The Battlesteads Pub with rooms in Hexham, Northumberland

Prices from:
£100 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Eco-haven close to Hadrian’s Wall
  • Sustainability woven into inn’s fabric
  • Run with passion by Richard & Dee
  • Menus champion local & homegrown
  • Book one of the luxury lodges
  • Dark Sky Observatory – amazing
  • Check out the Experience Days
  • No phone signal – utter bliss!

Sticky FingersMuddy PawsGood for WalkingOutdoor PursuitsCandlelit

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Overview

The Battlesteads Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 3LS

The personal touch

In refurbishing this traditional Northumbrian stone inn in the heart of Hadrian’s Wall country, Dee and Richard Slade have transformed the place without losing any of its rich, traditional character. Beams, old panelling and a warming winter fire create a well cared for but unpretentious look in the cosy bar – a welcoming spot for a pint Durham Brewery’s Magus – and low beams and wood furniture set against light painted walls continue the decorative theme through to the recently extended lounge and the two dining areas. Sustainability is intrinsically woven into every aspect of how the Slades’ operate the Battlesteads – their commendable carbon neutral aims, which include a wood-chip boiler, solar panels, minimal waste through composting, their own poly-tunnels and market garden, are clear indicators of a caring, thoughtful approach to all aspects of inn-keeping.

Muddy paws

The huge open countryside of the North Tyne valley and Kielder Water provides great walking opportunities in the area, so dogs are really welcome in the pub and the ground floor bedrooms and luxury lodges are dog friendly (£10 extra), with each one having easy access to the car park. Doggy packs include towels, biscuits, packs of food, and poo bags.

Sticky fingers

Families are very welcome, smaller portions for children are available, and there are two spacious family rooms, one with bunks beds and another with two single sofa beds; £140 for 3 or 4 people.

Alfresco

The conservatory opens onto a sheltered old walled garden for summer imbibing and alfresco meals.

What’s the Damage?
13 twin/doubles £100-£120; 5 lodges £170; 1 superior double £150; 2 family rooms £140; 1 single £70

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar, restaurant and 4 bedrooms
  • Parking

Gongs

Green Tourism Gold; Dark Sky Discovery Site; Catey Award – Sustainable Hotel of the Year; AA Hospitality Award for Eco Hotel of the Year; Good Hotel Guide Editor’s Choice Award for Best Green Hotel & Cesar Award for Best Value

Sleep

The Battlesteads Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 3LS

Do not disturb

Twenty-two modern, good-sized bedrooms range from easy-to-get-to ground floor rooms – two with disabled access – to light and airy first floor rooms. All have good quality beds and linen, spotless good-sized bathrooms, many with bath and shower, as well as Freeview TV and irons and ironing boards. Décor is eclectic with bold statement wallpaper being complemented by soft colours, creating a fresh yet restful ambience. The smart and spacious luxury lodges boast high ceilings, vast beds, easy chairs, a private terrace, and big bathrooms featuring double sinks, spa baths and walk-in monsoon showers. Controllable roof lights in the pitched ceiling allows you to lie back in your bed and experience the magic of the dark night sky. While excellent broadband access is available, there’s no mobile network signal so your phone will not work. Bliss.

Creature comforts

Toiletries, fresh coffee, bathrobes in our luxury lodges, fresh fruit plate on arrival, homemade biscuits

Gadgets

Freeview TV/DVD; free wi-fi

What’s for Breakfast?

Extensive cooked to order selection of local produce and plentiful cold buffet including local jams and homemade seasonal compotes

What’s the Damage?
13 twin/doubles £100-£120; 5 lodges £170; 1 superior double £150; 2 family rooms £140; 1 single £70

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar, restaurant and 4 bedrooms
  • Parking

Gongs

Green Tourism Gold; Dark Sky Discovery Site; Catey Award – Sustainable Hotel of the Year; AA Hospitality Award for Eco Hotel of the Year; Good Hotel Guide Editor’s Choice Award for Best Green Hotel & Cesar Award for Best Value

Eat & Drink

The Battlesteads Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 3LS

Mastering the menu

Originality, authenticity, home grown and genuinely locally sourced under pin the food ethos at the Battlesteads. The philosophy and passion for locally, ethically sourced and produced ingredients introduced by Richard and Dee in recent years has inspired Chef Eddie Shilton to create innovative dishes that really showcase his understanding of flavours and textures. Eddie devises his menus around the seasonal produce available to him locally and in the two poly-tunnels and the inn’s market garden. You will see him harvesting herbs and salads, which add freshness and zing to dishes year round, and the beautifully tended raised beds yield bumper crops of fresh vegetables and fruits. His culinary flair can best be experienced through tucking into his 8-course tasting menu – semi freddo and carpaccio of beetroots with micro-herbs; mackerel, apple curd, pickled ginger; mini shepherd’s pie, pink cutlet, carrot puree, for example. Equally, the pub classics, steak and fish dishes on the main menu will not disappoint

