We are hugely pleased to announce that Layside Bed and Breakfast has once again been shortlisted for the North East England Tourism Awards 2020, in the category of B&B / Guest House of the Year! We would like to thank all of our customers who have supported us along the way – and for the feedback and reviews which have helped us to develop and improve. The final awards will be announced in March 2020, but until then we are excited to have made the top 5!
Autumn is upon us but there is enough fair weather to enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you are walking the Wall and enjoying the National Park, visiting some fantastic local historical sites, or just taking it easy – there is always something interesting to see.
The bird feeders outside each room have certainly been a success and enjoyed by many of our guests. We have been enjoying regular visits from bullfinches and gold crests to name but a few – and of course the badgers have been out in the evenings to clear up the mess!
Summer skies have returned to Northumberland and we are taking full advantage of the beautiful outside spaces at Layside. Warm walking conditions on the Wall – but our fridges are fully stocked with a range of Allendale Brewery ales, Fentimans G&T’s, wine, Prosecco as well as soft drinks, to refresh any weary walkers!
We are celebrating Bart’s birthday today – one year old – and it is hard to believe where the year has gone! Having had a very busy few days meeting and greeting our guests, he has enjoyed a good walk at Walltown Quarry and Thirlwell Castle.
It has been a cold weekend with snow underfoot, making for fresh walking and stunning landscapes. Our guests have been taking full advantage of the winter conditions, bringing beautiful sunsets and stunning Dark Skies. The local Northumberland lamb shank shepherds pies have been going down a treat too!!
2018 has been a hugely exciting year for Layside as we opened our doors to visitors in March following two years of development. Despite being hit by the “Beast from the East”, and then losing our wonderful black lab Archie, we have enjoyed so many highs including the arrival of Bart, and more recently the Bronze Award for Best B&B as voted by North East England Tourism.
Many guests have been welcomed to Layside with over 400 Breakfast Hampers delivered, providing us with hugely positive feedback. The unique and tranquil setting of Layside has been enjoyed by many visitors from all walks of life – from those hiking the trail to those just taking a well-earned break – and we have met many fantastic people from all over the world.
We would like to wish all of our guests – past, present and future – a very Happy New Year!
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From October 1st, we have been offering our guests some wonderful local game, as supplied to us by Ridley’s Fish and Game merchants. Based at Acomb near Hexham, Northumberland, and recommended by Rick Stein, this family-run concern was established in 1991 and has become known for outstanding quality and service.
The pheasant season runs from 1st October to 1st February, and we like to use this lovely local produce on our evening meal menu. Locally sourced from the Chipchase Estate, Northumberland wild pheasant has a mild taste. The meat is white, like chicken, but has a more complex and subtle flavour, and is very lean. Kevin slow-cooks the pheasant and locally sourced partridge on the bone to maximise flavour and then strips the meat, serving it in a rich game gravy with chorizo – perfect to enjoy in the comfort of your room after a day spent exploring Northumberland!
Bart enjoyed his first walk on Hadrian’s Wall – following in Archie’s footsteps on one of his (and our) favourite circular trails. Now at 5 months old, he had his first experience of this rugged and beautiful landscape, with many more to come. He did well and managed a good 2 hour walk, stopping half way for a snack (and a good bite of my pastrami and cheese sandwich) to keep up the energy levels!
Now, with the Layside breakfasts delivered to our guests, we may take a return journey but head east this time. Sycamore Gap is looking stunning this morning – following the brutal winds delivered by storm Ali, it is always a relief to see that the tree is still standing!
We can’t believe that it is September already, and as the evenings are growing darker earlier, we welcome the opportunity to enjoy the dark skies here at Layside. Northumberland is considered the best place in England to view the night sky with clear air and minimal light pollution, and on a clear night the planets and even many of the fainter stars of the Milky Way can be seen.
“Northumberland International Dark Sky Park was unveiled in December 2013. At 572 square miles (1,483 square kilometres) it is also Europe’s largest area of protected night sky. Due to its pristine skies it was awarded gold tier designation by the International Dark Sky Association, making it officially the best place in England for people to go to enjoy the heavens” (Visit Northumberland).
to replace the seasonally brewed “Curlews Return”, we have introduced the Allendale Brewery’s “Dark Skies” strong ale. At 7% ABV this robust ale is based on an old Victorian recipe and brewed with all UK ingredients. It is well hopped and balanced with the variety of malts, hiding the strength within – even on a cloudy night, with a couple of these you may be seeing stars!