Photography Exhibition, Music, Food and Drink on November 9th

One of the things we love about The Morritt is that it is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the country – stunning Teesdale. The countryside in this area is home to many wonderful sights and natural beauty, so we wanted to do something to celebrate this and show it off to visitors.

As 2014 is our 20th anniversary year, we held the Spirit of Teesdale photography contest and will soon share the shortlisted pictures with everyone at an exhibition on Sunday, November 9th.

We were truly staggered at the quality of entries we received, showing that Teesdale not only has amazing sights, but also extremely talented amateur photographers.

We invite you to come to the exhibition on Sunday, November 9th and see for yourself the quality of entries.

A number of activities are planned so you can spend the whole day at The Morritt as part of this celebration.

Photography Exhibition (11am – 6pm). View the shortlisted photographs in the Ballroom.

Silent Auction (11am – 6pm). Bid to own the photograph prints in the exhibition. Proceeds donated to St Teresa’s Hospice.

Charity Calendars on sale (11am – 6pm). Buy one of our Spirit of Teesdale calendars (£7.50) showing 12 wonderful images. Proceeds donated to St Teresa’s Hospice.

Prize Giving. (2.30pm – 3pm) Find out who won the first, second and third prizes.

Music from Cream Tees. (3pm – 4pm). The local youth folk group will play in the Ballroom, where you can also book Afternoon Tea to enjoy while you listen.


To make a day of it you can book for Sunday Lunch, available from 12pm to 2pm, or Afternoon Tea, from 3pm to 5pm. It’s also the third day of our Traditional Ale Week so there is plenty of refreshment to enjoy in The Dickens Bar.

We look forward to seeing you!

Sunday Lunches and Afternoon Teas are very popular so should be booked in advance. Please call 01833 627 232 or email

Our Fabulous Girls’ Night In is Now Double The Fun!

Our fabulous girls only evening at The Garage Spa is now so popular that we’re extending it to two Thursdays each month. This means that you can have double the fun and twice the relaxation!

Previously held on the last Thursday monthly, Girls’ Night In is now held on both the second and last Thursday each month, starting in November 2014. This means that in November you can enjoy the even on Thursday, November 13th and Thursday, November 27th.

What better way to ease into the festive season than with a relaxing 25-minute treatment, freshly prepared nibbles and glass of fizz, and use of The Garage’s indulgent facilities from 5pm?

But make sure you book early to secure your place– we doubled the chance for you to come along because it really is one of our most popular events.

To make a booking or for more information call 01833 863 100 or email

Girls Night In takes place on the second and last Thursday each month, except December.

Beer at 1994 Prices During Morritt’s Traditional Ale Week

Everyone loves a bargain and anyone coming to the Tuesday night of this year’s Morritt Traditional Ale Week 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 Traditional Ale Week 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 Friday, October 31st.

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