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Battlesteads Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Wark
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Reviewed 1 May 2013

We have been so lucky in as much as we were able to have a short break at Battlesteads just after Christmas and just after Easter. We have stayed there before and always find the staff welcoming, just what is needed after a long drive. Thank you Katie, thank you Mike. The room was comfortable, coffee, biscuits, tea, fruit, all supplied together with dog biscuits and towels for our dog.
The food is delicious, we have loved every meal. I even enjoyed the weight watchers dessert-Rocky Road Knickerbocker glory (something like that!). Slimmers meals are not usually so good!! Thanks to Ed the chef, he is a genius!!!
Dogs are allowed in the bar area, even to eat with their owners. This is separated from the main dining area so anyone who isn't a dog lover needn't worry!
There is a comfortable sitting area by the bar with books and magazines and a gorgeous log burner.
All the staff were helpful and pleasant, Thanks to Andrew, great with wines. Thanks to Raluka who works so hard.
I wish I could name all the staff and thank them because we had such a great stay and everyone was so nice.
Thanks to the owner Dee for coming to chat to us.
I love the village of Wark, there is a lovely riverside walk. Locals are friendly.
There are lots of lovely places to visit nearby: Wallington Hall, Belsay Castle (dogs welcome in the grounds). There is a beautiful walk by Hareshaw Linn near Bellingham and teas served in restored railway carriages in Bellingham itself.
As you can tell, we had alovely, relaxing time.
We had just had a bereavement in the family and it meant so much to me to stay somewhere where we were welcomed and looked after. What more could anyone want?

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 April 2013

Had a memorable weekend here. The food was excellent and we can recommend the 7-course 'taster' meal very, very much - but don't have too much to eat after noon! All of the staff are superb but a special mention must be made for the young lady from Romania who when serving your food makes every course so special in her description. Our room (4) was spacious and had been recently refurbished. The bar area is very homely - the sort of bar which you don't like to leave. All in all, a good weekend and only 11 miles from Hexham and about 30 miles from Kielder forest. There are several good local walks and the hotel offers detailed descriptions of each, with OS map extracts, printed on waterproof paper. They've really thought of every thing. Well done

Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 April 2013

Just come back from a two night stay at Battlesteads that included a 7 course taster menu meal on one of the nights. We were made very welcome when we arrived and were delighted with the spacious room we were allocated. As well as a king sized bed we had two large armchairs to relax in. There was a comprehensive hot drinks facility which even included a cafetiere and a sachet of ground coffee! The food was delicious; superb choices at breakfast and divine food in the evening. Everything was fresh, locally sourced and described by the waiter and waitress when presented at table. I cannot praise the 7 course taster menu highly enough, it was both delicious and beautifully presented. A thoroughly enjoyable experience!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Murphy004
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Reviewed 16 April 2013

Walking Hadrians Wall trail from West to East, we stopped at Battlesteads after 3 exceptionally hard days and another one to follow the next day. The standard of the hotel, the restaurant, and their warm and relaxed welcome were appreciated so much. We have all said that we would like to return there and perhaps walk some of the more gently local walks. We cannot recommend the Battlesteads highly enough.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank IHsouthport
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Reviewed 13 April 2013

We recently spent four nights at the Battlesteads Hotel. It was our second visit. The staff are without exception courteous, welcoming and keen to ensure your stay is a success. This provides an excellent atmosphere. The hotel prides its self on its low 'carbon footprint' and is heated by biomass. It grows much of its own fruit and vegetable requirement and makes a major attempt to source as much as possible from local suppliers. The food is of an excellent quality with a wide range of choice.

They also have rooms for guests accompanied by their dogs.

