Good Hotel Guide Review
In an enviable position overlooking the Northumberland coast – Bamburgh Castle one way, the Farne Islands the other – this ‘friendly and professionally run little hotel’ is a coastal-lover’s treat. Bedrooms, in breezy seaside colours, are simply furnished (some are on the cosy side) with throws and local artwork adding warmth. All have ‘thoughtful extras, such as binoculars for gazing out to sea’ or over the harbour and village. Young owners Rob and Tegan Tait create a ‘bright, welcoming and informal atmosphere’; Rob is from the area and has good suggestions for walks and day-trips plus eating options on days when the hotel’s bistro is closed. For a small operation, the latter has a surprisingly sophisticated choice: perhaps scallops and black pudding for a starter followed by their signature dish of Northumbrian beef with smoked bacon in red wine; ‘well prepared and tasty’. The interesting wine list reflects Rob’s earlier career at Hotel du Vin. Breakfast is simple but well done: ‘delicious home-made banana bread’, eggs Benedict and the full Northumbrian – providing perfect preparation for a breezy coastal walk. (HP, and others)
1 St Aidan's
9. 2 in annexe.
all year except 21–25 Dec, 3 Jan–10 Feb, bistro open Thurs–Sat dinner.
breakfast room/bistro, bar area (honesty bar), in-room TV (Freeview), front lawn (picnic tables), unsuitable for disabled.
chilled acoustic in public rooms.
not under 12.
allowed in annexe rooms, 1 area of breakfast room, not in bistro.
per room B&B £95–£165. À la carte £28. 1-night bookings may be refused in summer.