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Guidebook for St Bede at The Old Mill

John

Guidebook for St Bede at The Old Mill

Food Scene
Northumberland does seem to cater for all tastes. There are some excellent eating establishments now, ranging from fine dining to superb pub and bar meals. Seafood is an obvious regional attraction.
Really good seafood restaurant, reasonably priced with a Brazillian/Portugese menu. The seafood stew/broth called caldeirada paraense is AMAZING ! The restaurant is closed until April each year.
The Craster Seafood Restaurant
Really good seafood restaurant, reasonably priced with a Brazillian/Portugese menu. The seafood stew/broth called caldeirada paraense is AMAZING ! The restaurant is closed until April each year.
You'll struggle to find a more unique venue ! A restaurant in an enormous treehouse.
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The Treehouse Restaurant
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You'll struggle to find a more unique venue ! A restaurant in an enormous treehouse.
Really good pub serving great locally sourced food, their menu is large & the daily specials are always worth trying. Very reasonably priced too.
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The Cook & Barker Inn
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Really good pub serving great locally sourced food, their menu is large & the daily specials are always worth trying. Very reasonably priced too.
Excellent gastro pub with restaurant in a lovely setting. Dogs are allowed too.
St Mary's Inn
Excellent gastro pub with restaurant in a lovely setting. Dogs are allowed too.
Superb seafood restaurant in the heart of Amble, using locally sourced produce. We had a whole lobster for £24 ! They will also arrange private catering at St Bede.
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Sea & Soil Amble
104 Queen St
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Superb seafood restaurant in the heart of Amble, using locally sourced produce. We had a whole lobster for £24 ! They will also arrange private catering at St Bede.
Great pub with excellent food & range of beers, nice outdoor space too.
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The Joiners Arms
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Great pub with excellent food & range of beers, nice outdoor space too.
Fab pub in Low Newton with it's own micro brewery & music scene. Only a short distance to the beautiful Northumbrian coastline.
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The Ship Inn
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Fab pub in Low Newton with it's own micro brewery & music scene. Only a short distance to the beautiful Northumbrian coastline.
Traditional pub with great beer garden, there's also an outdoor children's play area.
The Cottage Inn
5 The Village
Traditional pub with great beer garden, there's also an outdoor children's play area.
Great gastro pub with stunning views, try their famous crab soup. You can chose the bar or restaurant menu. You will need to book in advance if you want to eat in the restaurant. The beer garden overlooks the North Sea with views up to Dunstanburgh Castle.
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The Jolly Fisherman
9 Haven Hill
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Great gastro pub with stunning views, try their famous crab soup. You can chose the bar or restaurant menu. You will need to book in advance if you want to eat in the restaurant. The beer garden overlooks the North Sea with views up to Dunstanburgh Castle.
Good food as well as good service in this predominantly seafood restaurant.
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The Potted Lobster
2-3 Lucker Rd
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Good food as well as good service in this predominantly seafood restaurant.
Take our guided walk from St Bede to this traditional pub in Rennington, the walk takes roughly 30 minutes across the fields at the rear of the cottage, reward yourself with a well deserved pint & pub meal when you get there ! (The laminated guide is in the green house book in St Bede).
The Horseshoes Inn
Take our guided walk from St Bede to this traditional pub in Rennington, the walk takes roughly 30 minutes across the fields at the rear of the cottage, reward yourself with a well deserved pint & pub meal when you get there ! (The laminated guide is in the green house book in St Bede).
Lovely tea rooms/coffee shop with gift shop just outside of Embleton on the Craster road.
Eleanor's Byre
Lovely tea rooms/coffee shop with gift shop just outside of Embleton on the Craster road.
Lovely coffee shop/cafe right beside the folly you pass under on the way to Craster.
The Stable Yard
Lovely coffee shop/cafe right beside the folly you pass under on the way to Craster.
Lovely pub serving some excellent meals in a small village on the outskirts of Alnmouth. They have an excellent floral display outside during spring and summer.
The Coach Inn
Lovely pub serving some excellent meals in a small village on the outskirts of Alnmouth. They have an excellent floral display outside during spring and summer.
Excellent Indian restaurant & takeaway in the heart of Alnwick. Several guests who have stayed with us have recommended this place.
Mumbai Flavours
15 Narrowgate
Excellent Indian restaurant & takeaway in the heart of Alnwick. Several guests who have stayed with us have recommended this place.
A fab recent addition to the local food scene. Artisan pizzas served in a pizza van at the Old School Gallery in Alnmouth.
BOX.PIZZA
A fab recent addition to the local food scene. Artisan pizzas served in a pizza van at the Old School Gallery in Alnmouth.
Recently refurbished (June 2019) serving a really nice wide range of food from seafood platters to 'posh' sandwiches, Sunday lunches are a must. Best to book in advance, dog friendly too.
