This time of year is all about great food and great company, so here’s some of our best places to be together and enjoy some fabulous dining out experiences at the same time.
Stay at Waterfront and dine at The Magna Tandoori, voted one of the best places for curry in the UK. Or head a little further south to the Barn at Beal. The location of this cafe and restaurant is unparalleled – it has fantastic views of Holy Island and is just situated before the start of the causeway.
Be spoilt for choice at this active fishing village where traditional seaside fish and chips are not the only dining choice on the menu. Elan Pizzeria, The Spice House and The Indian Brasserie, all in Main Street, are great eating out options if you don’t fancy anything battered. The Olde Ship Inn, whose beer garden overlooks the harbour, is one of our favourites for a real pub experience with homemade food and hundreds of whisky blends. For fish and chips, we’d join the Hairy Bikers in recommending Pinnacles, also in Main Street.
Sweet treats don’t get better than Coxon’s icecreams or a visit to the retro sweet shop Bitasweet.
If dining in, take a trip to Swallow Fish, a traditional smokery which has operated in this part of South Street since 1843. Pick up shellfish, fresh fish caught daily, smoked salmon and kippers.
At Craster’s heart is The Jolly Fisherman, a gastro pub with fantastic sea views and gorgeous crab sandwiches. The owners also have the Shoreline Café across the road for lighter meals and sweet treats. Their homemade carrot, parsnip or pumpkin cakes are well worth a try. Akin to Seahouses, Craster is also home to a smokery, Robson’s, where you can buy the famous Craster kippers from the shop in the Smokehouse or dine in its newly-revamped restaurant, The Craster Fish Restaurant.
Stay at The Mast House or Castlegate and be just steps from one of the best restaurants in Bamburgh, The Mizen Head Hotel’s Seafood Restaurant. Bamburgh Six and North Star House are also in walking distance of this eaterie, which has received some rave reviews. More centrally in the village are alternative choices of Baileys Bar & Restaurant at the Victoria Hotel, The Wynding Inn at the Lord Crewe and The Potted Lobster – another favourite for seafood. For great sausages for your beach barbecue head straight to R Carter & Son butchers for their bestselling Bamburgh Bangers and legendary sausage rolls.
New to the restaurant scene in Beadnell is the Saltwater Cafe. From breakfast to evening dining, this newcomer is in walking distance of The Bolthole, Smuggler’s Hide, Beach38, Beadnell Beach House and Shoreline.