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All reviews huge portions bit off the beaten track lamb shank sunday lunch sat nav pub food main meal chef's specials bit out of the way excellent shower lovely hotel plenty of parking visiting family piping hot few drinks full english lots of choice
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Reviewed 28 October 2013 via mobile

My husband and i stopped at this hotel for a quiet night away. Lovely staff, comfy rooms, but what i loved about this hotel was their fantastic dinner menu. It was gorgeous and the price was really reasonable for what you get. Thankyou Bowes for a lovely stay.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
Thank geordiegang4
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

We decided on this hotel as we wanted to break up our holiday to scotland so we decided on this hotel, we wern't disappointed very friendly and nothing wasn't too much trouble. The breakfast was very good plenty of choice. The resturant also provided a sunday roast as well

Room Tip: ask for a room at the rear of the hotel
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Ivan53
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

Found by accident when looking for a hotel in the Durham area. Usually frequent Premier Inn but at an advertised price of £75 per night B&B this was a good alternative based on the reviews. Rang up to book two nights to be told the price was £65 per night B&B - what a result. Bit tricky to find as the satnav takes you into an housing estate so use Northside or Bowes Equestrian Centre. Plenty of parking. Warm welcome on arrival & everything explained. Room was large, clean and airy with a wall mounted TV with freeview. Bathroom had a walk in shower with excellent water pressure. Bed comfy and large. Room was at the back of the premises and although the view across the valley was excellent the nearby A road could be heard with the window open (not a critiscm just an observation). Had evening meal in the pub and the menu was very extensive, not cheap but where is these days. The portions arrived and they were massive, tasty and seemed to be home cooked. Extremely good value for the price. The pub was busy and the atmosphere good. Wide range of beers, winers and spirits. Staff friendly and helpful and plenty of table to sit at. A most enjoyable experience. Breakfast at weekends is 8am to 9.30am and I ordered a full english after having cereal, which was laid out on a nearby table with plenty of choice. Again home cooked and did not disapoint, the portions lasted me all day and came with toast and butter. There was also lighter options such as scrambled egg and salmon and poached eggs. Basically you could have whatever you asked for off the breakfast menu. The staff even asked if we wanted more food...... Overall a place that is well worth the visit and is more homely than a Travel Inn. It had a very unique country feel and the staff were very friendly and helpful throughout our two night stay. There is even a country lane to have a good walk after gourging on the food!!!. Would strongly recommend the Bowes Incline and at the prices paid you just cant go wrong. Will definately stay there again and recommend to friends and family. If I could make one point and that is that there was no decaff tea / coffee in the room. Well done to all the staff.

Room Tip: All roms on one corridor but if you want to sleep with a window open ask for the car park side
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank RoverMite
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Reviewed 23 September 2013 via mobile

My husband and i stayed here for the great north run. We were joined by my inlaws and had a very good stay. The hotel was very friendly and the rooms were very clean. Food portions were amazing I couldn't even finish but I enjoyed my meal very much. We are hoping to go back next year for great north run.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Thank Lisa_MacKenzie
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

Pleasant location, however not easy to find, hidden away from motorway.
Room clean, tidy, well furnished and warm!
Although I did have an issue with noise from other occupants ie; could clearly hear T.V. from next door.
Stayed for an evening meal- had homemade steak & ale pie, disappointing,pastry was over cooked, chips were bland served with peas and watery gravy, lacked flavour and presentation was very average.
Decided to try chef's apple crumble, expected a delicous homemade crumble, instead was served a microwaved pre cooked (possibly homemade) crumble with TINNED apples. So disappointing, surronding the entrance to the hotel are wonderful apple trees!
Breakfast was again average, poor quality sausage, not a high percentage of meat in them, presentation poor, and I was not made aware from staff about the juice , cereals etc; on buffet table.
The reception area is modern, clean to a high standard- the hotel pub lacks comfort and is dated, with no obvious comfortable lounge area to enjoy a coffee and relax after your meal.The pub/ hotel side really needs a make over and a good clean.
Noticed sign on the reception desk, hotel has been awarded " excellent" this year.
Not sure how this was acheived, as standards, service and quality did not equal this rating from what I experienced on my visit.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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Thank fran L
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