Myself & Piper have just returned from our little Northumbrian get away, and we couldn’t wait to share where we stayed with you all.
I’d decided that we would go to Alnmouth, as a bit of research showed it was a quiet town, with a gorgeous beach & it’s on the East Coast Mainline, so it meant we could hop on a train easily. I wanted to go somewhere where we could go, switch off & relax. The Hope & Anchor really stood out when I was looking at accommodation options- it’s been recently renovated, every room was dog friendly (dogs stay free!) and it has an Italian/Seafood restaurant.
There’s 8 en-suite rooms to choose from, I decided on the Puffin room. The room was spotless (with the exception of one spider- eeek) & so well presented. I loved the way Puffin was decorated, the warm colours made the room feel really cosy. The bed was HUGE and was just right- not too soft but not too hard either. You could feel the ridge down the middle of the bed though (2 singles zipped together) but to be honest I only really spelt on one side so it didn’t really bother me. The bed sheets were soft, yet crisp and there was a choice of either soft or firmer pillows. Lack of storage certainly wasn’t a problem, as there was a wardrobe, chest of draws & two bedside cabinets.
The en-suite was bright, clean & functional. I do quite like a bath (I don’t think any of the rooms had a bath) but for one night I was quite happy with the shower. The water ran hot almost instantly & you could twist the shower head to adjust the power. 2 soft, fluffy towels were provided (one small, one large). I always like a good quality toiletry, the Elsyl ones supplied felt very luxurious. They lathered well & smelt divine.
Like most hotels, tea & coffee facilities were provided, as well as other basics such as a hair dryer. The Northumbrian guides & menus for downstairs were a nice touch, and the TV was huge. It was a Smart TV, so it also had facilities like catch up.
The Italian Restaurant was split into two halves, dog friendly & non dog friendly. Both sides were packed full, I was glad I had booked a table! The Dog Friendly half had at least 7 dogs in at one point, so it’s obviously a hit with the locals & other holiday makers. For my evening meal, I opted for a safe & simple Margherita pizza. The choice on the menu was huge & they all sounded delicious, but I’d had a late lunch so wasn’t massively hungry. The pizza arrived and it was massive! I ended up taking half of it back to the room in a box. I was gutted I was too full to have a dessert, as the choices sounded really appetising.
Breakfast (included in the room rate) the next morning was as you would expect- a buffet of fruits, cereals, yoghurts etc, then a set menu for the “cooked” options. I had a bowl of cereal, some toast & jam, a yoghurt and 2 poached eggs. There’s something about staying in a hotel, I think we all try to eat as much breakfast as we possible can! Dogs are allowed to join you at breakfast, as it is served in the dog friendly half of the restaurant.
I really would recommend this hotel if you’re looking for a nice quiet get away. The rooms are finished to a very high standard & I don’t have anything negative to say. The Hope & Anchor is around a 25 minute walk from the train station & a maximum 5 minute walk from the beach. The only thing to bear in mind is, that parking is on the road only. I did hear another guest say they had struggled to find somewhere to park.
Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this & perhaps we’ve inspired you to take a little trip away? We all deserve one every once and a while!
E & P x