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Guidebook for Craster

Angela

Guidebook for Craster

Food Scene
Its famous for its crab sandwiches on a lunch time has great views out to sea has lots of local character, its less than a 10 minute walk from the property so no car needed. Great for familes, couples, and walkers. Its friendly family run pub and restaurant serving great freshly prepared local food. in the busy season its advisable to book.
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The Jolly Fisherman
9 Haven Hill
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Its famous for its crab sandwiches on a lunch time has great views out to sea has lots of local character, its less than a 10 minute walk from the property so no car needed. Great for familes, couples, and walkers. Its friendly family run pub and restaurant serving great freshly prepared local food. in the busy season its advisable to book.
This quaint 16th century coaching inn is a family friendly favourite always has a great atmosphere. It has a garden so great for sunny days and giving the kids some space to run around. The pub and restaurant serves freshly prepared food, has a children's menu and is reasonably priced and serves large portions. I can recommend the Scampi and chips or if you get the fish thats also good but usually a little large for me. Make it part of a trip out to the beautiful beaches and dunes at Beadnell. Set in a lovely village can get very busy at peak times due to nearby caravan site.
Craster Arms Hotel
This quaint 16th century coaching inn is a family friendly favourite always has a great atmosphere. It has a garden so great for sunny days and giving the kids some space to run around. The pub and restaurant serves freshly prepared food, has a children's menu and is reasonably priced and serves large portions. I can recommend the Scampi and chips or if you get the fish thats also good but usually a little large for me. Make it part of a trip out to the beautiful beaches and dunes at Beadnell. Set in a lovely village can get very busy at peak times due to nearby caravan site.
Cosy white-washed small country pub with beer garden in the middle of national trust site, stones throw from the beautiful beach. Has cosy fires and serves up great food and local brewed beer. If your into a beer they do historical old recipes. Its always busy and has a queue no matter what time of the year but its well worth the visit and you can ring and book in advance but possibly about a week before.
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The Ship Inn
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Cosy white-washed small country pub with beer garden in the middle of national trust site, stones throw from the beautiful beach. Has cosy fires and serves up great food and local brewed beer. If your into a beer they do historical old recipes. Its always busy and has a queue no matter what time of the year but its well worth the visit and you can ring and book in advance but possibly about a week before.
If you take the trip up to Bamburgh as well as a stunning castle and fabulous sand dunes The Copper Kettle is known for its hot chocolate and afternoon teas served in proper flowery china tea cups and their fresh cream scones are to die for. The cheese and ham toasties are not bad either. This cosy and quaint tea room is well worth a visit if its a sunny day try and get a table it the tiny garden.
The Copper Kettle Tea Rooms
21 Front St
If you take the trip up to Bamburgh as well as a stunning castle and fabulous sand dunes The Copper Kettle is known for its hot chocolate and afternoon teas served in proper flowery china tea cups and their fresh cream scones are to die for. The cheese and ham toasties are not bad either. This cosy and quaint tea room is well worth a visit if its a sunny day try and get a table it the tiny garden.
Sightseeing
You can't come to northumberland and not visit Alnwick Castle and Gardens. Where scenes from Harry Potter and Downton Abbey were filmed. Theirs something for everyone here the beautiful Alnwick Gardens with its waterfalls and treehouse which you can book for afternoon is a treat for any child. lots of open country park which you could picnic in or just be amazed by the castle tour itself. great value for money.
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Alnwick Castle
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You can't come to northumberland and not visit Alnwick Castle and Gardens. Where scenes from Harry Potter and Downton Abbey were filmed. Theirs something for everyone here the beautiful Alnwick Gardens with its waterfalls and treehouse which you can book for afternoon is a treat for any child. lots of open country park which you could picnic in or just be amazed by the castle tour itself. great value for money.
This fishing village and harbour has everything you need to keep the kids entertained from mini golf to mini arcades and ice cream. But the best bit about Seahouses is you can take a boat trip across to the Farne Islands and see the Puffins that live their. Also Longstone Lighthouse and Staple Island and afterwards carry on up to the small village for Bamburgh for afternoon tea at the Copper Kettle
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Seahouses
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This fishing village and harbour has everything you need to keep the kids entertained from mini golf to mini arcades and ice cream. But the best bit about Seahouses is you can take a boat trip across to the Farne Islands and see the Puffins that live their. Also Longstone Lighthouse and Staple Island and afterwards carry on up to the small village for Bamburgh for afternoon tea at the Copper Kettle
Every August Bank holiday weekend Rennington host its Scarcrow Festival. This is a FREE activity and enjoyed by all ages. Every year sees the villagers of Rennington decorating their gardens, house and streets with an abundance othemed Scarcrows it is a site to behold and well worth checking out if you are in the area. A short drive away and you can visit the Horseshoes Inn for lunch while your their but as one of the only pubs in the village it gets busy so if you can ring ahead and book a table.
The Horseshoes Inn
