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Guidebook for Northumberland Country Retreats

Louise

Guidebook for Northumberland Country Retreats

Where to eat?
A few of our favourite places...
Great food in an informal setting. Three branches now!!! One in Longframlington (5 mins drive), one in Felton (5mins drive) and another in Shilbottle (15 mins drive). You can park your dog outside the first two but dogs welcome in Shilbottle. Always book if you want to go for lunch. Earlier in the morning and into the afternoon they are quieter. Home cooked food, amazing bread and reasonably priced. See you there!
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The Running Fox
2-4 Riverside
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Great food in an informal setting. Three branches now!!! One in Longframlington (5 mins drive), one in Felton (5mins drive) and another in Shilbottle (15 mins drive). You can park your dog outside the first two but dogs welcome in Shilbottle. Always book if you want to go for lunch. Earlier in the morning and into the afternoon they are quieter. Home cooked food, amazing bread and reasonably priced. See you there!
Great any time but scrumptious Sunday lunch - booking advisable. Around a 15 minute drive north.
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The Cook & Barker Inn
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Great any time but scrumptious Sunday lunch - booking advisable. Around a 15 minute drive north.
A traditional Northumbrian Coaching Inn, 5 minutes drive away at Weldon Bridge. Always a warm welcome, great food but beware the desserts - they have been my downfall on many an occasion! A beer garden, river walk and dog friendly in the bar.
Anglers Arms
A traditional Northumbrian Coaching Inn, 5 minutes drive away at Weldon Bridge. Always a warm welcome, great food but beware the desserts - they have been my downfall on many an occasion! A beer garden, river walk and dog friendly in the bar.
An old coaching inn offering great food in the bar and restaurant (dog friendly in the bar)
The Northumberland Arms
An old coaching inn offering great food in the bar and restaurant (dog friendly in the bar)
Our perfect day out: A pint (brewed on the premises) at The Ship, a beach walk with views to Dunstaburgh Castle and then a meal at The Joiners (gluten free fish and chips). Bliss. All dog friendly!
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The Joiners Arms
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Our perfect day out: A pint (brewed on the premises) at The Ship, a beach walk with views to Dunstaburgh Castle and then a meal at The Joiners (gluten free fish and chips). Bliss. All dog friendly!
A firm favourite of all of the family! Fantastic atmosphere. Great food. Entertainment most Friday nights!
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Lollo Rosso Italia
40 Bridge St
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A firm favourite of all of the family! Fantastic atmosphere. Great food. Entertainment most Friday nights!
Have a walk along the estuary and beach and head here for a bite to eat. Often busy and don't take bookings so avoid busiest times. Around 30 minutes drive. Dog friendly.
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The Red Lion Inn
22 Northumberland St
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Have a walk along the estuary and beach and head here for a bite to eat. Often busy and don't take bookings so avoid busiest times. Around 30 minutes drive. Dog friendly.
A beautiful spot with views out to sea. We usually book a table the walk to Dunstaburgh castle (90 minute walk along the coastal route) and have a well earned meal. Can get very busy. Dog friendly in the bar.
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The Jolly Fisherman
9 Haven Hill
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A beautiful spot with views out to sea. We usually book a table the walk to Dunstaburgh castle (90 minute walk along the coastal route) and have a well earned meal. Can get very busy. Dog friendly in the bar.
Just yummy! Call in on your way back from Walkworth. 15 minute drive. Tip- pop behind the shop to meet the cows providing the milk for your ice cream
Morwick Dairy Ice Cream
Just yummy! Call in on your way back from Walkworth. 15 minute drive. Tip- pop behind the shop to meet the cows providing the milk for your ice cream
Bear left at the end of the drive (and left again at the junction if heading out from The Dairy). Walk along the roadside for ten minutes and when you come to the sharp left hand bend in the road (toward Bywell) turn right and you will find a public footpath to the left of the gate. keep walking for 10 minutes between fields and the golf course and you will come out at the back of Linden Hall. We usually walk around the grounds and then head in to The Linden tree pub (dog friendly) for a light lunch and some liquid refreshment. The hall offers more formal dining as well as Spa treatments and Golf.
Macdonald Linden Hall Golf and Country Club
Bear left at the end of the drive (and left again at the junction if heading out from The Dairy). Walk along the roadside for ten minutes and when you come to the sharp left hand bend in the road (toward Bywell) turn right and you will find a public footpath to the left of the gate. keep walking for 10 minutes between fields and the golf course and you will come out at the back of Linden Hall. We usually walk around the grounds and then head in to The Linden tree pub (dog friendly) for a light lunch and some liquid refreshment. The hall offers more formal dining as well as Spa treatments and Golf.
