A weekend in Durham, but a raid into Northumberland for what we GBG tickers call “a straggler”.
No-one has ever called Blanchland (pop.135) a straggler before.
Blanchland was, I presume, built in the 17/18th century in order to later provide the setting for filming Catherine Cookson period dramas.
With a bit more effort from Mrs RM, we could possibly have ticked this one on our Hadrian’s Wall walk in May; note the sign below right marking the Wall’s trail.
DON’T climb those stairs, tempting as they seem, you never know where they might be hiding a micro pub.
Instead, head for the Lord Crew(e) Arms,
and marvel at the vaults and crypts in a place that will cost you £219 to stay next week.
The pilgrimage from door to bar still involves a Covid-secure one way system, but at least the yellow and black tape that scarred our pubs during Lockdown has gone.
WHY did I go for the Twice Brewed Pale (NBSS 2.5) ? Do I never learn ?
“A medieval vaulted room, sculpted by thick stone walls, lit by candle style ambience, and warmed with the chatter of Blanchland villagers” says What Pub.
Sadly just me and the drunken Abbot and a lovely barman attempting to make contactless work in a crypt without internet, and the sounds of “I Will Always Love You” wafting over the smell of smoke. Regulars at the Cricketers in Bordesley will be delighted to know that this time it was the Whitney Oooston version.