Every August Bank holiday weekend Rennington host its Scarcrow Festival. This is a FREE activity and enjoyed by all ages. Every year sees the villagers of Rennington decorating their gardens, house and streets with an abundance othemed Scarcrows it is a site to behold and well worth checking out if you are in the area. A short drive away and you can visit the Horseshoes Inn for lunch while your their but as one of the only pubs in the village it gets busy so if you can ring ahead and book a table.
Parks & Nature
This is on your door step when staying in Craster is a great walk up to the castle and a favourite with locals and visitors alike. Weekends see many walkers along this coastal walk to the castle. On their return the pop into the Shoreline Cafe for drinks and treats great Bacon sandwiches here you'll not be dissapointed. It costs to enter the castle but the walk is free.
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DunstanburghCastle
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This is on your door step when staying in Craster is a great walk up to the castle and a favourite with locals and visitors alike. Weekends see many walkers along this coastal walk to the castle. On their return the pop into the Shoreline Cafe for drinks and treats great Bacon sandwiches here you'll not be dissapointed. It costs to enter the castle but the walk is free.
The home Earl Grey so you best be sure to have the tea here. Great tea room and beautiful park with woodland activities for the kids too. The Aboretum covers 65 acres with around 11,000 trees and shrubs and virtually all of it has been grown from seed collected in the wild since 1985. Divided into two parts The West is much smaller and adjacent to the gardens whilst the east is much bigger and quite hilly so not suitable for wheelchairs. The garden has snowdrop walks, squirrel walks a bog and woodland walks. This is a full day out adventure open all year from 10.30 - 6pm from March till September (winter season 10.30 - 4pm) entry is £7 per person no dogs allowed unless needed for assistan
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Howick Hall Gardens & Arboretum
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The home Earl Grey so you best be sure to have the tea here. Great tea room and beautiful park with woodland activities for the kids too. The Aboretum covers 65 acres with around 11,000 trees and shrubs and virtually all of it has been grown from seed collected in the wild since 1985. Divided into two parts The West is much smaller and adjacent to the gardens whilst the east is much bigger and quite hilly so not suitable for wheelchairs. The garden has snowdrop walks, squirrel walks a bog and woodland walks. This is a full day out adventure open all year from 10.30 - 6pm from March till September (winter season 10.30 - 4pm) entry is £7 per person no dogs allowed unless needed for assistan
Essentials
This is the closest food shopping to Craster also fuel for the car. if you need to do a big shop i would advise stopping of here. you can pick up small essentials from The Shoreline cafe in Craster but just things like tea / milk / bread etc. you can also pick up small items at the local small garage in Embleton but they have early closing times so its best to get what you need before you get to Craster. If you plan on using the coal fire pick up sticks and coal before you arrive but Embleton sometimes has these in stock.
Sainsbury's
This is the closest food shopping to Craster also fuel for the car. if you need to do a big shop i would advise stopping of here. you can pick up small essentials from The Shoreline cafe in Craster but just things like tea / milk / bread etc. you can also pick up small items at the local small garage in Embleton but they have early closing times so its best to get what you need before you get to Craster. If you plan on using the coal fire pick up sticks and coal before you arrive but Embleton sometimes has these in stock.
Arts & Culture
Barter Books is a must visit for the book enthusiast. their is every book imaginable with rare vintage finds. Its set in an old railway station with its own tea room room serving great reasonably price food. If you do nothing else in Alnwick you should visit Barter Books you will find it interesting. They even have a help yourself coffee and cake at the entrance for a donation whilst you sit and read one of the books or better still purchase one.
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Barter Books
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Barter Books is a must visit for the book enthusiast. their is every book imaginable with rare vintage finds. Its set in an old railway station with its own tea room room serving great reasonably price food. If you do nothing else in Alnwick you should visit Barter Books you will find it interesting. They even have a help yourself coffee and cake at the entrance for a donation whilst you sit and read one of the books or better still purchase one.
Entertainment & Activities
As well a local shops, restaurants and food stores, Alnwick hosts an Annual International Music Festival for 8 nights from 29th July - 5th August where you will see dancers perform anything from the Ceilidh to Flamenco and singers from Folk to Jazz and Blues. This is a Free Festival and everyones welcome giving you the opportunity to join in on workshops. Also every Saturday you can enjoy the local market in the square.
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Alnwick
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As well a local shops, restaurants and food stores, Alnwick hosts an Annual International Music Festival for 8 nights from 29th July - 5th August where you will see dancers perform anything from the Ceilidh to Flamenco and singers from Folk to Jazz and Blues. This is a Free Festival and everyones welcome giving you the opportunity to join in on workshops. Also every Saturday you can enjoy the local market in the square.
Shopping
This is where they smoke the famous Craster Kippers less than a 10 minute walk so if you fancy kippers for breakfast then pick them up from the shop alongside kipper pate great with a piece of crusty bread also stocking other fresh fish delights theris even a restaurant attached but its advisable to book
L Robson & Sons Ltd
This is where they smoke the famous Craster Kippers less than a 10 minute walk so if you fancy kippers for breakfast then pick them up from the shop alongside kipper pate great with a piece of crusty bread also stocking other fresh fish delights theris even a restaurant attached but its advisable to book