When Rachel McAlley arrived at Twice Brewed Inn she wasn’t prepared for the Inn’s proximity to Hadrian’s Wall, she knew it was close but had no idea that she would be opposite this renowned historical Roman wall.

The Inn was bustling with diners and drinkers when we arrived mid-Saturday afternoon, there was a buzz in the air and we couldn’t wait to check-in and then return to the bar for an in-house brewed beer.

We checked in to one of the family rooms at Twice Brewed Inn, which was spacious, exceptionally clean, and played host to a super comfy king sized bed and a bunk bed, which our six year old relished in.  There were all the necessary amenities you would expect when staying at an Inn, such as tea, coffee and hot chocolate, a selection of homemade butter shortbread biscuits, hairdryer, towels and bathroom essentials.

The bedroom window was the frame to the outstanding view, which included the vast Northumberland countryside and beautiful sprawling hills.  The Inn is situated a stones throw from Hadrian’s Wall, and many, if not all of the Inn’s visitors and guests are walkers, as Hadrian’s Wall is well-known for walking and hiking.

We left the bedroom, and descended the staircase in to the bar for a couple of late afternoon drinks.  Twice Brewed Inn has its own microbrewery attached to the main inn building and produces five (soon to be six) of its very own ales.  My partner opted for a Best Bitter and a Pale Ale, while a number of walkers were flocking into the bar after a long days walk, they too were sampling the beers.

We sat in front of one of the two roaring stoves and enjoyed a relaxing family afternoon at the Inn.  Our daughter was smitten with the newly decorated Christmas tree, the pretty garden outside, and the chatty and friendly staff behind the bar.

Back in our room, we watched a little TV, showered and changed for dinner, and then made our way into the restaurant for a tasty 3-course meal.  The food was hearty, and well presented.  Between us we opted for the cured salmon starter and cheese soufflé starters, followed by the children’s pizza and salad, spinach and Brie parcel, and the Rib-eye steak.  The steak was the standout dish, it was succulent, cooked to perfection and was served with amazing chips.  Desserts included kid’s ice cream, vanilla cheesecake, and cheese and biscuits.

It was time to head for bed, where we indulged in coffee, hot chocolate and homemade biscuits from the room tray, and our heads hit the soft pillows into the land of nod.

As always, morning arrived way too soon and breakfast beckoned.  We had pre-ordered our breakfast the night before so we eagerly made our way to the restaurant, where we were met by the same friendly staff from the previous evening.  Continental breakfast was served buffet style and consisted of fruit, cereals, toast and juice.  Our cooked breakfast arrived with Cumberland sausages, local eggs and locally made black pudding.  Another hearty meal from Twice Brewed Inn.

Upon checkout we had a lengthy conversation with Duty Manager Matthew Brown who gave a great insight to the Inn, the microbrewery, and the closeness to Hadrian’s Wall.

We left Twice Brewed Inn and wandered next door to the National Trust as it was holding a Christmas craft fair, had a local Choir singing carols, and was full of festive cheer.

A lovely way to end a family weekend spent at Twice Brewed Inn, Hexham, Northumberland.

 

Rooms at Twice Brewed Inn are charged at a rate of between £67.50 per night and £100 per night depending on the amount of guests per room.  The rate includes bed and a hearty breakfast.  Dinner and drinks are charged separately. For more information about Twice Brewed Inn log on to http://www.twicebrewedinn.co.uk