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“sunday lunch at the Dunstanburgh castle Hotel”

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Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Embleton
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Warkworth, United Kingdom
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“sunday lunch at the Dunstanburgh castle Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012

Six of us altogether had a family get together and Sunday lunch at this hotel.On arrival the staff were very welcoming and friendly The hotel immaculately clean if maybe a little dated - think 1970's but in a good way. After we were shown to our table the service was superb, efficient friendly and promt. First courses arrived quickly after ordering and getting our drinks. A few of us had had soup which was excellent and freshly made, it was a very generous portion ( be warned if you don't have a big appetite)with extra rounds of bread offered as we munched our first basket, once we finished plates and table were cleaned away then the Main courses arrived piping hot and again generous portions of Beef, Lamb and Free range chicken, accompanied by three large bowls of assorted Veg which we could not eat all before us. The meal again was excellent, the veg meat and yorkshires all excellent ( My wife had a slightly overdone yorkshire pudding which she pointed out to the head waiter - it was whisked away and replaced, and no feeling that anything we could say or ask was to much bother). Once the main course was pushed down we ordered the puddings Oh the puddings - sticky toffee puddings some with cream some with custard one with custard, ice cream and cream !!, massive portion of the five we all agreed it to be the best sticky toffee pudding you have ever eaten - and yes I've eaten them all - Cartmel's included this was better - it was light but full of flavour, steaming hot, fresh and satisfying and the perfect end to a wonderful meal. ( My wife had a lemon posset - which she also said was excellent). I have to say Living 15 miles from this Hotel I had always passed it bye - I have eaten at so many local bars, pubs and restaurants and this one is right up their with the best. I will certainly be back as will most of my relatives who live quite some distance away. Oh as a foot note. This is one of the few places I have eaten at in The Embelton, Newton, Craster - Alnmouth and Lesbury area where the prices have not been hiked up to London prices> the meals remain fairly priced for huge portions and quality where the veg is not charged as a £ 3.50 extra. I really would recommend this one Only Fault i could give if its a fault is the dining room and bar area are a little dated in style but I suppose very traditional of the time period it was designed, It was very clean, toilets immaculate and decor all well painted and maintained. So six of us give it a thumbs up excellent.

Room Tip: I did not stay here but the cottages look very nice.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

Third time in 3 years we have been here with friends in one of the police cottages, which says a lot itself. Cottages are extremely comfortable and well stocked. Dinners are excellent - we were only tempted once to go partially a la carte (oysters which my wife finds irresistible). It was good to see how busy the hotel was in mid-September. I suspect we'll be back again; there are still things to do and see in the neighbourhood.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2012 via mobile

Friendly staff on arrival. The room was ok, little small, but the bathroom was brand new. Breakfast was good including cooked breakfast and the evening meals were well presented. The real benefit is the location with the beach approx 1/2 mile away and gives you access to the coast either north or south. As the hotel accepts dogs, my dog has loved her stay and we'll definitely be back.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2012

No sparse cell this one! We had chosen to stay in Police House 2 which is opposite the hotel and what a good decision that turned out to be.
The accomodation comprised two double bedrooms each with ensuite and downstairs an open-plan lounge, dining area and kitchen, a utility/drying area and an additional lav! Plus two parking spaces.
The accomodation was absolutely spot on. It radiated quality!
The underfloor heating kept out the September chill and was augmented by a nice modern radiant fire.
It was very clean and with every piece of equipment a self caterer would need plus the full hotel service and range of toiliteries etc.
Not that we self catered. We took the Dinner B and B package for night one with night two left open (see later)!
The hotel itself may be described as "traditional" with an old fashioned feel but the service is very modern and attentive. Our welcome on arrival was lovely as was our interaction with ALL staff during our short stay. Wifi is available in the lounge for those like me who like to keep in touch with the world outside
Breakfast was excellent (both quality and quantity) with porridge to die for.
The pre dinner bar sported two excellent real ales and the usual range of aperitifs.
The inclusive dinner menu came with limited choice but the quality was great and the quantity more than sufficient. A guest can of course upgrade to the a la carte as an option.
However herein lies my only gripe. We were advised that we would be eating in the bar area rather than in the rather nice dining room. This meant a bar table without cloth and with paper serviettes rather than the linen of the formal dining room. Moreover every wine glass on our table was different!!
I registered my disappointment at the time, several times, to learn that "the hotel was full" , "they had run out of glasses" and had bumped clients to the lesser accomodation on an arbitary basis.
I still feel this to be rather poor but it did not diminish the enjoyment of the meal. Maybe I might have expected a complimentary digestif by way of "sorry" but sadly no offer was forthcoming.
Being consigned to the bar area was the reason why we didnt pursue our original predisposition to go "a la carte" and why we also chose not to eat at the hotel the following night.
Breakfast was also taken in the bar/lounge area. Happlily the tables then sported cloths!
So in conclusion....would I come back.....absolutely YES.
To management I would say "be aware that some decisions can reduce revenue". Our bill for two nights was £620....it WOULD have been more!!
To the potential visitor my message is simply. "it's a good'un....try it"

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2012

Just back from a very nice two night stay at the hotel. We visited for a local wedding and were quite taken with the hotel and the quaint little village it resides in. Originally we booked Dunstanburgh because of its location to Newton Hall and the fact it was dog friendly. After booking we discovered two of the owners are vegetarian which was another positive for us as the vegi restaurant menu was really good. The staff are amazing, welcoming, friendly and always happy to have a chat. The bar is quite old school but charming and the wine menu is very nice and reasonably pricied. Be warned Embleton and the surrounding villages are yet to be furnished with ATM's. Apart from that we don't have a negative thing to say about our trip. Thanks folks, we'll be back up to see you all again soon :-)

Room Tip: We stayed in one of the rooms in the main hotel, while spotlessly clean it was slightly on the small...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2012

The staff were wonderful, friendly, unhurried and flexible. Lovely old building. The food was to die for.. Seahouses smoked haddock was amazing! Breakfast delicious. Good value for money. Can't wait to stay there again. Easy walk to the beach, which is so dramatic!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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W Yorks, UK
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2012

We spent one night at this hotel during a short walking break. The room was pretty much as described and had everything necessary for a comfortable stay. The service overall was good but occasionally a bit slow despite there appearing to be quite a lot of staff around. The quality of the food was very good and it was nice to see a cooked vegetarian option for breakfast. (The tinned fruit was a bit of a let down however) The hotel staff were friendly without exception but overall we got the sense that running this hotel was not an easy task for some reason. I would argue that this hotel is very slightly over-priced but I guess the market will be the judge of that ultimately.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel
Address: Embleton, Alnwick NE66 3UN, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Northumberland > Alnwick > Embleton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Embleton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You can find us in Embleton, a lovely quiet coastal village 5 minutes from the fabulous Northumberland Coastline. Great walks from the hotel will take you to fabulous sandy bays, castles and cosy pubs. ... more   less 
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