On the menu

(Starters: £4.95-£8.95; Main Courses: £11.25-£27.50; Desserts £6.25)

Tandoori local rabbit, homemade rhubarb chutney, micro salad; Wark deli board; seared scallops, own kimchi

Pan-fried chicken, wild garlic, creamed cabbage; Moroccan lamb, homemade harissa, couscous; braised beef cheek; beer battered hake, hand-cut chips, pea puree, homemade tartare; gammon, free range eggs, hand-cut chips; smoked belly pork, local chorizo cassoulet

Sticky toffee pudding, warm toffee sauce; whisky marmalade bread and butter pudding

Sunday Roasts

Choice of roasts from the carvery menu – £14.50 for 2 courses – £16.50 for 3 courses

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7.30am – 9.30am (8am – 10.00am Saturday and Sunday)
Lunch: 12 noon – 3pm
Dinner: 6.30pm – 9pm

Local, local, local

Home-grown vegetables from the kitchen garden and greenhouse
Venison and seasonal game from the estate shoots
Real ale – Wylam Brewery, Heddon-on-the-Wall (www.wylambrewery.co.uk)

Smoked fish, game and cheese: Bywell Smokery, Wark

Sausages: Northumberland Sausage Company, Wark

Fish & seafood: Frank Round, North Shields Quay

Milk & Cream: Northumbrian Pedigree, Slaley

Cured meats: North Wall Charcuterie, Wark

Cheese: Doddington Dairy, Wooler; Slack House Harm, Gilsland, Cumbria

Behind the bar

The bar’s offering should satisfy almost any customer. Real ale will always come from at least a couple of local small brewers, perhaps Durham Brewery Magus and Golden Plover from Allendale Brewery, alongside Fyne Ales Jarl. Similarly, there is an extensive choice of spirits, and with Fentimans renowned soft drinks coming from nearby Hexham, one should feel you are getting a flavour of the North East. The carefully chosen wine list from Bibendum is rather special as it features some lesser-known wines that are produced organically and/or bio-dynamically in smaller wineries, which fits with the Slade’s determination to operate in ways that minimize the adverse impact on our environment.

Bar snacks

(£4.95-£14.95)

Sausage rolls, date ketchup; Caesar salad; seafood platter; smoked corned beef sandwich

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm

What’s the Damage?
13 twin/doubles £100-£120; 5 lodges £170; 1 superior double £150; 2 family rooms £140; 1 single £70

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar, restaurant and 4 bedrooms
  • Parking

Gongs

Green Tourism Gold; Dark Sky Discovery Site; Catey Award – Sustainable Hotel of the Year; AA Hospitality Award for Eco Hotel of the Year; Good Hotel Guide Editor’s Choice Award for Best Green Hotel & Cesar Award for Best Value

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

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Bouchon Bistrot, Hexham NE46 3NJ

This authentic French restaurant was named 'Best local French restaurant in the UK' on Gordon Ramsay's The F-Word TV show a few years back. Expect Gallic classics such as snails with garlic butter, steak frites and duck confit.

3

The Dipton Mill Inn, Dipton Mill, Hexham NE46 1YA

Home to the Hexhamshire Brewery, this charming little 17th century country pub has a great beer garden. Beers such as Whapweasal and Devil's Water can be enjoyed with simple homecooked dishes like steak and kidney pie or mince and dumplings.

4

Brocksbushes Farm Shop, Corbridge NE43 7UB

Brocksbushes has evolved over the last 25 years from an acre of soft fruit with a tiny farm shop open eight weeks a year to a thriving farm shop, tea room, pick-your-own and garden centre. Visit during the summer and pick your own soft fruit. In spring, the farm shop sells its own asparagus, too.

5

Rat Inn, Anick, Hexham NE46 4LN

Ranked in the Top 50 Gastropubs in the UK, The Rat occupies a stunning location overlooking the Tyne Valley and the village green. In summer, the sunny terrace is the place to be, but grab a seat near the log-burning cast iron range in the darker months. The award-winning food is matched by six hand pumps showcasing local breweries such as Wylam, Allendale and Geltsdale.

6

Hexham Farmers' Market, Hexham NE46 1XQ

This long established market in the heart of Hexham features producers from within a 50-mile radius of the town. Stock up on locally-reared meat, vegetables, bread, cakes, cheese, preserves, trout and smoked products.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Battlesteads

Activities

2

Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club DH8 9PT

Only a couple of miles from Blanchland lies Derwent Reservoir, 3.5 miles long and consisting of 1,000 acres of open water. Devoted to sailing and windsurfing, this is the perfect setting for some exhilarating water-based activity.

