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Eating Out

Going out for dinner? Places to eat locally.

The question we get asked most is 'where should we eat?' - and we're pleased to be able to offer you some good advice based on our own extensive experience - we love to eat out, and like to pretend we're researching on your behalf - and also on the informal culinary reviews we gather from our guests every day. So, over time, we've built up a pretty good picture about the quality and consistency of lots of local eateries.

But of course, recommending a place to eat is ultimately a very subjective analysis; the 'best' place depends on what you're looking for! Everything from fish 'n chips to relatively fine dining is available locally. So, if you tell us what you'd like, we'll tell you where you might find it.

But before we get to the food, let's talk about how you'll reach it... We have just two taxis in our village, and they can be very busy and difficult to book at short notice.  So if you decide to eat in one of the neighbouring villages and don't want to drive, then you should consider booking your taxi in advance, when you've booked your table.  It can be difficult to get a taxi 'on the night'. We can make both table and taxi reservations for you if you'd like that - just say the word.

Please remember that our opinions are just that - and you may not agree with us! But all advice is given here in good faith, and we have nothing to gain (or lose) by sending you in any particular direction. So - here goes:

If you want to walk out from St Cuthbert's House for a meal, the centre of Seahouses is just over half a mile from here and a very easy, gentle stroll taking perhaps 12-15 minutes. Our favourite place to eat in the village is Elan 01665 721311 - a lovely small and cosy cafe-style Pizzeria, where they serve fresh and delightful pizza, pasta and salads which are very satisfying.  And also very cheap!  It can be very busy - we recommend you book ahead.

Another very good place to eat in our village is at the Bistro in St Aidan's Hotel 01665 720355 although they serve only on Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings. The young and energetic team have brought a great addition to our dining options.

There's lots of 'pub grub' in our village, the best of which is at The Links Hotel 01665 720062 (beware large portions - we advise you share a starter!) The Olde Ship 01665 720200 is also very popular, although we think the bar is a more worthy destination than the dining room (see below for more recommendation of the Ship!)  The Bamburgh Castle Inn 01665 720283 serves standard pub-grub in a pleasant setting overlooking the harbour.

We also have two very good Indian restaurants in the village - we prefer the Spice House 01665 720345 but The Brasserie 01665 720999 is also very good. The Indian restaurants are the only places which serve a meal beyond 9pm. 

And of course Seahouses is famous for fish 'n chips too - Lewis's or Neptune are our firm recommendations.  Be aware that the fish 'n chip shops don't stay open late into the evening.

If you want something a bit more posh and refined, you can enjoy very good food at the Mizen Head in Bamburgh 01668 214254, (the photo above is from their dining room) which specialises in good-quality (and mostly local) seafood, although they do also have some traditional dishes on their menu too.  Their setting is modern, bright and contemporary - and often very busy.  The Mizen is about 3 miles away from SCH, and so requires a journey by car or taxi.

For good food in a more traditional setting (eg nibbles and drinks served in the Drawing Room before dinner, sorbet between courses - you get the picture?) we like Grays Restaurant at The Waren House Hotel at Budle Bay 01668 214581.  The surroundings are quaintly old-fashioned, and the service sometimes isn't very sophisticated, but their team of chefs is proud to source locally, and they present good food beautifully.  This country-house has an 'old-fashioned' charm and elegance, although it isn't expensive.  Waren House is about 4 miles from SCH, so again, a car or taxi is required.

We also hear good reviews of the White Swan in Warenford 01668 213453 which is a good quality pub-restaurant, about 7 miles from here.

A pub serving above-average pub-grub is The Jolly Fisherman at Craster 01665 576461, about 20 minutes away.

The Ship at Low Newton 01665 576262 is a charming (but very small) pub in a spectacular setting. It's a popular place to eat (their crab sandwiches are a speciality) but it's almost impossible to make a last-minute booking. 

