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The top ten pubs in Northumberland holiday cottages

The top ten pubs in Northumberland

Jemima Kirkwood 05 May 2021

It is important during any holiday to make sure that everyone gets a break from the cooking and the pubs in Northumberland can do just that. There is nothing like sitting down at a table in a cosy English pub and enjoying a good drink and meal. 

A local pub is a place for everyone to come together, locals mixing with visitors, where everyone can get merry. When the atmosphere is alive, a pub is one of the best places to be!

Get the family together in a Northumberland pub.

Food often tastes better when you haven’t had to cook it, so give yourself a break and treat yourself to a delicious pub meal which will go down a treat. Many of the local Northumberland pubs serve up seafood caught fresh from the sea, herbs and vegetables grown from their own kitchen gardens, and locally sourced meat too!

Here are the top ten pubs in Northumberland that give you a much-needed break from the cooking.

The Olde Ship Inn, Seahouses

Set above the tiny and historic Seahouses harbour, this cosy and friendly inn welcomes you in to enjoy delicious grub and local beverages. If you are looking for a traditional English seaside pub, then this is the place to come. Here you can enjoy locally caught seafood, homemade soups that warm the heart and a variety of yummy daytime meals that will fill you up and keep you happy. The décor combines comfort with curios – you will love all the nautical artefacts and model fishing boats.

If you are planning a trip to this coastal haven, keep our cottages in Seahouses in mind. 

The Ship Inn, Low Newton-by-the-Sea

This is a welcoming local pub which puts customer comforts first, serving up lovely freshly cooked meals celebrating local ingredients and produce. Catering for everyone, they have great vegetarian options and the seafood on the menu is all freshly caught by the local fishermen. Between June and October, they serve lobster straight from Newton Bay! The pub has a great beer garden too, so on sunny days you can sit out with views over the ocean. Make sure you try their very own ale, brewed on-site!

If you are planning a holiday to this lovely area in Northumberland, keep our cottages in Low Newton-by-the-Sea in mind. 

Enjoy lobster caught fresh from the sea in Northumberland.

The Pheasant Inn, Hexham

Set in an original coaching inn, this establishment is a lovely traditional pub which welcomes you in to enjoy a merry drink or a filling meal – or both! It has open fires which you can warm up beside after periods of outdoor adventure and the kitchen serves up delicious home-cooked food which comes in generous portions. The menu contains local produce from Northumberland, Newcastle and the North East, and many of the herbs and vegetables are home grown! There is a lovely garden area which you can eat out in too.

Explore our cottages in Hexham when planning your next holiday to Northumberland. Read our guide to Hexham to find out more about the town.

The Hope & Anchor, Alnmouth

This is a classy venue serving everything from freshly caught seafood to wood-fired pizzas! Offering an extensive lunch and dinner menu, there are plenty of options for all tastes, at any time of day. Enjoy a soup and sandwich for a light bite, or if you have been out and about exploring, a big burger may be more what you need! The staff are really friendly and will make sure you have everything you need on your visit to this great pub.

If you are planning a trip to this area, keep our cottages in Alnmouth in mind. To find out more about the town, check out our guide to Alnmouth

slow down and enjoy a light bite for lunch

The Masons Arms, Warkworth

This is a warm and inviting pub, situated in the heart of Warkworth. With a menu packed full of delicious options, you could come here every night during your stay and still have things to try by the end of it! Their drinks menu offers a great selection of local beers, real ales, wines and spirits. The interior is lovely and cosy with exposed stone archways, leather furniture and characterful artwork hanging up. Have a drink with the locals, enjoy the chef's specials, and tuck into a meal in The Masons Arms.

Our cottages in Warkworth make lovely bases for your explorations. To discover more on what there is to see and do, read our guide to Warkworth

The Turks Head, Rothbury

Originally a coaching inn in the 16th century, the Turks Head today is a charming family-friendly pub in Rothbury. With the customer at the forefront, the menu, designed by the head chef, caters for all palettes and budgets. If you are into live music, the pub hosts an open mic night every Thursday and if you visit in July you can experience the traditional music festival which is hosted here each year. You will be able to enjoy live music from local artists which will make your visit truly memorable. Food, drink and live music – what could be better?

