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Food Review at the Close House Hotel


As I breathed in the crisp, fresh Northumberland air and looked up at the stately façade of Close House, the stresses and strains of the city I had left behind quickly began to fall away...


My suite, The Eden, seemed aptly named – a luxurious space with an emphasis on contemporary comfort, simply yet tastefully decorated


in muted golds and


chocolate browns. I was quick to take advantage of my en suite’s free-standing


ceramic bathtub before getting ready for dinner.


The hotel has two restaurants: Argent D’or in the main house, which is open to all, and No 19 in the hotel’s Club House, which is open to residents and golf members only.


The three-course dinner at Argent D’or was definitely the highlight of my stay. Awarded two AA Rosettes only a few months after it opened in February last year, this is occasion dining at its finest, where the quality and presentation of the food is matched by the surroundings in which it is served.


The dining room is elegance


personified. Sophisticated but not showy, the colour scheme of silver and gold is expertly employed to create an atmosphere of class and refinement, without crossing over into gaudy garishness. The attention to detail even extends to


the custom-


made china, which is emblazoned with the hotel’s symbol, a golden colt.


Close House has 31 bedrooms in total – 19 in the main house and 12 in the courtyard. The Courtyard rooms all take their names from golf course architect Harry Colt, who participated in the design of over 300 golf courses.


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