Haltwhistle Toy, Model and Sci-Fi Fair, Debuts Sunday, April 14th

Cumbria has a brand new Toy, Model and Sci-Fi Fair at Haltwhistle on the famous Coast to coast route near Hadrian’s Wall. The debut event will be held at Haltwhistle Leisure Centre on Sunday 14th of April.

There’ll be a wide range of toys, models, figures and Sci-fi, comics and movie memorabilia so why not come along and find something nice for yourself or your kids? You could make a day of it and explore the amazing Roman wall and the wildly beautiful border scenery!

Adults £3.00
Senior/Under 16s £2.00
Early Bird tickets (from 8 am)Adults/Senior £5.00  Under 16s £3.00


Hadrian's Wall

Why not visit Hadrian’s Wall for a picnic and stop off at Haltwhistle’s fantastic new Toy Fair!

Cumbria’s Newest Toy, Train, Model  and Sci-Fi Fair awaits your pleasure!


Steak’s Great At The New Inn, Hoff

Cheery, friendly welcome at The New Inn, Hoff

There’s a cheery, friendly welcome at The New Inn, Hoff. Good pub food and Real ales served by good folk.

the new inn at night

Welcoming lights of the New Inn, Hoff

This year’s wedding anniversary saw us treating ourselves to a nice feed at The New Inn, Hoff on yesterday’s rainy night.

Sandra serving my sirloin

Sandra serving my sirloin

This delightful old Inn has lots of character, comfy seating, great food and drink, cosy fire, lovely timber frame interior, jolly banter and no pretensions.

Sandra Colbear and Daniel Graham reopened the pub in September last year. Built on the old drovers’ route to Appleby-in-Westmorland, now the B6260 on the popular Coast to coast route , the New Inn is a traditional Westmorland country pub of  considerable character. In times past, The New Inn was a blessing to the drovers and horse drawn traffic, there is still a high service window at the back of the pub where horsemen could take receipt of a jack of ale from the saddle!  Nowadays the pub still serves farmers and local people, but in addition they sustain holiday makers staying at local caravan sites, walkers, cyclists and touring drivers.

Their Easter Hog roast went very well and Daniel says they’ll be repeating the event.

There’s great service at The New Inn, Hoff
Lovely pub grub at The New Inn! Sirloin steak, onion rings, flat cap mushrooms, tomatoes,new potatoes and vegetables

Lovely pub grub at The New Inn, in Hoff. Sirloin steak, onion rings, flat cap mushrooms, tomatoes, new potatoes and vegetables.

Daniel and Sandra served us very nice meals. Mine, a sirloin steak platter, succulent, generously proportioned  and well accompanied. My wife thought her Cream of mushroom soup a cut above the norm,  creamy and flavoursome with lots of finely chopped fungi, all she hoped for.

I had resolved to celebrate our anniversary here, because the proprietors had rescued me the previous week when my scooter had given out due to damp electrics and left me about half way from, and half an hour late for, a business meeting at Logic plumbing and heating firm’s head quarters on Appleby’s Cross Croft Industrial Estate. My mobile was at home on my charger, my bike’s electrics didn’t want to play their part and I was sodden and feeling dispirited .

These good folk helped me out without blinking and whilst doing so, I saw the New Inn’s charming tap room. Good reasons to return.

In conversation with Sandra and Daniel it emerged that their first year at The New Inn has been quite a memorable one, but the recession and rainy summer has not made it particularly easy.

The New Inn's cream of mushroom soup

The New Inn’s fine cream of mushroom soup

Helping others has been a recurrent theme apparently. In addition to assisting me, Daniel has helped people in a car accident, saved a donkey, lots of sheep and even helped an exhausted cow from the river.

He’s a good Samaritan as well as a good chef! This is a hostelry in the traditional sense and well worthy of patronage, especially midweek at this time of year, when things are a bit on the quiet side.

Call 017683 51740 for more information, and do plan a drop in at Hoff’s New Inn. I think you’ll find it a cheerful and nourishing experience.