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Local Pubs & Restaurants

For that special meal out I list some of my favourite restaurants that feature in the Good Food Guide. Northumberland has some super pubs and restaurants and the Northumbrian coast provides great seafood.

Café Lowry

35 The Broadway, Ponteland. Tel - 01661 820357.
A favourite of Beacon Hill guests wanting a really good meal in a bistro atmosphere. The cheese soufflé is superb.

Jesmond Dene House

Jesmond, Newcastle. 0191 212 3000
Terry Laybourne, owner of Café 21 and Café Live owns Newcastle's smartest restaurant. This is the best place for that really special occasion.

Café 21

Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne. Tel - 0191 222 0755.
Excellent restaurant. Arguably the best place in town. Now in plush new premises and winning great plaudits.

Eating in Morpeth

These are the places that I go to on a fairly regular basis and they are all good in their own way.

Tandoor Mahal

Morpeth Tel 01670 512420
An excellent Indian restaurant. Good value. We are regular visitors here and I recommend the Tandoori King Prawn and the excellent yellow mint sauce. On Thursday nights you can have poppadoms with spices, any starter, any main course with rice, ice cream and coffee with a glass of wine for £12...consequently it is very busy.

Gianni's Pizzeria

Morpeth. Tel 01670 511547
A good place to go with children, especially during Happy Hour, 5.30pm-6.30pm. Good value and packed with children early on. This is not a gourmet experience, but we like it and the food is typically Italian and it is fun!


Morpeth Tel 01670 502288
Opened in August 2007 a very smart chinese restaurant. Take away meals before 8 pm Monday to Thursday and Sunday only. I have eaten here twice and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Places to Stop All Over the County

Anglers Arms

Weldon Bridge Tel - 01665 570655
An old coaching inn with a good atmosphere. Restaurant and bar meals are available. It is a very pleasant place to pop out for a pint whilst your husband is preparing supper. Bar meals can be very good.

Tankerville Arms

Eglingham Tel - 01665 578444
A long time favourite with visitors in the north of the county..

Linden Hall

Longhorsley Tel - 01670 516611
Luxury country house hotel. Expensive and very plush. No children under 10 in main dining room.

Cook and Barker

Newton-on-the-Moor Tel - 01665 575234
Very popular with Beacon Hill guests. The lunchtime bar meals are excellent. They now offer limited bar meals in the evening. Essential to book for restaurant meals.

Shoulder of Mutton

Convenient for an evening drink. Many guests seem to enjoy it and it is the closest pub to Beacon Hill.

Linden Pub

Turn left in the village and go north for one mile. Recently re decorated. Mixed reports!


Very reliable, good quality bar food. No children under 15.


Very popular with the locals.

Wooden Doll

North Shields
High above the Fish Quay, has a superlative view over the Tyne and out to sea, but get there early for a window seat.

Jolly Fisherman

Famous for its fresh-cut crab (and other) sandwiches. Not a favourite of mine - it is a missed opportunity.

Old Ship

A real old nautical pub. One of my favourites; no children in the bar. Good sandwiches and really authentic.

Dipton Mill

near Hexham
Home cooked food, lunchtimes only. Opens noon seven days a week.

Embleton Hall Hotel

Don't be put off by the elegance of this place. They are very happy to serve bar food to the scruffiest of patrons!

Manor House Inn

Carterway Heads, near Shotley Bridge on the A68
In a class of its own - inspired cooking at reasonable prices.

Shepherd and Shepherdess

Comfortable and welcoming, but you must get there early in summer months to get a seat.

Rose and Crown

New owners have transformed this place.

Red Lion

Quaint little pub down a side lane. Try the Turf and Surf if you like seafood and garlic.

Lord Crewe

An old monastery, the bar has a stone-vaulted ceiling.

Black Bull

A nice clean pub with a friendly welcome and thatched roof in idyllic village. At the end of the Heatherslaw Light Railway.

There are pubs and restaurants all over the county and many are now catering for the more sophisticated visitor that now come to Northumberland. For other eating options, please visit our catering services page.