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A Night At The Angel Inn, Hetton

Is it just me or has everyone on social media been diving off yachts in the South of France of late? Perhaps it's just my mind cruelly noting selective updates that'll pain me the most given that I haven't wanted to venture too far from home this summer. 

It's not all doom and gloom though.  Gazing longingly from afar has only been a small portion of recent months. In lieu of a 'proper' holiday we opted for a staycation this year instead. You still get the cathartic release of packing a case and fu**ing off but don't have the hassle of fitting your entire wash bag into one small clear plastic bag. Nor do you have to neck double G&Ts at the airport just to keep those claustrophobic thoughts from sneaking in... 
"It doesn't matter that you can't get off the plane, you don't need to get off the plane"... repeat as necessary

Yes, a staycation is a lot less hassle for those prone to an airport tizz. Our staycation took us, in the comfort of a car, across the Lancashire border and into the North Yorkshire Dales for a stay at The Angel Inn at Hetton. 

Nestled in the heavenly quiet of the Dales, The Angel was featured in Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon's first series of The Trip (there's nothing like a subtle celebrity name drop). Taken over since then by two times Michelin-starred chef Michael Wignall and his wife Johanna, the inn is the perfect place for a peaceful getaway and a spot of relaxed fine dining.

The only downside of staying at The Angel Inn is that you could get accustomed to those little extra touches. A courtesy call before your stay to confirm arrival arrangements and to let you know that ones preggo dietary requirements have all been catered for. Add to that freshly made cookies in the spacious room, Rituals toiletries and a breakfast of champions.

There's a seven course tasting menu up for grabs but sometimes a girl just wants to choose what she fancies from the A la carte menu. Namely, a baked custard tart... and there lies another advantage of not venturing too far from Lancashire a decent dessert.

For my main I had the Aged fillet of Yorkshire beef, forest mushroom, caramelised onion and wild garlic while Oliver went for the Yorkshire lamb rump, courgette, roasted garlic, lettuce and ramson. All served on crockery I considered slipping into my bag.

The Inn is only a short drive from Grassington which is a pretty village with cute cafes, book shops and traditional sweet shops. Ideal for a wander when 'nice and easy' is the theme of your getaway. You'll need to keep your twenty pence pieces for the car park loos though but personally I don't mind coughing up a bit of shrapnel for a better standard of bog.

We had a lovely stay. A real treat and I'd love to go back sometime when I can join in with the wine list. Curled up with a good book, a nice glass of red and a view of the Yorkshire Dales... could give the South of France a run for its money anytime.

Thanks so much for reading. There's a link to The Angel Inn here if you fancy a nosey.

Elaine x

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