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“Outstanding service”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Black Bull Inn

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Black Bull Inn
Ranked #2 of 5 Lowick B&B and Inns
1 review
“Outstanding service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2012

I came in one Sunday night for quiet meal with some friends. Despit the food being average, the waitress and bar staff were outstanding, could not have been more friendly or helpfull. I tried to give the waitress a tip for herself, but was told they had a sharing policy, and insisted it went in a pot behind the bar, and the money had to be shared equally between all staff, I feel this policy should be redrafted, to give the waitress on duty the reward for her hard work.

  • Stayed December 2012
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Preston, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2012

Stopped here for two nights in November 2012. The staff are very friendly and professional, and given the price this pub rates as excellent value for money. It's in a good location, within easy reach of Lindisfarne and the beautiful Northumbrian coast. Ate dinner here on both nights and the food is superb.
The only downside is that the bathroom could have done with a makeover, it looked a little tired.
I will definitely make this my destination for any future trips in this area.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

Staff are all very friendly and attentive, nothing seemed to be too much trouble. The food both evening meal and breakfast were excellent. Plenty of towels and tea and coffee in the room, bed was really comfortable and we both slept like logs.
Good base for exploring this part of Northumberland - Ford, Etal and Heatherslaw Mill all just a few minutes drive away and also not very far from Holy Island.
We will definately go back again next year

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

Our room, the family room, was huge. Kingsize bed plus three single beds, plenty of space just for the two of us. Good size bathroom with very good shower. The food at the Black Bull is superb. The evening menu had plenty of choice enough to have a different starter and main course each for the four nights we stayed. The breakfast was marvellous. Ordered the night before again the choice was amazing and beautifully presented. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will certainly have no hesitation in recommending the Black Bull but certainly returning some day.

Room Tip: Room 3 is the Family Room and a fantastic size.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2012 via mobile

Stayed here for 1 night. Very nice owners who ensure your stay is great. The room was very well appointed and comfortable with all u need for a restful sleep. Set in a lovely village too. The breakfast was fantastic and set me up for the day. I'd stay here again definitely.

Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Bromborough, Merseyside
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2012

Annie and I decided to spend a few days in a part of the country that we had not been to before. So after finding most places fully booked, there was just a couple of rooms left if we were quick !
I looked up previous reviews on tripadvisor and they seemed quite favourable with just a few negative comments. Well, where do I begin ? From the moment we arrived, we were greated as if we were royalty and made to feel extremely welcome. Our room, number 4, was upstairs and along a slightly sloping floor which added to the quaint atmosphere of the place. The room itself was very comfortable and the bed was kingsize which, along with the traditional bedroom furniture that one would expect, added to the overall comfort. The meals were top notch. We had the "Black Bull" english breakfast which took some time to eat as it included everything, even white pudding (which I had never heard of before). In the evening we always ate in the restaurant and chose from a varied menu. I think we must have tried most dishes and can say that, without exception, everyone was delicious. The music in the background, a mixture of Caruso to Simon & Garfunkel, was pleasantly unobtrusive and added well to the classy atmosphere. The bar was worthy of its cosy appeal with its real ale (Farne Island) and little nooks and crannies to while away the minutes until summoned that our meal was ready in the restaurant. As for price, this was one of the cheapest B & Bs that I had viewed and to be honest I didn't expect the place to be such good value for money.
So in summing up, would I recommend fellow travellers to stay at the Black Bull in Lowick ? Damn right I would as we would definitely come back again if we should return to this part of the country again.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Newcastle, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012

we had an overnight stay for a wedding nearby and were made very welcome .whilst the room could do with a little makeover it was clean and spacious. toiletries provided,welcome tray,etc.breakfast order was given to the chef the night before so everything was ready for us when we came down in the morning and breakfast comes with a warning -do not expect to have room for sunday lunch- these breakfasts are huge and my husband had the medium one,good breakfast menu , plenty of variety.with regard to the room if you are looking for posh or are picky about detail maybe this is not for you but.this place is excellent value for money with a friendly atmosphere and we will return to try the restaurant which seems quite a busy place during the evening

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Black Bull Inn

Property: Black Bull Inn
Address: 2-4 Main Street, Lowick TD15 2UA, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Northumberland > Lowick
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Lowick
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Black Bull Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Newly refurbished and under new ownership and management. This is a fantastic country Inn located in the village of Lowick. The Inn was established in 1817 and it is believed that parts of the property date back to the 1600's. The property offers 10 beautifully appointed letting rooms, Bar, Restaurant and an all day Coffee House, The village is in a great location for those wishing to visit North Northumberland. It is close to Lindisfarne (Holy Island) and a 15 minute drive from the market towns of Berwick Upon Tweed and Wooler. The many stunning castles of Northumberland are within easy reach as too are the white sands of the many outstanding beaches. ... more   less 
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