Last weekend, myself and Tom were treated to a stay at The Black Horse Inn in Kirkby Fleetham (Northallerton), courtesy of the wonderful brand ‘Stay In A Pub’. We were so excited to come here, it’s a winner of channel 4’s Four In A Bed – a guilty pleasure of ours, and so we knew that it would be insanely luxurious.
The Black Horse Inn is a very short car ride (or £2 bus ride, directly outside the hotel) from Northallerton train station. It’s the perfect country escape, situated in the heart of the North Yorkshire countryside, with incredible views all around. If you’re looking for a country escape with amazing food and five star rooms, keep on reading!
Upon arrival, we were shown to our gorgeous room; the Redrum (hello Stephen King) suite. I mean as soon as the lovely landlady opened the door, our mouths just dropped! Take a look for yourself; it’s absolute luxury. Cozy, gold, warm and so so fancy. Ooh la la, if I do say so myself. The attention to detail was incredible, it really earns its 5 star rating.
From orange juice in the fridge, the guest book filled with guests heartwarming memories of being here, to the curly-whirly and hot chocolate waiting in your mugs, it really feels like a home away from home. Also – I have ALWAYS wanted to bathe in a stand alone bath. Anyone else?? I hope you’re nodding along with me…
At 5pm, we headed down for our dinner. One thing that we had heard everyone rave about – as is super common with all the establishments for Stay In A Pub, is how bloody good the food is, and the reserved tables filling the place was a true reminder of it! An added benefit of staying in a pub or inn is that the food is essentially guaranteed to be top notch; after all unlike hotels, people come just for the food!
Our table was by a cosy fireside, as we were served drinks by the really lovely staff. I tried a White Zinfandel with lemonade, and Tom tried a guest Yorkshire Ale. The entire inn is filled with all sorts of collection items and wonderful rarities. From bridal reins in the restaurant, to old fashioned cartoons on the stairway, it really feels like items that have been collected over years and years all adding to the gorgeous building there today.
For starters we shared bread and olives. I always like to try new things when I’m staying in places, and for a start we learned we liked olives – who knew! The food was so good, and I loved the bread selection.
Next it was time for our main course. The menu at The Black Horse Inn is so varied, it’s not your typical pub food in any way, and so I wanted to try something that I wouldn’t normally have (aka Fish and Chips or a Pie)! I went for their Mushroom and Spinach Tagliatelle, and Tom ordered a Pork and Apple Chop.
I’m so glad that we tried something new because the food here is INCREDIBLE. There’s a reason that it’s full every night. I have to say that it was the nicest pasta dish I have ever tried in my life! And Tom’s chop was so yummy (I had to try it for review reasons… of course).
We finished it off with a sticky toffee pudding to share and my oh my, it was good. Really really good. The attention to detail as always, showing why it’s such a luxurious treat.
After our dinner, we decided to take advantage of the rural village, and went for a walk. It’s so peaceful and quiet outside, it really is the perfect little getaway to have a small break away from city life and work!
Then it was time to get cozy, and try out that king sized beast of a bath.
(Yes it was as supreme as I thought). We put on our robes, opened the window to the peaceful silence of the countryside, got all cozy and relaxed for the evening. (Let’s be real, we unfortunately did watch Love Island)… Then drifted off to a perfect nights sleep.
After a 7am workout in my room (who am I and where is the real Sophie???) we headed down for breakfast, and we were pretty damn excited after last nights dinner.
Breakfast was a gorgeous buffet of cereals, croissants, fruits and pastries and then a menu of cooked breakfasts, from smoked salmon on toast, to a full English. We decided on a full English each to have a brunch for the afternoon.
(I don’t know why but let me tell you, I’ve never had a more lighter and yummier croissant in my life).
Our breakfast was so delicious. The sausages and meat are made especially for the Inn from the local butchers, and it really does show. I normally don’t like sausages, and go for the vegetarian options instead but I gave it a go and I’m so glad that I did. The scrambled egg was so light and fluffy too (something I fail to master myself, oh dear).
We really did have such a wonderful time here, the food is to die for and the rooms are out of this world. Stay In A Pub really do represent world class inns.