As we were on business in the area, we decided to try out Doxford Hall on a special Winter Break dinner, bed and breakfast deal and stayed for one night. You park your car in the car park but the attractive entrance you see as you arrive is not the main entrance. This is through an archway and we felt it was a dissapointment; it looked slightly shabby and unloved and didn't give a good first impression.
Check in was friendly although the reception area still lacked the wow factor we were hoping for. Our bedroom was The Mitford room which was spacious, spotless and elegantly furnished and we liked that the rooms were named after local castles with their details and paintings in the rooms. The bathroom was luxurious and modern with a spa bath but there was a problem for me with this as, obviously, it was deep and, with no handles and no grab rail, it was a problem to get out of. I could only get out by using the tap as a rail! The shower was over the bath so extra care had to be taken to get out of it without a rail to help. I feel this is an accident waiting to happen - at least you are provided with an anti-slip mat for the bath. We appreciated that the room had two comfortable chairs but you had to move them to another part of the room to watch TV. Doxford seems to be a popular wedding venue so we were surprised to see no full length mirror in the room nor iron and ironing board although you could request the latter. A clock in the room would have been nice also as we had appointments to keep; pleased we took our own.
Dinner by candlelight in the elegant restaurant was superb. The smoked haddock and leek risotto was creamy and delicious, the lamb was cooked pink which suited me fine and the homemade icecream was lovely but the brandysnap basked was too hard to cut with a spoon so I snapped bits off and ate it like that! Good homemade petit fours too. The calming choice of music and the log fire added to the ambience and we will certainly return for the food. We thought it was unusual that no-one asked us if the food was alright until they cleared the plates away and you only seem to get an iced wated top-up if you ask for it.
The breakfast menu was varied and there was an excellent variety of fruit but I would have thought an hotel of this calibre wouldn't put out plastic wrapped mini-cheeses; what's wrong with a small selection of sliced cheese as we have seen in other good class hotels?
We felt our break was excellent value for money given the quality of the food but would like to see more attention to detail on the hotel side.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For a relaxing and luxurious holiday, short break or special event Doxford Hall is your perfect choice. Each of our 31 bedrooms have their own traditional charm and character and benefit from modern facilities bespoke furniture and many with views over the gardens. As a residential guest you can experience the indoor leisure facilities, swimming pool, spa baths, steam room and sauna. Open daily, the award winning George Runciman Restaurant is a genuine experience in fine dining. Doxford Hall is perfectly situated for guests to explore the stunning Northumberland coastline, countryside and attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Doxford Hall Hotel Alnwick