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Reviewed 23 September 2020

We recently stayed at Brookside Villa B&B in Gilsland and through them ordered an take away prepared by the staff at the Sanson Inn (which sadly is currently closed). After a hard days run, the meal was just what we needed - the fish pie...was a mix of excellent flavours and the lamb hot was also great. All the puddings on the menu sounded great and the ones we chose were. We can recommend their takeaway meals and look forward to returning when the bar is open again.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 10 September 2020

The Samson Inn chefs - Maurice and Sara - have provided over 200 take-away evening meals for my B&B guests over the past weeks. Great food and an essential service. Thank you to all the staff who are pulling this together, Denise & Gerry

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 8 September 2020

Gilsland's only Inn and I think we got there on a bad day. This was our last night on a 4 day walk along Hadrian's Wall. We had a comfortable night in our room and the staff were friendly and helpful. However, the food was...not up too much. Fish pie was all potato and the lamb hotpot was undercooked and had too much untrimmed lamb fat in it. Breakfast was lumpy scrambled egg, and some salmon thrown on top of it. Good selection of ales at the bar but the website ordering process (covid) was clumsy and hard to work (no way to order breakfast on line except by a cut and paste process). After three efficient and accessible experiences for meals/beds in previous B&Bs on our walk the Samson Inn scored low marks for its approach to the covid problem - seriously over engineered!More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 1 September 2020 via mobile

Lovely people, great food! We had a take away for four (the pub is closed) which was really nice. 2of us are vegan and our needs were perfectly catered for, including breakfast. We had chestnut & mushroom pie with chips & veg, and coconut milk...rice pudding which was yum. Room was clean and comfortable.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 28 August 2020

Pub itself ids still closed but the chefs who supplied lovely dinners to our B&B in Gilsland deserve a special mention. Thank you

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 23 August 2020

Staying at the Brookside B&B, we had dinner delivered from the Samson Inn. I thought I was in heaven after the fish pie. It was creamy, had big chunks of fish and the most delightfully light mash on top. Yum. I had ordered the apple...and cinnamon crumble for dessert with trepidation. I'm not a lover of cinnamon. My mum never added anything to her apple pies or her crumbles except a hint of clove. So often there's so much cinnamon you can't taste the apple. Except for the fact that it (almost) is my life's mission to test every decent apple dessert going I would have ducked this one out. Thank goodness I didn't! There was just the slightest hint of cinnamon. Just enough to get enhance the apple flavour. Delicious! And served with egg custard. Yum.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 5 March 2020 via mobile

Called in after walking The Wall, & without booking. Excellent service & real ale, & a very good meal.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 1 March 2020

Gilsland is a small village, just off the A69 but a logical base for anyone interested in the Wall, with Birdoswald and a milecastle nearby. The Samson is a former coaching Inn, and the name derives from an loco that used to ply the Newcastle-Carlisle...railway, so expect bags of character and don't be too surprised the rooms are fairly compact. They are cosy and comfortable and my partner and I had a good night's sleep despite the fact it was blowing a gle outside. We stayed for Dinner - my wife opted for the homemade soup, while I was tempted by the cheese soufle. Both were superb. The mains were great too: my burger was very filling and satisfying, with side salad and chunky chips fried to perfection, while my wife loved her lamb tagine. Desserts did not disappoint either - the marquise au chocolat was magnificent, as was the treacle tart. The temptation to test the drinks menu was irresistible I finished with a glass of Cragganmore, while Mrs G chose a speciality gin. Breakfast was impressive too. Verdict: excellent. We believe the Samson punches above its weight and the fare, with a heavy emphasis on local produce and supported by a well-stocked bar was a real treat. NB this is a small village, rural setting - phone signals are problematic but the Samson's wi-fi works well.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 21 February 2020

the people are so warm friendly and cant do enough for you. the food is good, and copious amounts, one needs a good appertite. The beer is well kept, and a good choice. The rooms are tidy and comfortable. near to lots of walls for...the wall and lovely countryside. cant recommend it too highly.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 17 February 2020

I first dined here in 2017 when walking Hadrian's Wall and had always wanted to make a return visit some day. So two of us ate here on 2 consecutive nights in mid February, A mixture of starters, main courses and desserts - none of...which could be faulted. Fresh salads, vegetables and truly wonderful home made burgers and a generous fish pie! Rice pudding with coconut milk and caramelised pineapple highly recommended. In north Norfolk we are spoilt for choice for good dining but this not-so-little pub could hold its own anywhere in the UK, including London. Well done the owners, bravo the chef(s)! This place is not just great value - it is inexpensive by any standard. Be ready to tip for the cheerful, helpful service.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Response from Ian C | Reviewed this property |
Give them a ring, we were there mid week.
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Response from clocks90 | Reviewed this property |
I am so sorry- I do not know. Email them- they were very helpful. ENJOY. Jill
4 March 2016|
Response from CumbriaRedhead | Property representative |
Yes, dogs are welcome in the bar at any time, but not in the bedrooms. We also have a dog-free dining room.
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    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 4