largest Dark Sky park; ‘inspirational, enthusiastic’ guided observatory tours of the stars come complete with a pair of binoculars. The Slades have impressive eco credentials (‘though we thought the in-room eco notices a touch bossy’), including a sizeable organic garden. ‘A morning tour of the fascinating grounds with Richard is a highlight.’ Individually decorated bedrooms are in the main building and a row of ‘wonderfully different’ timber lodges, each with a spa bath and separate sitting area, in the grounds. In the restaurant, Edward Shilton’s ‘imaginative’ dishes – perhaps home-made roasted pepper and goat’s cheese ravioli, Brinkburn cheese, mustard butter – are ‘beautifully cooked and presented, and satisfyingly portioned’. Drinks are taken seriously, too: ‘If you haven’t had a pint of Magus, you haven’t lived!’ (Colin Bradshaw, P and SG, and others)

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Battlesteads
Wark-on-Tyne
nr Hexham
Hexham
Northumberland
NE48 3LS

Guest comments

'Our room, though very small, was thoughtfully equipped. The bathroom was a good size and the toiletries were locally made. The food was excellent, well-served and varied. The wine list, too, was very tempting. We disliked the intrusive and shrill background music, and we found a lack of any personal, friendly contact. The staff were most efficient, brisk and businesslike. ' - Mary Hewson - September, 2017
'We had one of the new-looking luxury lodges comprising a huge bedroom and a large ensuite bathroom with two sinks. There was plenty of hot water for the large spa bath. The bedroom had everything we needed, including two comfortable armchairs a sofa, a large TV. Fresh fruit was provided on day one. The room could have done with some pictures to make it a little more attractive. The dinners were good wholesome food cooked reasonably well but not exceptional. Breakfast was again OK; there was a good choice of jams. We thought that some of the staff lacked some of the requisite customer service skills ' - Steven Hur - September, 2017
'A most generous welcome. The lodge was superb, with every comfort. After an excellent dinner plus a 'visit to the moon' it was time for bed. We slept like logs., ' - Bob & Jean Henry - September, 2017
'Surely one of the best places to stay in the north of England. The rooms, particularly the wooden lodges, are wonderful, each different. The grounds arefascinating. The food is wonderful, beautifully cooked, beautifully presented, and with just the right amount so you leave the table satisfied but not uncomfortably stuffed. The wine list is extensive and interesting and the real ale is magnificent. If you haven't had a pint of Magus you haven't lived. ' - Colin Bradshaw - June, 2016
'A special place in a beautiful part of the world. As on previous visits we were impressed with the quality of accommodation, food and facilities. The dinners are exceptionally good. Breakfast is excellent. Once again we had a large, well-fitted bedroom - like a junior suite. Staff are invariably friendly, helpful, and we were impressed how well the hotel ran in the owners' absence. We enjoyed a fascinating evening in the recently completed observatory. The owners have made an historic coaching inn into a superb characterful modern and practical pub/hotel. ' - Pauline & Stephen Glover - February, 2016

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