Take one diverse county. Combine coast and countryside. Add dedicated local producers and mix with talented chefs. The result is outstanding food and drink to dine out on in restaurants, inns and cafés worth travelling to - and to take home as well.
Foodies will be delighted with Northumberland’s culinary finds. Make for Craster to sample smoked kippers, served up with hunks of buttered brown bread. Shell out on Lindisfarne Oysters, a delicacy at eateries throughout the region. Best eaten with nothing but their own juices – and a glass of chilled white wine. Delve into a Northumberland cheeseboard or savour a scoop of award-winning ice cream made on a local family farm.
There are award-winning farm shops proffering local delicacies, home baking and in shop butcheries selling home-produced beef, lamb and pork. Truffle out foodie finds at farmers markets and country shows, or go on an edible adventure. We have no shortage of excellent brewers and bakers in the county and a rich heritage of distilling which is still being re-discovered today. Work up a thirst with a microbrewery tours and pull your own pint of real ale. For a sweet treat make a beeline to Chainbridge Honey Farm, while cheese lovers can indulge in a tasting tour at The Northumberland Cheese Company and even make their own cheese.
Load your basket at food festivals paying homage to the county’s edible bounty. Raise a glass of local ale at the Tynedale Beer Festival and discover a fiery side Northumberland at Seaton Delaval’s North East Chilli Festival. For more details of food festivals go to our events page or ask at local Tourist Information Centres.
We are passionate about giving visitors a truly local experience; where eggs come from hens kept down the road, bread is freshly made with flour ground in Northumberland's oldest working water mill, beef and lamb is bred in the fresh air of the Northumberland National Park and ice cream & cheese has been made on dairy farms that have been in the family for generations.
Look for the Produced in Northumberland mark in shops, restaurants, B&Bs and hotels, a sign of true Northumbrian quality.