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Trip Report Northumbria Coast: Pub, Grub, Birds and Blisters

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We stayed at Seahouses, which is not the most attractive resort in Northumbria but offers access to some truly wonderful places. In addition, it has a super pub: The Olde Ship Inn and a smoke house that sells tasty kippers. The town also has three fish and chip restaurants and various other takeaways.
Seahouses offer boat trips to the Farne Islands where there are thousands of seabirds and we saw puffins, kittiwakes, cormorants and shags, razorbills and gannets. The place is teeming with birdlife and spring is a good time to go. I suspect Northumbria is a dry county, we only experienced rain once and that was in the middle of the night.
Near to Seahouses are some wonderful coastal walks: Seahouses to Banburgh Castle; Seahouses to Craster etc. Holy Island (Lindisfarne) is a short car trip away.
Alnwick is nearby – which I wasn’t particularly impressed with apart from a whacky bookshop called Barter Books, where I could have spent the whole day. It’s a converted station platform that has a model railway chugging round your head as you browse thousands of books – some of which are quite rare.
Warkworth Castle is about 10 miles away and you can double it up with a visit to Alnmouth, yet another charming seaside resort.
Nortumbria is blessed with some fabulous pubs most of them selling excellent food including fish.
The Craster Arms at Beadnell sell enormous fish and chips which is truly tasty, but as well they serve a range of other food. There is a restaurant at Amble which serve fish platters cooked on their wood burning stoves. The Jolly Fisherman at Craster sell their famous crab sandwiches and offer real ales. The two most atmospheric pubs were the Ship at Newton-by-the-sea and the Olde Ship Inn at Seahouses.
The Ship has flag floors and brews its beer on the premises and has a rustic menu. It is tucked around the corner of a charming village and you can sit outside in the sun – its quite a sheltered spot. The Olde Ship (Seahouses) is full of memorabilia and crammed packed with locals who must be the most friendly people in England but I was disappointed with the food there which was a shame.
Many of the pubs on Northumbria’s coast sell real ale and the Castle View at Warkworth also brew their own beer.
Northumbria is a place not frequently mentioned on Fodors but is well worth placing on an agenda if visiting the North of England.

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