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“Fantastic winter warmer” 5 of 5 stars
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Queens Head Hotel
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25 Market Street, Alnwick NE66 1SS, England   |  
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Ranked #37 of 70 Alnwick B&B and Inns
west yorkshire
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Fantastic winter warmer”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I had visited Alnwick today and were looking for somewhere to have lunch. We noticed the sign offering Winter Warmer menu , which included ham and leek broth with roll and butter and " the best steak pie in the world" for £ 8.99. My husband, being a fan of pies suggested we tried it. My goodness, what a meal. The ham broth was a meal in itself. Huge chunks of ham in a lovely thick broth. The best broth we have ever had and we would have quite happily paid £8.00 for that itself. We were worried we wouldn't be able to do justice to the main course when it arrived. Well, the steak pie really is the best. The chunks of steak were like mini joints of beef, and so much of it. The chips were gorgeous, home cut and crispy. The fresh carrots, peas and swede mash were so fresh and tasty. To top it all off to perfection was the delicious gravy. All in all superb. It was a shame to leave some of the chips, but we were stuffed to the gills. One of the best and best priced meals we have ever had. Also the young girls waiting on were so professional and attentive, a credit to the hotel. Can't wait to come back again to sample the garlic prawns the next table were enjoying. Thank you for a brilliant meal we will always remember.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Amesbury
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

Called in for lunch before visiting Alnwich castle, this has to be the best place in Alnwich to eat, excellent food and service. Not over priced like many places and if the this area again would eat here again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

We were late arriving in Alnwick and were walking around the town looking for somewhere to eat dinner. We eventually decided to try the Queen's Head, not a positive choice but because there was limited options. We did not expect anything more than standard pub grub. In the event the food exceeded all expectations and was a delight. The pies were advertised as having "real pastry". I asked the waitress what this meant and she explained that they were not frozen or manufactured off the premises. They came with real chips and real veg. A delight. The beer was also excellent. Four pints and a great meal came to just less than £30 - a great night out and great value for money.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Scotland
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Our room was clean and well equipped.. Very quiet considering the town centre location and no noise from the nearby bar. The staff were very friendly and helpful - great welcome. The cooked breakfast was delicious. The only minus was that the entrance to the rooms was through the bar and we were told that the door would be locked after 11pm. Not a problem for us but it could have been difficult if we had been going to a party or visiting friends. I'm sure that some suitable arrangements could have been made, as staff were keen to ensure that guests were satisfied.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

It's getting two stars because the lady who helped was lovely but otherwise there is little to recommend.
- this is a pub with rooms. Not a hotel (despite the hopeful naming)
- the decor is tired and old. Both inside and out.
- access is through the pub (check in at the bar then follow the sign to the toilet and take the stairs)
- there is no locked door between the pub and the rooms. Making it feel a little unsafe. Although the owner's flat access if off the same corridor and they leave their door open - so they can't be too concerned about security.
- you don't get a front door key. If you want to get in outside pub hours either call a mobile number or knock on the window.
- my friends couldn't sleep in as they were woken early by the kitchen starting up.
- for breakfast they plonk you onto some of the pub tables at the back. Food itself wasn't bad.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sussex
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

Room was great, much better than our "4 star" stay in Newcastle. Great location, right on the main street, friendly staff and fantastic Full English breakfast (with choice of toast, fruit, yoghurt too).

Particularly nice touches were the warm reception in the mornings, the offer to lend DVDs to watch from the Landlord's personal collection and the chance to sample the very tasty Alnwick Rum (I bought a bottle!)..

Bit of shame that a good pub can't do better on the beer than 'Doom Bar' and 'Greene King IPA' though - must be some tasty Northumbrian ales to stock!

Overall a very good stay though :-)

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cottingham, United Kingdom
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

This place is ideal to explore the castle and gardens.
Park your car at the rear of the hotel and forget it for a couple of days.

Rooms clean and big, staff lovely.
In the town centre ( if Alnwick has a town centre !) there is plenty to do , Market ,museums Alfreco cafes and one off shops.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 25 Market Street, Alnwick NE66 1SS, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Northumberland > Alnwick
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
Ranked #37 of 70 B&Bs / Inns in Alnwick
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
3 En-suite Rooms 3 Luxurious En-suite Bedrooms with Bath and shower recently refurbished to a high standard. 1-Kingsize Double 1-Double 1-Twin All rooms have: En-suite with shower and Bath TV / DVD Hospitality Tray, inc. tea and coffee Hair Dryer Fan Private Car Park Radio Alarm Iron & board available on request Cot available on request All Rooms are Non Smoking Check in 2.30pm Check Out 10.30am on day of departure. ... more   less 
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Queens Head Hotel Alnwick, Northumberland

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