Enjoy a steak lunch in a Northumberland pub.

The Tanners Arms, Alnwick

Alnwick is one of the most popular towns in Northumberland, this could be because of the famous Alnwick Castle, but we think it is because of the great array of foodie places! There are that many, it was hard for us to narrow it down. This is another pub in which you can enjoy live music and open mic nights, along with local craft beers and ale. Although you won’t find food here, the selection of drinks is great, and we hear a lot of good things about the service and atmosphere from visitors to the area. There is a wood burner in the centre of the pub, perfect for warming you up after cooler days exploring. Pop here to sample local life in Alnwick.

We have lots of cottages in Alnwick which are lovely to return to after leisurely visits to Northumberlands pubs. Discover them today and plan your next break.

The Jolly Fisherman, Craster

What would a coastal pub in Northumberland be without a name like this? The Jolly Fisherman is a characterful pub overlooking the sea in the village of Craster. Combine delicious home cooking with cracking views and you have yourself a lovely meal out! Notice all the features that keep this pub historic – the flagstone floors, the low beamed ceilings and the old chimney places. In the winter, you will be grateful for the roaring open fires that stay lit. Best known for their crab soup, the pub serves up the best of Northumberland’s freshly caught seafood and also serves steaks, burgers and duck too (amongst many more mouth-watering dishes!)

If you are looking to stay in the area, keep our Craster cottages in mind. For more on this fishing town, read our guide to Craster

Find a great pub that serves fresh fish and chips in Northumberland

The Bamburgh Castle Inn, Seahouses

You can enjoy everything in this pub - from excellent local ales and wines, to warming hot drinks and cups of soup - all whilst relaxing and enjoying the sounds of other people having a nice time too. Ranging from light bites to filling main courses, the menu on offer is impressive. From cooked-to-order steak to freshly caught fish and shellfish, there will be something for you to try every night of the week! Although inside is absolutely charming, there is a lovely beer garden with sea views in which many like to sit and enjoy a pint in the sun.

Named after Bamburgh Castle, this is a popular pub that is busy all year round. For more about Bamburgh, read our helpful guide. If you are looking to stay in the area, keep our Seahouses cottages and Bamburgh cottages in mind.

The Amble Inn, Amble

Come here if you are looking for great food, cooked to order, all day long. And come here if you are looking for a friendly pub serving a wide array of beers, ales, wines and spirits. You will find everything you need in the Amble Inn. Living up to the Northumberland seaside restaurant reputation, all of their seafood is locally and freshly caught, with the specials board changing to accommodate the local catch of the day! We suggest you head here on a Sunday, as the carvery serves up delicious beef, pork and turkey alongside roast potatoes and scrumptious vegetables. Being a family-friendly pub, there is a great children’s menu too!

We have plenty of cottages in Amble which can provide you with a nice home to return to after days out exploring. For more ideas on what to do and see in the area of Amble, check out our comprehensive guide to Amble


We hope you have enjoyed discovering these Northumberland pubs with us today, and that we have inspired you to come and try out some of the best pubs in the UK. We picked them out from all over Northumberland to show you the quality throughout the county, and it is safe to say it is home to some hidden gems! For more ideas, discover some of the best places to eat in Northumberland which features great restaurants, cafes and fish and chip shops too!

Enjoy a delicious carvery in a Northumberland pub.

Taking the dog too? We have combined a list of pubs in which you can take your fluffy friend, meaning you don't have to worry about leaving them behind. View some of our favourites in our guide to the best dog-friendly pubs in Northumberland.

Stay in a Northumberland holiday cottage 

If you are looking for a new holiday destination, keep Northumberland in mind. Our self-catering cottages in Northumberland act as the perfect base for exploring the local towns and villages and our search tool on the website helps you search for those cottages that are within walking distance from a pub – that way you don’t need a designated driver!



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