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THE HIGHLIGHTS
A traditional country inn close to Kielder Water and Forest with beams, horse brasses and a choice of fire-warmed bars serving up high quality home cooking, and with pin-neat bedrooms grouped around a courtyard.

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Helen Pickles
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Growing up in Yorkshire and with family holidays in the Lake District, Helen, who writes for several UK national newspapers, developed a love of walking and the big outdoors. When it comes to cities, and food, Italy has the edge – and her heart.

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THE LOCATION

The inn is away from the urban hustle and bustle, half a mile from the hamlet of Falstone. Kielder Water (Europe's largest man-made lake) is the main attraction, where you can walk, mountain bike or do watersports. At night, stargaze at Kielder Observatory.

The nearest town is Bellingham, eight miles away, and it's a half-hour drive from the A69 between Newcastle and Carlisle.

By car: under 3 hours from York, 3 hours 30 minutes from Manchester and 6 hours 30 minutes from London. Free on-site parking available.

By train: London to Hexham takes around 4 hours; Manchester takes 3 hours 30 minutes - after which, it's a 40-minute drive to the hotel. Book trains to Hexham.

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CHARACTER & STYLE

This is a traditional country inn with low-beamed rooms, exposed stone walls and real fires. Decorative features include copper jugs and horse brasses. As well as the main bar and dining room, there are a couple of cosy snug areas.

THE FACILITIES

As it's a pub there aren't too many facilities, but there are three separate cosy bar areas. The pub can arrange bike hire, maps and walking routes can be borrowed and there's a drying room for wet clothes and boots after a day's exploring.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • Family-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Dogs are allowed in bedrooms, for a modest charge, but not in the main bar and dining areas.

Rooms

There are eight bedrooms; some are in converted outbuildings adjoining the pub and have a small courtyard. Rooms are spick and span, in a simple cottage style with plain walls, cream-painted furniture and colourful cushions and curtains. Ensuite bathrooms contain showers only.

Room types: Double, Twin, Family, Garden Cottage

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with Gilchrist and Soames toiletries, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

Expect home-cooked food, made with flair with ingredients sourced from the county, together with herbs, vegetables and fruit from the inn's kitchen garden. Pub classics such as steaks and pies are on the menu, alongside more unusual dishes like Moroccan baked cod with roast vegetable couscous and slow-roast Northumbrian lamb with rosemary. Save room for dessert - the brioche and marmalade bread-and-butter pudding is deservedly famous.

The Pheasant Inn: traditional country pub, British cuisine, locally-sourced ingredients. All-day menu, open daily lunch and dinner.

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