First drive As­ton Martin DB11 Volante

The Herald Magazine - - etc DRIVE -

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

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