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10 reasons to visit Northumberland

  • 30.05.2017

With its dramatic coast, rugged moorland and brooding hills, Northumberland is a treat for lovers of the English countryside. These days, the northern county offers plenty of good food to go with its scenery, too. Take it all in with our top ten spots to visit.

NorthumberlandThe Feathers Inn
Hedley on the Hill, NE43 7SW
01661 843607
If you eat at only one place in Northumberland, make it here. Expect local produce at the heart of the well-judged menu, and plenty of Northumberland beers. 

Earl Grey Tea House
Alnwick, NE66 3LB
01665 572232
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The bergamot-scented tea was first blended here, to mitigate the limy qualities of the house’s well water, and is celebrated today in the elegant tea room.

NorthumberlandThe Ship Inn
Low Newton-by-the-Sea NE66 3EL
01665 576262
A beachside pub with its own onsite microbrewery, this has a small, daily changing menu – try the crab stotties.

Jolly Fisherman
Haven Hill, Craster, NE66 3TR
01665 576461
An historic harbourside pub, which can get hugely busy when the sun is out, though if you’re lucky enough to bag a terrace table you might not mind. Refuel after a windswept coastal walk with a prawn sandwich and a big bowl of beef dripping chips.

Craster kippersL Robson & Sons and the Craster Seafood Restaurant
Haven Hill, Craster, NE66 3TR
01665 576223
Home of the famed Craster kippers, still produced in the on-site smokehouses. 

The Pheasant Inn
Stannersburn, Kielder Water, NE48 1DD
01434 240382
A pub with rooms, this serves lovely local fare, and is a handy base for exploring Kielder Water.

NorthumberlandThe Running Fox Café & Artisan Bakery
Felton, NE65 9EA
01670 787090
The handful of tables at the front here are a hit when the sun shines. Fill-your-boots breakfasts, such as homemade cheese scones topped with egg and bacon, are a draw.

The Old Post Office Bistro
Warkworth, NE65 0UL
01665 711341
An elegant, bistro menu and comfortable rooms in pretty Warkworth village.

Mizen Head
Lucker Road, Bamburgh, NE69 7BS
01668 214254
Fresh-off-the-boat fish is the order of the day at this stylish restaurant with rooms.

NorthumberlandThe Rat Inn
Hexham, NE46 4LN
01434 602814
Good pub food, and fine views over the Tyne Valley from the pretty beer garden.

Photography by Rob Streeter.

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