Great food and dog friendly!
Masons Arms
3 Dial Pl
Great food and dog friendly!
Arts & Culture
A beautifully restored Theatre voted Britains friendliest!
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Theatre Royal
100 Grey Street
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A beautifully restored Theatre voted Britains friendliest!
Catch a movie, a play or music... Closed for a refurb just now (Oct 19)
Alnwick Playhouse & Arts Centre
Catch a movie, a play or music... Closed for a refurb just now (Oct 19)
An amazing place to visit with astounding acoustics. Around 40 minutes drive from here. Most recently we saw Beverley Knight covering the Stevie Wonder Songbook with a surprise guest ... Dave Stewart. Wow!
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The Sage Gateshead
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An amazing place to visit with astounding acoustics. Around 40 minutes drive from here. Most recently we saw Beverley Knight covering the Stevie Wonder Songbook with a surprise guest ... Dave Stewart. Wow!
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Great North Museum: Hancock
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Shopping
The proprietor of this well stocked Grocery shop has an OBE for services to his community!
Longframlington
The proprietor of this well stocked Grocery shop has an OBE for services to his community!
Huge second hand bookstore set within a Victorian train station. Great food served in the waiting room!
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Barter Books
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Huge second hand bookstore set within a Victorian train station. Great food served in the waiting room!
A range of independent and high street stores. Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Lidl's, Aldi.
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Alnwick
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A range of independent and high street stores. Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Lidl's, Aldi.
Independent shops interspersed with high street favourites. M&S, Morrisons, Next, Monsoon, Laura Ashley,
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Morpeth
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Independent shops interspersed with high street favourites. M&S, Morrisons, Next, Monsoon, Laura Ashley,
I love Warkworth for it's independent shops in the village just below the castle. Try the river walk and take the rowing boat over to the Hermitage (National Trust). Lunch at The Masons is dog friendly but also a lovely chocolatier in the village too. Around 20 minutes drive from here.
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Warkworth
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I love Warkworth for it's independent shops in the village just below the castle. Try the river walk and take the rowing boat over to the Hermitage (National Trust). Lunch at The Masons is dog friendly but also a lovely chocolatier in the village too. Around 20 minutes drive from here.
Entertainment & Activities
Unique/local Gifts, Art, Coffee, Crafts, and 'how to' courses.
Gallery 45
45 Main St
Unique/local Gifts, Art, Coffee, Crafts, and 'how to' courses.
A stones throw from us and hosts international competitions so if you want to learn to shoot clays from the experts now is your chance!
Bywell Shooting Ground
A stones throw from us and hosts international competitions so if you want to learn to shoot clays from the experts now is your chance!
Golf and Spa Treatments!
Macdonald Linden Hall Golf and Country Club
Golf and Spa Treatments!
Great for dog walks but also lots of water activities including kayaking, sailing, paddle boards - all pre booked. The beach is nearby too.
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Druridge Bay Country Park
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Great for dog walks but also lots of water activities including kayaking, sailing, paddle boards - all pre booked. The beach is nearby too.
Based in Dobbies Garden Centre, 5 minutes drive south on the A697. We love Sparrow Island Adventure Golf too, near Morpeth.
Dinosaur Encounter Morpeth
Based in Dobbies Garden Centre, 5 minutes drive south on the A697. We love Sparrow Island Adventure Golf too, near Morpeth.
Swimming pool, climbing wall, badminton, squash, bowling...and the VUE Cinema close by!
Concordia Leisure Centre
Swimming pool, climbing wall, badminton, squash, bowling...and the VUE Cinema close by!
One of many equestrian centres in our area.
Todburn Equestrian Centre
One of many equestrian centres in our area.
Ten minutes away and sure to keep the children happy!
Northumberland Country Zoo
Ten minutes away and sure to keep the children happy!
Sightseeing
We are near to a couple of light aircraft fields - we can highly recommend a tour of the castles, coast and countryside by air!
I love this and re visit every few years. Fascinating.
Chillingham Wild Cattle Association
I love this and re visit every few years. Fascinating.
A quirky, apparently haunted building that the children in your group will find particularly interesting. Can be done in conjunction with a visit to the famous cattle.
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Chillingham Castle
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A quirky, apparently haunted building that the children in your group will find particularly interesting. Can be done in conjunction with a visit to the famous cattle.
The Hauxley nature reserve is a wonderful place to visit if you love nature and bird life. Situated right next to the beach around a huge natural inlet, there are hides in abundance and a fab viewing gallery in the cafe! Not dog friendly inside the reserve/cafe but water dishes and picnic tables are usually located near the entrance. Local tip - head to the beach - turn right/head south and after 10 minutes walk you will find the remains of an ancient petrified wood in the bank side!
Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre
The Hauxley nature reserve is a wonderful place to visit if you love nature and bird life. Situated right next to the beach around a huge natural inlet, there are hides in abundance and a fab viewing gallery in the cafe! Not dog friendly inside the reserve/cafe but water dishes and picnic tables are usually located near the entrance. Local tip - head to the beach - turn right/head south and after 10 minutes walk you will find the remains of an ancient petrified wood in the bank side!
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Cragside
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Privately owned with private apartments and well worth a visit. Bamburgh is a pretty village but can get busy during peak periods due to its popularity.
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Château de Bamburgh
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Privately owned with private apartments and well worth a visit. Bamburgh is a pretty village but can get busy during peak periods due to its popularity.
A lovely walk from Craster to Dunstaburgh takes around 45 minutes. Unusually you can use a National Trust Card or English Heritage to explore and find out all about its fascinating history. Dogs are allowed in the grounds and the views are great. Walk back and enjoy a meal at The Jolly Fisherman.
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DunstanburghCastle
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A lovely walk from Craster to Dunstaburgh takes around 45 minutes. Unusually you can use a National Trust Card or English Heritage to explore and find out all about its fascinating history. Dogs are allowed in the grounds and the views are great. Walk back and enjoy a meal at The Jolly Fisherman.
Easy to get to, around 20 minutes to drive. The castle often has activities to bring alive its rich heritage.
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Warkworth Castle
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Easy to get to, around 20 minutes to drive. The castle often has activities to bring alive its rich heritage.
Its quite pricey on the pocket so plan to spend a whole day here and tour the gardens too. Well worth it with lots to interest all ages. No dogs allowed though!
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Alnwick Castle
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Its quite pricey on the pocket so plan to spend a whole day here and tour the gardens too. Well worth it with lots to interest all ages. No dogs allowed though!
Wallington is a beautiful house with gorgeous gardens (make sure you cross over the road to the walled garden to be sure not to miss anything). Also a two large play area in the woods for the children. Dog friendly apart from inside the house.
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National Trust Wallington
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Wallington is a beautiful house with gorgeous gardens (make sure you cross over the road to the walled garden to be sure not to miss anything). Also a two large play area in the woods for the children. Dog friendly apart from inside the house.
Beaches, Woods and Walks
This is our favourite beach. with views to Dunstaburgh Castle, a Square surrounded by National Trust Cottages and a pub 'The Ship' with its own micro brewery and dog friendly.
Newton-by-the-Sea
This is our favourite beach. with views to Dunstaburgh Castle, a Square surrounded by National Trust Cottages and a pub 'The Ship' with its own micro brewery and dog friendly.
Thrunton Wood
Phil can be found here most mornings with our dogs and he generally finishes with a breakfast and a cup of tea at The Drift Cafe. A fifteen minute drive and dog friendly.
Cresswell Beach
Phil can be found here most mornings with our dogs and he generally finishes with a breakfast and a cup of tea at The Drift Cafe. A fifteen minute drive and dog friendly.
We love to walk along the estuary and onto the beach usually followed by a lunch or dinner at The Red Lion
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Alnmouth Beach
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We love to walk along the estuary and onto the beach usually followed by a lunch or dinner at The Red Lion
Rothbury is a 15 minute drive west of here and has lovely riverside walks. Combine with a trip into Coquetdale or to Cragside
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Rothbury
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Rothbury is a 15 minute drive west of here and has lovely riverside walks. Combine with a trip into Coquetdale or to Cragside
There are lots of walks around Felton but a regular for us is to walk from the southern end of the bridge in an easterly direction along the riverside. You can make this part of a longer walk but we tend to turn around after 20 minutes or so and head to The Running Fox or The Northumberland Arms.
Felton
There are lots of walks around Felton but a regular for us is to walk from the southern end of the bridge in an easterly direction along the riverside. You can make this part of a longer walk but we tend to turn around after 20 minutes or so and head to The Running Fox or The Northumberland Arms.
Twenty minutes south on the A1 towards Cramlington is a huge land sculpture in the shape of a reclining female figure. Great exercise for adults and children alike - dogs must be kept on leads.
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Northumberlandia
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Twenty minutes south on the A1 towards Cramlington is a huge land sculpture in the shape of a reclining female figure. Great exercise for adults and children alike - dogs must be kept on leads.
A beautiful lakeside walk with lots of wildlife. Around 30 minutes south west of here.
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Bolam Lake Country Park
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A beautiful lakeside walk with lots of wildlife. Around 30 minutes south west of here.