Printer Friendly

Durham's angels of the North.

South Causey Inn, Stanley, County Durham THE WELCOME An overnight trip from London meant we arrived hours before check-in. No problem! We were offered a quick-change room and cup of coffee while the receptionist booked a taxi to the cricket in Chester-le-Street. THE NEIGHBOURHOOD Surrounded by all form of animals, including ducks, sheep, goats and even a couple of alpacas. Built in 1990, the inn now has 100 acres of land, 40 horses and an indoor riding arena. It has bars, a restaurant, function rooms - and all this just 20 minutes from the A1M with easy access to Durham, Newcastle and the wonderful Beamish Museum. THE ROOM Big enough with the usual nice perks - tea and coffee with scrummy biscuits. The bed was comfortable. The dressing table was a bit cluttered with barely room for a laptop. Could have done with a couple more electric plugs.

Hotel inspector THE FOOD We planned to have a two-course evening meal but made the mistake of ordering the garlic bread starter, which arrived the size of a giant pizza, so we never got to the second course. Breakfast was good, with plenty of toast and Earl Grey. THE SERVICE Quiet, efficient and with a smile. When I found chess pieces missing from the hotel's chess set, a member of staff went home to get his own chess set. Nice touch.

LOVED Variety of good local beers. HATED Struggling with the shower to get the water to a warm temperature.

VERDICT A great place to stay or just visit for lunch or a pint. Plenty of outdoor seating areas. BOTTOM LINE At PS84 a night with breakfast it's good value. CHECK IT OUT


WELCOMING: South Causey Inn
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2014 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jul 6, 2014
Previous Article:EU'll save a packet.
Next Article:Q&A.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2018 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters