Recently My husband and myself spent a night away from home, the reason…a visit to Kielder Observatory. So naturally, we had to find a place to stay. The night was going to be long and we knew wouldn’t finish star gazing until the early hours. We needed somewhere comfortable to sleep, somewhere close to the observatory, and somewhere we could get an early evening meal. We found such a place at Stannersburn,near Kielder Water, which was ideal. A small family run Country Inn offering Bed and Breakfast and accommodation.
The room we stayed in was located in a small courtyard, within the grounds, a 30 second walk from the front door of the Inn. The room was en-suite, very comfortable and clean. The Inn was full of character and charm, with open fires and oak beams. The staff were also very warm and welcoming.
The food served is very traditional and flavoursome. I had Sea Bass, which was cooked very simply but perfectly. My husband decided on steak and kidney pie cooked with shortcrust pastry, which he described as melt in the mouth. Both mains were served with vegetables. For dessert we had a very light and yummy sticky toffee pudding with ice cream to follow. Both courses were very enjoyable. It might be worth mentioning that other residents were raving about the Slow Roast Shoulder of Northumbrian Lamb with Rosemary and Redcurrant.
Breakfast also lived up to expectations, again a very traditional English but well cooked and tasty.
Overall we had a wonderful stay in one of the most beautiful parts of our country. Kielder Water and Kielder Observatory are both well worth a visit to those of you who have never ventured into that part of Northumberland.