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FAQs for the Grand Reopening of St Mary’s Inn

We have put together some FAQs, to help inform your decisions when booking events and overnight stays at St Marys Inn: Can we start booking rooms in the Inn? Yes, we are now taking bookings for July onwards. We are currently adding new systems into St Mary’s, so confirmation of bookings and all other details … Continue reading FAQs for the Grand Reopening of St Mary’s Inn

Pub of the Year Award 2020

As our friends and patrons, we are hoping that you would spend a moment to nominate us in this year’s Pub of the Year Award, held by The Telegraph! It would mean the world to us to hear why you enjoy visiting St Mary’s Inn – whether it was for an overnight stay, our Northumbrian … Continue reading Pub of the Year Award 2020

Vegetarian Tapas Night

We are launching a Vegetarian Tapas Night at the Inn! Head Chef Chris Cheek has created a variety of dishes, using flavours from around the world. AUGUST 13TH 5-9PM £4.50 per Dish or Choose 3 Dishes for £12. MENU Aubergine Stuffed with Feta and Sun-blushed Tomatoes. Garden Herb Gnocchi, Mushrooms and Baby Onions in Parmesan Cream … Continue reading Vegetarian Tapas Night

An Evening of Food & Wine with Richard Bouglet of L’Art du Vin

  Journey through the most exciting wine regions of the world with Richard Bouglet of L’Art du Vin. Having earned his stripes as a Sommelier. Richard co-founded L’Art du Vin – an independant wine merchant that specialises in sourcing wines from small, artisan producers. Working alongside Richard, Head Chef Chris Cheek has designed a bespoke … Continue reading An Evening of Food & Wine with Richard Bouglet of L’Art du Vin

National Pub and Bar Awards 2019

We’ve been named the best pub in the North East at the 2019 National Pub and Bar awards – and we are so proud to serve Northumberland!  We are so honoured to have won the award for Best Pub in the North East. After winning the first award, Best Pub in Northumberland, our head chef … Continue reading National Pub and Bar Awards 2019

The Origins of Golf & Playing the 19th Hole at St Mary’s Inn

Whilst the conventional wisdom posits that golf was invented in 15th Century Scotland, dig a little deeper and one’ll find that it has hotly contested origins. Some would have it that golf is the decedent of the Roman game, paganica: in which players competed at hitting a stuffed leather ball with a crooked stick. In … Continue reading The Origins of Golf & Playing the 19th Hole at St Mary’s Inn

Art Exhibition: Woodhorn Matters

Exploring the traditional North East craft of Rug Making One of the oldest and most traditional North East art forms has come back to life at St Mary’s Inn as we showcase some of the works of local voluntary craft group Woodhorn Matters.  Proggy/clippy Mat and Rug makers , the ladies from the group have on display their … Continue reading Art Exhibition: Woodhorn Matters

This July, Trai Anfield: The Trophy Room Exhibition

16 July – January 2017 TRAI ANFIELD : THE TROPHY ROOM “Merely seeing a species is rarely meaningful – what matters for me is the quality of encounter for both the photographer and the subject – that’s what stays with us for life.” Trai Anfield is a natural history photographer, film maker and presenter based … Continue reading This July, Trai Anfield: The Trophy Room Exhibition

The St Mary’s Bike Ride Is Back

Saturday 30th April 2016 Round up the kids or some friends and polish up your wheels to join us for our second annual bike ride. Last year, despite the rain, our first ever ride proved a huge success and this year we want to make it even bigger and better. We’ve created three rides to … Continue reading The St Mary’s Bike Ride Is Back

This February, Brita Granstrom’s Nordic Art

Fall in love with nordic art this February with Brita Granstrom at St Mary’s Inn. An acute observer of moments of endearing intimacy, Brita Granström’s fresh, direct and exuberant paintings provide visual delights in abundance. Her exhibition ‘Love Letters’ will be showcased at St Mary’s Inn from 12th February to 14th April 2016. Have you … Continue reading This February, Brita Granstrom’s Nordic Art

The World of the British B&B

There is a very broad spectrum of bedroom accommodation available in the world of hospitality from the over-the-top luxury and indulgence of the Burj Al Arab in Dubai to the humblest of rooms on offer in the poorer regions of the world (this writer remembers a weekend in the Hunza valley of Northwest Pakistan where … Continue reading The World of the British B&B

Cartoonist David Haldane

David Haldane, renowned cartoonist for The Times newspaper, has made a major contribution of original cartoons to the artwork on display at St Mary’s Inn near Morpeth. David, born in nearby Blyth and now resident in Morpeth, studied graphic design at Newcastle Polytechnic. His career as a freelancer cartoonist began in 1980 when he started … Continue reading Cartoonist David Haldane

2015 Garden Review: Steady Progress

An annual review of the of the gardens around St Mary’s Inn has been waiting for the growing season to come to an end – but it’s just kept on going and the white Kaffir lilies on show in the entrance lobby were picked from the beds in Christmas week. Roses and Michaelmas daisies were … Continue reading 2015 Garden Review: Steady Progress

Ted’s Tails from St Mary’s Inn

Well I’m here! Taking you on a trip to a new pub she said. Only twenty minutes from Newcastle but out in the country. Lots of dogs to meet, and, best of all, dog popcorn and dog beer! That got me going. Dog beer! Don’t know what it is but it sounds good to me. … Continue reading Ted’s Tails from St Mary’s Inn


Whether it’s down to Olympic success for Team GB, the Tour de France arriving in Yorkshire or the enthusiasm for a more healthy and active lifestyle, there’s no doubt that cycling is on the up. Indeed cyclists are regularly to be seen on the B roads and country lanes around St Mary’s Inn, especially in … Continue reading CYCLING


There are many interesting places to visit within a short drive, cycle or even walk from St Mary’s Inn; Alnwick Castle and Garden, the Northumberland coastline, the market town of Morpeth or the city lights of Newcastle-upon-Tyne among just a few. However, there is one tourist destination that this writer holds special over all others … Continue reading HADRIAN’S WALL


In a recent conversation David, an all-round foodie and wine buff, made the remark that if fish and chips had been invented in Lyon or Naples, it would have been hailed as one of the world’s great dishes many years ago. I couldn’t agree more. As it is, its elevation by the British has been … Continue reading THE GLORY THAT IS FISH AND CHIPS


What makes a great pub or inn? Some would say a good selection of quality beers while others would say good albeit simple food. Many would regard the look and feel of the décor as most important. The more practical among us would say adequate car parking or clean toilets. Almost everyone would agree that … Continue reading WHAT MAKES A GREAT PUB?


One of the trickiest aspects of the St Mary’s Inn project is getting the right choice of old and new furniture to furnish the public areas and our bedrooms. If we get this right, the place will have real character from the outset. If we get it wrong, we’ll end up with a mish mash … Continue reading DEN NORSKE KLUB FURNITURE