Hi dog pals,
So Hum decided we needed to check out Northumberland for this Bank Holiday. Lots of peoples we know had told us it was a great place to go and was really dog friendly so off we went!
We set off on the Friday ‘cos Hum thought there would be less traffic but she hadn’t bargained on the extensive roadworks and it took us like ages to get there! Hum was not a happy bunny and told Mrs Sat Nav off for not finding us a better route…I really don’t think Hum realises that Mrs Sat Nav isn’t a Human….
Anyways we got there – our first stop being Bamburgh and the Victoria Hotel @. Bamburgh is a real popular place in Northumberland. There is a beach with a BIG Castle and you can see stuff about Grace Darling and get to Lindisfarne easily which human folk like to do.
You can’t have a Castle View room at the Victoria if you have a dog with you which Hum was a bit upset about but us dogs don’t need views as much as humans seem to so I was just fine with our room.
We didn’t get an overwhelmingly friendly welcome at reception. Just a very straightforward check in from Luke but he did carry Hum’s bag up which was kind of him.
Hum liked the tea, coffee, biscuits provided and thought the toiletries looked lovely. She also liked the big fluffy towels and modern four-poster in her superior room but did note there was no face flannel…
At first Hum thought the curtains would let in a lot of light until she found there were blinds as well (stupid Hum) 😉
She was even happier to find that our room was right above the door and there was a window seat she could sit on with a view of the church. That did cheer her up. She does like her views!
The plumbing in the bathroom at the Victoria was a bit odd – hot water came out of the cold tap first before it went cold and there was lots of rattling noise which scared me when Hum was getting me a much needed bowl of water after the long journey. I thought there was some sort of metal monster in the bathroom and was worried it would get Hum if she didn’t be careful!
We settled in and then went to the beach and it is lovely – I had a paddle and played ball and met other dogs. The castle is Ginormous!!!!
Back at the Victoria and there is lots of seating in the bar for people with dogs. Most people were eating fish and chips and burgers with enormous onion rings which looked yummy but us four-legs aren’t allowed onions so Hum kindly ordered for me and I had pigeon and chicken.
We were SO hungry there is no photo of the pigeon but it was very tasty and cooked medium rare with an onion puree/whiskey sauce for Hum and just the meat for me.
The chicken and rice was much enjoyed by Hum but I am glad she gave me most of the pigeon as the chicken was a bit lemony for me as a dog.
We slept very well. Hum said the bed was comfy and the pillows OK. She LOVED the shower which was a big rain shower like she has at home so happy days!
After a quick walk for morning ablutions down to the castle and back, we headed in for breakfast. There was a table set for us in the bar area and Hum ordered eggs benedict which was really rather yummy. The food at the Victoria Hotel is exceptionally good – they have an excellent chef!
The staff at breakfast were nice but seemed rushed off their feet so didn’t have time to make fuss of us dog folk. Hum got a newspaper with her breakfast and was so engrossed in it she forgot to take a photo of the delicious breakfast – sorry dog pals.
We met another couple with their dogs who were staying at the Victoria and asked their opinion of the hotel, welcome etc. They felt it was OK but it would be nice to have stuff provided for dogs (they had had a welcome pack for their dogs at a cottage they stayed at). We agreed that the Victoria is a nice hotel with excellent food but not as dog friendly as some places we have stayed either.
So please for the future provide stuff for us four-legs and be just a little bit more welcoming – it doesn’t take much to make a bit of a fuss of us and make us feel special.