Loaf BnB

  • Hotel B&B
  • Vegan
    ( 8 reviews )

Mount Pleasant Cottage, Berwick Upon Tweed, England, TD15 2XQ

Vegan B&B in the countryside a short drive outside Berwick.

8 Reviews

First Review by Trudy

Perfect rural vegan retreat! - Edit

My husband and I stayed at Loaf B&B for two nights and - oh! - how I wish we'd booked longer! Karen was so warm and welcoming from the outset and we immediately felt at home. We had a lovely, light double room upstairs, which shared a bathroom with another room. This was no problem at all as we were up at different times, so there were no queues or issues of any sort. The fact we would be sharing a bathroom was also made clear to us upon booking. There was a bath and a big shower complete with vegan toiletries and different bins for recycling, compost etc (I loved the ethical attention to detail!). Our bed was large and comfortable, with tea and coffee making facilities plus fresh water and soya milk. Upon arrival we also discovered (and devoured!) wonderful vegan treats in our room - a lovely touch :) Breakfasts were fantastic - Karen is an amazing cook - and we felt thoroughly spoilt. In addition to fresh fruit and cereals, we were also offered delicious homemade bread and jam each day and a choice of cooked breakfasts or, should you prefer, smoothie/granola bowls. The first morning we had a full cooked breakfast complete with tempeh, crumpets, polenta, mushrooms and beans from the garden. The next day we had wonderful gram-flour pancakes with berries and yoghurt. Drinks were served with homemade soya milk. We also treated ourselves to dessert one evening (which you can order in advance) - we were given a delicious layered parfait with coconut caramel, almond brownie, lemon chia pudding & coconut cream. Honestly, Loaf is a vegan foodie's dream! The B&B itself is a short drive from Berwick and perfectly situated for exploring the gorgeous Northumberland countryside. We ate out one night and ordered take out the following - Karen is kind enough to leave out plates and cutlery in the wonderfully cosy guest lounge for this very purpose. We enjoyed every moment of our stay and would go back in a heartbeat (and plan to!). Thank you Karen - and for the chats! You're the perfect host and your home is the perfect vegan retreat. Recommend +++

Pros: Friendly, warm host :) , Delicious food! , Fully vegan

Cons: N/A

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Tranquil and scenic B&B - Edit

I have been eyeing a stay at Loaf B&B for over a year and finally managed to find the time to book a 2 night stay there this summer. While it seems also easily reachable with public transportation we were there with our own car. We were warmly welcomed by Mike and Karen. After shown to our gorgeous room with ensuite bathroom we were served a tasty vegan welcome treat to get us settled. The room was very tastefully and thoughtfully furnished and made us feel welcome, comfortable and "at home" right away. Karen expertly informed us of all the sights, things to do and vegan places in town and closeby. They also provide a wide array of flyers and tourist information in case one is not yet sure what one wants to visit while there. We actually last minute decided to visit the Scottish Borders Donkey sanctuary for which we found a flyer and which sounded interesting (and we were not disappointed). Karen was a very kind, knowledgable, generous and very thoughtful host offering assistance when needed but also letting one relax and enjoy the surroundings and solitude. The living/common room was set up with a wonderful fireplace that was ready and prepared and could be used if so desired (which we did... what is better than spending an evening in front of a cosy fire!) Every evening we were informed of the breakfast options - luckily we stayed two nights so we could try various options such as a very hearty and tasty full (vegan) english breakfast or sweet /savory pancakes, an amazing granola parfait etc...Breakfast is served in a nice little sun room with big windows so you can look at the amazing scenery and enjoy the local wildlife while eating a tasty breakfast. We felt very well taken care of and appreciated the hosts interactions with us. I would definitely visit again and can only highly recommend a visit

Pros: Beautiful location, Great host, Great food

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Cosy & tranquil, with amazing breakfast and lovely host. - Edit

Very comfy, clean rooms. Tasty breakfast with great choice.
The place its self is in a rural and idyllic setting but easy to find. Good views and wildlife.
The host is friendly and helpful.
The guest lounge is very welcoming with an open fire lots of books.

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Can't wait to go back - Edit

We were sad that we could only spend one night at Loaf. The owners were so welcoming and lovely, they have created a beautiful haven. The comfortable room was done perfectly despite being on the small side, and we appreciated the fact that all the (very good quality) furniture and fittings were reclaimed or recycled. The views looked out onto the gardens, replete with bird feeders and snowdrops. Oh and Karen had left us not only baked goodies, but generously a book as well (we hadn't realised it was Book Giving Week). The shared bathroom was huge and well equipped. Breakfast was utterly delicious (I had a stack of filled savoury pancakes with too many ingredients to list, & my other half had a full cooked breakfast). Good portions too. Guests eat in the conservatory which looks out over green countryside, and Karen and Mike are full of lovely stories about their local friendly wild visitors - hares, rabbits, pheasants, voles, deer, a buzzard. I haven't even mentioned the guests lounge with its real fire. Karen has worked hard to make this place so amazing - not only that but she has fought the vegan fight around town as well, to ensure that guests have choices when eating out around Berwick. Mike even went out of his way to make sure we reached the bus stop on time. What fab people they are. Loaf was a real joy and I can't recommend it enough.

