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Living North’s Christmas Fairs
Peter Atkinson Photography
Places to go
August 2014
Reading time 5

Take a trip to two of Northumberland’s coastal towns

Alnmouth is small but beautifully preserved, with gaily painted houses strung along the coast, and Amble’s old harbour has some great food offerings – and it’s a good place to park your boat.

Eat…
The Old Boathouse, by Amble’s harbour, is the latest offering from renowned local chef Richard Sim. It’s a high quality restaurant serving well prepared seafood dishes. Also near the harbour is Spurreli, where you can pick up delicious ice cream made with Northumbrian pedigree cow’s milk. Zecca is a traditional Italian restaurant on Amble’s high street. In Alnmouth, Bistro 23 is a pleasant tearoom by day, transforming into an intimate bistro at night.  

Sleep…
Coastal Retreats have self-catering cottages along the Northumbrian Coast, including the Alnmouth Boathouse, is the perfect couple’s hideaway is a short walk from the beach. Golfers will love the Dormy House at Alnmouth Golf Club, which takes up the first floor of the club house and has rooms for up to 26 guests. On Alnmouth’s main street the Sun Inn and the Red Lion are traditional English pubs with comfortable rooms and food. 

Browse…
Amble has a quintessentially English seaside high street, where it’s as easy to pick up a bucket and spade as it is to find some fresh steak for dinner. The Old School Gallery, just north of Alnmouth village, is home to the work of Northumberland artists. On the high street, visit the Aln Gift Shop and Gallery for gifts, cards and artwork inspired by the surrounding coast and countryside. 

Don't Miss
Golfers have a choice to make between Alnmouth’s two golf clubs. Alnmouth Village Golf Club’s historic nine-hole links course is the oldest in England, while a mile up the hill at Foxton is Alnmouth Golf Club, where there is a longer, more challenging 18-hole course. If you’re just looking for a walk without the need to lug a golf bag around, head to the beach and wander along the golden sands, shell seeking as you go. 

Around the Corner
A little inland is Morwick Diary Ice Cream, where an award-winning dairy herd is used to produce milk and ice cream on site using traditional farmhouse methods. Enjoy the delicious range in their parlour or take some away as a treat for later.

Take the mile trip out to Coquet Island, which is home to 40,000 nesting seabirds including puffins and the rare Roseate Tern. There’s also a grey seal colony on the island, and regular boat trips leave from the dock steps at Amble harbour (subject to weather and tides). 

'Amble has a quintessentially English seaside high street, where it’s as easy to pick up a bucket and spade as it is to find some fresh steak for dinner'

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