My family and I have been lucky enough to stay at several inns owned by The Inn Collection and have always enjoyed the experience. This leading hospitality and pub company in the north of England boasts an expanding portfolio which, to date, comprises seven pubs/inns stretching from Flass Vale in Durham to Berwick-upon-Tweed, close to the Scottish border.
We hope to sample all of their fine family-friendly inns in time and were delighted when invited to visit the King’s Head Inn during the recent summer. Situated at the foot of Roseberry Topping in the picture-postcard village of Newton under Roseberry, it’s ideally situated for exploring the surrounding Cleveland countryside, venturing onto the North York Moors National Park or heading for Whitby and other attractions along the coast.
One of the inn’s plus points is the large car park at the rear of the property providing ample parking spaces for guests. After a smooth checking in, we headed for our newly-refurbished rooms, situated within two adjoining 17th century cottages.
Both rooms (nos. 2 & 8) were ensuite and had everything required for a comfortable stay; Number 2 was a smart conservatory-styled bedroom. It was a lovely room although a tad hot so we had to borrow an extra fan; once the sun set, though, the temperature dropped and we enjoyed a good night’s sleep.
We sampled breakfast and an evening meal in the restaurant. We experienced a slight delay in our dinner being served because a sudden influx of people resulted in lots of food orders so, understandably, this slowed down the service. But the quality of food, nonetheless, was high.
Based on the quintessential country inn but with a modern twist, the beamed ceilings, trademark plaid chairs and exposed brick fireplaces provide a charming rustic pub feel. If the weather is clement, try the cosy outdoor seating area sporting a fine view of Roseberry Topping.
Soon after checking in, we donned walking boots and headed up the famous pyramid-shaped Roseberry Topping. The inn benefits from a great location for those wanting to explore this iconic landmark with a path starting just a stone’s throw away. Although the ascent is steep, we enjoyed the climb and were awarded with breathtaking views from the summit. So pack your boots, it’s well worth the effort.
The inn has offers from time to time. When we visited, they were promoting the self-guided “Walk-Inn Breaks”, offering dinner, B&B plus a welcoming pint on arrival. A packed lunch plus a waterproofed Ordnance Survey walking pack containing 20 classic walks around the North York Moors were also available; and, amazingly, your boots will also be cleaned, ready for the next day’s trek! Costs are £75pp for one night, £125pp for two nights and £170pp for three nights. Another promotion was “Breakfast with Santa” comprising of a delicious breakfast and the chance to visit Santa and collect a present. Cost: £10 per adult, £5 kids.
The Inn Collection has a portfolio of pleasant inns, each with their own personality, and the King’s Head Inn is among our favourites. We wouldn’t hesitate in returning and highly recommend it.
The King’s Head Inn
Newton under Roseberry
Cleveland. TS9 6QR
Tel: 01642 722318
For more details about the company’s other inns, go to www.inncollectiongroup.com
Reviewed: August 2017