Where to stay: NE England

Battlesteads Country Inn & Restaurant
Near Hexham, Northumberland
Mid range
Renovated 18th century farmstead hotel with a recently introduced green policy


Originally built as a farmstead in 1747, this Inn and Restaurant features a cosy bar with open fire in the winter and a sunny conservatory within a secret walled beer-garden. It is in the small Village of Wark on Tyne, 12 miles north of Hexham in Northumberland.

Taken over in 2005 by Richard and Dee Slade, Battlesteads is a family run hotel with 17 en-suite rooms with colour television, DVD, , broadband access. Freeview, ironing board and hairdryer. Four ground floor rooms have facilities for the disabled and are within easy, level, access of the bar, restaurant and parking.

Following a major renovation during 2007 there is a new 80-seat restaurant primarily serving modern British food. Snacks and sandwiches are also available. Battlesteads was a Temperance Hotel in the early 20th century, so it also provides tasty organic Lemonade, Dandelion & Burdock and Ginger Beer from Fentimans of Newcastle.

Green features

During the refurbishment in 2007 the owners introduced a ‘Green’ policy to minimise the hotel’s environmental impact and they are also installing new insulation and a new biomass boiler with fuel supplied directly from the local forest less than 5 miles away. The boiler house has solar panels.

There are showers in all rooms, low-water washing machines and water butts to collect rainwater for gardening.

The restaurant serves home grown and organic food along with Fairtrade teas, coffees, sugars and other products and 70% of food is sourced locally. Recycled paper, natural products, phosphate free soaps and detergents and chlorine free cleaners are used in housekeeping.

Waste glass, paper, plastics and cooking oils are recycled, a bottle bank and recycling bins are on site and vegetable food waste and garden waste are composted.


Battlesteads Hotel
Wark on Tyne
Northumberland NE48 3LS
Tel: +44 (0)1434 230209
Fax: +44 (0)1434 230039