I spent a night at The Lord Crewe, Bamburgh on a girly getaway with my sister, Lucy. Here’s what you need to know.
This recently refurbished boutique hotel couldn’t be closer to Bamburgh Castle. Offering 7 rooms alongside a tasty menu in the restaurant below and a dog friendly bar, it’s a great place to base yourself if you’re exploring Northumberland’s stunning coastline.
Check in from 3pm to drop your bags in your room and head to the bar for a drink or out for a coastal walk. You’re just moments away from Bamburgh Castle and the award winning beach.
Being so close to the coast you can expect a great selection of fresh seafood on the menu for dinner. You could really treat yourself to a special meal at The Lord Crewe. We decided to skip starters and go straight for main dishes.
For mains we had the fillet steak – with chunky chips rather than mash, and Lobster Thermidor – again with chips, plus a side of greens. The lobster Thermidor was delicious, served with queenie scallops and tiger prawns. The fillet steak so tender it melted in your mouth and was served with mushrooms, baby spinach, red wine sauce and foie gras. (neither of us particularly liked the foie gras though, or actually knew what it was until after we tried it and I googled it. Eek, not a flavour I liked!) To accompany our mains we shared a bottle of house red, a merlot and that went down a treat.
There’s always space for dessert! Lucy picked the sorbets while I went for the cheese board, thinking that would go well with the red wine. It certainly did but I struggled to finish it, in honesty I barely made a dent on that platter. If you visit, the cheeseboard is probably best as a sharing dessert as the actual chunks of cheese are really generous – plus chutney, grapes, apple and crackers.
After dinner we went to get some sea air along the beach before retiring to our room and settling into the cosy king size bed then drifting off to sleep.
Depending on which room you book, you may get a view of the village or the castle. We weren’t quite so lucky on the latter but if you peered out the window and looked left you could see a tiny piece of it. Regardless of whether you’ve got a castle view or not, the rooms are lovely. We had a rainfall shower in our bathroom, which had a lovely seaside feel with the mermaid tiles (at least that’s what they reminded me of) and Molton Brown toiletries. We stayed in the Armstrong room, the namesake Lord Crewe looks to be the premium room available with a freestanding bath and castle views – so if you’re wanting something extra special, try to book that one!
In your room you’ll find a Nespresso machine and some coffee pods, a kettle for your tea (or hot chocolate) water (still and sparkling) and some freshly baked cookies. Coffee and cookies is always a winner for me!
I did set an early alarm for us as I’d hoped to see the sunrise. Unfortunately a cloudy, drizzly start to the day meant this wasn’t the case. We spent a little longer snoozing before rising around 7am to head out for a run along the beach.
We definitely worked up an appetite out on our rainy beach run! Breakfast is served 8am to 10am. Would you like full English or the veggie equivalent, maybe some kippers or an omelette? There’s a continental option too with a help yourself buffet of cereals, fruit and juice. Dietary requirements are well catered for, with Lucy offered gluten free sausages and an oat milk latte. Check out is at 11am, so plenty of time for a slow morning if that’s your preference. Fancy breakfast in bed? You can fill out the card in your room and enjoy your bacon in the comfort of your cosy robe!
I’d definitely return to The Lord Crewe. I’d like to head back for their Sunday lunch so will look to book that in soon. As for a place to stay, I’d definitely recommend it for a night or two if you’re visiting Northumberland. The staff are really friendly, service was great and the food – excellent. If you’re visiting over the summer and fancy a pit stop, there’s a beer garden available. That’ll be a great place for soaking up some rays (with spf of course…)
Is The Lord Crewe somewhere now on your places to visit?
Our overnight stay and dinner was complimentary in exchange for review. All thoughts and images my own. I’m just as surprised as you that I didn’t finish the cheese board!