There's A Feast For Foodies In Northumberland
Spoilt For Choice
We have so much on our doorstep here at Beacon Hill Farm in Northumberland. Rolling countryside, beautiful coastline, historic castles & gardens and of course the fabulous dark skies of Kielder National Park. But people often don’t realise how much Northumberland has to offer in terms of food and drink.
Our guests, some of whom are self-confessed ‘foodies’, often comment on the quality and diversity of the culinary delights available within a short travel time of our holiday cottages. So for those of you who book your UK breaks with the enjoyment of good food and drink high on the agenda, we can point you towards some of the many regional treats to tantalise your taste buds.
Us Northumbrians like to celebrate our food & drink and there are a number of annual events held in towns & venues across the region. Top of our recommended list are a couple of local festivals that you should really make time for if you are visiting the area.
First up, in terms of the calendar, is the Berwick Food & Beer Festival. The festival takes place in early September and is now in its 12th year. It really is a must for those who enjoy good, traditional, wholesome food and beer… so that’s everyone then surely?!
The festival has a huge range of stands and stalls promoting the finest local produce and beers, and there really is something for everyone with kids able to enjoy activities like cake decorating and pizza making. Entrance prices tend to be only a few pounds and even if food isn’t your obsession, it’s worth a visit to enjoy the ambience and surroundings of this traditional market town, the northernmost town in England.
Next in the calendar comes the Alnwick Food Festival. Alnwick food festival also takes place in September. Now In its 15th year, the festival is a showcase for local food producers and food from all over the region. From chillies to chutneys, seafood to scones, some of the finest Northumbrian food (and drink!) will be available to sample and you may even spot a celebrity chef or two, Jean-Christophe Novelli having been a regular attendee in the past.
Last but by no means least is the Morpeth Food Festival which will celebrate its’s 5th consecutive year
and for the first time it is being held over 2 days, a sign itself that the festival has become a must-visit
fixture in the calendars of ‘foodies’ from all over the region and beyond.
The Morpeth food festival will take place in early October and features over
100 stalls spread across the town centre. For any Bake Off wannabees, there are opportunities to test your baking skills by entering one of the popular Scone, Jam and Pie competitions. For more info including details of the Demo kitchen and activities and entertainment for children, visit the More In Morpeth website.
It’s not just festivals though that make Northumberland a popular gourmet destination. Along the seemingly endless coastline you can sample the finest freshly caught seafood whether that be at a traditional fish and chip shop or a more sophisticated, fine-dining eatery such as The Potted Lobster at Bamburgh.
In fact in many of the region’s best eateries, most of which are listed here, you will find many fish and seafood dishes on the menu such as Mussels, Oysters, Prawns, local Crab, Lobster and Kippers as well as some less well known species such as gurnard, pollock, sand dab and other varieties of flatfish that are plentiful off the Northumberland coast.
One of the region’s leading seafood outlets championing these ‘newer’ types of delicious seafood, and a must visit for seafood lovers, is the Northumberland Seafood Centre in Amble. Located within the Amble Harbour Village, the centre supplies freshly caught seafood to trade and direct to the public. Open mostly on weekend it is worth checking the Northumberland Seafood website to find out about any special events in the calendar.
Right next door to the Seafood Centre is one of our favourite restaurants in Northumberland, an award winning rustic bistro overlooking the picturesque Amble harbour. The Old Boathouse won the coveted Coastal Fish Restaurant of the Year title in 2016 and has just landed the award for the second year in succession. The retention of the award is testament to the owner, Martin Charlton and his desire to produce expertly cooked dishes while supporting the local fishing fleets and focusing on sustainability. Wonderful fresh food in a relaxed friendly atmosphere, we highly recommend a visit!
So there you have it, If you’re looking for a gourmet UK break with a healthy dose of luxury and relaxation to boot (courtesy of our 4 & 5* cottages and luxury spa facilities), then look no more. Check our online booking area for availability on all of our cottages and as they say in these parts…
Thou shalt hev a fishy!