Scran is Northern English slang for food. The expression has for centuries (and remains) widely used by the seafaring fraternity including the Merchant and Royal Navy. We have an excellent and diverse range of local ‘scran’ establishments to appeal to all tastes, from the humble fish supper to fine dining.
In Belford, there are two pubs; The Salmon Inn and the Black Swan, which both serve bar meals and a good range of real ales. Sunnyhills Farm Shop offer a delicious afternoon tea and also serve evening meals from 6pm until 9 pm every night in the high season, (Friday and Saturday evenings only in the Low Season). There is also a delicatessen which sells the famous Doddingtons cheese, Alnwick Rum and Gin and lots of other goodies.
Bamburgh (10 minute drive) has a range of establishments including the Potted Lobster and Mizen Head (excellent for seafood). Book early! The Apple Core at Lucker offers Mediterranean style cuisine and the White Swan at Warenford is renowned for its excellent gastro menu with a emphasis on Modern British. Other establishments’ within a six mile radius are the Percy Arms in Chatton and the Pack Horse at Ellingham. The Barn at Beal (open for evening meals on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays) is a tastefully converted barn with stunning views across to Holy Island, Ross Sands and Bamburgh Castle can be seen in the distance. Café by day, Bistro by night!
Delicious afternoon teas can be found at; Carnaby’s at Brownieside (opened 2017), Lord Crewe Hotel in Bamburgh, Saltwater Cafe, Beadnell. Further afield but one which we can highly recommend is the Running Fox Bakery in Felton – be prepared to take a `doggy’ bag back with you!
Excellent fish and chips can be found in Seahouses; Pinnacles (the Hairy Bikers favourite!); Lewis’s Fish Restaurant or why not try the Olde Ship Inn which is one of our favourites. The nautical memorabilia is fascinating! Sit out in the lovely garden with fabulous views of the Farne Islands. On Holy Island of Lindisfarne, you can find Pilgrims Coffee House who serve lunch and afternoon tea, with wonderful homemade produce including a range of bespoke sandwiches. Not forgetting, of course, their fantastic coffee, roasted and ground on the premises. Pilgrims also offer a wide range of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan choices. Like the `Bisto Kids’, just follow the coffee aroma!
Doxford Hall, situated a short drive from Belford is perfect for an elegant, fine dining experience to celebrate a special occasion or just an excuse to spoil yourselves in luxurious surroundings.
Booking is recommended for all establishments in the High Season (April to October).
If you wish to leave the car behind, relax and dine with a bottle of wine, Croft Taxis in Belford offer a prompt, reliable service with reasonable prices.