The location provides easy access to Hadrian's Wall, Kielder Forrest and the many sites of interest around Northumbria.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank lakes61
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

We stayed for 2 nights and would have been happy to stay for longer.
The hotel itself is characterful, and has a lovely comfy seating area in the pub next to the warming fire (unfortunately needed in April). We had a newly refurbed room (room 2) and it was very clean and tastefully decorated. It overlooked the road, and we did need the window open in the night so there was traffic noise but we got used to it fairly quickly and it wasn't a problem. Some rooms, mainly the odd numbered ones face the rear if this could be a problem for you.
We had the taster menu on the first night, and whilst we secured this at a special rate as part of the 2 night deal, we would happily pay the full price of £45 per head for it if we went again. We have eaten in 3 different michelin starred restaurants, and this was very close to their food quality. However, we would caution you not to choose cheese and biscuits as your dessert choice unless you are a lover of strong smelly cheeses. We tend to like more traditional cheeses and none of the options catered for our more mellow tastes. Not a problem as this came at the end of a wonderfully filling meal, so we were happy to leave it and go back to the comfy chairs near the fire.
All the staff are fantastic, and we would strongly reccommend this place. We have done quite a number of travelzoo/groupon/KGB deals over the last 3 years, and this was definitely the best.

Room Tip: Odd numbered rooms to avoid traffic noise
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

Stayed 2 nights here, in what has to one of the - if not thee, smallest double room EVER, (room 16) with the smallest ensuite ! - this room should only be a single, ie, with a single bed, its very stuffy, decor was fine, bright enough with 2 windows - 1 to the side and the other to the car park at the rear, couldnt really have windows open as surrounding fields had been sprayed leaving a bit of a pong in thr air. (this is NO reflection on the hotel btw !) but if you book here for a double room, make it clear you do NOT want room 16 !!
We dined in the hotel restaurant both nights, food good, although not as good as I was expecting having read revues on here ! Firstly, I would suggest that they include veg as well as potatoes with the mains, and not just a huge pile of chips - or saute potatoes - which were in fact, sliced, deep fried potatoes - just like chips, except sliced ! and it is an extra £3 for a portion of veg, which was the same both night, a wee bit a variation would be better !
Although the food was ok, the service was not so, on our first night, we had booked for 8pm, arrived in the bar area at about 7.30pm, had a drink whilst sitting on stools opposite the bar, (as there is not really much pre / after dinner seating) waiting to be asked to come through to take our table, just after 8pm, no-one had come to us to ask if we wanted to go through to the restaurant, so we had another drink, after a few more minutes, we thought we better just make our own way through, and the waiter said "oh ! so you have decided to come through then" !
I thought, well actually, we were waiting to asked, as other people had been, who also get their drinks carried through for them.
On our 2nd night, whilst having a drink at the bar, a group of 8 walk-ins, were enquiring re eating, only to be told they would have to wait more then 1 hour, they all left, without even having a drink ! this was just before 8pm on a saturday night, I thought oh well, they must be really busy through there ! but a few minutes later, when we went through, there was only about 4 tables taken, mostly twos, and 1 table of 4, now, heres the thing, why oh why, were they turned away ? it was NOT busy, I have been in this industry for over 30 years, 22 as a chef, and the last 12 I have run my own hospitality recruitment agency, and I cannot understand why 8 people were turned away, this could have been quite a big spend ! say 2 drinks each, 2 courses each, and perhaps at least 2 bottles of wine - and the probabilty of them returning at a later date and spreading some good word !
I would also like to mention that during our meal, both courses, both nights - no-one came to us and asked if our meal was ok, even after we had finished, also, after being seated, and given menus, it took rather a long time before our order was taken, no shortage of waiting staff, but, apparently, only one guy takes therders !! strange, while the others just mooch around, but this is not expalined to you when you sit down. So all in all, I would say there is a lot of room for improvement, but, I must say, we had a KGB deal, and maybe we are treated differently to "full paying" guests, thats what in kinda felt like to us !
If this is the case, may I suggest to the owners, do NOT take these deals on !

Room Tip: NOT room 16
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Battlesteads Hotel

Address: Wark Village, Wark NE48 3LS, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Northumberland > Wark
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Wark
Price Range: £113 - £160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Battlesteads Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Originally built as a farmstead in 1747, Battlesteads has recently been converted into a comfortable Northumbrian Inn and Restaurant complete with secret walled garden and sunny conservatory. The 22 rooms are all en-suite with colour TV, hairdryers and ironing facilities. The restaurant features mouth-watering home cooked dishes using top quality, locally sourced produce. An ideal base for exploring Hadrian's Wall country. ... more   less 
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