Beadnell Towers
Recently refurbished (June 2019) serving a really nice wide range of food from seafood platters to 'posh' sandwiches, Sunday lunches are a must. Best to book in advance, dog friendly too.
A café by day & an intimate bistro by night. We really like this unassuming cafe, a great 'pitstop' after a coastal walk & dog friendly too.​
Salt Water Cafe
A café by day & an intimate bistro by night. We really like this unassuming cafe, a great 'pitstop' after a coastal walk & dog friendly too.​
Fab country gastro pub serving really high quality, locally sourced ingredients in a lovely setting. Dog friendly too! Edit
The Apple Inn
Fab country gastro pub serving really high quality, locally sourced ingredients in a lovely setting. Dog friendly too! Edit
Fab locally produced ice cream, they currently have a trailer set up at High Newton crossroads (beside The Joiners Arms).
Morwick Dairy Ice Cream
Fab locally produced ice cream, they currently have a trailer set up at High Newton crossroads (beside The Joiners Arms).
Drinks & Nightlife
There are loads of really great pubs in close proximity to our cottage. Most are dog friendly as well as providing excellent food too so please refer to the 'Food scene' section.
Nice pub with restaurant just on the outskirts of Alnwick.
The Plough
24 Bondgate Without
Nice pub with restaurant just on the outskirts of Alnwick.
Sightseeing
The chance to get out in open air of Northumberland is it's main attraction we think. The Northumberland National Park, Northumberland Coastal Path & Northumberland Dark Park are all naturally occurring attractions the county has to offer, oh & the 1,200 miles of walking routes, 80 miles of beaches & over 70 castles!
Bonkers owner (Dominic Cummings father-in-law!) with a great dungeon display! Home to the Chillingham cattle-the brown ones with impressive horns!
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Chillingham Castle
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Bonkers owner (Dominic Cummings father-in-law!) with a great dungeon display! Home to the Chillingham cattle-the brown ones with impressive horns!
If there is anything that Northumberland does it is castles & Bamburgh has to be the most dramatically impressive one we have.
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Château de Bamburgh
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If there is anything that Northumberland does it is castles & Bamburgh has to be the most dramatically impressive one we have.
Holy Island and Lindisfarne Castle are accessible over the causeway & is a stunning location but check the tide times first as it is sea locked twice a day !
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Holy Island
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Holy Island and Lindisfarne Castle are accessible over the causeway & is a stunning location but check the tide times first as it is sea locked twice a day !
Fish and chips heaven ! Also the place to be to take a boat trip to the Farne Islands, site of the Grace Darling rescue. You'll also see loads of seals & sea birds including the cute puffins. We can even arrange for you to swim with the seals off the Outer Farne Islands beside the Longstone lighthouse. You will need to be a confident, experienced open water swimmer to take part.
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Seahouses
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Fish and chips heaven ! Also the place to be to take a boat trip to the Farne Islands, site of the Grace Darling rescue. You'll also see loads of seals & sea birds including the cute puffins. We can even arrange for you to swim with the seals off the Outer Farne Islands beside the Longstone lighthouse. You will need to be a confident, experienced open water swimmer to take part.
Picturesque working fishing harbour village, home of the world famous Craster kippers, visit Robsons smoke house there & buy your own !
Craster
Picturesque working fishing harbour village, home of the world famous Craster kippers, visit Robsons smoke house there & buy your own !
Pretty seaside town with great pubs, coffee shops, cafes, restaurants & even an art gallery.
Alnmouth
Pretty seaside town with great pubs, coffee shops, cafes, restaurants & even an art gallery.
The film location of the Harry Potter films as well as Downton Abbey, the majestic Alnwick Castle domains this pretty market town. You can book your Quidditch lesson online with them. Also visit the stunning Alnwick Garden which is located on the same site, their poison garden is worth the trip alone.
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Alnwick Castle
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The film location of the Harry Potter films as well as Downton Abbey, the majestic Alnwick Castle domains this pretty market town. You can book your Quidditch lesson online with them. Also visit the stunning Alnwick Garden which is located on the same site, their poison garden is worth the trip alone.
Recently voted as one of the top ten walks in the UK. Park in Craster village & walk along the Northumbrian coastline to the 14th century castle ruins.
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DunstanburghCastle
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Recently voted as one of the top ten walks in the UK. Park in Craster village & walk along the Northumbrian coastline to the 14th century castle ruins.
Stunning Warkworth is dominated by it's castle but worth a visit for the independent shops, coffee/tea rooms, pubs as well as great walks along the Coquet river. Try the chocolatier, Caboose on the front street, pricey but worth it .
