Corbridge is just one of those places I would love to live. It’s quaint, classy, clean and has an awesome selection of pubs, restaurants and independent retailers selling all things food and drink, so it’s right up my street. There is also, of course, the jewel in the crown, sat beautifully on the main street: The Angel Inn, which could absolutely be my local.
My love for The Angel Inn was reaffirmed just a few weeks back when we were invited to head up the A69 for a midweek stay in their captivating hotel, along with breakfast and afternoon tea the following day. Lucky us!
The Angel Inn takes pride of place in the centre of the village, with its gorgeous white front, dusky blue shutters and outdoor seating area. Come up to Corbridge on a sunny day and you’ll wait quite a while for one of the coveted outdoor spots, as it’s a total sun-trap situated on a hill overlooking the Tyne. The venue is an old coaching inn, built in 1726, and has and always will be the central meeting point for food, drinks and socialising in the village.
It boasts 7 rooms, along with their larger Angel Apartment (more on that later!), a large restaurant otherwise known as The Barn, a lounge area on the ground floor with a roaring fire, and a spacious bar and dining area in the main pub bit.
Interiors-wise, it’s all about classic bare-wood furnishings mixed with leather armchairs and sofas, duck-egg blue painted walls and fresh flowers dotted about the place. It’s chic, but not pretentious. There’s also chalkboards detailing their latest events, like the recent Steak and Lobster night (check the Facebook and Twitter feeds for more up to date info on this!), plus their special ales/wines and food offers.
I’ve visited a couple of times previously, and have never found it to be anything but lively. It’s lively in a nice tasteful way, mind, not in a rowdy pub kind of way. Everyone seems to know each other and you can tell there’s groups in there who enjoy The Angel Inn’s hospitality on a very frequent basis, sat in ‘their seat’ for a glass of wine and a catch up. It’s homely and welcoming, which is everything a quality pub should be.
It was one of these busy Thursday nights when we headed there, and after squeezing through the bar area to reception, were absolutely freaking delighted to find that we’d been booked into The Angel Inn’s exclusive ‘Apartment’. Oh. My. God.
This spacious 2 bedroomed flat sits atop the lounge area of the Inn, and is a sight to behold. Decorated with a contemporary-country feel, it’s all plaid furniture mixed with textures like crushed velvet, silk and tweed. It’s spotless, naturally, and makes you feel like you’ve accidentally-on-purpose walked into a very well-kept local cottage for a snoop around.
There’s a gorgeous, cosy living/dining area with a nice big telly and comfy sofas, a small kitchen area with fully stocked mini-bar and wine rack (potentially very dangerous, but what the heck!) and a lovely bathroom with over-the-bath shower and a spacious tub, along with complimentary toiletries.
The master bedroom is light and airy, with a silk-dressed double bed and everything you could wish for, including a quality(!) hairdryer (you don’t get this everywhere, let me tell you!), fluffy white branded bath robes and a decent sized mirror and dressing table.
The front of the Apartment overlooks the main street in the village, making the most of The Angel Inn’s perfect spot. To the back, there’s a twin bedroom that’s perfect for kids, that has toys, a Playstation (we could only find one controller, mind, or my boyfriend would have been getting his butt kicked on the array of games on offer!) and two very springy beds.
In true “kids room” style, we decided to jump on them, so can confirm that your little ones would enjoy doing the same on these trampoline-like mattresses!
The bathroom is also tucked away privately at the back, as is the kitchen, with it’s fully stocked fridge bursting with drinks including white wine, soft drinks and champagne, and a red wine rack attached to the wall. Despite being on a main road with single glazing, the Apartment is actually very quiet and tranquil. It feels like a home away from home, and with a key to the front door and no real house rules, you can come and go as you please.
After a quick change, we headed out to the nearby Duck House (more on that another time!) for dinner, which it turns out is right around the corner, before retiring back to The Angel Inn bar for a bottle of wine.
As it was a very mild April night, we decided to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air, watching the activity in the village over good wine and conversation. It’s the ideal spot to while away the hours, and when darkness sets in, the well-lit outdoor area also has heaters, so you can keep the chill at bay.
