My Top 10 Family Friendly Pubs in Northumberland

Posted 24 Jun 13, written by Amanda Lambert

From harbour views to the rolling Cheviot Hills, Northumberland offers family friendly, welcoming pubs and holiday cottages. As a regular visitor to Northhumberland since being a child, I’ve been able to experience Northumberland’s glorious views and friendly local pubs. Here are a few of my favourites:

1. The Craster Arms – Beadnell

Situated in the heart of the little town Beadnell, The Craster Arms offers a range of traditional meals, made with fresh local produce and a selection of local and continental beers and ales, as well as a comprehensive wine list. Fancy a drink and maybe something to eat to top off a great day, the Craster Arms friendly, has excellent food and refreshing drinks. From watching your kids safely run around in the beer garden to watching a range of local bands inside the pub, The Craster Arms has much to offer.

The Craster offers events for the young and the old, from the famous Crastonbury, to the Olympic Games and the beer festival!

Bit of history

“The Craster Arms Hotel 15th – 18th Century. Purchased from John Swinburn in 1563 by Thomas Forster of Adderstone, who’s son Thomas Forster the younger, left Beadnell Tower by will in 1587 to his eldest son Matthew. Successions of John Forsters followed and were the owners when the 18th century opened. The Old Tower by 1818 had come to serve as back premises of a public house once called The Bull Inn and now known as The Craster Arms Hotel.”

Ranked 3.5/5 by customers Trip Adviser.

“The best burgers in all of Northumberland!” – My own opinion.

“The best hospitality in Northumberland – All round” – Nick from Harogate.

“Fantastic location” – Afer from sterling.

“Fantastic weekend away” – Happy wanderer from Liversege.

“Amazing Country Pub, friendly staff, great atmosphere” – Travel8955 from Newcastle, Upon Tyne

2. The Astley Arms – Seaton Sluice

Located on the seafront, in the coastal town of Seaton Sluice, the Astley Arms is famous for its three meat carvery. This family friendly pub and restaurant offers a wide range of beers and ales and a selection of fine wine. With great value food that won’t break the bank and even ice cream for the kids or a cheeky chocolate brownie or cake for the chocolate lovers.

Bit of history

The poignant tale told on one wall is of the party of submariners who popped in for a drink on Christmas Eve, 1939, and bought raffle tickets. Petty Officer ‘Tug’ Wilson won a bottle of whisky and asked the landlady to keep it for him because he was due aboard HMS Sealion in the morning. He never returned. HMS Sealion hit a mine and was lost with all hands. The whisky, kept for 30 years, is now in the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport, Hampshire. On a day like today, looking out at the grey sea and sky, you are inclined to raise your glass to the brave men who set sail from nearby Blyth so we can enjoy pleasures like Sunday dinner in a nice place like this.

Rated 3.5/5 by the customers on Trip adviser.

“Good value for money, nice location!” – Stephen from Newcastle Upon Tyne.

“Cheap and delicious” – Gemma from Northumberland.

“Good Value for Money – lovely day out!” – Caroline from Newcastle Upon Tyne.

“GOOD SUNDAY DINNER!” – Woodnut1962 from Gateshead.

3. The Bamburgh Castle Inn – Seahouses

Above the old lime kilns on the harbour, in the popular seaside resort Seahouses, The Bamburgh Castle Inn offers unbelievable views and superb food. From real ales and a selection of wines, to a large spacious beer garden, The Bamburgh Castle Inn caters for all.

Ranked 3 stars by the AA.

“We could not believe the views from the hotel – they have to be the best in England.”

– B Wright


“What a lovely place! Cracking views and smashing staff.”

– The Haywoods

“What a stay. We’ll be back next year but we’ve told so many of our friends what good value you are that we had better book early!“

– N Cunningham

“Also a big thank you to everyone for making our stay great. The food, the place, the views – everything smashing – missing the views already. So nice to feel at home and welcome which all the staff made us feel.”

– Libby and Tony Johnson


4. The Ship Inn – Low Newton

Located in a unique coastal village square, the Ship Inn offers a great selection of food, including fresh seafood and a good range of beers from its own micro brewery, with an excellent outside seating area from which you can enjoy beautiful coastal scenery and plan your healthy walk to dunstanburgh castle. Great for dogs too. Look on their website for an upcoming list of bands and events.

Bit of History

I first came to Low Newton and The Ship Inn in May 1999. I wanted to move away from Hertfordshire where I had lived for the last thirty years. I needed to earn a living and I had heard that there was a pub for sale in a village by the sea. I had done various jobs in my life and run my own business, but the one business I knew I didn’t want to run was a pub! However – I came, I saw and Low Newton conquered!!

“Lovely setting at the end of a walk along the most beautiful bay.” – Lois M from Northumberland.

5. Meadow House – Berwick Upon-Tweed

This is an unusual pub, known as ‘The First and last pub in England’, because it is situated only a mile away from the Scottish border, in the lively town of Berwick. The Meadow house offers classic English cuisine, made with fresh local produce, such as; prawn cocktail and fish and chips, how could you get better than that?

It’s famous for its homemade ice-cream made by Edith Hearn the chef, which tickles the taste buds of all who enjoy this tasty pudding. With its unique English décor and traditional menu, some may say it’s an English gem.

Rated 4.5/5 by the customers on Trip adviser and ranked #2 out of 43 pubs and restaurants in Berwick.

“outstanding food yet again!” – Mark R from Bognor Regis.

“enjoyable food and faultless” - Stevenge.

“A really enjoyable meal as always.” – Sus09.

“Excellent food, good value too.” – Frank from Wishaw.

