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“Perectly adequate accommodation but overpriced!”
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Tankerville Arms
Ranked #1 of 2 Eglingham B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Portpatrick, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
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“Perectly adequate accommodation but overpriced!”
Reviewed January 17, 2014

My wife and me chose this Inn for a two night stay largely as a result of the excellent reports on this site but we honestly cannot give it the top marks for the following reasons.

Firstly, we don't think the accommodation represents value for money. We booked direct with the owner via email and were offered a DBB rate of £160 per night for the room they call a Suite. It is accessed up a steep flight of stairs and is not a Suite in the true sense but a sizeable bedroom with a sofa and chairs, neither of which are especially comfortable. Yes it had a flat screen TV, ipod docking station and stereo etc but lacked some of the more basic requirements eg. storage space and things like coat hooks on the doors for 'outdoor coats'. It has tea/coffee making facilities and a mini fridge but both were on or near the floor and not at all easy to access.
The en-suite is accessed down three steps and is not especially large. The shower is a walk-in type and was fine but the space / gap between the sink and the shower to access the loo was not over wide and will present a problem for the more rotund guest. Also the en-suite was cold for our first night and when my wife reported this to the landlady the following morning she responded with, "well none of our previous guests have complained"! Frankly, this is not the sort of response one expects and it was said with a 'how dare you complain' tone. The problem was caused by the outside vent cover for the extractor fan which had come off thus allowing cold air to blow in. The landlord replaced it so that for our second night it was warmer and we thanked him for that.

One other issue which is worthy of mention is the noise from traffic and from the bar. Being a very old building there is no double glazing which means that when HGV's pass by the windows rattle. Thankfully, this didn't happen throughout the night just early morning so there's little chance of a sleep in. Also, noise from the bar until about 11pm was very noticeable as the Suite is directly above it.

Turning now to the food. The breakfast on the first morning was fine, save for the sausages which were not particularly nice and overcooked. Freshly squeezed orange juice was a pleasant addition too! Breakfast on second morning [no sausages] was not as good; bacon overcooked but ok other than that.
The evening meals were generally OK and the portion size fine. However, due to the main course choice being limited, I opted on the second night for the same meal as on the previous night, i.e. Beef and Guinness pie. A short time after ordering the landlord came over to us and asked whether I would be interested in changing my order to a sirloin steak as he recommended them. Foolishly, [as it turned out] I accepted his offer. I ordered a medium cooked steak stating that 'pink' is fine but no 'dripping blood' please. What was served was a well done steak and I wished I hadn't changed my mind. The landlord did offer to cook me another steak but that would have meant waiting and my wife's meal would have gone cold, so I respectfully declined. Of course I've been left asking myself what the motivation was for the landlord to get me to change my mind; may be it was the last Beef & Guinness pie and he wanted it for himself or another customer or perhaps he just wanted to offload a steak that was nearing it's 'use by' date?

So in conclusion, our stay at the Tankerville Arms was OK but nothing special and in our view the accommodation is overpriced. Had our rate been say £120 per night rather than £160, then I guess there would have been little to complain about.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

Excellent break, we stayed for 2 nights at this excellent country pub with our westie Max, we were made welcome from the moment we arrived , our room was extremely comfortable, with tea/coffee and fresh milk and even chocolates our bathroom was superb with beautiful white fluffy towels
The food in the evening was the best we have had and breakfast was amazing , freshly squeezed orange , fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries followed by a choice of full English or smoked salmon and a sausage for Max, nothing was to much trouble. it was simply amazing and a good way to recharge our batteries before going back to work after the Christmas break, whilst the rest of the county we having storms we managed to walk on the beach at Low Newton which was invigorating and then back to the pub for real ale by a roaring log fire what could be better.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

This is a great traditional country pub with a restaurant and rooms! We were greeted by a very friendly owner and shown to our huge room! We are staying one night and decided to upgrade to the suite! A huge room that was more like an apartment, very tastefully decorated and immaculately clean.
Some friends joined us for dinner in the evening and we had a lovely area in the dining room that was like our own private dining room! the food and service was very good and afterwards we sat in the bar by the open fire and chatted with the locals!
Breakfast was very good, local produce and a good variety, all in all a very pleasant stay. Hopefully we will return on future visits to the area and have already recommended to friends!

Room Tip: The suite is amazing but the other rooms also looked very nice but if you want the space go for the...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

We booked for nine for lunch on the Saturday for Christmas and couldn't have had better food or service. Two of our party were very elderly, 97 and 88 respectively, and were treated with great courtesy. The table was ideal for access to the clearn and spacious disabled loo (very important when going out with older folk) and we loved the cosy beams and welcoming log fire. Food was beautifully cooked, promptly served and plenty of choice. We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 12, 2013 via mobile

What an amazing pub/b&b, the best we've ever been to! Roaring fires, beautiful pub decor (eclectic and vintagey) and lovely remote village location. But the highlights for us were the hosts George & Mary, they were so friendly and welcoming, they preempted everything we may have needed, we felt like royalty! A nice quiet table was ready for us on arrival for our evening meal and the food was delicious! We stayed in the French room which was shabby chic heaven, beautifully decorated and very quiet. We had a wonderful sleep here. Then came breakfast...amazing!!! Fresh fruit, freshly squeezed orange juice, good quality coffee, scrambled eggs and salmon, full English...it was all simply amazing! We had the most lovely romantic christmassy weekend away in one of the most stunning regions of the UK and the Tankerville Arms absolutely made it for us!

  • Stayed December 2013
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

We had a perfect stay in the suite and would have no hesitation in recommending. Breakfast and evening meals were lovely and there was an excellent range of drinks on offer at the bar. The room was tastefully decorated and a great place to retire to after long walks along the coast. George was really helpful providing us with local maps and hand drawn routes for directions. Would also recommend the Bari tea rooms in Alnwick and the Ship pub at lower Newton. Can't wait to go back!!

Room Tip: The suite is perfect for a romantic and relaxing break.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chatton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

I normally avoid having a lamb shank when I go out as I too often see them stacked high in vacuum packed boxes at the cash and carry with a very long shelf life. My eye was taken by the menu stating it was Glendale lamb shank, so had been grazed on the local countryside and, presumably, has not been sitting on a cash & carry shelf. I was not disappointed. It tasted like slow cooked real lamb should and, if I'd not been full, could happily have eaten another one.
It was our first trip to the Tankerville Arms, but will not be the last.
PS The other courses were nice too, as was the well kept ale.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Tankerville Arms
Address: 15 The Village, Eglingham, Alnwick NE66 2TX, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Northumberland > Alnwick > Eglingham
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Eglingham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury village inn close to Alnwick Castle and Gardens. Ideal centre for walking, fishing and cycling holidays. Close to Holy Island, Bamburgh, Hadrian's Wall, Northumbria National Park and the Cheviots. ... more   less 
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