Lord Crewe Arms at Blanchland

Blanchland, Northumberland
+44 (0)1434 677100
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Few inns can rival the scale or history of this one. Dogs doze by the inglenook, food is robust modern British and bedrooms are divine


21 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

Originally the abbot’s lodge and kitchens (and its garden the cloisters), the Lord Crewe Arms has become a Grade II*-listed inn. The village, in a sheep-clad valley on the moors’ edge, was built with stone from the abbey’s ruins. Inside: ancient flags, inglenook fireplaces, fortress walls and a classy country décor. Public areas range from lofty to intimate and the atmospheric bar is in the vaulted crypt. With a head chef from Mark Hix’s ‘stable’, the robust modern British menu includes steaks, chops and spit-roasted meats, fresh crab salad and ruby beets. Puddings hark back to ancient times: sea buckthorn posset, rhubarb fumble. Wines include great burgundies and clarets, ales range from Allendale’s Golden Plover to Nel’s Best from High House Farm, and there are water bowls for dogs in the garden. If you stay, you’re in for a treat. Most bedrooms are divided between The Angel, a simple, beautiful, listed ex-inn across the way, and the former tied cottages. Some rooms have exposed stone walls and real fires, all have soft carpets, fine fabrics, divine beds and deep baths.


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Open all day.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Dog bed, towel, bowl and suggested walks.

Dogs £10. Max. 2.

Rivers to jump in. Sheep in fields so dogs to be kept on leads.

Lunch & dinner from £12.75. Sunday lunch, 2-3 courses, £18-£24.


Nightly price
from £119
19 Doubles
From £119
1 Suite for 2
From £144
1 Family room for 4
From £189



A fantastic hotel and restaurant. We (family of 4 plus grandmother) stayed for 3 nights while we were visiting Hadrian's Wall. But we would have been happy to spend all of our time at this hotel. Local walks from the hotel took us up onto the moors and through fields and forests. The staff was sharp and friendly. And dinner at the restaurant was a welcome close to each day. I look forward to coming back for some fishing in season.

Dave, Montclair, NJ, USA



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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Sally Barker

  • Perched in the peaks on the North Pennine moors a stay at the Lord Crewe Arms must include some dabbling in our Goings' on. With Shooting, Walking, Fishing and Sailing quite literally on the door step pack your boots and stride out!
  • Located in Britain's most productive and exhilarating Grouse Moors, the Lord Crewe Arms is all geared up for guns and dogs. With a gun room, boot and drying room, and a chef with a knack for game its the ideal hunting box for the season.
  • Just a couple of country miles from the Lord Crewe is the Derwent Reservoir. With a thousand acres of open water on offer and its own club with hire available its the perfect place to sail, whether your a beginner or a dab hand.
  • The North Pennines is famed for its rich array of walks and located in the pretty village of Blanchland, the Lord Crewe is perfectly poised to explore. With OS maps and a varied list of 'favorites' heading for the moors is a must.
  • The Lord Crewe Arms has its very own private stretch of the River Derwent for guests to enjoy. Quite literally at the bottom of the garden, the challenge to land a native 'broon' trout is yours from March until September. Rod hire is available.
  • Used as England's cycling teams stomping ground; the North Pennines is a hidden gem for spinners. With bikes and maps available for guests of the Crewe, wheel your way through some of England's most varied and dramatic landscapes.