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When it comes to unusual places to visit Bamburgh must be one of those near the top of the list. If you were unaware of the castle by the sea as I was when I accidentally stumbled across Bamburgh more than 20 years ago, then it comes as a real surprise to see this come into view as you drive towards the village. Bamburgh castle holds iconic status with its famous skyline dominating the beach and local landscape and with such a huge open beach and stunning views towards Holy Island and the Farne Islands it’s not difficult to see why so many people come here during their stay.

So you have the castle and the beach but what else is there to do and most importantly where can visitors go if they need a bite to eat. I have witnessed how Bamburgh has evolved the last 20 years and although it always had a local pub, things have now moved on and Bamburgh has more than enough to offer day tripper and holiday makers who choose to stay there. For such a small place I am pleased to say that Bamburgh has everything from modern fine dining through to pub grub, hand- made pizzas and cream teas.

If you are just looking for a quick coffee and sandwich or sweet treat Wyndenwell is a cafe in the centre of the village catering for these needs as well as doing ice creams and children’s fishing nets. Just a few doors up is the Copper Kettle offering tea and coffee, lunches and cream teas in a traditional setting.

The Lord Crewe Pub is situated just off the green and sits almost under Bamburgh Castle. It offers traditional pub food within a modern surroundings which are sympathetic to the environment and its history with stone walls, open fireplaces and lovely soft furnishings which gives it a lovely welcoming feel. The Lord Crewe offers coffees and then lunch and dinner using local suppliers for meat and fish. The well- stocked bar has locally brewed real ales, quality ciders as well as a selection of gins, spirits and wine.

If you are looking for a sit down meal for lunch, dinner or somewhere in between The Potted Lobster is a real treat. In high season booking in advance is essential and don’t be surprised to find them fully booked for August as early as April or May. The Potted Lobster is a contemporary family restaurant offering mostly fish based dishes and is a firm favourite for locals as well as visitors.

The Walled Garden is the home of Blacketts Gift shop selling a wide range of design led products as well as snacks and pizza which can be taken away or eaten in the small seating area behind the pizza making area. It really is quite unique.

So whether you are staying for a few nights or just passing through you will find a warm welcome awaits you at these local businesses who are happy to make your time here simply Bamburgh-licious.

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