A VARIED CHOICE OF
Our cosy, welcoming Breakfast Room was the kitchen in Victorian times. The focal point is the characteristic, original sandstone surround for the former cooking range where guests can warm up in front of our lovely Jøtul wood-burning stove, lit in the colder months. Cheery, colourful post box fabric and artefacts’ are dotted around as a nod toward the previous role of the building.
Our varied breakfasts include a diverse range to suit all palates including vegetarians. We use locally sourced Northumbrian produce on our menu including`Bamburgh Banger’ sausages and the world-famous Craster kippers. We also provide freshly prepared fruit (when in season), served with natural yoghurt or there are a choice of cereals. Bread is sourced from local family bakers, Trotters of Seahouses together with our own homemade Seville marmalade and preserves to accompany. There is a selection of Ringtons specialist teas or `Daily Bread’ freshly ground coffee from Pilgrims Coffee of Holy Island, to choose from. We grow most of our own herbs and nasturtiums; these colourful flowers and peppery leaves are used to decorate our breakfast dishes (when in season) and are edible too!
Breakfasts are by pre-order the night before so they are freshly cooked-to-order at your chosen time. Breakfast times are either 8 am or 9am, if we are at full capacity as we only have two tables in our dining room. We can offer more flexibility with times, if we have one or two rooms booked. Cooked breakfasts are not served before 7.30 am. If you require an earlier breakfast, due to participating in a marathon/charity walk or hike/early boat trip/tide times for Holy Island, then we can offer and arrange alternative options such as a Continental style breakfast. Please discuss with us when making a reservation.
At Post Office House, we are passionate about using local produce and independent suppliers to create a varied range of breakfast options. We are proud to serve Produced in Northumberland products (for which we are a member) which in turn helps and supports our local businesses and economy, as well as providing our guests with a trusted place to experience quality Northumberland products.
WE ARE HAPPY TO CATER FOR
We can accommodate special diets; gluten-free, dairy-free, coeliac and vegan with advance notice, please. This is so we can make any preparations and obtain any specific ingredients that may have to be sourced from further afield. If booking online, put requirements under Special Instructions or telephone if you would rather speak with us about your individual needs. If you require lactose/dairy-free/soya or other milk, then please let us know. Guests are very welcome to bring their own if they wish (which some insist doing!) Our own homemade soda bread is also available by prior notice please. This can be put in the special instructions field if booking online or mention if telephoning.
Coeliac, nut, fish, egg and other allergies: Nuts, fish, dairy and wheat products are used every day in our kitchen. Whilst we ensure every care is taken to avoid contamination with these products, we cannot guarantee this. This also applies with coeliacs; we cannot guarantee fully that there will be no cross contamination with gluten products.
Vegans: We provide a separate bespoke Vegan menu (see sample menu here) which is additional to our standard menu and is extra at £5 per room, per day.
& Being Eco-Friendly
We are keen supporters of shopping locally as we can and aim to be as environmentally-friendly wherever possible to reduce food mileage and waste. This also helps our small, independent businesses, market towns and local economy to thrive. This applies also to recycling; paper, plastic, bottles, tins, cardboard and garden waste are recycled. We also re-use newspapers – for lighting our two stoves and also very useful for stuffing wet walking boots!
Our marmalade, jams and muesli are homemade on the premises. Most of the fruit used to make our jams are very local, with blackberries hand-picked by ourselves, from the wild bushes in and around Belford in the Autumn season. Raspberries and strawberries are also handpicked by us, in the summer months, from a local farm.
Our coffee is sourced from Pilgrims Coffee on Holy Island where it is roasted and ground. When we need more, the packs are delivered to us in biodegradable bags which can then be composted. Our local suppliers extend to the environmentally-friendly coffee pods for the guest room Nespresso machines which are also compostable and biodegradable. Refillable and recycled glass bottles are used in our guest rooms and are filled using 100% drinkable Northumbrian tap water! We no longer provide bottled water in plastic bottles so to reduce the use of plastic where possible. Our fish, bread, eggs, and meat are all sourced locally and are delivered to us.