Take one diverse county, add a sprig of coast, a dash of countryside and a sprinkling of passionate, local producers and chefs. Now, here’s one that we prepared earlier… the result is organic produce, fresh seafood, outstanding restaurants, locally brewed tipples and fantastic food and drink festivals.
Northumberland is a place where eggs can be bought fresh from farmers markets, bread is made with flour ground in Northumberland’s oldest working water mill, and ice cream has been made on an award-winning local dairy farm. Here, you can head to Craster to sample smoked kippers served with hunks of buttered brown bread or shell out on Lindisfarne Oysters, a delicacy at eateries throughout the region. We recommend trying these with a dash of lemon juice and black pepper (and maybe with a glass of chilled white wine on the side…).
Delve into a locally-produced Northumberland cheese board and enjoy home baking and home-produced beef, lamb and pork from one of our award-winning farm shops. Or, fill your basket at one of the food festivals that pay homage to the county’s edible history, like Alnwick’s Lakeland Mues Food Festival, Alnmouth Food Festival, and so many more. For more details of food festivals go to our events page or ask at local Tourist Information Centres.
Taste local tipples from one of our excellent breweries, gin distillers and mead producers. Pull your own pint of real ale on a microbrewery tour or raise a glass of local ale at one of our beer festivals. If a warming, non-alcoholic beverage is more your style, sip on a steaming cup of coffee in one of our cosy cafés and sit with a book by a crackling open fire.
We are passionate about giving visitors a truly local experience. Remember to look for the ‘Produced in Northumberland’ mark in shops, restaurants, B&Bs and hotels, to ensure true Northumbrian quality, and scroll down for more suggestions and information.