The Commissioners Quay Inn in Blythe Northumberland was the second pub with rooms we stayed at.
Part of the Inn Collection, The Commissioners Quay is a large stylish pub taking pride in place on the Blythe waterfront.
We were not disappointed!
Disclaimer:This accommodation was a complimentary stay for purposes of review. As always, opinions are my own.
When we say accessible, we mean accessible to us. Bridget uses a wheelchair but can walk a few steps on flat ground. She has numerous damaged joints in her hands and feet, and we both have energy limiting conditions.
The Commissioners Quay Inn
Where is it?
The Commissioners Quay sits on the quayside in Blythe docks.
When we visited, it was clear that a lot of work was regenerating the dockside.
What is it?
The Commissioners Quay is a sizeable stylish pub with a restaurant and accommodation.
There are 40 en-suite bedrooms at The Commissioners Quay. They include single, twin, double, family, accessible and dog-friendly bedrooms.
The Commissioners Quay is an ideal base to explore the Northumberland coast and countryside.
Staying at The Commissioners Quay
Here’s an overview of what you can expect if you stay at The Commissioners Quay:
There is a large car park at the rear of the pub.
It was busy, serving pub patrons, accommodation guests and local offices.
There is a drop-off point and several designated free accessible parking spaces, all situated close the to entrance.
An assistance intercom is next to the main entrance should you struggle with the doors.
There is step-free level access from the car park into the pub.
Check-in is at a designated area at the end of the bar.
There was a bit of confusion in our room, but it was swiftly rectified.
We had been allocated an accessible room with a low-level bath. We requested a wet room and were immediately transferred to a room with a wet room.
Every staff member we interacted with was friendly and attentive to our needs.
The Commissioners Quay Inn
The pub is modern with a homely feel.
It’s busy night and day. The locals inform me The Commissioners Quay is the place to go for lunch and a night out.
The good news is, as it’s a large pub with an accessible beer terrace, it never felt too busy.
We ate an evening meal at the pub and had breakfast, and both were fine.
Serving tasty homemade food, including pub classics, the menu is extensive and changes regularly to reflect local and seasonal ingredients.
My one observation would be that it’s a victim of its success, so I recommend booking a table during busy periods.
Accessibility at The Commissioners Quay
Overall we didn’t encounter any access issues during our stay. I was able to push Bridget’s wheelchair in all areas of the pub, communal areas and our bedroom.
As mentioned earlier, access from the car park is flat.
There is intercom access for disabled guests should they need it.
Access to the outdoor beer terrace is flat, and there is plenty of seating.
Inside, walkways were clear of hazards. There was plenty of seating, including couches, booths and standalone tables.
Access to the accommodation floors was via a lift.
It comfortably fitted Bridget’s wheelchair and me inside.
There was a refuge point on the upper floors with an intercom for disabled guests.
The wide hallways were carpeted and were well lit.
Accessible Bedrooms at The Commissioners Quay Inn
Once we’d resolved the wrong type of accessible room, we were happy with the accommodation.
The only thing I would say is that (unless I’m wrong) the accessible rooms don’t have a balcony. And balcony rooms overlook the sea.
Our view was the car park. It didn’t spoil our stay, but I did feel a little bit aggrieved.
Much like the Hogs Head Inn room, the bedroom was spacious, modern and comfortable.
As you can see, one side of the bed had plenty of space to transfer from a wheelchair.
Next to the bed were panic alarms should you need assistance.
As you’d expect, there were tea and coffee facilities, a chair, a desk and a TV. What else do you need?
The wet room had a low-level sink, mirror, raised toilet, ample bars, grab rails, and a red emergency cord.
The roll-in shower had a fixed wall seat, bars, grab rails and a red emergency cord.
The shower head was low and was accessible from the seated position.
And the wet room was spacious and clean, and it was more than adequate for The Bimblers.
Would We Stay Again?
Absolutely. The Commissioners Quay Inn is a good choice as a base to explore the area.
What’s Near By?
The Blythe Quayside
There is a lovely walk along the quayside in front of the pub.
I was fixated with The Spirit of the Staithes; it was mesmerising.
I also spent ten minutes admiring the skill of the riggers as they climbed the rig of a tall ship.
Blythe Town Centre
If you fancy a bit of shopping, Blythe town centre is on the doorstep.
Blythe South Beach
A short drive south, and there’s a lovely beach where you can chill or have a bimble on the promenade.
St Mary’s Lighthouse
We couldn’t go up the lighthouse, but it was nice to get close. You can take a short stroll on the promenade.
We stopped in Whitley Bay for a bite to eat, and I also took up the chance to have a bimble on the promenade.
Our final destination on our coastal adventure was Tynemouth.
We stopped for a cake on the beach and then sat off near the castle.
The Commissioners Quay Inn proves you don’t have to break the bank to stay in quality, accessible accommodation.
As a base, I would recommend any of the Inn Collection properties.
They are accessible to us as ambulatory wheelchair users and affordable.