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Warkworth
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Stunning Warkworth is dominated by it's castle but worth a visit for the independent shops, coffee/tea rooms, pubs as well as great walks along the Coquet river. Try the chocolatier, Caboose on the front street, pricey but worth it .
Centred round the charming villages of Ford & Etal & nestled in the furthermost corner of north Northumberland, this large country estate is home to a range of attractions, outdoor adventure & traditional tearooms. One of the main attractions is Heatherslaw Light Railway-the most northerly steam railway in England. The 15" gauge railway pulled by steam locomotive "Bunty" travels along the banks of the River Till between Heatherslaw Station and Etal Castle, a return journey of 6.4km. A choice of fully enclosed or partly glazed coaches ensures you'll remain dry, even on the wettest days! A really lovely way to spend the day especially for kids.
Heatherslaw Light Railway
Centred round the charming villages of Ford & Etal & nestled in the furthermost corner of north Northumberland, this large country estate is home to a range of attractions, outdoor adventure & traditional tearooms. One of the main attractions is Heatherslaw Light Railway-the most northerly steam railway in England. The 15" gauge railway pulled by steam locomotive "Bunty" travels along the banks of the River Till between Heatherslaw Station and Etal Castle, a return journey of 6.4km. A choice of fully enclosed or partly glazed coaches ensures you'll remain dry, even on the wettest days! A really lovely way to spend the day especially for kids.
Picturesque Beadnell has an unspoilt sandy bay to walk along with a harbour & a great pub, The Craster Arms.
Beadnell
Picturesque Beadnell has an unspoilt sandy bay to walk along with a harbour & a great pub, The Craster Arms.
We defy you to find a more stunning beach with miles & miles of breathtaking scenery. Walk from Dunstanburgh Castle down past the golf club along towards Low Newton past the majestic sand dunes, so good for the soul !
Embleton Bay
We defy you to find a more stunning beach with miles & miles of breathtaking scenery. Walk from Dunstanburgh Castle down past the golf club along towards Low Newton past the majestic sand dunes, so good for the soul !
Cragside was the home of Victorian engineer Lord Armstrong. Together, he & his wife Lady Margaret Armstrong created Cragside, the first home in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity using Sir Joseph Swan's newly-invented filament lightbulbs. The estate was once a bare moorland which has been engineered to create a stunning Himalayan landscape, with a formal garden, estate carriage drive, lakes, woodland & walks & stunning trail walks, especially in springtime.
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Cragside
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Cragside was the home of Victorian engineer Lord Armstrong. Together, he & his wife Lady Margaret Armstrong created Cragside, the first home in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity using Sir Joseph Swan's newly-invented filament lightbulbs. The estate was once a bare moorland which has been engineered to create a stunning Himalayan landscape, with a formal garden, estate carriage drive, lakes, woodland & walks & stunning trail walks, especially in springtime.
We think Billy is the best of the local boat trip providers. A unique opportunity to take a tour from Seahouses to visit the nearby Farne Islands. We can arrange private open water sessions so you can swim with the native seals. (weather, season & experienced open water swimming permitting)
Billy Shiel's Farne Island Boat Tours
4 Southfield Ave
We think Billy is the best of the local boat trip providers. A unique opportunity to take a tour from Seahouses to visit the nearby Farne Islands. We can arrange private open water sessions so you can swim with the native seals. (weather, season & experienced open water swimming permitting)
Heritage railway attraction just off the A1 outside Alnwick aiming to re-open the Alnwick to Alnmouth branch line. Not open all year round.
Aln Valley Railway
Heritage railway attraction just off the A1 outside Alnwick aiming to re-open the Alnwick to Alnmouth branch line. Not open all year round.
Parks & Nature
Local attractions to stretch your legs in, get the bikes out or just take in the views.
Great circular walk through pine forests up on to the moors looking out over the Cheviots, there is even a vantage point just like Pride Rock in the Lion King !
Thrunton Wood
Great circular walk through pine forests up on to the moors looking out over the Cheviots, there is even a vantage point just like Pride Rock in the Lion King !
Enormous Hulne Park designed by Capability Brown with stunning views especially around the folly Brizlee Tower. Look closely you might even see some red squirels !
Hulne Park
Enormous Hulne Park designed by Capability Brown with stunning views especially around the folly Brizlee Tower. Look closely you might even see some red squirels !
Arts & Culture
There are some great little finds in our area when looking for unique art work or pieces. Also look out for your cultural fix at the Alnwick Playhouse.
Superb local artist specialising in coastal panoramas, Mick also displays/sells artwork by other artists.
The Mick Oxley Gallery
17 Haven Hill
Superb local artist specialising in coastal panoramas, Mick also displays/sells artwork by other artists.
No trip to Alnwick is complete without a trip to the unique Barter Books, home to the rediscovered 'Keep Calm and Carry On' poster.
