We were well received and shown to our room....Great room, (named the Lower Deck...the best views over the harbour and out to Farne island and the lighthouses)...Very well appointed and furnished. The dining room was quaintly nice - and I'd never had a choice of 3 knives at breakfast before!...a contrast to the dining rooms of many hotels these days and the meals were served at the table. The previous night, after a decent dinner, (although we felt slightly rushed) we retired to the residents drawing room, separate from the pub bar, and spent the rest of the evening enjoyably drinking and chatting until bedtime!...The 4 poster was exceedingly comfortable, to top it all!!
Unfortunately, there is an however... I think some of the bar staff could do with a bit of re-training in the art of friendly, smiley service..eg I asked the barwoman which was the most popular pint of beer (there is quite a choice!) and she said they are all as popular! (yeah right)...But when checking out in the morning I asked the lady on duty the same question she said without hesitation "Farne Island Black Sheep" almost in unison with her husband who was standing close by!
And when my son went to the bar for drinks (after dinner) the barman walked over and just stared at him until my son said "well, are you gonna serve me or what?"!
We'd go back to the Ship...but we wouldn't go back to the place which we stayed in the previous night, across the road at the Barnburgh Castle Inn!
PS, no internet in this room.
- Also Known As:
- Olde Ship Hotel
- The Olde Ship Inn Seahouses, Northumberland