Bamburgh & Seahouses | Living North

Bamburgh & Seahouses


Exterior of building with nautical life rings on railings
For laid-back coastal chic or traditional seaside fun – these coastal villages have it all


Obviously, you’re going to want to make the most of the super-fresh seafood around here. Our pick is Bamburgh’s The Potted Lobster, which serves local meat and seafood including whole lobster (of course), and just as you leave the village The Mizen Head is a stylish seafood restaurant with rooms. If you’re looking for traditional fish ’n’ chips – head to Seahouses. Sit in at Lewis’s Fish Restaurant on the main street (which was revamped a couple of years ago) or takeaway and enjoy overlooking the harbour. Perched above the harbour, The Olde Ship Inn is a good nautical-themed stop off for a proper pint and some wholesome grub. 


The Lord Crewe Hotel in Bamburgh offers fine Northumbrian hospitality in the centre of the village, and their subtly-stylish bar and restaurant (The Wynding Inn) serves classic dishes with a contemporary twist. In Seahouses, St Cuthbert’s House is a luxurious and popular bed and breakfast which has just been named England’s Best B&B 2017. Think welcoming and knowledgeable hosts, first-class breakfasts and attention to detail throughout.


Start with the cave of wonders that is the Farne Gift Shop in Seahouses – they’ve got everything from buckets, spades and balls, to ornaments, gadgets, gifts, gizmos, novelty hairbands and pens with your name on them – anything you could think of to keep children entertained come rain or shine. Swallow Fish have been operating from their smokehouse since 1843, and still use traditional oak sawdust to produce smoky delights including salmon, shell-on prawns and mussels. Don’t miss village butchers R Carter & Son in Bamburgh, where you can pick up a pound of their famous Bamburgh Bangers. 

Don’t Miss…

Get your dose of history and culture at Bamburgh Castle, the home of the ancient kings of Northumbria, where you can explore the myths and legends which surround the castle, as well as exploring the castle itself (including the 12th century keep, the Victorian King’s Hall and the slightly newer museum). Once you’ve exhausted your cultural curiosity, head to Seahouses and finish the day by emptying your penny jars at the amusements. Perfect. 

Around the Corner…

Less ‘around the corner’ and more ‘across the sea’ but anyway – don’t miss the chance to take a boat trip to The Farne Islands from Seahouses harbour. There are actually 28 of these islands a couple of miles off the coast (although many of them are submerged at high tide), and they’re home to incredible seabird colonies including puffins, shags, guillemots and Arctic terns. 

Published in: August 2017

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