The Old Boat House
Leazes Street, Amble NE65 0AA
Oh we do love to be beside the seaside and there’s few places more delightful than The Old Boat House to spend your afternoon embracing stunning coastal views and award-winning food. Take a seat on their rustic wooden patio looking directly over the North Sea while you dive into well-presented local fish and seafood dishes. Guaranteed good food, the restaurant has been nominated for ‘Coastal Fish Restaurant of the Year’ in the 2018 Fishing News Awards, having already won the award in both 2016 and 2017.
The Rat Inn
Anick, Hexham NE46 4LW
Enjoy spectacular views from this inn’s cottage-style garden spanning across the surrounding countryside to the river Tyne in the valley below. Sample award-winning food including chalk stream trout and chicken and leek pot pie as you down a few local ales or a cocktail or two.
Roker Terrace, Sunderland SR6 9ND
0191 567 1786
The terrace at Poetic License is an ideal spot to enjoy dishes from around the world while looking out over the coastline. Feel the sun on your skin and the sea breeze in your hair as you lounge in the cosy garden furniture after a long walk on the beach. Watch the world go by as you tuck into a menu featuring hanging kebabs, burritos, small plates and even a ‘skinnylicious’ menu for mindful dining. Sip on ales, craft beers, their very own Sonnet 43 beer and plenty of cocktails that use Poetic License’s own gin.
The Bamburgh Castle Inn
Seahouses NE68 7SQ
This traditional inn offers views from its terrace and beer garden that will make you want to stay outside all day long: look out toward the Farne Islands and along the coast to Bamburgh Castle itself as you soak up the sunshine in this popular spot.
Jesmond Dene House
Jesmond Dene Road, Newcastle NE2 2EY
0191 212 3000
Treat yourself to afternoon tea on the terrace here where you can indulge in a tower of dainty sandwiches, sausage rolls, melt-in-your-mouth quiche, warm scones and a selection of cakes. Enjoy looking over the green lawns to Jesmond Dene.
The Black Horse
Red Row, Beamish, County Durham DH9 0RW
With breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, The Black Horse is a lovely location to enjoy al fresco dining. Soak up the sunshine on one of their picnic benches and sample some timeless pub classics, from their popular bombardier pie to fresh fish and chips. With warm weather and a bustling atmosphere you’ll probably want to make a day with it: extend your afternoon in the sun by sampling their sublime sticky toffee pudding or a couple of local ales.
104b High Street, Yarm TS15 9AU
Take a seat on the quaint, cobbled Yarm High Street where you can stop by any time of day for a European-inspired breakfast, lunch or dinner. The pavement café has a Parisian feel and is a great place to relax. Opt for something light like the grilled halloumi sandwich with sun-dried pesto, or choose from a three-course set price menu for something more substantial.
Lord Crewe Arms
The Square, Blanchland, Consett DH8 9SP
The Lord Crewe Arms is an idyllic place to take lunch or afternoon tea outside. It boasts a well-maintained lawn in a walled garden in front of the 12th century abbot’s priory. The award-winning spot has plenty of inventive items to try, including creamed truffled spelt with leeks and buttered girolles.
The Bay Horse
1 North Side, Hutton Rudby TS15 0DA
This characterful pub is nestled in the heart of the pretty village of Hutton Rudby and has a garden that’s perfect for lounging in on lazy Sunday afternoons. You can sample local ales and one of their famous Sunday roasts: sample roast loin of pork with stuffing, crackling and all the trimmings as you take in the views of the surrounding countryside. Keep an eye online for one of their outdoor summer barbecue events in the garden – perfect for rounding up friends for an al fresco experience.
9 Altars Café
19a Silver Street, Durham DH1 3RB
This café has a raised terrace boasting views of the River Wear and is an ideal spot to enjoy a leisurely lunch with friends without missing out on precious hours of sunshine. There are plenty of sandwiches, jacket potatoes and salads on offer, and (of course) a wide selection of sweet treats to go alongside your coffee. If you want to take your al fresco experience into your own hands they prepare picnic lunches to go for you to enjoy at your leisure somewhere in the city.
You can find even more glorious spots to soak up the sunshine, enjoy good food and sip an ice cold ale (or two) in our June issue of Living North the magazine for the North East – out on 10th May.