National award win for the Pheasant Inn, Kielder

The news that The Pheasant at Kielder has been awarded a ‘Nicely Priced’ award from the prestigious Sawday’s ‘Special Places to Stay’ Hotel Guide has put a real spring in our step over the last few weeks.

Sawday’s is the guide that everyone wants to be seen in, covering the cream of British hotels and B&Bs from the highlands of Scotland down to the tip of Penzance. It’s not a guide you can pay to be listed in, every establishment it recommends is in there on merit and we are proud that for the last 15 years our lovely Northumberland pub and B&B has been in there, lined up alongside some really special places to stay. 

Editor Tom Bell came all the way up to Kielder to present our award and enjoyed one of our special Northumberland breakfasts, bursting with fresh and tasty ingredients from our local suppliers.

This is what Sawday’s has to say about us: “A super little inn lost in beautiful country, the kind you hope to chance upon. The Kershaws run it with great passion and an instinctive understanding of its traditions. The bars are wonderful. Brass beer taps glow, 100-year old photos of the local community hang on stone walls, the clock above the fire keeps perfect time. Fires burn, bowler hats and saddles pop up here and there, varnished ceilings shine. House ales are expertly kept, Timothy Taylor's and Wylam waiting for thirsty souls. Fruit and vegetables come from the garden, while Robin's lovely food hits the spot perfectly, perhaps twice-baked cheese soufflé, slow-roasted Northumberland lamb, brioche and marmalade bread and butter pudding; as for Sunday lunch, The Observer voted it 'Best in the North'. Bedrooms in the old hay barn are light and airy, cute and cosy, great value for money. You're in the Northumberland National Park – no traffic jams, not too much hurry. You can sail on the lake, cycle round it or take to the hills and walk. For £10 you can also gaze into the universe at the Kielder Observatory (best in winter). Brilliant.”

Our team works really hard to give everyone a warm welcome and great service during their stay with us, so it’s lovely to have been given an official stamp of approval for their efforts. If you will forgive us a tiny boast, we are the only North East pub and one of only three places in the UK to receive this award, so we are absolutely delighted to have brought it home to our beautiful region. 

Awards and reviews

"Good people, good place, good food, good beer."

visitor from London

"An old English pub with modern accommodation in an idyllic spot. Good food, friendly staff ...need I say more? Fitness Centre? The great outdoors!"

visitor from Somerset

"The Kershaws' cooking is fresh, generous and flavoursome, producing wholesome traditional English fare."

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  • Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence
  • Trip Advisor Hall of Fame
  • Visit England Four Star Award
  • Visit England Silver Award
  • Visit England Breakfast Award
  • AA Gold Award 2018
  • AA Breakfast Award 2018
  • AA Dinner Award 2018
  • Alistair Scwdays
  • Walker Welcome
  • Families Welcome
  • Cyclists Welcome