Many vegetarian guests have told us that they have never seen such a generous array of vege options on a menu as are available at the Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel 01665 576111, in Embleton (about 6 miles). So if vege is your preference, you're likely to be well satisfied eating there.

Also worthy of note is the Beadnell Towers in Beadnell 01665 721211, 3 miles away, which is a slightly quirky pub with some unsophisticated edges (be sure to ALWAYS ask for a table in the Lounge rather than the Bar) but the food is generally of a good standard.

Every village for miles around also has its pub(s) serving food, and most are at least acceptable. Some of the better options are listed in the slider below.  

But first, a word about The Ship in Seahouses, which is a truly wonderful 'proper pub' - traditional, community-spirited and authentic, and one which you really should visit for a drink in the bar - if you like pubs! Don't be put off if the bar looks full (it often does) because a space will almost invariably open up if you work your way in and can be patient for a few minutes. If you eat dinner at The Ship, you won't actually see this best bit - the bar - so you really should make your way in there, because it is a sight to behold, and enjoy... 

Don't confuse our Ship in Seahouses with the equally famous Ship at Low Newton, 6 miles away, mentioned above as a place to eat.

Just let us know if you'd like any more help on the food-and-drink topic!

So for the sake of completeness, these eateries are arranged simply by proximity to St Cuthbert's House - but I cannot resist offering a completely subjective and personal opinion about each:

Places to eat IN Seahouses

These places are in the centre of our village, which is walkable in about 12-15 mins:
Elan Pizzeria (simple Italian-style bistro, great value, our favourite 'drop-in' place to eat in the village) 01665 721311 website here
The Bistro at St Aidan's Hotel (modern menu, in sleek and contemporary surroundings, with great views on a nice evening!) 01665 720355 website here
The Spice House 01665 720345 (Indian restaurant, no-nonsense very good curry)
The Links Hotel, Seahouses 01665 720062 (the best pub-restaurant food in the village, huge portions) website here
Indian Brasserie 01665 722999 (another good Indian meal)
The Olde Ship, Seahouses 01665 720200 (a 'must-visit' pub for a drink in the lovely old bar - the best drinkers' pub in Seahouses by some margin.  Serving average pub-grub in their dining room too.) website here
The Bamburgh Castle Inn 01665 720283 but good luck getting through to a real person (nice views over the harbour and Farne Islands, they serve strictly ordinary pub-grub.  Their Sunday-lunch carvery is, however, good value!) website here
The 'best' Fish 'n Chip shops in Seahouses are:
Lewis' Fish & Chip restaurant, 01665 720475 website here
Neptune Fish & Chip restaurant, 01665 721310 website here

Places to eat NEAR Seahouses

These places are in neighbouring villages; Bamburgh and Beadnell are 3 miles/5 mins, Budle is 4 miles/7 mins, Low Newton or Embleton 6 miles/10 minutes, Ellingham 7 miles/12 mins, Craster or Lucker 8 miles/15 mins, and Alnwick is about 15 miles/25 mins:
The Mizen Head, Bamburgh 01668 214254 (upmarket, good-quality food, contemporary, often very busy) website here
Grays Restaurant at The Waren House Hotel 01668 214581 (a la carte fine-dining, old country-house surroundings and a 'quaint' ambience) website here
The Beadnell Towers Hotel, Beadnell 01665 721211 (good-quality pub food, quirky pub) website here
The Ship, Low Newton 01665 576262 (famous, small, and VERY busy) website here
The Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel, Embleton 01665 576111 (very good vegetarian menu) website here
The Pack Horse Ellingham 01665 589292 (good-quality pub food)
The Jolly Fisherman, Craster 01665 576461 (nicely refurbished, slightly upmarket good quality pub food)  website here
The White Swan, Warenford 01668 213453 (nice pub-restaurant, good quality)
The Tree House at Alnwick Garden 01665 511852 (a real tree-house, up a real tree.  So, very interesting then... But our guests consistently give the food inconsistent reviews, so it seems a little unpredictable) website here

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