Pros: Every detail is perfect.

Cons: None.

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An Enjoyable Afternoon - Edit

My mum and I went along to Loaf for an afternoon teas event as neither of us are vegan and were interested in trying something new. Karen was extremely welcoming and we sat in the conservatory, watching all the wildlife in the garden, and having a friendly chat. It was very relaxing and we were able to enjoy beautiful views across the countryside. I was impressed with the menu as there was a wide variety of sweet and savory options and it took me a while to decide what to have. Mum had fruit cake and I had dark chocolate cheesecake and we both had berry smoothies. Everything was delicious! The cheesecake came with vegan ice cream and I would never have guessed it was diary free. We were able to have a look at the B&B rooms upstairs and they were very cosy and nicely decorated. I will not hesitate to recommend Loaf in the future as both the food and rooms were fab. Karen could not have made us feel more welcome and we were free to relax and try what we wanted. I can't wait for the next afternoon teas event, I want more of that cheesecake!

Pros: Friendly hosts, Relaxed atmosphere, Great food

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A very comfortable and welcoming B&B! - Edit

I spent six nights at Loaf B&B and thoroughly enjoyed the whole stay. The house is beautifully decorated. The en-suite bedroom is spacious and cosy. In the bathroom there is a powerful shower, and even a large corner bath tub to relax in after a long day out walking in the wonderful Northumbrian countryside. I lit the candles that had been provided and - while bathing - enjoyed one of the "Famous Five" books that I found in the room. :)

The food is, naturally, completely vegan and I loved everything I tried. I had breakfast and dinner at the B&B every day and had the "full veggie" breakfast with beans, tempeh, scrambled tofu with greens, mushrooms, tomatoes and the lovely tomato-couscous-sausages (Karen makes those from scratch) twice. On other days I had a big fruit platter with lots of fresh fruit, soya yogurts and mueslis or the "BreakfastBockerGlory". There was toast as well, of course: Karen's very tasty homemade bread, and homemade jams and jellies to go with it.
For dinner I had, for example, potatoes stuffed with avocado, an open vegetable pie or a very hearty tomato-lentil-soup. There also always was some of Karen's wonderful bread and usually a bowl of fresh greens.
Dessert included huge dishes of ice-cream with fresh berries and nuts, or raw chocolate truffles. Delicious!

There's also a very comfortable separate guest's lounge with an open fireplace, where I drank lots of tea and had nice chats with Karen and Mike. They were both very helpful with planning walks, providing maps and bus timetables.

Loaf is a perfect place for exploring Northumberland and the Scottish Borders, and you don't even need a car to enjoy your stay there, since there's a fairly good bus service. Berwick is a very pretty little town, and if you're into history and/or walking (or just looking for a quiet place to relax while being served awesome food...), Loaf B&B is a must!

I'll certainly be coming back for all those footpaths I haven't had time to explore yet!
Updated from previous review on Sunday October 27, 2013

Pros: excellent food, very comfortable and cosy, great hosts

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Beautiful rooms, lovely food - Edit

I stayed at Loaf BnB for three nights and had a wonderful time. It's close to Berwick (10 minutes on the bus) but set in gorgeous countryside, with great views across the fields so you can take in the local wildlife while you eat or relax.

My room was beautifully decorated, and very spacious. There is also a sitting room available to guests, along with a lovely, bright conservatory for dining.

The hosts, Karen and Mike, were very welcoming and full of suggestions for my visit to the area. I also really appreciated the thoughtful little touches - it was so nice to know that even the toiletries in the en-suite bathroom were vegan and cruelty-free.

The food was delicious, and Karen was very accommodating in regard to my requests. I ate breakfast and dinner there every morning and evening, and was pretty much too full for anything in between! Lighter fare is also on offer, for those who prefer to pace themselves. :)

In short, I highly recommend Loaf as a place to stay and eat, and I'm looking forward to visiting again soon.
Updated from previous review on Saturday October 26, 2013

Pros: Beautiful setting and lovely room, Delicious breakfasts, Vegan food/accoutrements

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An Afternoon Tea Free From Allergies! - Edit

My daughter is allergic to dairy so even as non-vegetarians we're always on the look-out for tasty vegan food. It was such a treat at Loaf B&B to be able to sit down in a beautiful conservatory with views over open countryside and relax knowing that my daughter could eat anything there was on offer. This never normally happens! The cupcakes were deliciously indulgent, there was a great selection of teas and soft drinks, and the atmosphere was warm, friendly and inviting.

Forget the idea that vegan food is just for vegans; forget the idea that vegan food is tasteless and uninspired. Loaf B&B is an oasis for those allergic to even the tiniest bit of dairy in their diet. My daughter was able to enjoy something that most of us take for granted and feel normal.

I can't recommend Loaf B&B highly enough. I'm only cross that I don't live far enough away to go and stay. The breakfast looks amazing!

Thank you, Karen and Mike!

Pros: Non-dairy food, Beautiful countryside setting, Wonderful hosts

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