Ford and Etal Railway, Northumberland
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Eating Out Links
Here are some website resources that you may find of interest or that might assist you in planning your self-catering cottage holiday in Northumberland.
- Belford - local village with all amenties
Belford is about a 10/15 minute drive from us. It has a Co-op (open 7am-10pm), 4 pubs, the excellent John Dory fish and chip shop (open Thursday, Friday, Saturday - other days in summer, tel: 01668 213161), Well House Coffee shop and Sunnyhills Farm shop.
- Cafe & Garden - The Garden Station
A good hour's drive away, but worth it for garden lovers who will enjoy this unusual woodland garden and cafe set along an old railway track. There's an eclectic choice of day courses to whet your appetite.
- Coffee Shop - The Well House Belford
The Well House coffee shop is located in one of the oldest buildings in Belford (dating back to the 1600s). Great home made food and cakes. About 10-15 minutes away from us.
- Farm Shop/Restaurant - Berwick Garden Centre
Berwick Garden Centre has a good farm shop, coffee shop and a restaurant offering home cooked food.
- Fish and chips - The Bunker, Seahouses
The Bunker on the front at Seahouses does great fish and chips, cooked freshly to order. Eat in or take away. In our opinion, the best in the village. There's also a crazy golf and soft play for children. 15-20 minutes from us.
- Howick Hall Gardens
In the Grey family since 1319 (yes, including Earl Grey of tasty tea fame!) Howick Hall is one of the UK's best coastal gardens with lovely walks, a bog garden, an arboretum and interesting planting all year round. It's our best local snowdrop walk and one of the places where you can see red squirrels. The Earl Grey Tea House is a civilised spot for a cup of the nation's favourite drink.
- Licenced cafe/Picnic service - Black Olive
Less than 20 minutes away is The Black Olive Cafe open from 10.30am until 2pm or 3pm seven days a week. With sofas, books and daily papers it's a pleasant place to relax. They also offer a picnic service from £6.50 per head.
- Pubs - Cook and Barker Inn
Back down the A1, you'll find this northumbrian Inn which serves good food using meats sourced from their own farm.
- Pubs - Red Lion Inn, Alnmouth
This is a lovely pub with a traditional bar and a pleasant dining room. Good pub food. Outside there is a beer garden overlooking the River Aln. Alnmouth is a pretty northumbrian village with pleasant walks either along the river or beach.
- Pubs - Red Lion Inn, Milfield
A good, traditional northumbrian pub selling home made pub food.
- Pubs - Ship Inn, Newton by the Sea
One of our favourite destinations for a fantastic pub meal in a lovely setting right by the sea. Beautifully prepared fresh food using lots of northumbrian fish including crab and lobster and locally sourced meats. Great vegetarian dishes too.
- Pubs - Tankerville Arms, Eglingham
A popular pub with a great reputation for good food.
- Pubs - The Olde Ship Inn, Seahouses
Step back in time in this traditional pub full to the rafters with nautical bits and bobs and more brass than you can shake a stick at! Good pub food and a beer garden with views over the harbour and the Farne Islands.
- Restaurant/cafe - Barn at Beal
Barely a five/ten minute drive from us, these beautifully converted farm buildings with views over to Holy Island now house a lovely coffee shop and a comfortably furnished restaurant which serves good food using plenty of locally sourced fish and meats. There's also a gift shop and useful, free visitor centre.
- Restaurant/cafe - Cafe Delicious, Alnwick
Until recently Sarah at Delicious Occasions concentrated on outside catering. Now she has spread her wings and opened Cafe Delicious at 39 Market Street (on the main road, near The Swan) in Alnwick.
- Rstaurant - The Treehouse at Alnwick Garden
For a special occasion in quirky surroundings with an arboreal decor theme, the Treehouse is a great choice. Described as a cross between a good cafe and an upmarket brasserie, the Treehouse is popular for lunches and is open on some evenings only. On the website click on Eat.
- Visit Northumberland's Food And Drink Guide
Northumberland offers a vast range of choice for eating out. This guide list some of the restaurants, pubs, tea-shops and cafes available.