Why You Should Visit Cramlington and Blagdon on Your Next Trip Out
There's plenty to explore in this packed corner of Northumberland
In Cramlington, Lal Qila is a long-standing favourite, serving good curry in a welcoming atmosphere. Just across the road, Mandarin Bay serves high quality Oriental dishes and does excellent special menus, including buffets and banquets, while Panuccis serves stone-baked pizza, pasta, steak and more. Between Cramlington and Blagdon, find seasonal pub grub at The Snowy Owl. The building has been rebuilt and restored at least three times since its original construction in 1600, and offers rustic charm and seasonal pub dishes.
This corner of Northumberland has some great options if you want to extend your stay. Lairds House is an independent, family owned and run hotel and restaurant in Bedlington, with boutique bedrooms (some of which are dog friendly) and kitchen which produces stand-out dishes. Round off your meal with a drink in their cosy snug. If you prefer to be self-sufficient, Burradon Farm offers a large selection of self-catering houses and cottages, sleeping from two up to eight. Our favourite is the five-Star Gold Wheatlands Cottage (sleeping four), a former stable which has been converted into a luxurious living and entertaining space, with a sunroom and private patio.
On Blagdon Estate, The Milkhope Centre is packed with high-end country shopping. Don’t miss independent outdoor clothing specialist Hill2HighStreet, where they stock great brands (many of them UK-based) and where the passionate team are on hand to offer plenty of unbiased advice on the best kit for you. While you’re exploring the centre, stop at Blacksmiths Coffee Shop for homemade cakes and light lunches. Cramlington’s Eleven Boutique is the place to go for easy-to-wear pieces, from footwear and clothing to accessories.
If you’ve ever wanted to see a quarter of a mile long, 100-foot high woman sculpted out of 1.5 million tonnes of earth (and really, why wouldn’t you?) then Northumberlandia should be at the top of your list. You can explore four miles of winding paths as you check out this unique piece of public art. A short drive from ‘The Lady of the North’ you can pay a visit to Northumberland Cheese Company, which will satisfy your desire for artisanal food with its well-stocked deli counter and Cheese Loft Café.
Around the corner
Just a couple of miles out of Cramlington, Plessey Woods Country Park is a little oasis of nature on the banks of the River Blyth. Explore winding nature trails, riverside paths and wild meadows across the 100 acre site, where there’s also a visitor centre, a great children’s play area (particularly good for little ones) and a café.