Food and drink guide to Northumberland

Posted by Ed Roberts on 19th November 2020

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Dining out or grabbing a snack gains an enjoyable focus whilst on holiday. Back home, we all have our favourite local spots for takeaways, sit-down meals, pub lunches and fine dining, but on holiday, it’s time for bravery; it’s time for something new. However, you’re not alone, there’s nothing wrong with receiving a few friendly pointers here and there when picking somewhere to eat and drink. That’s where our guide to the best places to eat in Northumberland might come in handy.

Northumberland is a great place to eat and drink; with a long coastline, access to fresh seafood is a cert, and its swathes of farmland guarantee lush produce. From top restaurants to the coolest cafes around, let us introduce you to a handful of our favourite places to eat out in Northumberland. Many of our self-catering holiday cottages have excellent kitchens where you can try out some local recipes made with produce from the county’s veritable army of artisan bakers, butchers, greengrocers, and vintners.


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Top restaurants in Northumberland

The Potted Lobster | £££

The Potted Lobster

This Michelin-star restaurant in Bamburgh is the place to head to for superior seafood dishes. The Potted Lobster is a comfortable bistro decorated with portraits of atmospheric seascapes; you can also sit outside to drink in the lovely views of the Bamburgh Castle. Keep an eye out for details of the latest catch on the blackboard; the squid and oysters dishes come highly recommended.

Stay nearby: Kyloe Church Cottage | Sleeps: 4 guests 

Hjem | £££ 

Hjem

For something different, book a table at Hjem, in Wall, Northumberland’s leading Scandinavian restaurant. ‘Gastrowimps’ need not apply at this restaurant because the chefs have conjured up some Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Finnish dishes, all made from Northumbrian produce for you to try. Hjem has been awarded a Michelin star, so you know you are in for a memorable experience. Close to Hadrian’s Wall, you can work up an appetite walking the ramparts and ruins of this amazing Northumberland landmark.

Stay nearby: Hadrian’s Wall Cottage | Sleeps: 2 guests plus 1 dog 

Haveli | ££ 

Haveli

For lovers of authentic and spicy Indian food, then Haveli is the place to head for. This Michelin-starred restaurant is so good, putting most Indian dining experiences in the shade. Enliven your tastebuds with some of their tantalising meals which run the whole gamut from North Indian vegetarian goodness to Bombay delicacies which are bound to delight you. Meat, fish, and vegetable dishes from all across India combine to give you one of the best nights out in Northumberland. Chef’s specials include lamb burra kebab, murgh makhani, and carrot halwa tart with clotted cream. Book ahead!

Stay nearby: 4 Dukes Cottage | Sleeps: 6 guests plus 2 dogs 


Top gastropubs in Northumberland

The Rat Inn | ££  

The Rat Inn

Looking for a great place to enjoy a pint or a G&T as well as somewhere for a restorative meal full of hearty goodness after a day of touring? Then stop in at The Rat Inn, near Hexham. This traditional 18th-century (former) drovers’ inn boasts characterful wooden ceiling beams, and a multi-level garden with arbours and pleasant Tyne Valley views. The menu changes daily to showcase high-quality dishes such as the Northumberland rib of beef.

Stay nearby: Duck House at Devil’s Water | Sleeps: 4 guests plus 1 dog

The Feathers Inn | ££

The Feathers Inn

Book a table for a satisfying meal at this welcoming pub, The Feathers Inn, situated on a steep hill at the heart of a lovely Northumbrian village, Hedley on the Hill. The shelves are packed with interesting recipe books and the walls are adorned with portraits of their suppliers. The ever-changing menus showcase local produce, and everything is made on the premises. The Feathers Inn also has a Michelin star, and they recommend you try everything!

Stay nearby: Teddy’s Cottage | Sleeps: 2 guests plus 1 dog 

The Ship Inn | ££

The Ship Inn

Head out to Alnwick near the coast for castle views and this great gastropub. The Ship Inn is a local favourite, as well as one of the county’s leading pubs to dine at. The menu is full of British standards put together with local ingredients. Backed up with a strong wine list and a variety of beers to satisfy the most discerning of ale drinkers, make a stop at The Ship Inn during your holiday on the Northumberland coast.

Stay nearby: Alnwick Fox Wood | Sleeps: 5 guests 


Top cafes in Northumberland

Earl Grey Tearoom | £

Earl Grey Tearoom

The Earl Grey Tearoom at Howick Hall is a lovely place to stop and enjoy a light lunch and a coffee. Howick is the home of Earl Grey tea! It was specially blended by a Chinese mandarin for the second Earl Grey and was created to suit the water from the spring at Howick by using bergamot to dilute the lime in it. Now it is famous throughout the world. Today, the tearoom occupies the space of the stately home’s former ballroom.

Stay nearby: Town Square View | Sleeps: 6 guests plus 3 dogs 

One Café 1 | £ 

One Café 1

One Café 1 is a stylish café in Seahouses located in a former Art Deco era pub. Specialising in light lunches and cakes, this is a wonderful place for a low-key lunch at the coast. A short walk from the beach in Seahouses takes you to the quaint village of Bamburgh, with its magnificent castle, and you cross the causeway to visit the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Inland is the vibrant market town of Alnwick, home to Alnwick Castle and the fabulous Alnwick Garden.

Stay nearby: The Fisherman’s Cottage | Sleeps: 2 guests 

CAFE 19 | £

Cafe 19

Sometimes you need something simple yet satisfying, that’s where cool eateries like Cafe 19 come in. Every town in England has got one, a place where the speciality is a fortifying full English breakfast, brunch or lunch with a sturdy cup of tea. Cafe 19 is a friendly prospect situated on the seafront at Whitley Bay. So, after a long day of touring this lovely seaside town, head through the doors for a brilliant breakfast or lunch!

Stay nearby: Sycamore Cottage | Sleeps: 9 guests plus 2 dogs


Top dog-friendly places to eat in Northumberland

The Lookout | £

The Lookout

The Lookout on the River Tweed in Berwick-upon-Tweed is a fine spot to relax with your four-legged friend and enjoy waterside views. There is a courtyard on the riverside where you can enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake, or maybe try one of their light lunches on for size. Berwick-upon-Tweed is a great place to explore with your dog, with parks and riverside walks galore to seek out.

Stay nearby: Quay Walls Cottages | Sleeps: 4 guests plus 2 dogs 

Pipers Pitch | £

Pipers Pitch

Seek out Pipers Pitch in Craster for a truly excellent culinary diversion. Craster Kippers crown the deep menu of takeaway goodies. There are benches outside to enjoy your lunch if the weather is good; this makes Pipers one of the very best dog-friendly eateries in Northumberland. It’s a short distance from Craster Harbour where the kippers are smoked! So, enjoy a trip to one of Northumberland’s best-loved coastal hideaways.

Stay nearby: Beech Cottage | Sleeps: 4 guests plus 1 dog 

The Crown and Anchor | ££ 

The Crown and Anchor

Your erstwhile hounds are allowed in the bar of this fantastic little pub, The Crown and Anchor, near Holy Island in Lindisfarne. Warm up with some wholesome food after a walk around Holy Island - you can enjoy some awesome views of the priory, the harbour and castle from the pub, which is the perfect retreat to spend time in.

Stay nearby: Britannia House | Sleeps: 6 guests plus 1 dog 


Stay with us in Northumberland

We have some lovely self-catering holiday cottages all over beautiful Northumberland, close to many of the places to eat and drink featured in this guide. Where will you stay on your holiday to Northumberland?

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Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.