We stayed for two nights on a travelzoo deal which included a 7 course meal. This pub seems like a one off and not part of a large chain. It has genuinely home cooked food that doesn't come straight from the freezer unlike some pubs. They use locally sourced products and even grow some of their own. The service in the restaurant was friendly and efficient and the 7 course meal was filling without being over facing. I had the sea bass on a bed of noodles for the main course which was perfectly cooked and flavoured. I liked the fact that the course consisted mainly of sea bass and wasn't padded out with other things. Pudding was a trio of mini deserts. The only part that let it down was the "pavlova" which consisted of a really dry meringue nest (seemed like the ones you get from a supermarket) with a bit of cream and fruit on top. This is just a personal niggle of mine as pavlova is my favourite desert and it annoys me when it isn't done properly. I enjoyed the brownie and cheesecake though.
The room was a little pokey but there was good attention to detail and it was well equipped. The products in the bathroom were of good quality and there was fresh fruit and homemade biscuits. My only criticism would be that it didn't seem that the room had been cleaned that thoroughly when we returned to the room on our second night. A used flannel which had been left on the bathroom floor was put back onto the sink for some reason.
We also enjoyed the breakfast. The cooked breakfast was all perfectly done. There was toast and a good selection of homemade preserves, fruit salad, muesli and pastries. We had a view of the garden from where breakfast was served. A particularly nice touch was that the garden was filled with bird feeders and was swarming with diverse bird life, despite being winter.
The hotel is in a pleasant location various local walks. We made use of the maps provided that were printed on water proof paper. Another example of the attention to detail shown by the owners. We also appreciated the fact that the hotel allowed dogs to stay. Overall we enjoyed our stay and felt we got value for money.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Battlesteads Hotel Hexham
- Battlesteads Hotel Wark, Northumberland