I have visited Alnwick on a regular basis since the 1970's when I used to live in the town. The one thing is has lacked is a prestige hotel. The White Swan has been, in my opinion, consistently average and over priced for many years and The Oaks has been the only hotel in town worth using in recent years since the Hotspur Hotel closed. The Hogshead is a large well built new hotel on the outskirts of the town. On entering the hotel you walk into a large bar and dining area which is warm and welcoming. Considering it was December and driving rain outside it was a welcome oasis. The rooms are spacious, warm and the beds are comfortable. The room prices are reasonable. The hotel is spotless & well appointed:the staff very helpful. The menu in the restaurant is varied and caters for vegetarians and special dietary needs without advance notice: one of our party required a gluten free diet. The breakfast is better than most hotels I have used. We arrived with a party of 12 without booking for coffee and tea after a funeral and despite it being lunchtime and the restaurant being full of parties having Christmas lunch the staff moved tables around and politely accommodated us.
The only observation I would make is that the signage to the hotel is non-existent which could make it difficult to find for a visitor to the area?
It is not close to the town centre but there is a Sainsbury's and a lovely swimming pool nearby.
However it deserves the 5 stars I have given it and we would definitely use it again.
- Also Known As:
- The Hog's Head Inn Alnwick, Northumberland