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When it comes to eating out in Northumberland, the list of dishes you must try is almost as long as the list of restaurants, pubs, cafes and hotels in which you should try them. Let’s start with seafood, though, because Northumberland offers the lot: from crab and oysters, to lobster and cod – and Craster kippers. The Robson family have been making their unique kippers since 1865. Across the road from Robson’s you’ll find The Jolly Fisherman. This is a no-nonsense coastal pub – but it also offers the finest crab sandwiches to be had in the county and people travel from far and wide for them.
In Bamburgh, The Lord Crewe serves traditional fare exceedingly well, while The Potted Lobster is – as you might expect from its name – a rather special fish restaurant. The Victoria Hotel’s Bar and Brasserie is always hugely popular with residents and tourists and is perfect for a special occasion or Sunday treat.
Further afield, The Barrasford Arms, at Hexham, is a picturesque pub overlooking Houghton Castle, serving a range of top quality local Northumbrian food using ingredients from its very own gardens. And while in Hexham why not sample French country cuisine at Bouchon Bistrot, authentic Greek dishes at Stalida Greek Taverna’s or Indo Latino tapas at Cilantro? And no visit is complete without a drop in at Amble’s Old Boat House, twice voted the Coastal Seafood Restaurant of the Year. There’s plenty of choice but top of the list should be the generous seafood sharing platters, where the contents depends on the day’s catch. Not too far way, at Hedley on the Hill, The Feathers; a former drover’s cottage, produces highly-acclaimed artisan-style dishes. You’ll also get superb fish and chips from Seahouses, with the likes of The Pinnacle, Neptune and Lewis’s or, for something more exotic, try Elan Pizzeria, Indian Brasserie or The Spice House.
Wark, Hexham NE48 3LS
For a true taste of the heart and soul of Northumberland, Battlesteads can’t be beaten. Whether you’re looking for the perfect base for exploring the local area, somewhere to enjoy the very best local food and drink, or a unique stargazing experience, Battlesteads has it all. Dine in the restaurant and enjoy an eight-course tasting menu packed full of local and home-grown produce, sample the best local ales and spirits in the bar, learn how to use a telescope and see the Milky Way and Northern Lights, and feel at home with the warm welcome from the Battlesteads team. Visit website
Langley, Hexham NE47 5LU
Along with an abundance of turrets and suits of armour, Langley Castle is home to the two AA rosetted Josephine Restaurant. Expect the finest Northumbrian produce on the menu, offering fantastic starters as well as delicious main dishes, prepared with flair. The castle’s sumptuous drawing room is perfect for a pre-dinner drink and also offers afternoon tea, light snacks and lunches. Visit website
The Wynding, Beadnell, Chathill NE67 5AS
The Salt Water Cafe is open from 8:30am serving breakfasts, light snacks, lunches and afternoon tea throughout the day and stylish bistro dining from 6pm. Home-made cakes, delightful sweet treats and pastries, barista-prepared freshly-ground coffee and Ringtons loose leaf teas are available. There is also a take away service through the day. The chef, Ian Kersten, showcases the wealth of quality ingredients found on the doorstep to create a truly memorable dining experience! Seafood is sourced from Beadnell Bay and nearby Seahouses harbour. Meat from Bamburgh butcher “Carters”, including the famous Bamburgh Banger sausage for breakfast, and local game from the Cheviot Hills regularly feature on the menu. Visit website
Anick, Hexham NE46 4LN
The Rat Inn offers award-winning food in a relaxed country pub atmosphere, roaring fires and a stunning beer garden with valley views. Conveniently situated just a few minutes from Hexham and the ancient Roman village of Corbridge, The Rat is an historic former drovers inn with a colourful past. The pub champions local food, using wonderful produce from the surrounding Northumberland countryside. Visit website
The Wynding, Beadnell, Chathill NE67 5AX
The Craster Arms is situated in the heart of Beadnell, a sleepy fishing village on the Northumberland Coast. It’s open all day and offers a wide selection of beers, wines, spirits and local ales. There’s also an extensive food menu, that includes light lunches and sandwiches alongside a range of evening meals. The home-made burgers and giant beer-battered North Sea cod are loved by locals and visitors alike. Visit website
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