I treated my wife to a stay in this amazing hotel for her birthday. I had heard great things about the place from friends and it didn't disappoint.
The room was nice with an amazing view of the beautiful natural scenery that the front of the hotel offered. Bathroom was large with a Jacuzzi bath (surprisingly as we were made aware that this was only in premier rooms, much to our delight!) and clean flooring. Bed had a very squeaky headboard as the ornament on top was loose, so any movement in the bed made the ornament bang which was slightly loud but not a problem. TV was standard with built in Freeview, lighting in the room was good and the room had a good warmth to it despite the old looking windows and windy Sunday evening.
The service was friendly and attentive and I remember Christine from my reservation who was very friendly and helpful, she was also lovely in person and was able to describe where everything was in the building. The only concern I had was that £20 was taking off my card to hold the room in case I wanted to add anything to the room, this was not explained nor a receipt provided. When I brought this up on departure, she mentioned it will be refunded within 3 days, which wasn't a problem, just would have liked to know about the initial charge when it happened.
The Stables restaurant and bar was what made our visit. Went for a quick drink after checking in, tried a delicious home brewed ale and a cocktail for my wife, both were spot on and set the night up really well. Enquired about the menu for the evening and the gentleman who appeared to be the manager couldn't have been more friendly or helpful. He explained that the dinner that was included in our rate was EVERYTHING on the menu. He also presented a specials menu, once I saw the duck, I knew my wife was sold on it before even getting our table! So after getting ourselves ready and back to the Stables, we were lead to our table by a friendly waiter. All of the service was pleasant in the restaurant, but nothing blew us away, just went through the motions and got the job done.
The goats cheese risotto and lemon & garlic king prawn starters were amazing. The ciabatta was slightly soggy from the oil but the prawn itself and the aioli were spectacular in flavour and texture. The risotto I could have as the main it was that good, delicious spring veg in there for added texture.
The rib eye steak was cooked rare to my liking, very tender and the mushrooms that came with it were seasoned really well. The salad had a nice dressing and the chips were good but towards the end of them, were slighty burnt which gave it a bitter taste. My wife's duck dish was pink on arrival, giving it a great presentation, the fresh berries that accompanied the sauce gave a great burst of flavour to the duck. Towards the end of the duck though, it was a lot more cooked than the top of it, this may have been due to the residual heat from the sauce but it didn't put off from my wife's satisfaction.
The desserts were of a huge portion, the sticky toffee pudding had a good texture to it, although more resembling a parkin than it was a sticky toffee due to the heavy hand of spices, not a bad thing though, I do love a good parkin! The rhubarb crumble was VERY sharp, but luckily the ice cream's sweetness balanced this but the only disappointing thing about this dish is that the crumble had become soggy, with the ice cream being presented on top of the ramekin. The berry coulis with this dish was heavenly, could have drunk that with a straw if the chef allowed me to!
Drinks in the bar were nice after, ales had plenty of flavour and you could feel the place oozing with pride over the fact that they brew it themselves and rightly so. The value was out of this world, my wife and I had spent £11 on one round in Newcastle city centre on Saturday. Only to have 10 drinks in total on Sunday between the two of us and spent £30! Unbelievable!
Breakfast was in the Eden Room. Service, again, was polite and friendly but nothing wow. Continental breakfast had good selection and the muffins were still warm which I thought was delicious. The granola with berry compote was good too, adding my own yoghurt to it gave a delicious texture. The full English had good flavour although on the smaller side portions wise, cant grumble though as we didn't eat again that day we were so full from the night before and then the breakfast too.
Will definitely return and my wife was made up for her birthday treat, I've set the bar high now, her expectations will be higher, not sure if that's a good thing or not! Thanks for everything!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This 17th-century listed hall is set in 24 acres of parkland, just 5 miles from the A1(M)Junction 63. Beamish Hall is situated halfway between the City of Durham (8 miles) and the City of Newcastle upon Tyne (8 miles). Beamish Hall is next door to Beamish Museum - The North of England's Open Air Museum. Close to the Gateshead Metro Centre Shopping Centre and many more alternative attractions for you to visit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beamish Hall Country Hotel
- Beamish Hall Country Stanley
- Best Western Beamish Hall Country House Hotel Durham