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Schooner Hotel, Alnwick

Northumberland Street
Postal town: Alnwick
NE66 2RS
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Schooner Hotel

They now have two VIP Brewery ales from Alnwick on handpump. My VIP bitter at 4% was tasteless and I left half of it, which the barman didn't take too well. We went to the back room, where there was a pool table and TV. We found the bar to be dark and uninspiring.

On 9th August 2014 - no rating submitted
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Steve of N21 left this review about Schooner Hotel

Sorry but I also have to be harsh. From the outside the Schooner inn is very inviting, with its historic white frontage and prime position on Northumberland St. But when you step inside the overriding feeling is “Oh dear”.
The internal hotel bar has a dated décor and if I was to say it has a “lived in feel”, that would be being very polite. But the real fun comes when you go to move outside. Here initially you find the ugly two-part side extension with its cheap furniture referred to below, and some building idiosyncrasies that lead you to believe that no expense was ever considered when this was thrown up, let alone spared.
And then you move out to the tatty patio garden which could provide an excellent view of the Aln Estuary if you could actually see it over the top of the plastic red building barrier and assorted building rubble beyond.
Perhaps the day could be saved by the Schooner Inn having a range of well-kept local Northumberland Real ales ?. But unfortunately here again disappointment awaits. Only one of the two handpumps was in use dispensing Holt Humdinger, which frankly is not a good beer at the best of times, but what came out of the pump was truly awful.
The service was very efficient and very friendly and no complaints there. But in these tough economic times the standard of what makes a good pub restaurant has moved on and although a smiling friendly barmaid always helps, expectation is now greater than just that and I am afraid to say the Schooner Inn has been left behind.

On 2nd August 2014 - rating: 2
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Schooner Hotel

From the road, a fine looking former coaching inn retaining its historic frontage. However, if you venture beyond the traditional archway one finds an ugly two-part side extension housing the cheap furniture in the dining area and games room. Rather tatty patio beer garden further down the side (with an overgrown grassed area beyon). Inside, only one of the two hotel bars was open, and just one of the two handpumps was working - a dull half of Doom Bar cost £1.65. Overall, this place promised quite a lot but delivered very little. (NB - Review dates from August 2012.)

On 11th February 2013 - rating: 3
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Alan Hurdle
Alnmouth, 1.25 miles, 24 min walk (show)
Acklington, 8.4 miles, 2 hr 42 min walk (show)
Widdrington, 12.35 miles, 3 hr 58 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Schooner Hotel, Alnmouth
31st May 2018, 21:51
Picture submitted by Walter Dunlop approved
31st May 2018, 21:51
Picture submitted by Walter Dunlop approved

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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 11 February 2013 by hondo .
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 11 February 2013 by hondo .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 11 February 2013 by hondo .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 11 February 2013 by hondo .
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