Just returned from 4 nights at the Village Inn and would happily return though there are minor niggles.
We stayed in room 5, the luxury suite, which is a bit of a misnomer, it is just a room that is larger than the other doubles, but is at the rear of the pub and has great views over the surrounding countryside.
The bed was large and comfortable, and a chaise longue provided us with somewhere to sit.
The room was clean but there was no bedside clock, the en suite was a bit on the small side and the loo seat was the cheapest I've ever seen.
A quid spent on a teapot would have been nice, as would a visitor/welcome pack.
The pub has a very lively atmosphere and the staff are very friendly and helpful, they really give the impression that they care about their customers.
It is loud and sound does travel through the floors, earplugs are provided, but it is easier to join in and go to bed when it quietens down. If you want to go to bed with a mug of Horlicks at 9pm, this is probably not the place for you.
Food is cooked fresh to order, portions are generous and made from good quality ingredients.
The cooked breakfast follows the same pattern, but we would have much preferred a teapot rather than the DIY jug of hot water and a teabag or sachet of coffee.
Our main grumble is around payment.
We were asked to pay our bill for accommodation on arrival, and then found out we couldn't put drinks and food onto our bill.
If we ate in we could put the food and drinks on a tab which had to be paid by 10pm, but other than that everything had to be paid for at the time of purchase which meant we had to go in search of a cash machine in Alnwick.
I can't remember the last time we stayed somewhere that didn't allow a tab to be set up, even if it was just a pad which on which drinks, food etc, were written, a signature taken and then added up at the end of our stay.
It is a great pub, the cost of food and accommodation is good value for money, but little niggles prevent us from rating it as excellent.
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