My boyfirend and I have just returned from a weekend, Fri - Sun, 2 nights, at The Bay Horse purchased via KGB. We'd read the previous reviews to weren't expecting GREAT things, but we just wanted a break and the KGB deal seemed like great value.
When we arrived, Rachel welcomed us and gave us our key to 'Chalet' 10. We were able to pull up right outside the door and went in to find a very spacious room with a lovely 4 poster bed, dressing table, wardrobe and couple of leather chairs - FAR better than we thought it was going to be. The bathroom was clean with a bath and overhead shower and plenty of hot water. Okay, the decor was a bit dated maybe and the mattress perhaps a bit lumpy, but overall we were very pleased.
Our deal included 2 main meals so that night we ate in the pub. We ordered starters and for mains had fish and chips and steak pie. OMG - they were gorgeous. So much so, we went back and had the mains again for lunch the next day! Really good food, good portion sizes and great value.
We stayed in the pub that first night and got talking to the very entertaining locals; a very lively, down to earth bunch that were great craic. We also got talking to the chef, John, who is as lovely as his food! He was stil serving up bar snacks towards the end of the night and we somehow got talking about the scotch eggs he was serving. They were hardboiled and my boyfriend said he would prefer softboiled, so John promised to make some specially for us the next evening.
True to his word, we had soft-boiled poached eggs as a pre-starter on the second night! (Needless to say, we were'n't going to eat anywhere else for the rest of our stay so enjoyed meals in the pub again!).
Overall, we were happy with our room; it wasn't the most modern or plush, but we weren't expecting it to be, and it did exceed our expectations. The food FAR surpssed our expectations and if I was ever ANYWHERE near this area again I'd be calling in to eat! And on a par with the fabulous food are the locals and staff; they are the friendliest, most welcoming and entertaining bunch you could ever hope to meet. We will definitely be back.
One last thing - we had a lovely day out in Durham on the Saturday, only 3 miles away and lovely to visit; we did a boat ride, walked up to the castle and cathedral and went round the shops etc. On the way home to Leeds we went via the Angel of the North and Whitby. We went to the famous Magpie for fish and chips and both my boyfriend and I agreed that whilst they were lovely, they weren't a patch on Chef Johns.
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