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The Lord Crewe Arms

Memorable village inn with reliable menu

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Microbrewed ales
Open all year
Wheelchair access

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, The Village Pub and The Painswick 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. 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: Monday to Friday 12–2.30, Saturday 12–3, Sunday 12–3.30
  • Dinner: all week 6–9

Food and drink

  • Microbrewery ales

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Ramp access available
  • Accessible toilets


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From Hexham take B6306 to Blanchland. Approximately 10 miles.

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