The Lord Crewe Arms – Blanchland, Northumberland

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In 2014 this wonderfully characterful and historic inn was bought and superbly revamped by one of the best small hotel groups in the country, The Calcot Collection. In the honey-stoned medieval village of Blanchland, amid the gorgeous countryside of the North Pennine moors, this posh pub-cum-hotel dates back to the 12th century. It comprises 21 soothing and tasteful bedrooms, ranging from cosy doubles to suites, with relaxed eating areas displaying baronial and monastic touches as befitting the building, originally part of Blanchland Abbey. The look throughout is spot on: English country calm mixed with cosmopolitan beat and pace. As for the honest, robust food, it’s in the excellent hands of Simon Hicks, formerly head chef at Hix Soho. The restored 15th-century Gatehouse is now a slick spot for special events, culinary demos and private gatherings of up to 30 people. Readers, this haven is a true delight, in one of the loveliest spots in the country.

Doubles from £119

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The incredible scenery that surrounds the hotel is best seen by foot or bike to pick up one of the hotel’s handy maps and explore the great outdoors


Everything, the food is simply sublime. With Head Chef Simon Hix at the helm, the Lord Crewe is known for its seasonally inspired dishes that are honesty, hearty and healthy in equal measures. Willy’s roast pork loin is a Sunday staple


Tickets to the Gatehouse events, which range from wine tasting to pie making with pop-up appearances from well-known chefs in the region


Expect a warm welcome from Richard, aka ‘The Beard of Blanchland’, who’s as much of a hit on Instagram as he is with guests.

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