5 Northumberland Beer Gardens to Check Out This Summer

Posted 26 Jul 17, written by Amanda Lambert

Whether you’re trying fine foods or tasting a selection of local craft beers, there’s no better way to spend the summertime than relaxing in a beer garden in the region of Northumberland. With rolling hills and rocky cliffs, this largely untouched corner of the North East boasts some of the best views of both the countryside and coast - and with breath-taking scenes aplenty, you can enjoy unrivalled country and coastal views from the comfort of a Northumberland beer garden.
With the sun finally making an appearance, it’s time to take a well-earned break and enjoy Britain in its natural beauty. That’s why, in today’s blog post, we’re bringing you a handy guide to Northumberland’s best beer gardens. So, whether you’re in pursuit of somewhere with a mouth-watering menu or a setting that boasts sweeping sea views, don’t miss out on visiting these top 5 hotspots this summer.

Pubs in Bamburgh

1. The Castle Inn


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Bamburgh is best known for its iconic sixth-century castle, and after stepping back in time to learn more about the myths and legends that surround this Northumberland landmark, a walk through the village to The Castle Inn offers the perfect chance to refuel. Boasting a well-stocked wine cellar, beer garden and mouth-watering menu of hearty pub classics, this is one of the best dog-friendly pubs Northumberland has to offer - meaning the whole family can make the most of a sunny day in the region.

Pubs in Alnwick

2. The John Bull Inn

A charming market town that’s steeped in history, the inland area of Alnwick is home to an array of picturesque pubs - but it’s the cosy 19th-century pub, The John Bull Inn, that’s a firm favourite for real ale fans visiting the region. Situated just outside of the original town walls, this historic pub is thought to have remained as a traditional freehouse since shortly after it was built sometime around 1830. As well as being home to a small beer garden and games corner, this pub houses bottled Belgian beers, a variety of real ales and over 120 malt whiskies.

3. The Shepherds Rest

Situated on the edge of Alnwick Moor, the large beer garden at The Shepherds Rest is located amid Northumberland’s captivating unspoilt countryside and is home to a bar and campsite. And despite the uphill climb from the historic town of Alnwick, the choice of pub classics on this traditional bar’s menu will make it well worth the trip!

Pubs in Seahouses

4. The Olde Ship Inn

Offering unrivalled views of the Farne Islands and Seahouses’ harbour, spending a sunny afternoon in The Olde Ship Inn’s newly developed beer garden is an experience not to be missed. Serving a menu of locally caught sea produce, homemade soups and freshly made sandwiches, this nautical-themed inn will provide a welcome pitstop for walkers exploring this picturesque section of the Northumberland coast.

Pubs in Craster

5. The Jolly Fisherman, Haven Hill


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It doesn’t get much better than home cooking and a range of regular cask beers and monthly guest ales, but in the summertime, it’s the stunning sea views across the Craster Harbour to Dunstanburgh Castle that make The Jolly Fisherman a favourite for locals and tourists alike. Situated on Haven Hill, this historic pub has been a feature of the fishing village since 1847, and following its recent refurbishment, The Jolly Fisherman serves as an idyllic setting after an afternoon of angling on the North East waters.

Short breaks in Northumberland

There’s nothing quite like spending the afternoon relaxing in the sun in a Northumberland beer garden, but with summer in full swing, why not extend your visit to the region? Our extensive collection of holiday homes across Northumberland come complete with all the self-catering facilities that you could need - giving you the freedom to enjoy your holiday, your way.
Ready to enjoy the sunshine while it lasts? Browse our stunning range of coastal and countryside cottages online and book your Northumberland break today.
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