I cannot rate this place highly enough. It was first rate all round.
When you come in it is basically a pub so you won't get a massive fanfare, but the bar staff/landlord deal with checking you in. They were so nice and the poor young girl behind the bar who took us to our room even helped me lug my heavy case up the stairs!
The room was quite small but plenty big enough to house all the things you would expect to find in an hotel and it was light and airy. The building is Victorian and all the features have been lovingly restored. They have seemingly put in brand new bathrooms and the shower was really good. The room looked really pretty with some lovely finishing touches and the bed was very comfortable.
There is a restaurant just off the bar which is the second home for the locals and their dogs - all of whom were really friendly. There was lovely banter but not to the point where you were left feeling like the 'stranger in these 'ere parts'. It had a nice ambiance to it.
As for the food...........wow. It was absolutely beautiful. I enjoyed a plate of the freshest fish and vegetables. The fish and sauce were perfectly seasoned and it was piping hot. The chef in this place can REALLY cook. I was blown away by it. You get really good sized portions and it is food that would grace any top restaurant, I haven't had anything that good in a very log time. Add to that a gorgeous freshly cooked breakfast - using meat that has clearly been delivered from the local butcher, a decent sized cup for my tea in the room and we are talking major winner here.
Fantastic value for money, comfortable rooms (bed was lovely), excellent food....what is not to like? I won't hesitate to go back there and I can thoroughly recommend it.
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- Also Known As:
- The Anchor Hotel Hexham
- The Anchor Haydon Bridge, Northumberland