6. The Salmon Inn – Berwick Upon-Tweed

Situated 2 miles south of Berwick, this traditional English pub offers a selection of local and continental lagers and ales and various fine wines. If you’re feeling peckish, why not have a bar snack or try a pub meal? How about sitting down to a hot bowl of freshly made soup or digging into a Sunday roast, either way your sure to enjoy the food at the Salmon.

Rated 4.5/10 by the customers on Trip adviser and #7 out of 43 pubs and restaurants in Berwick.

“Lovely Sunday lunch” – Harveysangel from Newcastle Upon-Tyne

“Superb food at a very reasonable price.” – Layces from Sussex

“Brilliant meal every time” – Martin Cold from Northumberland

“Fantastic small restaurant” – Master of ninga from Edinburgh


7. The Schooner – Alnmouth

This unique 17th century coaching Inn, rich in history and set in the heart of the coastal town Alnmouth, offers friendly staff and a cold pint or glass of wine at the end of a busy day exploring Northumberland. Anyone that wants high quality food, at a reasonable price, will enjoy a meal at the Schooner. The Schooner is famous for its haunting’s and famous figures such as Charles Dickens, John Wesley, Basil Rathbone and King George III all said to have stayed. If you’re a ghost lover, you will love the ghost hunt with resident medium Ray Boker, its not for the faint hearted.

Bit of history

Having been around for the past 300 years, the Schooner, which has been listed as a coaching inn, is steeped in history and has over 3,000 reported sightings of ghosts. The name Schooner derives from a character of sailing ship (using fore and aft sails on more than one mast), first used by the Dutch in the 16th and 17th centuries and then developed in the Americas from the 18th century onwards.

Schooners were cargo vessels, capable of both ocean and coastal travel. As well as a legitimate trading port, the village of Alnmouth was also a haven for smugglers and vagabonds. Such was the reputation of Alnmouth that John Wesley, the founder of The Methodist Church, commented that it was “a small seaport town famous for its wickedness”.

There has been many tales of murders, suicides and even massacres. The corridors have said to be roaming with over 60 individual spirits, people have even said to have seen a women standing in the windows of several of the top bedrooms, as they’ve been walking by, but do you believe it? Why don’t you come explore the inn for yourself?

Rated 3.5/10 by the customers on Trip adviser and #7 out of 10 pubs and restaurants in Alnmouth.

“The high light of both our nights had to be the ghost hunt with Ray Bokor, we seen & heard things we couldn’t have ever hoped for.” – Lisa W from Lynemouth

“hidden gem not to be missed”- Christine Clerey from Newcastle upon-Tyne

“Wonderful Staff” - Expatindoha from Northumberland

“GREAT NIGHT”- Fiona S from Ashington

“Excellent meal” – Erica E from Newcastle upon-Tyne

8. The Red Lion Inn – Alnmouth

A traditional country Inn set in the heart of the coastal village of Alnmouth. With its magnificent views from the garden, of the Aln Estuary and opposite an old medieval church, you will be able to experience the beauty of the coastline and the adventures of Alnwick castle. Why don’t you sample their excellent food or maybe just pop in for a quiet drink from the selection of beers, ales and fine wines.

Rated 4.5/5 by the customers and Trip adviser, and #2 out of 10 pubs and restaurants in Alnmouth.

“Good pub food, good beer and hospitality” – Kahjm from Wilmslow

“Relaxed and friendly” – ProfH_55 from Newcastle upon-Tyne

“Amazing find!!!!” – Anne H from Bolton.

“Great place to stay, eat and drink” – ferretts_sheffield from Sheffield

“A lovely spot” – Annebl from Leamington Spa

9. The Lindisfarne Inn – Beal

Right in the heart of the beautiful country side of Northumberland, but yet only a 5 minute drive from Holy Island, Lindisfarne offers a refreshing drink, excellent food and a warm open fire, at the end of a busy day.A warm welcoming awaits you in a real Northumberland pub, with hot and cold drinks available and locally brewed ales, house wine or even a bottle of Champaign.

For all you rock and roll lovers, or even comedian lovers, the star of iconic rock band Lindisfarne and world-famous music director, actor and stand-up comedian Brendan Healy will be appearing at The Lindisfarne Inn on Saturday December 8th 2012.

Ranked 4.5/5 by the customers on Trip adviser and #24 of 51pubs and inns in Berwick-upon-Tweed.

“Good end to the day” – Bentley8 from Milton Keynes

“Fantastic!” – Pamela G from Grimsby

“The manager and staff could have been more welcoming and throughout our stay
nothing was to much for them.”
– Reg W from Leeds.

“Excellence and quality” – Kev17 from Aberdeen.

10. The Hope and Anchor

If you looking for small, friendly and welcoming, The Hope and Anchor is the place to go, set in the beautiful town of Alnmouth, its one of the most historical buildings in Alnmouth, with beaches and historic castles near by, it’s rich in history and great to keep the kids entertained. Why don’t you enjoy a pint and a light lunch in the bar while you plan your day exploring the miles of coastline? There’s always things happening in this small busy town, so plenty to keep the kids entertained.

Ranked 4/5 by customers on Trip adviser.

“Very Good Food, Welcoming Atmosphere” – Rarvblue from Yorkshire

“Full of character and friendly staff” - John G from York

“Top Village Pub” – Harveydog22 from the North

“Excellent beach” – Barbara from Newcastle upon-Tyne

Even though these are just a few of my personal favorites, they are not the only friendly pubs Northumberland has to offer. Have a personal favorite that I haven’t talked about and feel it should be mentioned? Blog back to me and I will be sure to give it credit.


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