Secluded in the Northumberland countryside on the site of an old hospital, St Mary’s Inn is a cosy pub and restaurant with rooms. Set up by the people behind Newcastle’s well-loved Jesmond Dene House Hotel, the Inn’s focus is on simple but well-prepared pub food and luxuriously fitted, spacious rooms.
The long main bar is separated into cosy snug rooms, each with a wood burning stove. The whole pub area is dog and family friendly, and even in it’s slightly out-of-the-way location feels more populated by friendly regulars than one-off visitors.
The same menu is available in both the bar and dining area and is peppered with some nice North-eastern touches such as the braised ham hock and pease pudding stotties (from the sandwich menu), or wild watercress soup with Northumberland goat’s curd on the all day menu. Suppliers such as Latimer’s seafood and Ken Holland’s organic veg are also name-checked and there’s a definite sense that the kitchen is committed to using local produce as well as fruit and veg from their small kitchen garden.
The bar stocks a great selection of local ales – including its own St Mary’s Ale brewed specially by nearby Wylam Brewery – and there’s a great value wine list with bottles starting at £16 for the house wine.
You’ll need to book ahead for the extremely popular 3 course Sunday lunch and the kitchen has recently started serving a bargain afternoon tea at £14.95 (£22.50 with a small bottle of Prosecco).
The first floor bedrooms are airy and uncluttered with wrought iron bedsteads, top notch beds and beautifully fitted white tile and marble bathrooms. Guests can also make use of the a courtyard roof terrace for lounging on sunnier days. All stays include a hearty cooked breakfast which ranges from a traditional full English to an expertly cooked eggs benedict or avocado and poached eggs on toast.
Rooms from £80 per night on a B&B basis.
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