Ramside Hall is a hotel that is keeping up with the Joneses. It has a lovely leafy location; surrounded by 350 acres of private grounds only minutes from the main North South A1 motorway. Our lovely historic city of Durham with its stunning cathedral designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO, is a mere stone’s throw away.. Ramside has not one, but two 18 hole Championship golf courses, a new purpose built luxury on site spa complex, and four jolly good restaurants.
With 127 rooms with suites and four poster beds available, Ramside is Durham’s only silver awarded AA rated and 4 star hotel. A new extension has created some top notch rooms overlooking the green of the golf course. The room we stayed in had a view of a small lake with a family of Moorhens paddling about on it. It was quite therapeutic watching them paddle about and the little black babies running to keep up with their parents scooting across the 9th hole..
|Get clean in style|
The bathroom was particularly impressive with a standalone bath and ultra chic white metro tiling which I think is very chic.
The spanking new spa at Ramside is really quite something. It is huge with a beautiful vaulted roof. It’s definitely one of the best I have ever sampled. It has been purpose built and has a full size 25m swimming pool, and a huge selection of other watery options. An outdoor hot tub overlooks the golf course and has a helpful umbrella to hide under in case of rain.
|Time to relax|
Another interesting fact is that Ramside’s Spa is a recognised Wellness for Cancer centre. Wellness for cancer is the first global organisation to establish standardised, objective, cancer-focused training and business criteria for the spa and wellness industry. Wellness for Cancer has specifically trained and certified the Spa at Ramside Hallto provide services for clients who have experienced or are currently living with cancer.
There is a good choice of dining options at Ramside Hall. We ate at the new Fusion restaurant which is next to the spa. The food was spicy and delicious and the portions generous. My starter Bang Bang chicken was full of flavour as was the green Thai curry. Watch out for the added chillies in the edamame beans though – they are super hot!
|Thai curry – full of fusion flavour|
We opted for a Bento box dessert which means you get to try small portions of all the sweet treats on offer just in case you can’t make up your mind – a great idea.
If traditional fare is more your style then why not try the Rib Room. Beautifully decorated to look like a rather chic Parisian brasserie, with vintage wine labels, chateau signs and French posters, meat is the word here. Local butchers supply the Hereford beef which is hung for 28 days before being prepared, and Chef Paul Beckwith has a background in butchery so he knows his way around a steak. The speciality of the Rib Room is a massive 20oz rib- eye which would be more than a challenge for any carnivore!
|The Rib Room|
If you prefer a more flexible option, there is buffet style dining in Pemberton’s carvery where there is a huge choice of dishes, or you could pay a visit to the Clubhouse attached to the golf course.
The staff were mainly locals and were extremely friendly and helpful without being over the top – our request for more biscuits and milk was quickly satisfied with more choc chip cookies than we could possibly eat!
|A summer evening at Ramside|
County Durham is a very pretty part of the North East with lovely countryside, and the beautiful medieval city of Durham itself with its glittering river, winding streets and quirky shops.
In the bar next to the carvery there are cartoon drawings on the wall of many of the famous visitors to Ramside, some entertainment stars and sports personalities coming to play golf. Local celebrities like Ant and Dec, and Chef Marco Pierre White and even the Jackson Five! Although there did seem to be only four of the five in the picture.
|A warm welcome awaits at Ramside Hall|
I was pleasantly surprised by the high standard of the hospitality and the food and the amazing spa facilities. Don’t forget to check out this charming hotel if you are coming to this lovely part of Olde England.
|Locally made tipple|