We arrived to the dog friendly Northallerton Inn after completing my first national park. The hotel is part of the Inn Collection group and was my second stay at one of their hotels on my A Walk in the Parks adventure.
A proper rest was exactly what I needed. A full 24 hours in the same place was an absolute dream!
Cookie was instantly greeted with snuggles, a treat and a fresh water bowl. She got plenty of attention from both the staff and the customers too.
I had met up with my brother in Newcastle and had spare kit, snacks and clean clothes with me, meaning my usually light backpack was extra full and I had two extra bags too. We just about struggled from the station to the hotel and though it isn’t too far, about a 15 minute walk, I recommend getting a taxi if you’re not travelling light.
The hotel is really welcoming with lots of different seating areas, including comfy seating, plenty of dog friendly areas and some smaller areas for those who don’t want to be sat next to a dog.
I was gifted a night’s stay at The Northallerton Inn, but all opinions are my own and true.
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The Rooms at the Northallerton Inn
We were shown to our twin en suite room and I instantly popped the kettle on for a cup of tea and a sit down! The walk from the station was the hardest bit of walking I had done in a week! Even though I had hiked up The Cheviot at 815m only a few days before. Thank goodness I had packed light during that walk uphill.
The rooms are really well decorated and I instantly felt cosy and at home as I emptied my bags of ‘stuff’ onto the floor to start sorting and refilling various things in my backpack ahead of our second national park.
Cookie was definitely happy for a rest and cosied up next to the bed for a well deserved nap.
The rooms all include a big TV, tea and coffee making supplies, a desk and lots of leaflets and information about the local area. The bathroom’s deep green tiles left me feeling calm after a long hot shower and I was finally starting to relax as I put on my clean clothes. The first clean clothes for a week!
The Northallerton Inn Restaurant
I absolutely love the decor in The Inn Collection Group’s hotels and the Northallerton Inn restaurant is no exception. It feels both modern and in keeping with the town, with lots of old sports equipment and signs hung on the wall, alongside plants and different lighting.
My friend Swatee arrived who was joining me for a few days of hiking and we soon tucked into our delicious big dinners. Swatee’s Yorkshire Pudding was almost as big as her head!
Cookie even tucked into her own special dog sausages and other treats you can buy from the dog bar.
We loved the restaurant so much that we actually ate there three times during our stay. We were really lucky with the weather too and enjoyed drinks al fresco before heading in for dinner.
Dinner, then breakfast, then lunch. There was so much on the menu I wanted to try.
At lunch the next day I had the mini fish and chips which was a perfect portion, especially as it was only a couple of hours after I had enjoyed my breakfast. I think I deserved it after all the walking.
The Northallerton Inn is right in the middle of town with an outside seating area where you can watch the world go by while sipping your gin and tonic. I really enjoyed everything I ate and drank at the Northallerton Inn and recommend it for food throughout the day, with or without staying at the hotel too.
I also stayed at the Inn Collection Group’s Seahouses hotel in Northumberland. Check out the Bamburgh Castle Inn Review.
Things to do in Northallerton
I didn’t get much time to explore as I was so tired from a week of hiking almost 100 miles in Northumberland. However if you’re visiting Northallerton for a day or two here are a few of the best things to do.
- Tea and scones at Betty’s. The infamous old fashioned cafe, Betty’s, has a branch in Northallerton. It is one of only a handful of places where you can visit this iconic cafe.
- Mount Grace Priory – the house and gardens are only a few minutes drive from Northallerton and a beautiful place to visit. You will also find the ruins of a medieval priory there.
- Pointblank Paint balling – Not sure how much I fancy the idea of paint balling being at pointblank, but if you’re looking for a bit of a wilder adventure then there is plenty of fun to be had just down the road.
- Joe Cornish Gallery – for something a bit calmer the landscape gallery is in town and an easy way to pass some time admiring the varied artwork.
- The Forbidden Corner – a unique labrynth of tunnels, chambers and surprises, this place sounds so fun. It’s a bit further away in the Yorkshire Dales, but certainly a different day out.
Let me know if you visit Northallerton and if there is anything else I should add to this list and do tell me if you stay at the Northallerton Inn too. I love to hear what other people think.