The Lord Crewe Arms
“Memorable village inn with reliable menu” - AA Inspector
High in the Durham Dales, Blanchland is an exquisite little estate village of honey-coloured limestone houses. What is now The Lord Crewe was built as the Abbot’s lodge, guest house, dining room and kitchens for the monks of the Norman Blanchland Abbey. Although the abbey was dissolved in 1539 it took until the 1720s before the buildings became an inn, after which it swiftly became popular with miners exploiting the rich deposits of lead up on the moors. It belongs to the group that owns Calcot Manor, Barnsley House, The Village Pub and The Painswick in Gloucestershire, so you can expect the team here to know exactly how to create an enjoyable experience in an historic setting. The bar is in the vaulted crypt, a hugely atmospheric space formed by thick stone walls, lit by ‘candle-style’ chandeliers, and offering Northumbrian ales, including the inn’s own appropriately named Lord Crewe Brew. You can eat in the beautiful gardens, surrounded by the ancient walls and imagine the monks strolling around all those centuries ago.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Open all year
- Wide selection of Ales
- Micro Brewery Ale
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About the area
If it’s history you’re after, there’s heaps of it in Northumberland. On Hadrian’s Wall you can imagine scarlet-cloaked Roman legionaries keeping watch for painted Pictish warriors while cursing the English weather and dreaming of home. Desolate battlefield sites and hulking fortresses such as Alnwick, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Warkworth are reminders that this, until not so very long ago, was a contested border region. The ruins of Lindisfarne bear witness to the region’s early Christian history.
Northumberland also has some of Britain’s best beaches. On summer days, and even in winter, you’ll see surfers and other brave souls making the most of the coast. Inland, there are some great walks and bike rides in the dales of the Cheviot Hills and the Simonsides – just hilly enough to be interesting, without being brutally steep. There's dramatic scenery in the High Pennines, where waterfalls plunge into deep valleys, and there are swathes of heather-scented moorland. Northumberland National Park covers over 400 square miles of moorland and valleys with clear streams and pretty, stone-built villages. It’s just the place for wildlife watching too. You’ll find flocks of puffins, guillemots and other seabirds around the Farne Islands, and seals and dolphins offshore.
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