Reviewed by Michelle Macpherson
We were asked to review St Mary’s Inn for two nights on the 12th to 14th of August 2015. We travelled from Law Village to the Bed and Breakfast in Morpeth which took us around 2 hours to reach.
St Mary’s Inn is situated 25 minutes from Newcastle Town Centre and also the same distance to Newcastle International Airport.
St Mary’s Inn is a pub and Bed and Breakfast with an interesting history. The building itself sits in Northumberland near Stannington Village. The building is set on the site of St Mary’s Hospital (Gateshead’s County Asylum which closed down in 1996) and is in fact the hospitals former administration building. It is a very striking building made of red brick with light coloured contrasting window mouldings. It has a very traditional clock tower which can be seen just above the trees on the drive in.
The main entrance to the building is well lighted and sign posted directing you to bar area which is also the check in point for the B&B. Our first thought was how modern yet in keeping with a traditional theme the interior of the bar area was. The staff member quickly and pleasantly checked us in. We were shown both dinner and breakfast areas. We were then taken to our room whilst on the way showing us the afterhour’s entrance as the building is not staffed after 11pm.
The B&B has 11 rooms, one which is dog friendly and also one disabled room. We were staying in the Font Burn room. The room was found to be large and airy with large sliding patio style doors which let plenty of natural light into the room. The interior of the room was very modern yet again very traditional. There was a king side bed, large wardrobe and sideboard. The toilet was also very large with bath and shower, there was a large mirror at the sink area with shaver points. There was lovely high end toiletries made from natural oils and essences in the bathroom along with plenty of fresh clean towels and anti-slip mat. The room and bedding were found to be presented and maintained to a very high standard. Traditional tea and coffee making facilities are available. The room is equipped with a hair dryer and iron and board are also available on request from the bar area.
After unpacking we wandered down to the bar area for a refreshment before our dinner reservation at 7.30pm. We were welcomed at the bar by two friendly dogs which were enjoying dog friendly beer and snacks which are available from the bar. This is very nice to see that the pub remains traditional where dogs are allowed in and also catered for. The surrounding hospital area of St Mary’s is being transformed into a modern housing development and St Mary’s is definitely going to be an excellent focal point for the new community. The bar is well stocked with ample varieties of local and exported alcohol and prices are set at an acceptable price. We took a seat at one of the many tables available. We noticed lots of cycling pictures and shirts hanging on the corner we were at along with a traditional log burner was found to be glowing away. After speaking to the friendly bar staff it was found out that there is a cycle club that is run from the pub as the roads around the pub are very well known within the cycling world. St Mary’s currently sponsor a local cycling team. After enjoying a few light refreshments our dinner was calling.
We were shown to our table by a very friendly member of staff. While looking through the menu the food available was found to be of a very modern yet traditional taste. The produce was also found to be locally sourced from throughout Northumberland. There is a wide choice of starters, mains and deserts as well as a daily specials board. We opted for starters of Mackerel on Malted Bread and barbeque chicken wings. The starters came to the table very quickly and promptly and were found to be of an excellent portion size. We chose main courses of American style chicken leg with traditional chunky chips and traditional chicken and bacon pie. We could not fault the quality of the food, the staff were excellent and very well-mannered not just with us but with all the guests. St Mary’s has only been open since November 2014 but you would think that it has been opened for years, all the staff work well together and you can see a great team spirit between all staff. The cost of our meal was well priced with both starters, mains and two drinks costing around forty two pounds.
We retired to our bed, the area around St Mary’s is very quiet and you can very easily get a great night’s sleep on the comfy king size bed. In the morning we went down for breakfast yet again the staff were very well mannered and friendly. We were shown to our table and given the tour of the continental breakfast available and shown the cooked breakfast menu which again has an abundance of traditional, modern and locally sourced food. We helped our self to some amazing French pastries and ordered a cooked breakfast and smoked salmon with scrambled eggs. There is freshly made coffee and tea available on request from the waiter. The cooked food yet again came out quickly and was found to be delicious.
Our stay at St Mary’s was amazing from start to finish, the modern yet traditional feel of the whole building and surrounding area was first class. You can tell the owners have spent lots of time and money creating such a special place. The detail inside and out is second to none with lots of locally sourced art work. We will definitely be back and would highly recommend to everyone we meet.
The cost of a two night’s bed and breakfast for two people was £250. We feel the price reflects the excellent features, amazing food and friendly staff that St Mary’s have on offer.
For more information or to make a book call 01670 293293 or visit www.stmarysinn.co.uk.
St Mary’s Inn, St Mary’s Lane, St Mary’s Park, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 6BL
01670 293293 | email@example.com