We’ve now done 30 or so Q&A interviews for our In the Know section, so we think we’re in a good position to suggeest more great places to eat in Northumberland the Scottish Borders!
There’s usually nothing better than a word-of-mouth recommendation, and so we hope you enjoy this article and discovering some of the best places to eat in the North of England.
The Mizen Head, Bamburgh, Northumberland
Francis Watson-Armstrong splits his vote for best place to eat in Northumberland. His choice here is the Mizen Head, Bamburgh. He describes it as a “A restaurant I find hard to fault”. Francis’ other choice goes to the Bamburgh Castle Inn, which we selected in our first Northumberland best places to eat. Jeff and Jill Sutheran of St Cuthbert’s House, Seahouses, also give a thumbs up to the Mizen Head and say it has “Become our default choice this past year. It’s local for us, and serves beautiful, locally sourced food”.
The Feathers Inn, Hedley-on-the-Hill, near Prudhoe, Northumberland
Simon Young of Corbridge-based RE says: “We like The Feathers Inn at Hedley-on-the-Hill near Stocksfield – a great menu with a map on the reverse showing where everything is from so you know it’s local, and the Manor House Inn at Carterway Heads on the A6. Again, great local food.” The Feathers Inn is one of our favourites at thisisnorthumerland.com, too. The food is excellent, and the menu varies. The dishes are creative, tasty and always well-presented.
The Angel, Corbridge, Northumberland
Jo Price, a holiday property expert, tips her hat to The Angel at Corbrige. She says: “It is good food, good ambience, what more do you need?” The Angel has a bar menu which serves traditional English pub food with great ales. There is also a restaurant menu and little angels menu.And for desert? Jo says she picks Doddington Ice Cream. “I love Doddington Dairy ice cream and cheeses – Cuddy’s Cave is my favourite.”
The Cook and Barker, Newton-on-the-Moor, near Morpeth, Northumberland
Environmental consultant Tom Cadwallender likes his fish and so praises the Cook and Barker at Newton-on-the-Moor. In Tom’s words: “In recent weeks we have visited the Cook and Barker at Newton on the Moor and the local fish was delicious and the welcome we received was really warm.” The Cook and Barker is in the quiet village of Newton-on-the-Moor and praised by many for its quality and friendly staff.
Neptune Fish and Chips, Seahouses, Northumberland
Walking guide and writer Patrick Norris loves fish and chips, and you’ll find plenty of places offering that famous British dish in Northumberland, the Scottish Borders and around Newcastle. But for the very best Patrick and his wife Louise recommend Neptune Fish and Chips at Seahouses. “Our favourite place to eat is the Neptune Fish and Chip restaurant in Seahouses; cod and chips, a mug of tea and a slice of white bread and butter, just perfect. It has that lovely noisy buzz of families enjoying the moment. It’s got friendly service, and the fish leaps off the boats in the harbour on to your plate – all that for less than a tenner, heaven!”
The Duke of Wellington, Newton, near Corbridge, Northumberland
Marketing Officer Deborah Tate at Woodhorn says her favourite place at the moment is the Duke of Wellington Inn, Newton, near Corbridge. Judging by its website, it does looks special. It has a reputation for quality, has a good range of beers, ales and an extensive wine list, and offers stunning views across the Tyne Valley. Deborah says: “I had a really good meal there recently. And if the weather is good, they have a large raised patio area with lovely views of the Tyne Valley.”
The Jolly Fisherman, Craster, Northumberland
Our next recommendation comes from both writer Jon Tait and Linda Tuttiett, chief executive of Hadrian’s Wall Heritage. They picked for their favourite The Jolly Fisherman, at Craster, and the writers here would have to agree. Jon says: “The crab soup in the Jolly Fisherman at Craster takes some beating – as do their real dripping chips. I just love to sit and look out of the long window at the back and take in the spectacular sea views.”
Linda says: “The Jolly Fisherman at Craster for the crab soup and great presentation of fresh food.” We pick the crab sandwich, so clearly it’s crab all round. But the menu is varied and the food is fresh and well-presented, with much of it being local produce. There is no better place than the Jolly Fisherman after for a meal and drink after a walk to and from Dunstanburgh Castle. Well-behaved dogs are allowed, too.
The Woll, Ashkirk, Scottish Borders
The Woll is a restaurant on a golf course, which for our writer Steve Smith is a good start. It means that you can eat while looking over the course which is a great view. The service is excellent and all the staff seem to be very genuinely attentive. Of course the food is very good too. He recently said that the last time he was there he had the tastiest meal he had had for years. Incidentally it was hot smoked salmon followed by venison in a wild mushroom sauce – magic! Highly recommended.
The Blue Coo Bistrot, Melrose, The Scottish Borders
The Blue Coo Bistrot is inside the Buccleuch Arms Hotel, and a place once enjoyed by our writer Peter Maxwell. The hotel has done a good job in decorating it and allowing this to be used to show off the excellent range of local food that they offer.