The Seafood Trail
Where to eat
If you love seafood then the Northumberland coast has some great restaurants which won’t disappoint.
St Aidans Bistro, ran by owners Rob and Tegan, is located on the edge of Seahouses, with unrivalled views up the coastline towards Bamburgh Castle and Holy Island. Serving up an array of fresh locally sourced food, Head chef James Ash has put together an ever changing seasonal menu, complimented with daily specials. The Bistro is open Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings throughout the year, has a small bar serving up local ales, plenty of choices of wine by the glass and a full wine list. Advanced bookings recommended.
The Potted Lobster – One of the most popular Bamburgh restaurants, receiving rave reviews for its delicious seafood and included in the 2018 and 2019 editions of the Michelin Guide.
The Old Boathouse, Amble – a rustic bistro with views straight out to sea, serving seafood straight from Amble harbour. The lobster is a must.
The Craster Fish Restaurant – Specialising in locally cured or caught fish served at the restaurant of L Robson and Sons smokehouse.
The Jolly Fisherman, Craster – A gastro pub in the heart of Craster, famous for its crab sandwiches and crab soup, and with some gorgeous sea views from the dining room and beer garden.
The Ship Inn, Newton – Lobster straight from Newton Bay is served at this by-the-beach pub from June until October. A truly relaxed place, with a grassed courtyard for hazy summer nights.
Mizen Head Seafood Restaurant, Bamburgh – If you want a fantastic array of seafood then this is the place to come. There are mussels served in a variety of 12 different sauces, plus lobster, squid, wild sea bass, Provence-style fish soup, halibut, sole, monkfish, and so much more.
For traditional fish and chips, eaten in paper then visit Seahouses where there are a number of restaurants to choose from where you can eat in or take away.
From traditionally smoked kippers to oyster beds dating back to 1381, Northumberland’s seafood specialties are a must-try on any trip itinerary.
At the north of the county lies Ross, a beautiful bay between Bamburgh and Holy Island, part of the Lindisfarne Nature Reserve, and where the Sutherland family today farm their ‘Lindisfarne’ Pacific Oysters. This secluded part of the coast has been home to oyster beds since the late 1300s and are the only commercial beds on the east coast north of Norfolk. They can be bought online, from Swallowfish in Seahouses or sampled in some of the area’s great seafood restaurants.
The world-famous Craster kipper is smoked here in Northumberland at L Robson and Sons smokehouse in Craster. This smokehouse, situated across from our Harbour Master’s House cottage (a former store of the smokehouse) has been producing some of the finest smoked kippers and salmon for nearly 100 years. The family also has its own eatery on site, the Craster Fish Restaurant, where you can sample some of their tasty produce.
Further up the coast in Seahouses, is Swallowfish – another excellent smokehouse which has been in business since 1843. They use the same methods of smoking their cod, haddock, kippers and salmon as they did back then, and the shop itself is a real delight to visit with old photos and a smorgasbord of fish and shellfish.
Where to buy
Swallowfish is in South Street, Seahouses and sells oysters, kippers, seasonal fish caught in the North Sea and a wide variety of shellfish.
Craster Kippers can be ordered online at www.kipper.co.uk and Lindisfarne Oysters at www.lindisfarneoysters.co.uk