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The Crown and Anchor
Ranked #3 of 9 Holy Island B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Liverpool, England
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Safety issues and aggressive staff”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

So I walked into this pub, missed the step and now have a massive bruise. Which I wasn't going to mention, till I queued for the loo and a couple of ladies pointed out the other step down to the ladies' toilet - poorly lit, black on both upper and lower levels, and which they'd nearly missed in light sensitive glasses; I'd have missed it too, with 20/20 vision. So at the bar, I said I didn't want to make a fuss but thought I'd mention...and was met with a very aggressive response, from the same guy who had been very surly while serving lunch. Back home now, 6cm bruise and all, and next time I visit this lovely island with friendly people I will avoid the one who wasn't, and visit one of the other lovely eating places - such as the Manor House Hotel next door with its much nicer garden.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Essex
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

We didn't stay here but visited Holy Island for a day trip during our vacation and have to say after walking the perimeter of the island this was a perfect spot for lunch and we weren't disappointed. First impressions as you walk up to the pub are it's a bit drab and run down and yes on the outside it could do with some money being invested but the friendliness of the staff, the location and food whilst sitting in the beer garden overlooking the priory and seeing the castle ahead in the distance makes this place a must to visit. Lunch lasted longer than we had anticipated because the weather and the view was fantastic.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2014

Just come back from four days cycling in Northumberland and stayed at three different hotels, this one was the cheapest so we expected it to be the worst and it turned out to be the best.
Its a lovely little pub in a fantastic location with friendly staff, well priced good food and beer.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Bradford, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
140 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2014 via mobile

Just popped in for a pint and a nibble , first impression of bar area was drab and uninviting . Batman was good and the young girl
who brought our excellent "chips with cheese " was lovely . The clincher however was the beer garden which was FANTASTIC , great views , in the shadow of the Priory ... We stayed longer that planned !!!!!

  • Stayed June 2014
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Marlborough, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2014

It doesn't look that promising, though the location is immediately super - right by the ruined priory, next to a grassy field full of sheep and a path leading to the harbour and the sea. You go in round the back, past the kitchens - but when the door opened to my room, I was delighted.It was huge, with a good ensuite (no bath), large comfy bed, and a window with window seat, looking over the priory. Lindisfarne is, of course, tiny, so everything is within easy acces, but the location of theCrown and Anchor is particularly good. Driving isn't encouraged on Holy Island, with a large carpark as you come in off the causeway, but there is parking at the Crown and Anchor - not much, and it's worth mentioning that you'll need somewhere to park when you book - but there's plenty of room on the street. I enjoyed a really good breakfast before leaving the next morning.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Hertfordshire
Level 6 Contributor
122 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2014

We didn't stay here but stopped for a drink after a long walk on Lindisfarne (unfortunately it was fully booked for food that evening) and came back for lunch later in the week. The pub inside is lovely, simply furnished and with a log fire. We would have been happy inside but luckily we had good weather and could sit outside in the beer garden which must have one of the best views ever as you gaze out to Lindisfarne Castle, the Heugh and the Priory. We just had sandwiches and chips for lunch but they were very good indeed, and there were some local ales on tap so it would have been rude not to try them! Service was pleasant and friendly. Recommended.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Lymm, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2014

We visited with friends from America. The food was good but let down by noisy and expensive accommodation. We a good evening meal but despite booking two rooms with en suite facilities last November we arrived to be told there had been a mix up and one room's en suite was across the corridor at the top of the stairs. The shower over the bath was worse than useless and it was an art form to get the toilet to flush effectively. The noise level in the wee small hours was unacceptable and due, we were told the next morning, to the owners decision to have a late drinks party with friends finishing up at 5am. In fairness the duty manager adjusted the room rate for the booking mix up and knocked the drinks off the dinner bill to compensate for our disturbed night but it was not a pleasant experience and perhaps the owner should be more considerate to his paying guests with a room rate of £85 to £100 per night. The staff were all very pleasant and attentive.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: The Crown and Anchor
Address: market place, TD15 2RX, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Northumberland > Holy Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Holy Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
The Crown And Anchor Hotel Holy Island
The Crown And Anchor Holy Island, Northumberland

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