One place I absolutely love to visit is Blanchland in County Durham. This picturesque area makes me feel like I’m stepping back in time from the moment we drive over the bridge into the village. There are numerous walks in the area over beautiful moorland- which is spectacular no matter what season- and a quaint little tearoom that sells great scones and quiches.
I was surprised with an overnight stay at the Lord Crewe Arms by Him Indoors after I had waxed lyrically about the area. He’d even gone to the trouble of hiring a car so I wouldn’t have to drive over the weekend, which I thought was incredibly sweet of him.
We stayed in a Cosy Room, which was comfortable and tastefully decorated. It reminded me of ‘Homes & Gardens’, if I had to describe the decor and furnishings. The king size bed was so big I felt a little lost in it! There were biscuits and handmade fudge left on the hospitality tray, which was a nice gesture, and we were given a ‘Walkers Pack’ with maps and mint cake for our expeditions the following day.
We were staying there as B&B; guests and booked into the restaurant for an evening meal. I’d visited previously but only for drinks and bar snacks, so was eager to try out the menu. He had booked a table upstairs, but upon walking through the downstairs dining area I decided I wanted to eat there instead. The roaring fire, the exposed masonry, and the rustic appearance of the furniture added to the feeling that we’d stepped into a medieval banqueting hall, and we wanted to enjoy the ambiance.
The menu isn’t groundbreaking, but it is well prepared. This isn’t the place to dine if you want pretty plates of micro-salad and tiny slivers of meat! The food is what I would class as ‘hearty’ gastropub fare. I had steak and he had chicken. We shared a starter and a pud because we don’t always like to gorge ourselves. We shared a nice bottle of Rosé and sat by the fire until it was time to retire to our room.
In the morning we trundled up to the restaurant for breakfast and were delighted by the offerings available. It is what you’d usually encounter as part of a B&B; breakfast, only better! The quality of the food and the fact it has been sourced locally made it much more appealing, and it was by far the best breakfast I have had at a hotel. It was hard to stop eating!
I would highly recommend a visit to The Lord Crewe, regardless of the weather. In summer there is a beautiful garden to the rear that would be perfect for a wedding or for enjoying the lighter nights in. In the winter it is a great place to visit if you want to sup a pint beside a roaring fire. One of my absolute favourites!
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