Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Get Away from It All; ESCAPING from the City Is the Perfect Way to Spend a Weekend. MIEKA SMILES Takes in a Cosy Inn Ideal for an Enjoyable Short Getaway

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Get Away from It All; ESCAPING from the City Is the Perfect Way to Spend a Weekend. MIEKA SMILES Takes in a Cosy Inn Ideal for an Enjoyable Short Getaway

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Byline: MIEKA SMILES

AS WE twisted and turned down a narrow and increasingly foggy moorland track, there was a rising sense of panic in our old Ford Focus.

Getting away from it all is one thing. But breaking down in what felt like the middle of nowhere - with only the sheep for company - was a scary prospect.

Call me sheltered, but I reckon The Charles Bathurst Inn - recently abbreviated to the CB Inn - certainly felt like the most remote place I have ever ventured to in the UK, so don't let the Darlington postcode fool you.

The 18th Century inn stands in and among some of the most spectacular scenery the Yorkshire Dales have to offer.

Situated in the almost unpronounceable (for my husband and I at least) Arkengarthdale, the inn is close to Reeth and several other small market towns.

When we finally arrived we grabbed our bags and headed into the bar-come-reception area.

I was instantly bowled over by the cosy nature of the place, but that didn't mean twee country pub decor. The colour scheme mixed fresh sky blues with plenty of sturdy wooden features.

The CB Inn is certainly popular with the locals of Arkengarthdale and I have to say there was a bit of an American Werewolf in London moment when we walked in and plonked down our bags.

One local eyeballed me for what felt like an eternity before returning to her glass of wine.

We were quickly old news, however, and the friendly bar staff checked us into our room for the night.

Boasting decor Laura Ashley would be proud of, I made sure to take plenty of pictures for inspiration in my own home.

Exposed beams, cast iron bed frames and beautiful antique chests all contribute to the rustic charm - and the view from our window over open countryside was simply breathtaking.

After smartening up we made our way to dinner, sitting for a drink or two in the bar.

As the restaurant was fully booked the bar had a buzzing atmosphere and we enjoyed soaking up the local chit chat.

We took in the restaurant's 'mirror menu' which hangs above the hearth and is changed daily in accordance with the fresh produce available.

I went for the cauliflower soup with glazed goats cheese to start and my husband Chris for the fillet of veal carpaccio with beetroot salad. …

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