Very Good5 Reviews
1.54km from The Old StablesThe Black Swan is in the centre of Alnwick within easy walking distance of the shops, pubs and restaurants and just around the corner from the castle. There is no on site parking but there is a small free public car park around 2 minutes walk away. You can only park for 24 hours at a time and then have to leave for a minimum of 4 hours. The rooms are on the second floor and there is no lift so would not be suitable for anyone with mobility difficulties. Our room was very small with no wardrobe and limited drawer space so I would not recommend for a long stay. The en-suite bathroom was tight but had everything that we needed. I found the bed really comfortable but struggled to sleep on the first night as it was very warm even with the window open - it had not been a hot day. There was limited noise from the bar area but this had quietened down by 11 ish so didn't cause any problems. Breakfast has to be ordered the night before (I don't know if this is normal practice or COVID related) and there is a limited choice. On our first morning we both ordered the full english and it was excellent although we both struggled with the quantity of food served. The sausages were thick and tasty and the bacon was superb. I think half a tomato would have been better than a full one. The only downside was the mushroom was a little dry. On our second morning we scaled down to eggs on toast - both fried and poached were well cooked. The breakfast tables were separated by perspex screens and the whole pub had good COVID measures in place to prevent overcrowding. We were surprised that our room was not cleaned overnight with top ups for coffees etc just being left outside the door. We paid £70 a room per night which we thought was decent value in the middle of the holiday season.