THE SUN INN
Nearest beach: Alnmouth Bay, a 10 minute walk
A cosy, intimate space with a wide range of lagers, stouts, beers and local guest ales. Friendly, accommodating staff will make your dog feel right at home in front of the roaring fire, and they can stay overnight too. The Sun Inn chefs take advantage of their coastal heritage, using locally-sourced seafood such as wild salmon, lobster, crab and mussels, to create inspiring dishes. This seaside treasure sits in a sweet spot between the Northumberland countryside and the bay, meaning it has a good range of walks nearby.
29 Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, Alnwick NE66 2RA
01665 830983 www.sun-inn-alnmouth.co.uk
Nearest beach: King Edward’s Bay, a five minute walk
Tynemouth is undeniably the best place for cooing over other people’s dogs. The Priory is a lively, traditional pub that plays host to acoustic music every Friday and Saturday evening. With excellent pub grub, they are famous for their thrice-cooked chips and wealth of delicious side snacks to keep your beer company. Nestled between the beautiful ruins of Tynemouth Castle and the bay, you can stroll with your dog along the pier towards the lighthouse for spectacular views. Dogs are not allowed on Tynemouth beach between May and September.
Front Street, Tynemouth NE30 4DX
0191 257 8302 www.facebook.com/thepriory.tynemouth
Nearest beach: Whitburn Bay, a one minute walk
Seaham is famous for its dog friendly pub, The Promenade, which serves Woof Dog Beer, a malt drink made from beef stock, and Frozzy’s Doggie ice cream, a lactose-free frozen yoghurt. Pooch owners can dine in the cosy snug area of the restaurant while enjoying a traditional Sunday dinner or an enormous burger stack (medium-rare, naturally). The Promenade’s wood burning stove makes the pub an excellent refuge from the beautiful (but windy) Whitburn Bay. We like to order a bowl of their winter warmer broth after a coastal jaunt.
1–2 Queen’s Avenue, Sunderland SR6 8DA
0191 529 2226 www.thepromenadesunderland.com
THE BAMBURGH CASTLE INN
Nearest beach: South end of Bamburgh Beach, a five minute walk
Overlooking Seahouses’ harbour, and with views across to the Farne Islands, the Bamburgh Castle Inn is the perfect location for lunch with a sea view. A seasonal menu of hearty, traditional pub dishes and indulgent desserts, such as a Bailey’s crème brûlée and a gluten-free lemon tart are found here. The pub is a great place to eat with the kids, as they can watch the boats coming in to Lowgos Bay from the window. The beer garden at the rear has expansive views across to the Farne Islands and to Bamburgh Castle further afield.
Seahouses NE68 7SQ
01665 720283 www.bamburghcastlehotel.co.uk
Nearest beach: Cullercoats Bay, a two minute walk
The Boatyard opened in 2015 and has quickly become a Cullercoats institution. With its contemporary style and organic, locally-sourced food, this little hub is always a crowd pleaser. Breakfast is spectacular: poached eggs and thick, Northumberland sausages sit comfortably next to a giant stack of American-style pancakes (and just a short walk to the stunning Cullercoats Bay). It has heaps of local brews, including a delightful English bitter direct from Cullercoats Brewery. It’s the perfect beach trip for you and your four-legged companion.
1 John Street, Cullercoats NE30 4PL
0191 280 1077 www.boatyardcullercoats.co.uk
First published: February 2017