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WHAT WE LOVE...

In a prime position in the jolly market town of Hexham, opposite the 12th-century abbey and next to the Market Place, this Victorian townhouse hotel is well-placed for people watching from its ground-floor bar-restaurant - a popular place with locals and residents alike. Like the rest of the hotel, the open-plan ground floor has a breezy contemporary style with bright wallpapers and scrubbed tables. Bedrooms in the original building, to the front, have a little more pizazz than those in the modern rear extension which tend to be more formulaic, though still have all the same amenities. Apart from its location, food is one of the hotel's high points with a well-priced menu of Modern English dishes served up from an open kitchen that all adds to the buzz and fun of the meal.

Your expert reviewer

Helen Pickles
Travel and feature writer
Growing up in Yorkshire and with family holidays in the Lake District, Helen, who writes for several UK national newspapers, developed a love of walking and the big outdoors. When it comes to cities, and food, Italy has the edge – and her heart.

THE DETAILS

Location

If there's no room in the hotel's small car park, there's free, timed disc-parking in surrounding streets.

Located in Hexham town centre, visit the 12th-century Abbey, and browse the selection of independent shops.
By car: around 2 hours 30 minutes from York, 3 hours from Manchester and 6 hours from London. Free parking on-site.
By train: trains from Manchester (3 hours 30 minutes) and London King's Cross (4 hours) to Hexham. It's a 5-minute drive (or 10-minute walk) to the hotel. thetrainline.com

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Style & Character

People who like to be in the heart of things and want a convivial sort of place to return to after a day's shopping or sight-seeing will love it here. The open-plan ground floor, which segues from lounge and reception through to bar and restaurant, has a buzzy, convivial feel.

Service & Facilities

If you're a people watcher, the ground-floor bar and lounge is a great place to hang out.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Family-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Rooms

The top-floor rooms have some of the best views. All double rooms have king size beds, filtered water and Aromatherapy Associates bathroom products.

Standard Room, Superior Room
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, filtered water, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

We loved the chance to sit at a pavement table with a drink before dinner. It's the sort of place where only a Continental aperitif will do - fortunately, they do a mean Negroni as well as an Aperol spritz.

Restaurant: modern British cuisine, locally-sourced ingredients, seasonal menus. Mains include pan-roasted trout, lamb cutlets and short rib of beef. All-day dining, open daily.

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