REVIEW: St. Mary’s Inn, Morpeth
WHAT? The focal point of a new housing area being developed in Morpeth, just outside of Newcastle, this pub with rooms has true soul – warm furnishings, friendly staff and great food.
WHERE? Seeking solace from bustling Newcastle we hailed a cab to this hearty pub in Morpeth, which sits within a new housing development in the middle of pure countryside.
Half an hour from the city, without another car nor streetlamp in sight, we began to worry as our driver took wrong turn after wrong turn down dirt tracks – but twinkling Christmas lights and a handsome red brick exterior soon put smiles back on our faces.
Shown to our expansive room (in a separate building through the courtyard) we found a pretty wrought-iron bedstead paired with well-worn antiques and lush carpets, plus a large bath with bubbles. Bright throws and curtains add a dash of fun and there are huge flat-screen TVs, too.
WHY GO? A cosy bed and breakfast which feels brand spanking new, the focus is heftily on good food and fine ales that bring people together (be sure to try the Sunday lunch). From 8am to 9.30pm locals can pop in to eat, and there are private dining facilities, too.
Breakfast is a selection of cereals, pastries and juice, plus an A La Carte menu offering everything from chi chi avocado on toast to kippers via a Full English.
If you find yourself in the area St. Mary’s offers a supremely comfortable, undisturbed stay – and it’s dog-friendly, too.
HOW MUCH? Double room B&B from £90.
ADDRESS: St Mary’s Inn, St Mary’s Lane, St Mary’s Park, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 6BL