The Lord Crewe Arms
The Lord Crewe Arms can be found in the tiny village of Blanchland in Northumberland. Blanchland is about 25 miles from Durham and a little less than that from Hadrian’s wall and is a picture perfect little village. Built from the remains of a Twelfth century abbey, The Lord Crewe Arms hotel occupies the lions share of the village and is stuffed full of over 800 years of history.
21 bedrooms look out upon the Northumberland landscape, with a choice of locations from the Abbot’s Guest House, Miner’s Cottages to the villages ‘Angel of Temperance’. No two rooms are the same and all are homely enough for slippers and socks. “Cosy Rooms” are perfect for a couples retreat or the lone traveller; warm up, feet up, & enjoy. Larger “Canny Rooms” are perfect for relaxing and unwinding and the largest “Champion Rooms” are the epitome of understated countryside luxury and the perfect setting for bubbles and robes – true Northumberland chic.
All rooms include a king size bed with sleepy linen, cosy robes, Aromatherapy Associates smellies, flat screen TV, complimentary wi-fi and most importantly, delicious cookies! Canny rooms also have a Roberts radio and Champion rooms have a Bluetooth music station and their own Nespresso coffee machine. All promise that perfect night’s sleep synonymous with countryside air.
Bar and Restaurant
The ancient stone walls, arches and roaring fire at The Lord Crewe Arms are atmospheric and put you in the mood for a hearty banquet before you even make it to the restaurant. The vaulted Crypt bar is extremely inviting for drinks and is brimming with character with a huge fireplace, a cosy atmosphere and the best ales around.
There are two restaurants; The Larder and Bishop’s Dining Room both serving ‘proper’ unpretentious country grub.
Chef Simon Hick’s is in charge and specialises in food which is traditional with a contemporary twist and with a focus on local, seasonal produce which fits the whole the feel of the place. He brings passion for the home grown to the tables and mouthwatering seasonal dishes from the kitchen garden and smoke house. Expect hocks, shins, shanks and steaks, ducks sizzling fireside, just picked veg and ‘Crewe’ smoked salmon.
Maintaining the traditional theme the atmospheric yet contemporary eating spaces have antlers on the wall, beautiful views and rustic loaves of bread cut on the central table. In the fireside restaurant, food from the fireplace is the ‘feature’. The medieval fireplace was once hidden in by unruly jacobites and was built by the French to spit-roast local cuts, so expect melt in your mouth meats daily.? Goosnargh ducks and chickens are the fireside signature.
We love the location of The Lord Crewe Arms right in the middle of the countryside. We also love the gardens with picnic tables on the lawns to enjoy a summer pint and of course the inviting fireside Crypt bar – such a brilliant place to get sozzled on a cold night. This is the kind of hotel that you will come back to, if simply for the pre-dinner strolls around the village and along the windy footpaths near the hotel.
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