Myself and 3 other mates stayed here on the second day of our Coast to Coast cycle ride, it was a welcome sight after the second day in the saddle and after going through freezing tempretures for 7 hours!
It is a traditional village pub, really cosy, clean, log fires to thaw you out, a good choice of real ales and beer, plenty of other drinks to suit everybody and the warmest of welcome's.
We were provided with a lock up to put our bikes in to keep them safe, then shown up to our rooms which were warm, spacious, clean and had tons of character, i think this building is 17th or 18th century and i was told it was an old hunting lodge (biggest hunting lodge i've ever seen)
After a much needed shower we went back down to the bar and ordered our food which was stunning, I think we all had different starters which were all perfectly cooked then the mains which were massive! I went for the steak which was the best steak ive ever had and I've had a lot of steak!
From start to finish I was in contact with the owner Anne she took the original booking and gave us the warmest of welcome's on arrival, she couldnt do enough for us and went that extra mile to make sure we were all happy, this was proved futher when after midnight a friend i was travelling with took bad and we had to get an ambulance out, Anne and the head chef who's name I cant remember sat up with us in the bar and waited for the ambulance till 2.30am while making cups of tea etc, to me its little touches like this that seperate real family owned places from corporate owned places.
The next morning we had breakfast before leaving which was again perfectly cooked and plentiful with plenty of options to suit everyone, we then got our bikes out of the lock up and i was amazed to see the head chef up again making breakfast after being up so late with us the previous night!
The Inn sits inside/beside some of the most stunning countryside in the country and i cant recommend it highly enough if im ever looking for somewhere to stay in the area this will be top of the list, I'm even contemplating the 60 mile drive there just for another steak!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This 18th century village inn, with letting rooms, is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty and right on the C2C cycle route. Fine ales and big helpings of tasty food washed down with some of the best real ales on offer. Camra and good pub guide. Accommodating cyclist, walkers, loaders and in the winter skiers who visit the local ski club. Offering b&b accommodation all year round. Dogs very welcome. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Allenheads Hotel Allenheads
- The Allenheads Inn England