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Barter Books
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No trip to Alnwick is complete without a trip to the unique Barter Books, home to the rediscovered 'Keep Calm and Carry On' poster.
Local playhouse with cinema, recently extensively refurbished (completed Jan 2020).
The Alnwick Playhouse
Local playhouse with cinema, recently extensively refurbished (completed Jan 2020).
Art pieces, ceramics & jewellery with cafe. A great stop off in this lovely village.
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The Old School Gallery - Alnmouth
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Art pieces, ceramics & jewellery with cafe. A great stop off in this lovely village.
Golf
There are some fantastic golf courses in Northumberland, all within easy reach of our cottage. Links courses are a particular feature of our part of the world.
Two 18 hole parkland golf courses to choose from. Please contact us directly in order to secure a discount code for reduced green fees (please allow sufficient time in order to book tee off times). Price range ££
Longhirst Hall Golf Course
Two 18 hole parkland golf courses to choose from. Please contact us directly in order to secure a discount code for reduced green fees (please allow sufficient time in order to book tee off times). Price range ££
Sitting in the shadow of the 14th century Dunstanburgh Castle, the course wraps around the magnificent Embleton Bay, recently voted the best stretch of coastline in Britain. This links course offers golfers of all abilities a real challenge. Price range ££
Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club
Sitting in the shadow of the 14th century Dunstanburgh Castle, the course wraps around the magnificent Embleton Bay, recently voted the best stretch of coastline in Britain. This links course offers golfers of all abilities a real challenge. Price range ££
Foxton Golf Club, just outside of Alnmouth, an 18 hole links course with currently the best teacher pro in the area. Price range £££
Alnmouth Golf Club
Foxton Golf Club, just outside of Alnmouth, an 18 hole links course with currently the best teacher pro in the area. Price range £££
9 hole course in the picturesque village of Alnmouth, perfect course for those beginners new to links golf. Price range £
Alnmouth Village
9 hole course in the picturesque village of Alnmouth, perfect course for those beginners new to links golf. Price range £
9 hole links golf course with an honesty box as the club house is not often open ! Price range £
Warkworth Golf Club
9 hole links golf course with an honesty box as the club house is not often open ! Price range £
18 hole semi-links course with fabulous views and really good club house catering. Price range £££
Bamburgh Castle Golf Club
40 The Wynding
18 hole semi-links course with fabulous views and really good club house catering. Price range £££
18 hole links course offering inexpensive coastal golf. The clubhouse bistro is great value for money with stunning views across the North Sea coastline. Price range £
Seahouses Golf Club
18 hole links course offering inexpensive coastal golf. The clubhouse bistro is great value for money with stunning views across the North Sea coastline. Price range £
18 hole parkland golf course just off the A1 south of Felton. Price range ££
Burgham Park Golf & Leisure Club
18 hole parkland golf course just off the A1 south of Felton. Price range ££
18 hole parkland golf course at Swarland. Price range £
Percy Wood Golf & Country Park
18 hole parkland golf course at Swarland. Price range £
18 hole parkland golf course just on the outskirts of Alnwick. Price range £
Alnwick Castle Golf Club
18 hole parkland golf course just on the outskirts of Alnwick. Price range £
The most southerly golf course of us, 18 holes of parkland. Price range ££
Morpeth Golf Club
The most southerly golf course of us, 18 holes of parkland. Price range ££
27 hole golf course in the Northumberland National Park. Attached to the hotel with spa and a great country pub too. Price range £££
Macdonald Linden Hall Golf and Country Club
27 hole golf course in the Northumberland National Park. Attached to the hotel with spa and a great country pub too. Price range £££
The most northernly golf course we would recommend and the best in the area. Fantastic links course which is also an Open qualifier course. Price range £££
Goswick Golf Club
The most northernly golf course we would recommend and the best in the area. Fantastic links course which is also an Open qualifier course. Price range £££
Taxis
Local taxi firms we recommend.
01665 602 200
SOVEREIGN TAXIS ALNWICK
01665 602 200
01665 606 060 or 07976 606 060
A a Taxis
01665 606 060 or 07976 606 060
Travelsure 'Dial a Ride' are our taxi rank of choice for our location. Based in Seahouses, Belford & Bamburgh they are one of the few local taxi firms that actually know where we are! Taxis available range from 1 seater to 8 seater people carriers. Mobile numbers are 07919 215 912, 07919215910 & 07919 215 911
Travelsure Coaches Limited
67 Main St
Travelsure 'Dial a Ride' are our taxi rank of choice for our location. Based in Seahouses, Belford & Bamburgh they are one of the few local taxi firms that actually know where we are! Taxis available range from 1 seater to 8 seater people carriers. Mobile numbers are 07919 215 912, 07919215910 & 07919 215 911