Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Northumberland
Hardens guides have spent 15 years compiling reviews of the best Northumberland restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 55 restaurants in Northumberland and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Northumberland restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Northumberland Restaurants
. The Rat Inn
British, Traditional restaurant in Hexham
Anick - NE46
“No frills, no nonsense, no splodges on the plate: just good traditional food, drinks, top banter, cosy fires, gorgeous bar, nice beer” – that’s the appeal of a trip to this “perfect”, “old-fashioned” country gastropub, “which is still very much a pub” situated “in a hamlet, on a hillside above Hexham”. “The garden has exceptional views and the hardest part to any visit is what to choose!”
. The Old Boat House Amble
Fish & seafood restaurant in Amble
Leazes Street - NE65
“You can see the fishing boats bringing in the catch” from this “tiny”, “unpretentious hut” on the quayside, while eating “seafood cooked ‘par excellence’”. There’s also “sourdough pizza to change the way you think about pizza!” Founders Martin & Ruth Charlton, both chefs, have followed up their success here with three more venues on the Northumberland coast: Blyth Boathouse, La Famiglia and Fish Shack.
. The Feathers Inn
British, Traditional restaurant in Hedley On The Hill
Rhian Cradock’s “proper village pub with fantastic food” was “one of the originators of the local seasonal food movement” when it started-out preparing ‘Northumbrian cooking’ 12 years ago; and everything is presented “simply and very well”, including “superb game in season”. It’s worth seeking out in a “difficult-to-find village overlooking the Tyne valley”, and while some find it “rather cramped” or “squashy”, others reckon it “cosy”.
. Jolly Fisherman
Fish & seafood restaurant in Craster
Haven Hill - NE66
“Perched on the edge of mid-Northumberland’s dramatic coastline, this former pub opposite the world-famous L Robson & Sons ‘Craster Kipper’ smokehouse” (as per the name, seafood features heavily on the menu) offers “great cooking” that’s “excellent value” too.
. Bouchon Bistrot
French restaurant in Hexham
4-6 Gilesgate - NE46
A Gallic outpost on Gilesgate – this “favourite” local dining spot has a menu of classics from rural France – owner Greg Bureau, a second-generation restaurateur from the Loire Valley, brings a further stamp of authenticity.
. The Fox Hole
British, Modern restaurant in Piercebridge
“The best pub food in Piercebridge! (not that there’s a lot of competition…)” – Jack Bowles and Ellie Richmond have created “a very buzzy spot” at their four-year-old pub conversion. Most reports praise “superb locally sourced ingredients cooked by an enthusiastic chef”. The worst review? – “enjoyed it, but wouldn’t hurry back”.
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