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Cumbrian couple’s award for running one of Britain’s friendliest B&Bs

By James Johnson

A roaring fire, friendly dog and a cup of tea might not be the greeting most associate with a bed and breakfast.

Similarly, not every bed and breakfast is situated 400 yards from Hadrian’s Wall or next door to Lanercost Priory. Perhaps that’s why Christina and Bob Lamb received an AA Bed and Breakfast award this week for running one of Britain’s friendliest bed and breakfasts.

The couple opened the Lanercost establishment in May 2011, and since then have dedicated themselves to trying to cater fully for their guests. Despite their recent accolade – perhaps helping them lay claim to being Cumbria’s friendliest welcome – Mrs Lamb, 58, modestly insists the reputation of their establishment is as much to do with the location as their demeanour. She said: “So much actually goes on in Lanercost – it’s fantastic. “We have had incredibly interesting people in through the door. “We had a lovely honeymooning couple staying here last week who went to play pool at the local and said it was the highlight of their holiday.” But it’s not just the local pubs, red squirrels and nearby river that so enchants visitors. Mrs Lamb explains: “Guests will enjoy it because we enjoy it. We have had people come in who say they’ve met people on a ferry who recommended us. “We have had very nice people so far. Maybe one day someone horrid will come in and it won’t be so nice.” The couple attended an award ceremony at the Royal Horseguards Hotel in London to celebrate their being one of 25 finalists in the competition.