Atmospheric pub in Gilsland just off the A69 between Carlisle and Hexham, perfect for exploring Hadrian’s Wall. Vicky and her team made us feel very welcome, bedrooms 2 and 3 at the front were a decent size, bathroom was tiny (only room for one person at a time) though good shower, bar and lounge area were cosy with wood burner and an endless supply of logs. Good bar supper with big portions so you might want to consider two starters (we are not huge eaters). Cheese soufflé recommended. We had a look at the much trendier Twice Brewed pub a few miles up the road towards the Vindolanda Roman Fort and were pleased we had chosen the Samson. One of the delights of the Samson Inn is that you have some lovely walks on your doorstep. We enjoyed the 3 and half mile circular walk to Birdoswald Roman Fort in the morning, the highlight of which was the return loop back along a very attractive section of Hadrian’s Wall; and another 3 and half mile loop in the afternoon, this time along the River Irthing to the Popping Stone (where a famous person once popped the question) and back again. We took our own picnic but doing these two walks with a stop for a bar lunch at the Samson would be nice too. You can pick up an excellent walking map for both walks from the English Heritage ticket office at Birdoswald Fort (somewhat to our surprise the Samson Inn didn’t carry these maps).…
Excellent place for a stopover on the Hadrian's Wall walk, convenient location just off the path. Staff were very helpful, rooms were comfortable and clean. The bar serves great food and a good selection of beers. Really enjoyed the stopover for the night and would recommend.
Called in for a light lunch on the way to Newcastle. Prompted to make entry by the excellent cheese soufflé and chips. Friendly staff and nice real ale. Convenient for Hadrian's wall sites and walking
My family spent one night in this inn. It is extremely conveniently located for Hadrian's Wall walkers (barely a 2-minute deviation from the trail on foot). The bedrooms are directly above the pub, but are well-insulated from downstairs noise. The rooms were well-decorated and fairly spacious. Everything was clean. It would be nice if there were some shelves or hooks at all in the bathroom to hang towels and leave toiletry kits. We had an excellent dinner at the pub below (though wine was not great). The next morning's breakfast left something to be desired. Packed lunches left for us were good. Would recommend.
We’re staying in Gilsland and decided to have a meal at The Samson Inn, having read the previous reviews and thought it was a good bet. We were not wrong! The meal was great, excellent choice to suit various tastes. I can honestly say it was the best pub meal we’ve had in a long, long time. My husband had the double baked cheese soufflé, followed by the steak and ale pie and I had butter beans in a tomato and black olive sauce, followed by the lamb tagine. Excellent! Staff great and locals, very friendly. Thank you for a truly lovely evening. Just a shame it’s so far from Wakefield.