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“Great Gammon”
Review of The Battlesteads

The Battlesteads
Ranked #1 of 2 Restaurants in Wark
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

On a cold Saturday in February we found ourselves looking for lunch in picturesque Wark. According to Trip Advisor there appeared to be two choices and The Battlesteads had real keen appeal.

The bar was deserted when we entered but we followed the sound of clinking crockery through the empty restaurant and into a delightful bright conservatory where almost all of the tables were full.

Service was swift and attentive, menus were proffered, apologies were offered for the lamb wrap not being available. The menu offered a varied choice, with emphasis on locally sourced produce and artisan providers. They have awards for sustainability and emphasis is on quality and food miles.

We both selected gammon with hand cut chips. It arrived promptly and was excellent, thickly cut and succulent it had a beautiful flavour, it was topped with a fried hens egg, chips were excellent and the accompanying salad was well dressed and nicely presented.

The restaurant and adjoining hotel are very nicely decorated, staff are efficient and unobtrusive, a quick check that everything was ok than we were left to enjoy our meal in peace.

We were tempted by the exceptional cheeseboard but decided another time! As we intend to return to visit the dark sky observatory which is a feature of the hotel.

1  Thank ELIZABETHB787
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Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

The Burns night experience is Michelin class from start to finish. My only issue is that I. Ant visit every Burns night. The food is stunning, the staff attentive and welcoming and the prices super super value for the quality. Can’t recommend this place highly enough

Thank AnnaLondon2018
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Reviewed 12 February 2018

Having dismissed an hotel up the road in Bellingham we booked a table for 2 for our anniversary meal. We had no real idea what to expect - we only hoped it would be better than the alternative.
And, by all that's delicious, it was not only better, it was superb!
The restaurant was warm, inviting and not very full and we had a little table away from other diners. (This, in itself, was unusual. Restaurants seem to like to cluster people together so that there is a little knot of eaters coralled by the surrounding empty tables. Less walking for the servers I suppose.)
The welcome was good and felt genuine: they were pleased we were there.
The menu was a bit unusual but our choices turned out to be hot, delicious and filling. The wine choice was fine and not outrageously overpriced. (We were driving and they were totally relaxed when asked for the screw-top for our bottle so we could finish it later.)
So, if you're in the area, make a point of going there to eat - you'll enjoy it and they'll enjoy you being there.

1  Thank The-Rupert-Seller
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Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

We stayed locally and visited here for Sunday evening meal. Pleasantly surprised, welcoming friendly staff, interesting menu, excellent food and great service.
We had considered booking to stay here but had expected it to maybe be a bit ‘doggy’ as it promotes itself as ‘dog friendly’. However we asked the Manager Morag and she explained that yes they accommodate dogs but in designated accommodations, so they have ‘non-dog’ rooms as well. Worth knowing because it’s very nice, the staff are great and we would stay here...

Thank Craigside
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

Visited with a friend this afternoon for Sunday lunch as we had a gift voucher to use. After a pretty mediocre lunch we went to pay with the £50 gift voucher, our bill came to £33 but staff told us there was no way they could give us a credit for the remaining amount, when we queried this another member of staff who I assume was in a more senior position confirmed this and suggested we pay by cash and use the voucher another time, as we had no intention of returning this was not possible. This hotel! has won an award for the best hotel in Northumberland, I have no idea how as there are many more worthy hotels than this.....maybe the award should have been for robbing customers blind! enjoy your £17 tip!

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2  Thank Jen-Murray C
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magus84, General Manager at The Battlesteads, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Thank you for your review

We are sorry our staff misunderstood your request for a credit to be that of cash. Which you will understand is not possible in any outlet / establishment when paying for a transaction with a gift voucher. This is why they suggested you pay in cash or card on this occasion and keep the full voucher amount for another visit. If a request for a credit in the form of gift vouchers, had been realised at the time, we would have been quite happy to sort this out for you.
With that said, if you would like to get in touch with us, via email or phone we can still arrange of the balance of the gift voucher to be sent to you.

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