Beer at 1994 Prices During The Morritt’s Traditional Ale Week!

Everyone loves a bargain and anyone coming to the Tuesday night of this year’s Morritt Beer Festival on November 11th will get just that!

To continue our 20th anniversary celebrations, we’re offering Landlord at 1994 prices during this special evening (while stocks last). Landlord was the first beer we offered in the Dickens Bar and we’ve continued to stock it for the last 20 years. It’s a firm favourite with regulars and visitors alike.

Our Beer Festival runs from November 7th to 14th.

Over the course of the week we’ll offer a range of real ales and beers to thirsty visitors.  To make it extra-special this year we have a couple of additions to the festival.

Each day we’ll prepare a number of homemade traditional bar snacks that you can wash down with your beer.

On November 9th, we’re announcing the winners of our Spirit of Teesdale photography contest so you’ll be able to come along and see the 12 best pictures that capture the essence of one of County Durham’s most picturesque dales. After the prize giving, local youth folk group, Cream Tees, will play for us while guests enjoy afternoon tea.

There’s loads going on – whether you come for a delicious Sunday lunch, a bar meal, afternoon tea, or just the beer! Or all of it!

What better way to while away a chilly November afternoon as the nights draw in?

Perfect Christmas Gifts from The Garage Spa

It’s fast approaching the time of year when thoughts turn to Christmas and what gifts you’ll buy for your loved ones. Do you wait until the last minute or are you ultra-organised, arranging everything well in advance?

To help take some of the stress and strain out of this year’s Christmas shopping, we’re holding a special Christmas Shopping day at The Garage Spa, nice and early on Thursday, October 30th.

Spa days and products make ideal presents for the special person in your life. What could be nicer than giving someone the gift of relaxation or products that make them look and feel fabulous? If you don’t know what type of spa day your friend or partner would enjoy most, you can buy gift vouchers for certain values so they can decide for themselves.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration or ready to buy, the girls at The Garage will help make things easy for you this year. During our shopping event they’ll be on hand to answer questions about the products we sell, and recommend spa days for you. We’ll even give you a complimentary glass of mulled wine to enjoy while you choose your gifts.

Although you can drop in at any time to this event, if you book to spend some time using our wonderful facilities, we’ll give you a 10% discount on any products you buy as gifts.

Space is limited so book early by calling The Garage Spa on 01833 863 100 or email

Wear It Pink for Breast Cancer at The Garage

The girls at The Garage are really excited at the moment as they plan our annual Pink Pamper charity evening on Friday, October 24th in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness.

Last year’s event was a great success and this year the girls hope to raise even more money for this worthy cause.

Tickets for the Pink Pamper charity evening are only £15 and for this guests will enjoy a complimentary glass of fizz and canapés. There’s a grand charity raffle with amazing prizes of spa treatments, and there’s a prize for the person with the best pink outfit. There’ll also be time to try out some mini spa treatments.

So get planning your pink outfit now! We want to see you dressed from head to toe in your finest pink glad rags next month.

Space is limited so book early. For tickets please call The Garage Spa on 01833 863 100 or email

A Pink Pamper charity evening in aid of breast cancer awareness will be held at The Garage Spa on Friday, October 24th.

A Pink Pamper charity evening in aid of breast cancer awareness will be held at The Garage Spa on Friday, October 24th.

What does the Spirit of Teesdale mean to you?

Perhaps it’s the stunning countryside, the high moorland or the rich meadows. Maybe it’s dramatic features like High Force or one of the iconic landmarks such as Bowes Museum, Raby Castle or the Market Cross in Barnard Castle. Is it the people? Traditional sheep farmers, shopkeepers or entrepreneurs?

Whatever the Spirit of Teesdale means to you, we think you can take a great photograph that captures this theme and enter our photography contest.

Today (Friday, September 19th) is the closing date to send your photographs and judging will take place early next week.

If you’ve been thinking about entering but haven’t quite got around to it, now’s the time to send your best picture to

We’ve received some great entries so far that really demonstrate the huge amount of talent in our region. The photographs also show off our beautiful area and make us quite proud!

Enter today! What have you got to lose?

If you’re lucky you could win one of our fabulous prizes including a relaxing overnight spa break with dinner, an indulgent day at The Garage Spa, or dinner in our 2 AA Rosette-awarded Gilroy’s Dining Room.

You’ll also be doing your bit for charity as the best 12 photographs will be made into a calendar to raise money for St Teresa’s Hospice in Darlington.

Chocolate Surprises on the Menu During National Chocolate Week

It seems like there are awareness days or weeks dedicated to everything and anything at the moment. From World Tourism Day (September 27th) and World Teacher’s Day (October 5th), to National Sandwich Day (November 3rd) and World Toilet Day (November 19th) – it looks like everything is covered!

But our favourite awareness weeks are focused around food and we were delighted to learn about National Chocolate Week between October 13th and 19th this year.

