It was a dark and cold, blustery night as we hurried out of the cold and into the warmth of The Tankerville Arms. The fire cast a warm glow around the room, casting shadows on the rain speckled windows outside.
Prosecco and Pie had kindly been invited to dine and stay at The Tankerville Arms, just over an hour away from Newcastle in the Northumbrian village of Eglingham. This charming country inn is a bar, restaurant and bed and breakfast, boasting three sumptuously furnished bedrooms to choose from. Describing themselves as “a handy spot for ramblers who can explore the nearby Cheviot Hills, for fisherman who might test their luck on the River Tweed and its many tributaries, and for tourists who may visit a host of attractions here in Northumberland”, as we discovered one size fits all in the most wonderful of ways.
The Tankerville Arms is everything you could want from a proper country pub – beautiful old beams, nooks and crannies decorated with delightful countryside-inspired ornaments and rich fabrics covering the chairs and barstools, making the whole place cosy and comfortable. The bar and restaurant areas are surprisingly spacious, which is a good thing as we’re told Sunday lunch can get exceptionally busy.
What we liked post was the atmosphere here on the evening. Often when you walk into somebody else’s local you can feel awkward and out of place, but here everyone was very friendly and we sat chatting to some of the locals and some fellow “tourists” who were visiting from Derbyshire. Supper was served just about as fresh as it can get as we enjoyed lamb from the nearby Ingram Valley served with creamy mashed potatoes, homemade mint sauce and seasonal veg, along with the catch of the day special of sea bream served with lingoustines and new potatoes. Having recently been on a course to further her knowledge, The Tankerville’s owner Kerri recommended a light and refreshing bottle of French rosé which we enjoyed with our meal.
After sharing (and not quite managing to finish!) an enormous slice of lemon cheesecake, we finished our drinks and headed up to bed to The Tankerville’s enormous suite (£135 per night)! Featuring a super kingsize bed, luxurious lounge area, mini fridge, TV, DVDs, magazines and a walk-in shower en-suite, the room is like a self-contained apartment!
Before we retired to our cavernous room we sampled a “Percy Special” which is a lively concoction of cherry brandy and whisky mixed together and commonplace to sip before a hunt. We were told that the first Percy Hunt would actually be meeting here the next morning, the first meet at The Tankerville in over 20 years – hence the Percy Special before bed.*
Breakfast was served at a leisurely 9’oclock which suited us perfectly as it gave us a chance to enjoy our suite and test out the rainfall shower! With free wifi throughout and plenty of magazines to keep us busy, we could easily catch up on our emails and enjoy a little me-time with a cup of tea in our room. The superb standard of The Tankerville’s food continued to breakfast – with fresh berries, yoghurt, coffee and orange juice to start, followed by farm-fresh sausage, bacon and eggs to finish.
Five star service, hospitality and surroundings – The Tankerville Arms is a true hidden gem just far enough from the tourist track of Alnwick and Morpeth to feel like a real rural getaway. We highly recommend stopping off for Sunday lunch or a grown-up getaway for two!
*Please note Prosecco and Pie is not affiliated with hunting in any way shape or form, nor do we support the activity. We are simply reporting the events which occurred during our stay. We do however like the taste of a Percy Special!