First drive Aston Martin DB11 Volante
DB9, though – unless you’re in the habit of buying 007-style-meal-deals-for-one – you won’t be using it for the weekly shop.
Thankfully, today is not shopping day: it’s driving day.
Suitably fortified by last night’s meal – the Lord Crewe Arms not only offers twentyone bedrooms in the stone-built village of Blanchland, it’s home to The Gatehouse, which hosts private dinners and chef demos, and The Larders and Bishops Dining Room restaurants – I’m raring to get going.
Reflecting the twists and turns of the labyrinthine corridors and corkscrew stairs of the former Abbots’ guesthouse, the narrow Northumberland roads between County Durham and the Scottish border, u