William de Percy Pub with rooms in Otterburn, Northumberland

Prices from:
£120 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Chic-boutique inn close to Kielder Forest
  • Quirky bar and dining areas
  • Funky, indulgent rooms
  • Crowd-pleasing all day menu
  • Excellent crêpes; Northumbrian produce
  • Big skies, fabulous walking

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Overview

William de Percy Otterburn, Northumberland, NE19 1NR

The personal touch

Rescued from closure in 2015 by the Apartment Group, who own pubs and bars in Newcastle and Northumberland, the former 17th-century coaching inn on the old road between Newcastle and Edinburgh has been totally transformed into two quirky and very distinct venues. Le Petit Chateau focuses on weddings with a uniquely styled celebratory chapel and an exotic Mediterranean garden, while the William de Percy has been reinvented as a chic-boutique inn offering good food, eight fun and very indulgent bedrooms and a French-boudoir vibe throughout. In typical French style, the bar entrance is signed ‘The Creperie’ and here you will find a quirky bar-cum-dining area that blends the traditional (stone-flagged floor, exposed brick and beams) with the more unusual – think, bold upholstered banquette seating, dark painted walls, plank ceilings, ornate mirrors and glass chandeliers, old crates for shelving, potted flowers on old jugs, and a great copper-topped bar serving local ales (Alnwick Brewery) and an eye-catching selection of gins, whiskies and brandies, not to mention the list of interesting cocktails. Well worth finding – great walking, Kielder Forest and its lake, plus the National Trust property Cragside are within easy reach. Stunning night skies too.

Sticky fingers

Children are very welcome; they have their own menu and extra beds can be provided in the rooms (£30 per night).

Muddy paws

Dogs are allowed in the bar and three rooms are dog friendly (£10 per night).

Alfresco

If no weddings are taking place at Le Petit Chateau, then guests can use the fabulous Mediterranean inspired garden and the adjacent conservatory lounge.

What’s the damage?

8 doubles/twin; from £120

What else?

All credit cards taken

Alfresco dining

Disabled access to Crêperie but not the bedrooms

Parking

Sleep

William de Percy Otterburn, Northumberland, NE19 1NR

Do not disturb

The eight hugely individual boutique-style bedrooms are designed to help you instantly relax and unwind, effortlessly marrying contemporary style with original features. All are flamboyant, super indulgent and seriously over-the-top in the nicest, jaw-dropping way – they are not your usual pub bedrooms. Expect antler chandeliers, ornate, low-slung French beds topped with the softest linen and down, brick and panelled walls, period feature fireplaces, rich fabrics, dark brooding colours, huge ornate mirrors, antique French furniture, big quirky lamps and subdued lighting, retro phones, Smart TVs, fluffy bathrobes and slipper. Grande rooms have oodles of space, room for a copper bath by the bed in a couple, while Petite rooms are more intimate and cosy and wonderfully quirky, but all have super bathrooms, some with freestanding copper baths and/or huge ornately tiled walk-in monsoon showers, contemporary basins and posh lotions and potions. A royal blue theme runs throughout each room, enhancing it further and making it look that little bit more impressive, which they certainly are.

What’s the damage?

8 doubles/twin; from £120

What else?

All credit cards taken

Alfresco dining

Disabled access to Crêperie but not the bedrooms

Parking

Eat & Drink

William de Percy Otterburn, Northumberland, NE19 1NR

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £5.95-£7.50; Main Courses: £10.95-£24.95; Desserts £5.95-£8.50)

There’s something for everyone on the crowd-pleasing all-day menu. Expect simple, honest cooking – good pub food served in generous portions and prepared using the best local ingredients available. For lunch or an afternoon snack, share rosemary and garlic-infused baked camembert with red onion chutney and soldiers, tuck into stottie (soft rolls made by Trotter’s in nearby Seahouses) filled with beer battered fish fingers, or try the crêpe ploughman’s – ham, cheddar, branston pickle and salad. Linger longer and kick off a good meal with mussels cooked in white wine, garlic and cream or try a seasonal special posh mushrooms on toast – hand foraged mushrooms, wild garlic and truffle-infused cream on a wedge of toast. Main dishes range from confit duck leg cassoulet to braised ox cheek with crispy kale, fish and chips, and rib-eye steak with proper chips and peppercorn sauce. Leave room for homemade sticky toffee pudding. On Sunday’s enjoy roast Northumbrian topside of beef with all the trimmings. Cask beers are also very local, including Alnwick Brewery St Mary’s ale and Mordue ales brewed in Newcastle. Gin-lovers have 23 gins to choose from – why not try Lindisfarne Gin with local Marlish tonic water. Minerals and soft drinks are also local, supplied by Fentimans of Hexham. The Corney & Barrow list of wines includes 10 by the glass.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8am – 10am

Food all day: 12 noon – 8.30pm

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm

What’s the damage?

8 doubles/twin; from £120

What else?

All credit cards taken

Alfresco dining

Disabled access to Crêperie but not the bedrooms

Parking

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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Out & About

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Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Otterburn is located 30 miles north of Newcastle on A696, close to the junction with the A68 Scotch Corner to Edinburgh road

By Rail: Nearest railway station is Hexham (19 miles)

Address:

, Otterburn, Northumberland, NE19 1NR

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