Winter is certainly upon us. The days are short, the nights are dark, and those bright summer days are but a distant memory. What we all need, to keep the January blues firmly at bay, is something to look forward to. Luckily, we’ve found just the thing – a breakaway at the newly-refurbished Beadnell Towers.
Curious about how the redevelopment would impact this Grade II-listed building, we found the extensive but sympathetic refurbishment to have cleverly maintained the original building’s delightful character whilst giving it a thoroughly contemporary overhaul. The to-be-expected nautical palette is easy on the eye whilst the bar, snug and restaurant, resplendent with oil paintings, wing-back chairs and chic lighting are more gentleman’s club than you would expect from your usual seaside bolthole.
There are 18 rooms to choose from here, each individually themed. We opted for Harberance, one of the Heritage Rooms on the ground floor, which was spacious and light. A mix of modern furnishings, exposed stonework and painted wood panels, with all the modern trimmings you’d expect, it even had its own door out onto the hotel grounds, which would have been perfect had we brought our four-legged family member with us, (the hotel is proudly dog-friendly). With its combination of soft blues and yellow ochre, dimmable lighting and general spaciousness, we already couldn’t wait to come back later, wine glass in hand, to curl up on the sofa and relax. But for now, having already admired the feature gun metal-grey, free-standing bathtub, we decided to head out and explore.
We headed to the Reading Room. A snug, cosy bolthole tastefully decorated with thoughtful touches that celebrate the history of the Towers, and we enjoyed an organic fair-trade coffee before heading out to explore the village of Beadnell. Whether you expect to be sun-kissed or windswept, the coastline in these parts is undoubtedly second to none, and after a bracing walk along Beadnell Bay (a hotspot for water sports) we wandered around the charming village, with its 18th century church, before heading back for our evening meal.
But it would have been positively improper to head straight to the restaurant without first enjoying an aperitif, so we stopped by the hotel’s Hotspur Bar to take advantage of the impressive range of local gins available. We were then shown to our table in the restaurant. Blending local produce and food heritage with relaxed, Northumbrian hospitality, we instantly felt at ease as we perused the apparently ever-changing seasonal menu. As you would expect there’s a seafood focus with Lindisfarne oysters, locally caught mussels and the already infamous Towers fish pie appearing alongside locally sourced meat and game. While my partner opted for the fillet steak, which was served with chunky, hand-cut chips, onion rings, and a mini saucepan of jus, I was delighted with my choice of pie of the day, which was pork and apple. Also served with chips, as well as carrots and greens, the tart apple added a burst of flavour to the tender pork, all hidden under a deliciously buttery, puff pastry top. We were also impressed that, had we needed them, an array of gluten-free options were available, the kitchen being equipped with an entirely separate fryer for that very purpose. Satisfied, but not too full for dessert, we brought our meal to a fittingly-delicious close with local ice cream for him and sticky toffee pudding for me.
After a comfortable night in one of the softest beds I’ve ever slept in, we headed along to breakfast – and were greeted by a welcome pot of hot coffee, fresh juice, and a table teeming with pastries, fresh fruit, and thick, sliced bread for toasting. We also then had the option of ordering grilled Craster kippers, eggs Benedict, or the almost-towering Beadnell Full Northumbrian.
Now fuelled for a day discovering everything this spectacular stretch of coastline has to offer, we began by walking north from Beadnell to Seahouses, which took about half an hour at a leisurely pace. Keen walkers, we continued our north-bound adventure as far as the magnificent Bamburgh Castle, about an hour on foot from Seahouses along the beach – where we captured a notable addition to our Instagram libraries – before enjoying the long walk back to Beadnell.
Back at Beadnell Towers once more, our legs were aching and I was only lured from our heavenly-soft bed by the promise of a stiff drink before another hearty meal in the hotel’s restaurant. And so to The Hotspur Bar we set off once more. One of the telltale signs that any hotel has become a welcome addition to a community is when you see locals enjoying a drink alongside guests, and that evening The Hotspur was abuzz with an amiable atmosphere – complemented (much to my delight) by a good number of four-legged compatriots. After a good half an hour getting to know our fellow patrons (and their humans) we tucked into our dinner; heartily-sized burgers, served with plenty of chunky chips and made all the more delicious by knowing the beef was Northumbrian. Another sumptuous breakfast before the drive back home gave us plenty of time to reflect upon a weekend well spent. A welcoming boutique hotel styled with a touch of elegance, a splash of sophistication and oodles of originality, Beadnell Towers really was a worthy home from home – one we can imagine returning to time and again, with our flip flops or wellies in tow.