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 www.southcausey.co.uk.
WELCOMING: South Causey Inn