Good Hotel Guide Review
‘We really rated this friendly little hotel,’ wrote a Guide reader of Robin and Tegan Tait’s B&B and bistro, ‘right on the seafront’ with ‘stunning views’ to the Farne Islands and Holy Island (binoculars provided). The bedrooms are decorated in a coastal palette of pale blues and greens, with pine furniture. Brownsman, on the ground floor, with separate access, is named after the island once home to Grace Darling, now to puffin and guillemot, razorbill and tern. The views are variously of islands, village, harbour and dramatically sited Bamburgh Castle. ‘The bar and dining room are similarly comfortable and relaxed, with stunning views.’ The bistro operates three nights a week, when chef James Ash cooks such locally sourced dishes as coq au Riesling; Northumbrian beef bourguignon; roasted hake or a vegetarian option. This is not a grand or boutique place, but inexpensive, and located on a starkly beautiful stretch of coast with unspoilt sandy beaches. A perfect base for exploring the islands, and for castle visits, maybe to Alnwick with its lovely garden and associations with two famous Harrys – Shakespeare’s ‘hare-brained Hotspur’ and the boy magician Potter. (ST)
1 St Aidan's
9. 2 in annexe.
all year except 7 days over Christmas, 2 Jan–2nd weekend Feb, bistro open Thurs–Sat dinner.
breakfast room/bistro, bar area (honesty bar), free Wi-Fi, 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.
none (debit cards accepted).
per room B&B £95–£145. À la carte £28.