Restaurants, Pubs, Cafés, Bistros
NORTHUMBERLAND COAST NEAR ALNWICK
(Personal and guest favourite's)
Alnmouth (5 minutes drive)
Once an important sea port for Alnwick, it ceased to be a sea port when a major storm wrecked the harbour and changed the mouth of the estuary. It is now a quiet seaside town with lovely beach.
- The Saddle Grill - situated on Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, (the main street). Open 7 days a week for lunch and evening meals. Times 12 - 2 pm and 6 - 9 pm. Tel. 01665 830476.
- Bistro 23 - A fully licensed restaurant, situated at 23 Northumberland Street, Alnmouth. A Tea rooms through the day, and on Wednesday and Saturday evenings it becomes a lively Bistro.
Bookings are taken for evening sittings, at 7pm. 7.30pm. and 8.00pm. Seats around 40 people. To make a booking tel. 01665 830393.
- The Red Lion - situated on Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, good reviews regarding the Red Lion, pub food, well prepared, in a lovely environment. Food served every day, until 9pm, Sunday's until 8pm.
Tel. 01665 830 584. Consistent good reviews from our guests. Website
- Italia - situated at 42 Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, a lovely small Italian restaurant with 'open kitchen' and wood burning pizza oven. good reviews recently from our guests. To book a table telephone 01665 830837. Website
There are other places in Alnmouth to try but we are still waiting for reviews from our guests.
Amble (15 minutes drive)
Amble is very proud to be a working town, with a lovely working harbour still retaining its own North Sea fishing boats. The harbour is an interesting diversion and the Marina nearby is where many of the visiting yachts moor up whilst visiting the area. Queen Street in Amble has many interesting shops to browse.
- Zecca, Amble's newest restaurant - situated in High Street, Amble, near the top of Queen Street. Serving Italian and Continental style cuisine in a contemporary style restaurant.
The chef, Richard Simm was previously head chef at the Tree House, Alnwick Garden. The restaurant is receiving excellent reviews. It is open every night until 11pm and serves lunch every day. They have a discounted luncheon menu and an early bird menu 4 - 6pm. Traditional Sunday Lunch available every Sunday between 11.30am - 2pm and from our experience it was excellent.
Zecca is also an excellent fish restaurant serving numerous choices of freshly landed fish direct from Amble harbour.
Tel. 01665 713 575. Website
- Spurreli Ice cream a welcome addition to Amble's offering. Authentic Italian style icecream of very high quality made on the premises. It is absolutely delicious and well worth the trip to Amble. The portions are very generous and the staff friendly. Spurreli also do authentic coffee, tea and wine. The café is situated at the harbour. if you are travelling down Queen Street just keep going it will lead to the harbour and you will easily find Spurelli's. Opening hours Winter 10 - 5 and Summer 10 - 6. Their website is www.spurreli.com and telephone 01665 710890.
Craster (8 - 10 minutes drive)
Famous for its world renowned Craster kippers, and more latterly for its use as the set in the TV drama series "Distant Shores"
- Shorline café - situated just past Robson's and the Jolly Fisherman, this very friendly little café offers appertising home cooked food and freshly made sandwiches, a refreshing place to stop for a cuppa after a lovely walk along this beautiful coastline. Open 10am - 5pm (10am - 4pm in winter) 7 days a week.
- Robson's of Craster - situated next to the harbour. World-famous for their Craster kippers, they have a Fish Restaurant and a "wet" fish shop. Here you can buy your freshly smoked Craster Kippers to take home with you. The restaurant is open only during the main tourist season. Closed during the winter.
Tel. 01665 576223. Website
- The Jolly Fisherman - Craster, overlooking the harbour. Picturesque setting, has just recently come under new management. Open for lunches & Evening Meals serving food 11am - 3pm and 5pm - 8.30pm. Also open Sundays and food served 12am to 7pm. Good recent reviews.
Tel. 01665 576461.
Lesbury (5 minutes drive)
A very picturesque Olde Village with a friendly family pub in the centre.
The village is on the coastal route, just of the A1068 en-route to Alnmouth
- The Coach Inn - fully licensed restaurant, on a Sunday they serve lunch between 12 and 5pm.
It is only 5 minutes drive away. Varied menu, including vegetarian. Reviews are very mixed!
To book a table telephone 01665 830865
Newton By The Sea (15 mins drive)
A hidden gem, at Low Newton By The Sea you will be entranced by the superb coastal scenery, Newton Haven leading down to Embleton Bay, one of the most picturesque bays on the Northumberland Coast. Low Newton by the Sea is a hamlet of fishermen's houses, and set in the corner you will find the Ship Inn.
- Ship Inn - Low Newton By The Sea - A friendly pub with home cooked food and their own micro brewery, food available on certain days, you would need to check with the Ship Inn before you arrive. Tel: 01665 576262.
For more information see their website
(Note: Recent information is that this small pub is now so popular in the busy season April - Oct that you may need to book your table several days in advance)
- The Joiners Arms - Newton by the sea, a nice friendly modern pub with large dining room offering pub food and Sunday lunches. to book a table 01665 - 576112
Rennington (5 minutes drive)
About five minutes drive from Alnwick along the Alnwick to Seahouses Rd. Famous for it's "scarecrow" festival August Bank Holiday weekend.
- The Horse shoes Inn - Rennington. Friendly village pub, lunches and evening meals. See their website for comprhensive information Website or telephone 01665 577665
Warkworth (8 minutes drive)
About eight minutes drive from Alnwick along the scenic A1068 Road, Warkworth Village with its picturesque old streets and overlooked by the massive castle atop the hill. The village is a real sightseeing treat.
There are several places to eat here but guests have recently recommended the Hermitage:
- Hermitage Pub & Restaurant - situated at 23 Castle Street, Warkworth. NE65 0UL.
Open 10am - 9pm Monday the Saturday and 12pm - 8pm Sunday. Carvery served Friday and Saturday night and Sunday Lunch time. To make an enquiry telephone 01665 711258
Warkworth is an extremely picturesque village with its own castle standing high over the village.
- Cabosse - situated in Dial Place in Warkworth near the church and it is an absolute delight. Here you can buy authentic French style Patisserie, and chocolates made on the premises by the talented Louise Frederique. There is a lovely tea room through the shop where you can sample the delightful freshly made sandwiches or pastries, and on you way out you can buy beautiful gifts of chocolates or pastries to take with you. Tel: 01665 712644 Website
Howick is situated between Craster and Longhoughton villages and is home to the famous 'Earl Grey' the parliamentary reformer, but probably better known for introducing the tea by the same name!
Howick Hall Tea Rooms. Gardens and Arboretum are a delight to walk around with the added advantage of having one of the most elegant tea rooms in Northumberland, offering home cooked food and lovely cakes. A firm favourite. Howick Hall Gardens.
(The hall is not open to the public) Tea rooms open from midday every day during the opening season. See their website for opening times.
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