Situated in countryside, yet close to main road links, south to Tyneside, north to Scotland, The Snowy Owl is a charming rustic pub/restaurant/lodge (It is part of the Inkeepers Lodge Chain). Its beamed ceilings and log fires provide a warm cosy atmosphere, yet it is also spacious.
We stopped here late on a Sunday afternoon for a meal and to break our journey from Tyneside to the Scottish Borders.
There is a large car park in the grounds so we easily got car parking space. The pub and restaurant are all on one level.
The restaurant was busy but we quickly got a table (we hadn’t made a reservation) and soon a smiley waitress arrived to take our order.
There were some interesting starters available but we just wanted a main course. I ordered a traditional Sunday lunch – turkey with veg, roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding at a cost of £8.95 which was very nice, the meat was tender, the gravy good and the roast potatoes crisp but soft inside. The vegetables were nicely cooked and consisted of carrots, roast parsnip and cabbage.
My husband went for the vegetarian option – leek, mushroom and cashew nut suet rolly polly at a cost of £8.95 with a side order of cauliflower cheese £2.50 all of which he reported were good.
Portion sizes were good.
There was a good choice of deserts which looked tempting especially the peanut butter and chocolate cheesecake, but we were too full to have been able to do them justice, so gave the desert a miss.
As we were driving we stuck to soft drinks, however, the Inn is known for its cask ales, it also has a good wine list.
Service was good we would return here.
The Snowy Owl also offers accommodation – it has eighteen bedrooms.
For those wanting to explore the immediate area, there is a footpath from the Snowy Owl to Plessey Woods Country Park which consists of one hundred acres of woodland and meadows.
Almost on its doorstep on Blagdon Lane is one of Northumberland’s most recent attractions – Northumberlandia – a unique piece of public art – the land is sculptured into the shape of a lady. This forty six acre parkland has free public access.