To mark this occasion, we’re putting some amazing chocolate-themed dishes on our award-winning menu.

If you’re a chocoholic, you wont’ want to miss our special menu which is also running alongside the regular a la carte menu in Gilroy’s Dining Room and the Dickens Bistro. It’s full of interesting surprises and twists on a chocolate theme including a venison and chocolate course. That’s not as odd as it sounds and people have been incorporating good quality chocolate in savoury main courses for years particularly in Mexico, South American and the Middle East.

Our chocolate menu runs from October 13th to 19th and booking is essential on 01833 627 232 or as we expect this event to be extremely popular.

Unexpected! Dessert Club is a Sight to Behold

Do you like a pudding? Visitors to our monthly Dessert Club certainly do as they get three delicious sweet treats and a glass of dessert wine (or tea/coffee) for only £15.

Every month is different as you choose a taster dessert for starter and last course from the Gilroy’s Dining Room a la carte menu. And if that wasn’t enough if a treat, our talented chefs create a show-stopping main course – which is also a dessert!

Guests at our last event were thoroughly impressed with the puddings presented at Dessert Club.  They told us they loved all the different textures and clever presentation.

Our desserts really are a sight to behold and bring something unexpected to the table.

Take a look at some of the photographs we took during the last club for a flavour of what to expect.

  • Dessert Club
  • Last Wednesday of the month
  • 12.30 pm to 2.30pm
  • Gilroy’s Dining Room


To book your place at this mouth-watering event, give us a call on 01833 627 232 or email


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Germaine de Capuccini Day at The Garage Spa

Germaine de Capuccini is Spain and Italy’s top selling skin care range with treatments and products for all types of skin. The premium products and treatments are found in the most exclusive salons and spas throughout the world and are offered by the most highly trained therapists in the industry.

To celebrate introducing Germaine de Capuccini products and treatments at The Garage Spa this September we’re holding a very special, one-off half-day spa package on our first day.

By coming along to our special event on Thursday, September 18th you’ll be one of the first people to try out Germaine de Capuccini at The Garage Spa.

This half-day package is only £20 and includes a huge number of special treats!


Space is limited so book early by calling The Garage Spa on 01833 863 100 or email

20th Anniversary Celebrations in Living North East

Guests partied the night away at a 1920s themed ball at The Morritt in July to celebrate the owners’ 20th anniversary at the hotel.

Some wonderful photographs appeared in the social pages of several newspapers and magazines, showing off the guests and their amazing fancy dress, including the full page spread below from Living North East’s September issue.

Living North East - September 2014

Photographs from our 20th anniversary ball in Living North East


Back to School with The Garage

Summer is coming to an end, the days are cooler and the nights are already starting to draw in… Kids are going back to school and after a hectic school holiday you deserve a bit of relaxation and some “me time”.

Ease yourself back into work gently by spending a few blissful hours at The Garage Spa.

Throughout August and September, we’re offering you a wonderful “Back to School” half day spa package for only £85. The package is packed-full of relaxing treats including a 55-minute treatment. You can choose from a Deep Relax Massage or Classic MOT facial – both of these treatments have been chosen for this package as they are truly soothing.

If that’s not enough, you’ll also spend 15 tranquil minutes on the dry float followed by a delicious cream tea.

Of course you don’t have to go “Back to School” – or work – to enjoy this papering!

To book, just give us a call on 01833 863 100 or email

The Relaxing Dry Float at The Garage Spa

The Relaxing Dry Float at The Garage Spa

Enter Our Spirit of Teesdale Photography Contest

Following the success of our Spirit of Teesdale art commission, we’re holding a contest especially for photographers located within 20 miles of The Morritt Country House Hotel.

As part of our 20th anniversary celebrations, we’re inviting local photographers to submit a photo that captures the essence of one of County Durham’s most picturesque Dales.

The theme remains the same – The Spirit of Teesdale. All you have to do is submit an original photograph that captures this subject. It can be anything you like – landscape, portrait, action shot.

You could win one of the following prizes:

First Prize An overnight stay at The Morritt Country House Hotel including breakfast, dinner and spa use for two people.
Second Prize A luxurious day at The Garage Spa for two people including a 55-minute treatment.
Third Prize Dinner for two at the 2 AA Rosette-awarded Gilroy’s Dining Room.

12 shortlisted photographers will be invited to display their images at an exhibition and beer festival (Sunday, November 9th) at The Morritt, where the first, second and third prize-winners will be announced. During the event, photographers are encouraged to talk about their work. All 12 shortlisted photographs will be included in a 2015 calendar to raise money for St Teresa’s Hospice.

How to enter

To enter, submit one image that best captures The Spirit of Teesdale. The photograph can be any subject – landscape, portrait, action etc. Email your photograph to before Friday, September 19th.

Entries must be labelled with your name and image files must be 72 dpi and between 1MB and 3MB. You should include your own name, address and telephone number.