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“Refill Your Tank - Sleep & Eat at a Brewery” 4 of 5 stars
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4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Grange Road | Newburn, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 8NL, England   |  
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“Refill Your Tank - Sleep & Eat at a Brewery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2010

Overall, this hotel was great for what we needed: reasonably priced, not unreasonably far from Newcastle, and close to the Hadrian’s Wall Path. It was clean, comfortable, and quiet. The food and pints were excellent.

For more on our travels, see our website: http://www.jndstravelog.com/

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2010

I stayed at the Keelman's Lodge for 5 nights as I was attending a business course in Newcastle and one of the organisers recommended it.

It's a cosy, informal place, about 15minutes in a taxi from the station. I was given a warm welcome by Linda, and shown to my room which was in a separate building to the main pub. The room itself was clean and comfortable, plenty of fresh towels and spare pillows and blankets (it was January and had been snowing!) and a TV, radio and DVD player. The only thing they could perhaps do with including is wireless internet connection.

Meals are not included in the room rate but guests can eat in the restaurant which is situated in the conservatory attached to the pub. The breakfasts were cooked to order and the portions generous, although £7.50 was perhaps a bit pricey considering you can get an evening meal for less than this. The evening menu was largely based on "comfort food" and again, they don't scrimp on portions. The 2-for-one menu was excellent, but it would be nice to see a few lighter dishes on the menu.

The pub is popular with locals and the conservatory restaurant was fairly busy in the early evenings - they do welcome families, so if you don't want to have screaming kids running around while you're trying to unwind, I'd suggest eating later in the evening.

The atmosphere was always friendly - the regular drinkers always said hello to the guests who were staying on business and asked how the course was going and whether we were enjoying our visit to Newcastle. The staff were brilliant, especially Linda, who remembered our names and made sure we always had everything we needed.

There is a micro brewery on site so real ale lovers can sample the "tasting tray" and although I don't drink beer, it looks like good value for a decent pint!

I would definitely stay at the Keelman's if I have cause to visit Newcastle again.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2009

Relatively cheap, but nice lodges around the large car park. There is a brewery on site so real ale lovers are in heaven. One quirk, you cannot walk up to the bar to order a drink, you have to queue, in busy times for up to 15 minutes. Food is not fantastic, but perfectly ok.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2009

Great location. Great accommodation. Great welcome. We had come up for the England vs Australia cricket match at nearby Chester le Street. As a beer lover I was entranced by the 6 (at least) real ales on offer but found the catering to be a little stodgy. Dinner scored 7 out of 10 but breakfast was not so good with cheap, nasty sausages, soggy bacon and tired coffee. All the service was pleasant and friendly but if I were in charge I would be questioning the chefs and looking to perk up and contemporise (if that word exists) the food offering.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2009

I stayed in the Salmon Cottage building, which is a self-contained block across the car park from the pub. Despite the 'Cottage' tag, it's a new build and isn't the place to be for old world charm - another review has described it as a 'motel' and I think that's quite a good description. However, the bedroom was great. Spacious, clean - especially the bathroom - with flat-screen tv, tea and coffee facilities, two chairs and a small table. It was thoughtfully put together and all in very good condition. I could happily have stayed here several nights. Food in the pub was fine but nothing to write home about.

Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2009

We stayed at Keelman's Lodge on the first night of our walk along Hadrian's Way. You really can't beat the location of this place--It's a stone's throw from the trail.

We ate in the pub as well and were pleased with the food. We didn't eat breakfast there as it was another 7 pounds or so (not included in the room rate) which seemed a bit steep.

The rooms are clean and functional--You'll have everything you need-- but are not luxurious by any means. Our bed was one of the hardest I'd ever encountered and we each got one very thin pillow.

The staff were nice and overall we'd stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2009

after the night from hell at the premiere inn lobley hill , we moved here , it came recomended from a friend , but i was trying to be cheap , lesson learnt,
the keelmans is ok , good pub on site excelent beers , pricey breakfast ,
the rooms are bungalow style and just ok , without bieng flash ,
there was no rowdiness from pub as it tends to appeal to the real ale crowd and cyclists ,
the pub is next o the tyne and a bit of a country park,and 10mins in the car to newcastle center, overall ok

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Grange Road | Newburn, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 8NL, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Tyne and Wear > Newcastle upon Tyne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Newcastle upon Tyne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Keelman's Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Keelman’s Lodge and Salmon Cottage are purpose-built hotel accommodation lodges, which stand in the grounds of The Big Lamp Brewery and Keelman pub on the edge of the Tyne Riverside Country Park.The Keelman is only 5 miles from Newcastle and 3 miles from the Metro Centre. Being easily accessible by both public and private transport and 10 minutes from Newcastle Airport, this is the ideal location for a holiday break, or as a stop off point for those travelling Hadrian’s Wall.The Two Lodges, the Keelman Pub and the Big Lamp Brewery blend contemporary and traditional style providing a stimulating and comfortable ambiance.Rated four-stars by Quality In Tourism and Visit England. ... more   less 
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The Keelman`s Hotel Newcastle Upon Tyne

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