Warm Durham hospitality at the Ramside Hotel
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 and only minutes from the main North South A1 motorway. The 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 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 overlooked the golf course. We had a view of a small lake with a family of Moorhens paddling about on it. It was quite therapeutic watching them scooting about. Their little black babies had to run to keep up with their parents shooting across the green at the 9th hole.
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The bathroom was particularly impressive. With a standalone bath and ultra chic white metro tiling it was top notch.
Ramside Hall – a spectacular spa!
The 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.
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Ramside Hall Wellness for Cancer Centre
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 Hall to provide services for clients who have experienced or are currently living with cancer.
Dining at Ramside Hall
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 chillis in the edamame beans though – they are super hot!
|Thai curry – full of fusion flavour|
We opted for a Bento box dessert. This 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. It is beautifully decorated to look like a rather chic Parisian brasserie. It has vintage wine labels, chateau signs and French posters on the walls. Meat is the word here.
Local butchers supply the Hereford beef which is hung for 28 days before being prepared. 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. Here there is a huge choice of dishes, or you can pay a visit to the Clubhouse attached to the golf course.
Ramside Hall – a Durham gem
The staff were mainly locals. They were extremely friendly and helpful without being over the top. Our request to housekeeping for more biscuits and milk for the tea was quickly satisfied. We ended up 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. The beautiful medieval city of Durham itself is a must see. It charms the visitor 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 are entertainment stars and some sports personalities coming to play golf. Local celebrities like Ant and Dec and Chef Marco Pierre White appear on the wall. Even the Jackson Five have been here! There did seem to be only four of the five in the picture, however, not sure where Micheal was the night.
|A warm welcome awaits at Ramside Hall|
I was pleasantly surprised by the high standard of the hospitality, 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.
If you love a quirky hotel read my review of Lumley castle Hotel here
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