A New Venture for Cricketer’s Inn

The start of 2017 saw successful inn group, Cricketer’s Inn add to their collection of boutique properties with the acquisition of Giggleswick’s Harts Head Inn. In the months since the Inn has benefitted from over £200k in refurbishments, with improvements made to the kitchen, bar and restaurant.

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Hart’s Head Inn – Post Refurbishment

The inn has seen more than physical transformations, with a new head chef – Matt Adamson, who previously headed the kitchen at the groups’ lauded Plough at Lupton. Taking over from Matt at his previous post is the new head chef at the Plough, Robert Stacey, ex-Le Caprice, Galvin at Windows and latterly responsible for the superb reputation of the Castle Dairy in Kendal.

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Hart’s Head Inn

In addition to The Plough at Lupton, The Cricketer’s Inn has acquired the popular and CAMARA award winning craft beer hostelry, The Crown and Kettle in Manchester, which is also undergoing significant renovations at present.

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Hart’s Head Inn 

2017 looks like it is set to be prosperous year for the group and they are looking forward to welcoming guests to all three of their stunning venues this summer.

The Brunette visits Twice Brewed Inn

A week or two ago I was visiting my family down in Hexam, on my drive down my friend and I decided to have a quick stop at Hadrian’s Wall (surprisingly neither of us had been before). After having a quick jaunt around the area and taking some very touristy photos, we were famished.
After being made aware of a lovely little Inn not too far away from where we were, we decided to have a drive and eat there.
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I decided on the Potato Skins with chilli and garlic mayo (which were ridiculously amazing, seriously I can’t stop thinking about the dips) and the Vegetable Quarter Pounder which came with some lovely homemade chips and some salad. Definitely what I needed after the very long drive down from Scotland.
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The Twice Brewed Inn is set in a lovely little location, very close to an area of the wall, which we then had a little look at after eating too! It’s such a traditional British location with lovely food. We were also told that the Inn has some lovely rooms which I think would be great if you wanted to stay and explore the area over a long-weekend.
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Have you visited Hadrian’s Wall before? What did you think?

The Brunette and Two Blondes Recommend Valentine’s Stays

Are you looking for somewhere to take your Valentine/Pal-entine this February? We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 UK hotels we’re dying to be taken.

  1. The Witchery, Edinburgh

Hidden in a collection of historic buildings at the gates to Edinburgh Castle, James Thomson’s Witchery is the most spectacularly atmospheric dining destination in the city.46.jpg

2. Beech Hill Hotel & Spa, Lake District  

From the eastern bank of Windermere, the dramatic views across the lake to the Western Fells are nothing short of breathtaking. This constantly changing scene serves as a living picture postcard of this most beautiful countryside, an eloquent backdrop to the captivating charm that is the Beech Hill Hotel & Spa.

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3. The Wizard Chamber, London

Concealed behind a bookcase door, curious guests can enjoy venturing to the Wizard Chamber on the lower ground floor of our 19th century hotel. Pass through a portrait-lined passageway that is bathed in candle light that casts dancing shadows across the walls.

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4. The Four Seasons Hotel, St. Fillans 

The Four Seasons Hotel in Perthshire Scotland is situated in a picturesque setting on the banks of Loch Earn. The natural beauty of this location is the first delight for every visitor to St. Fillans, and the position of the Four Seasons, looking south-west down Loch Earn, is one of the most enviable settings in Scotland

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5. The Crazy Bear, Stadhampton

The original Crazy Bear has been entertaining guests since its creation in 1993.
Abundant gardens, eclectic design, award winning dining and inventive facilities, within eighty acres of working farmland all contribute to its distinctive personality.

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6. Newton Hall, Northumberland

Unique among boutique hotels Newcastle and Northumberland, Newton Hall is blessed with Italian style, retro cool, Oriental mystery, colonial splendour, loft-style living, French chic and more… and all of it marvellously, wonderfully and beautifully relaxing.

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7. Trigony House Hotel, Dumfries And Galloway

Trigony House Hotel and Garden Spa is definitely not a budget “chain” hotel and offers a truly relaxing, bespoke and unique ‘5 star’ country house hotel experience.

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8. Borthwick Castle, North Middleton 

The rooms are scattered throughout the Castle, mostly accessed by spiral staircases and secret doorways. Some are named after the historic figures who would have slept there in days gone by.

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9. Balbirnie House, Fife

Balbirnie House is an award-winning luxury country house hotel nestled within 400 acres of beautiful parkland in the heart of Fife.

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10. Chocolate Boutique Hotel, Bournemouth

Nestling in Bournemouth’s fashionable Soho quarter, the Chocolate Boutique Hotel is the perfect place to unwind. Here you’ll find a warm, friendly welcome, cosy chocolate-themed rooms and chocolate galore.

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Where are you desperate to go this Valentine’s Day?