Focus on… Spurreli
At the forefront of Amble’s rise is Spurreli, a boutique ice cream parlour with a far-reaching reputation for its quality, Italian-esque gelato. The story began when Amble Boat Company’s Director, Nick Spurr, decided to make use of the business’ Old Chandlery. He embarked upon a journey around the world to discover the recipes, methods and passion behind artisanal ice cream, which spurred him on to turn the Old Chandlery into his very own ice cream parlour. Ten years on, Spurreli has grown to become one of the town’s most prised assets, drawing visitors from near and far and winning countless accolades for an ever-changing menu of homemade, creamy gelato, as well as coffees, cakes and fresh pastries.
When did Spurreli open?
We opened on August bank holiday weekend in 2009. The past decade has flown by.
What made you choose Leazes Street?
The high street has been long established on Queen Street, but we noticed that people were starting to wander down towards the harbour. We wanted to be at the heart of the town, and that’s exactly what Leazes Street has grown to be.
What’s your bestselling flavour?
We have over 65 flavours which change all the time, but our bestseller is probably Sticky Toffee Fudge. No matter how much we make, we always sell out.
Who visits your shop?
We’re overwhelmed in the summer with tourists, and we’re very fortunate to have a strong local client base to keep us ticking over the winter months – they enjoy our coffees, cakes and homemade soups. It’s not all ice cream!
Bringing continental cuisine to the streets of Amble, Radcliffes café bar opened in August 2018 and has already became a firm favourite for its tapas-style dishes, including breaded manchego cheese drizzled with honey and mustard glaze and crispy Calamari. Open everyday until late, it’s a suave spot for a weekend tipple, while the relaxed lounge with velvet sofas and a candlelit ambience is perfect for a quiet midweek G&T.
Urban Pooch provide everything you need to indulge your four-legged friend. This dog boutique sells a whole range of luxury dog accessories, including stylish collars and trendy jackets, while a selection of organic shampoos, breath-fresheners, and healthy treats (like lactose-free lickable frozen yoghurt) will get their tails wagging.
Sea Waves Studio is a jewellery shop in the harbour’s retail village specialising in rare, one-off jewellery. Each piece is handmade using sea glass found along Northumberland’s coastline, before being set in sterling silver. There’s necklaces, pendants, earrings, bracelets and, if you manage to get there before they sell out, rare red and orange sea glass pieces sourced from Seaham beach.
This mini art studio is a pop-up venture from Alnmouth-based Old School Gallery, and sells a unique collection of marine-inspired artwork from local artist Sue Fenlon. From beautiful hand-painted seascape prints of the North East coastline to watercolour postcards, the pod has became Amble’s go-to for all things art.
Owned and run by Val Brown, The Cheese Pod boasts a delicious range of locally-produced cheeses and other fine foods. There’s everything from Westmorland chutneys and relishes to fresh stuffed olives and artisan crackers, not to mention a full range of Wooler-based Doddington Dairy’s award winning cheeses.
New to Amble’s drinking scene is the Cock and Bull, a one-room beer house providing a hip hangout spot for locals and visitors alike. Housed in the old tourist centre, just off Leazes Street on the town square, this micro-pub serves local gins, ales and beer from the likes of Northumberland-based brewery Rigg & Furrow (which you can buy to take home), as well as hosting regular art exhibitions and traditional pub quizzes.