Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Northumberland
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Northumberland restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 59 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
1. Barrasford Arms British, Modern restaurant in Barrasford
Michael and Victoria Eames took over this pub overlooking Houghton Castle in 2017 and their “very friendly” team contribute to its “relaxed atmosphere”, serving traditional-ish, very affordable cooking that’s consistently well-rated: “we locals want to support them because they are doing a good job”.
2. Battlesteads British, Traditional restaurant in Hexham Wark on Tyne - NE48
2019 Review: Stone-clad old inn, beautifully situated in the country, and with an attractive garden for the summer months. The dining room provides a “good tasting menu” using a fair amount of home-grown produce.
3. The Rat Inn British, Traditional restaurant in Hexham Anick - NE46
“Not sure pubs get any better than this?” – this “quintessential country pub” in a hamlet outside Hexham comes complete with “dogs and pints at the bar” and “unsurpassed views” from the “beautiful garden”. The cooking is in a traditional vein with “a good choice of local fish/game”: it offers “very good-value snacks, or a full-blown restaurant-quality meal should you prefer”.
4. Bouchon Bistrot French restaurant in Hexham 4-6 Gilesgate - NE46
A “perfect, archetypally French restaurant, with all the classical touches, from the staff to the ambiance” – Greg Bureau’s bistro is “as fun as it is authentic”. “After several visits, it’s still a surprise to find a place with such a French feel in the heart of a Northumbrian town!”.
5. Jolly Fisherman Fish & seafood restaurant in Craster Haven Hill - NE66
A “lovely-looking pub in a beautiful location”, next to a harbour on the spirit-raising mid-Northumberland coastline, and opposite the iconic L Robson & Sons ‘Craster Kipper’ smokehouse; “wonderful” fish is the order of the day, unsurprisingly, with both smoked versions and salmon sarnies exemplary.
6. The Feathers Inn British, Traditional restaurant in Hedley On The Hill
A “very good village pub”, but also rather more than that: Rhian Craddock’s snug Northumbrian boozer, in an out-of-the-way spot overlooking the Tyne valley, helped to kick off the local/seasonal craze over a decade ago, and continues to turn out top-quality fare, including local game.
7. The Old Boat House Amble Fish & seafood restaurant in Amble Leazes Street - NE65
In summer 2019, this once-basic fish hut reopened after a £210K refurb doubling capacity and adding a café/bar (the owners cut ties to two other venues on the Northumberland coast but kept on the neighbouring Fish Shack). Its formula has by-and-large remained intact, namely a “great setting by the harbour in Amble with river views towards a distant Warkworth Castle” (“sometimes a seal appears”) and the provision of “generous seafood platters” from an “excellent selection” (and also sourdough pizza).
8. The Potted Lobster Fish & seafood restaurant in Bamburgh 3 Lucker Road - NE69
“A real winner” – “fresh fish” benefit from “careful treatment” and customers from “smiling staff” at Richard Sim’s appealing seafood bistro in “a beautiful location in the shadows of Bamburgh Castle”.
9. Treehouse, Alnwick Castle British, Modern restaurant in Alnwick The Alnwick Garden - NE66
2018 Review: “A dream for big kids” – a “hobbit-like restaurant in a treehouse”, next to the castle’s gardens; add in “competent cooking” (though perhaps not quite on par with the “fabulous, magical setting”) and it’s a recipe for “a great day” out.
10. The Hadrian Hotel British, Modern restaurant in Wall
A walkers' pub that's dog-friendly; the hotel's other dining option is Hjem (see also), a Scandinavian fine dining restaurant showcasing the best local produce, cooked by Swedish chef Alex Nietosvuori.
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