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Food and Drink a la Northumberland

Northumbrians love their food and drink and the range of pubs and restaurants throughout the area reflect this.

The Old Ship in Seahouses regularly appears in the Good Pub Guide (take a bar tour) as does The Ship at nearby Newton-by-the-Sea and the Masons Arms at Rennington.

The Castle Hotel in Bamburgh (the pub not the fortification) and The Black Swan in Seahouses and the Bamburgh Castle Inn Seahouses offer excellent pub grub as does the Greys Inn in Embleton, The Craster Beadnell. The Towers Hotel at Beadnell, The Pack Horse at Ellingham and the White Swan at Warrenford are all great places to eat and drink.

A little further afield you can Sunday Lunch all day in the Cottage Inn in Dunstan, have a lovely drive to visit the Crown and Anchor and the Ship (yes another one) on Holy Island - tides permitting.

Enroute to Holy Island are Sunnyhills at Belford and the Lindisfarne Inn and The Barn at Beal, both offer the bistro lunch experience, are ideal “ladies that lunch” venues and have a small retail outlet offering local produce as well. Infact Sunnyhills has its own butchery counter and supply beautiful free range eggs from their farm just outside Belford.

And when it comes to food you won’t be surprised to see many fish and seafood dishes on the menu like Mussels, Oysters, Prawns, local Crab, Lobster and Kippers - particularly Craster and Seahouses locally smoked. Swallows Fish in Seahouses runs the last smoke house in the village and in Craster Robsons of Craster run the smoke house there and have their own restaurant in which you can try this local delicacy.

So, what about the drink - well pubs abound as we’ve already indicated, but some of the product sold in these pubs is produced locally - we’ve probably the most famous - Lindisfarne Mead, a honey based drink from Holy Island, there’s Alnwick Rum and Alnwick Ale, both recently resurrected from long established recipes, and quite a number of real ales supplied from breweries, both large and micro, in Tyneside and South Northumberland, and visit the Ship at Newton by the Sea and the beer they serve is from their own micro brewery recently established in their outbuildings.

Looking for something to munch on your walk, or whilst you’re cycling or conquering the beach then look no further than either the Wyndenwell or  The Pantry in Bamburgh you can even order your picnic online to pick up, visit Julie’s website

In Seahouses the Northumberian Hamper showcases many locally produced delicacies from Honey and Preserves to locally milled flour, cheeses, oils and cakes. They too will provide a hamper to take away or have it deliverd to a friend or loved one further afield, here website

Want to sample some of our great Northumbrian produce.  Order your grocery items from the comfort of your own home to be delivered to your holiday cottage ready for your arrival - contact

If you’d like to order groceries, and delicious ready meals, meat etc to collect if you are driving up from the South, take a look at R.Turnbull and Sons website, they are based at Alnwick and it will only entail a short diversion to collect your order.