After what seemed like a very enjoyable half an hour, that was actually like 3 hours, we decided to retire to our lovely Angel Apartment, to dive into the snacks (the kitchen also stocks tasty bar snacks and nuts and has a snazzy coffee machine if you fancy a cuppa after dinner/drinks) and watch some telly in the snug living room. I can’t remember exactly how many channels there are, but there’s a good selection, along with a variety of DVDs and Blu-ray Discs for guests to enjoy if the telly is as crap as always.
And then, a bath and to bed. And all I can say is, I wish I’d known how comfortable it was going to be, or I would have been in there a lot sooner. Thanks to the blinds and curtains, not a pick of light gets through, so I enjoyed an interrupted sleep wrapped amongst silk bedding and plenty of quilts. Throughout our whole stay, time seemed to fly by, and sleeping was no exception.
My boyfriend proclaimed in the morning that we were to change the locks to the Apartment and never leave, such is the comfort of the place and in particular, that bed in the master bedroom.
The Apartment is however, on the pricier side of the room tariff, but it’s designed for a family stay and for that, the price seems justified. At £225 for a full family, which includes a classic Northumbrian breakfast in the morning, it’s fair to the quality of the space and the price is reduced based on the number of guests (e.g. for a double/twin it’s £175).
Guests won’t want for anything, as it’s equipped with everything you need to feel like it’s home for however long you stay. My only wish is that we could have stayed longer!
We checked out some of the double rooms, and despite a drop in price, they’re equally lovely, with a country-chic interiors vibe that won’t date. Double rooms also have en-suite bathrooms, some of them with baths, and the Tassimo coffee machines come as standard. For a double room, you’re looking at £95 per night, again with breakfast included.
Check out is 11am, and breakfast is served from 7am-9.30am in the main bar and dining area. They have a breakfast buffet packed with pastries, bread and cereal (the usual), as well as a range of cooked Northumbrian breakfasts, which as mentioned are all included in the room rate.
For non-guests, there full Northumbrian Breakfast is priced at £10.95, Salmon & Scrambled Eggs on Wholemeal Toast at £6.95 and the other usual suspects like Eggs Benedict/Florentine and Craster Kipper, all around the £6-7 mark. Tea and coffee is served by attentive, friendly waitresses, and you can have as much as you like (as well as generous helpings of fresh orange!).
We both decided to go for the Full Northumbrian (that’s Full English to the rest of us, by the way), and after around a 15 minute wait, we were presented with a plate of freshly grilled sausage, bacon, tomato, mushroom and eggs however we wanted them (I went for poached, as always!). Toast is also on offer, of course, and you can have as much of that as you like.
I did find, however, that portions of the breakfast were slightly on the small side, despite it being a very enjoyable breakfast. 1 sausage, 2 modest bits of bacon and a limited portion of beans in a ramekin. It’s not a tight portion, but if I was a non-guest paying for the breakfast and was given such a limited portion, I’d probably be raising my eyebrows.
After that, it was back to our room to (sob!) pack up and get ready and out of there before the 11am check out. Once again, we pondered barricading ourselves in there, it’s that lovely, but decided against given we were booked in for Afternoon Tea in the restaurant that afternoon. Had that not been the case, let me tell you, I’d be writing this very review from there.
A couple of other things I really enjoyed about The Angel Inn apartment:
And that pretty much rounds up an incredible stay at the beautiful Apartment at The Angel Inn! As mentioned before, we also enjoyed their newly-launched afternoon tea, so keep your eyes peeled here for that review, which will be up in a few days. For more information on The Angel’s rooms and restaurant, you can check out their website: http://theangelofcorbridge.com/
The Angel Inn of Corbridge, Main Street, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5LA, call to book on 01434 632119. We were offered our stay on a complimentary basis for the purpose of this review, however all views expressed are true to experience. For more information on our sponsored post policy, please feel free to drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Big thanks to Pamela Read, GM John Hogg and the rest of The Angel Inn team for a fantastic visit. We’ll be back!