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The Lord Crewe Arms

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

High in the Durham Dales, Blanchland is an exquisite little estate village of honey-coloured limestone houses. What is now The Lord Crewe was built as the Abbot’s lodge, guest house, dining room and kitchens for the monks of the Norman Blanchland Abbey. Although the abbey was dissolved in 1539 it took until the 1720s before the buildings became an inn, after which it swiftly became popular with miners exploiting the rich deposits of lead up on the moors. It belongs to the group that owns Calcot Manor, Barnsley House and The Village Pub in Gloucestershire, so you can expect the team here to know exactly how to create an enjoyable experience in an historic setting. The bar is in the vaulted crypt, a hugely atmospheric space formed by thick stone walls, lit by ‘candle-style’ chandeliers, and offering Northumbrian ales, including the inn’s own appropriately named Lord Crewe Brew. At lunch the bar and two restaurants might offer smoked haddock rarebit on toast with a fried egg as a starter, and braised lamb on the bone with root vegetables as a main. In the evening you might contemplate a selection including black pudding with crushed apple potatoes and mustard gravy as your starter, followed by Yorkshire mallard with Weardale game dumpling and whipped celeriac; or grilled whole Dover sole with caper butter and charlotte potatoes. Finish with Bakewell pudding with vanilla ice cream, or sea buckthorn posset. You can eat in the beautiful gardens, surrounded by the ancient walls and imagine the monks strolling around all those centuries ago.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 11-11
  • Lunch opening: Mon-Fri 12-2.30, Sat 12-3, Sun 12-3.30
  • Dinner opening: all wk 6-9

Food and drink

  • Real ales: Wylam Gold Tankard, Lord Crewe Brewe (pub's own), Cumberland Corby Ale

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From Hexham take B6306 to Blanchland. Approx 10m

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