3

Kielder Forest NE48 1ER

Kielder Water is Britain's biggest man-made lake, set within the 250 square miles of England's largest working forest. Acknowledged as the best 'tourism experience' in the country, this is the place for a day of fun and adventure. Among a whole range of great activities for both adults and children are fishing, birdwatching and geocaching.

4

Cloud Nine Ballooning, Blanchland DH8 0TB

Here's a fantastic opportunity to float silently over the magnificent landscape of Northumberland and the North Pennines. Get some great photographs while you're there too. The main launch site is near Blanchland.

Shopping

9

Durham Dales Centre, Stanhope DL13 2FJ

At the Durham Dales Centre, a few miles north of Romaldkirk, in the Weardale village of Stanhope, you'll discover a striking mix of gift shops and craft galleries. Shop for jewellery, clothing, cards and more.

10

Gaia, 3 Market Street, Hexham NE46 3NS

Gaia is Hexham's Fairtrade Emporium, full of quirky items and fantastic surprises. Expect an amazing range of new and recycled textiles, rugs, throws, hats, scarves, musical instruments and much more. The place has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and customers come back time and time again. 01434 603360.

11

Cogito Books, Hexham NE46 1NQ

Situated at the heart of the historic market town of Hexham, Cogito Books is an independent retailer run by knowledgeable booksellers with a huge range of titles for all ages, plus a great choice of cards, notebooks and classical CDs.

12

Dickinsons, Hexham NE46 3LZ

Based on Beaumont Street in Hexham, this well-established furniture, flooring and interiors retailer has the largest interior-design studios in the North of England, offering a one-stop shop for furniture, lighting, beds, carpets, curtains, blinds and accessories.

Places to visit

5

Derwentcote Steel Furnace, Rowland's Gill NE17 7RS

Constructed in the 1720s, Derwentcote, at Rowland's Gill near Newcastle-upon-Tyne, is the earliest and most complete steelmaking furnace in the UK. Restored by English Heritage in 1990, this great landmark is also the last surviving example of cementation steelmaking in the north-east.

6

The North of England Lead Mining Museum, Cowshill DL13 1AR

Surrounded by dense forest and grouse moorland near Cowshill in Upper Weardale, the North of England Lead Mining Museum provides a fascinating insight into the lives of local miners and their families. The museum's most famous feature is the giant overshot 33ft-high water wheel, which powered the crushing machinery.

8

Gibside, near Rowlands Gill, Gateshead NE16 6BG

Situated just outside Rowland's Gill and created by one of the richest men in Georgian England, Gibside is gradually being brought to life by the National Trust after centuries of neglect. Expect a wonderful landscaped park, miles of walks and some magnificent views.

13

Egglestone Hall & Gardens DL12 0AG

Situated in Teesdale, north of Barnard Castle, Eggleston Hall Nursery & Gardens are often referred to as ‘the jewel amongst the hills’. The nursery garden recalls the golden age of Victorian plant collectors, and a waymarked trail allows you to discover this hidden gem.

Walking

 

Cycling

www.sandstoneway.co.uk
www.visitnorthumberland.com
www.visitkielder.com
www.woodnwheels.org.uk
If you’re looking for something with a real sense of adventure, you might want to tackle a section of the 120-mile Sandstone Way, which links Hexham with Berwick-upon-Tweed and was launched in 2015. There are 10 optional looped sections enabling riders to turn the trail into a series of circular routes that are ideally suited to families and the less experienced cyclist. Elsewhere, try a day or half day in the saddle within the wooded expanses of Hamsterley Forest or Kielder Forest. There’s plenty of choice in both areas and the chance to hire bikes.

Events

www.visithexham.net
www.thisisdurham.com
www.exploreteesdale.co.uk
Throughout the year, Teesdale hosts an assortment of festivals and cultural activities including walks, talks, family fun days and exhibitions. The Bowes Museum is a popular venue for many key events in the region’s social calendar. Elsewhere, look out for the Durham International Festival and the Bishop Auckland Food Festival. North of Blanchland, there’s plenty to entertain you too: the Hexham Book Festival sees appearances by many authors, while the town’s Spring Festival plays host to all sorts of events – from music and a teddy bears’ picnic to classic car displays and morris dancing.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road:

Wark is located on B6320 Hexham to Bellingham road, 12 miles north of Hexham.

By Rail:

The nearest railway station is Hexham, so an easy taxi ride to Wark, or bus service 680 will take you to the front door of the inn.

 

Address:

Wark , Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 3LS

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