There is only one thing that can improve your mug of frothy deliciousness, and that is a brew-tiful sea view. Whether you need a pick-me-up; something to warm you up; or just a cupful of comfort, we have rounded up some waterside venues that we like a latte. Here are 5 of Northumberland’s coastal coffee spots in time for UK Coffee Week and in honour of the energy-boosting beverage:
1) Box Pizza, Beadnell
This new pizza restaurant-stroke-café, with its quirky shipping container design and airy interior, offers awe-inspiring views across Beadnell’s countryside and the blue waters of Beadnell Bay. Hand-made, wood-fired pizza is its primary focus, but Box Pizza also offers locally-roasted coffee from Luckie Beans, an award-winning coffee shop based in Berwick. Carry your cup to the outdoor seating area to get a closer look at the simply breath-taking view from the top of the hill in Swinhoe where Box Pizza is perched. Check their social calendar online and head along to espresso yourself at their regular cultural events, which include jam nights, poetry readings, art exhibitions and more.
2) The Lookout, Berwick
The Lookout Café, nestled away on the banks of The River Tweed, offers an outdoor seating area on the cobbled quayside of Berwick-Upon-Tweed. Here, you can slurp on your cappuccino with the peaceful view of the river in front of you and tuck into your spongey slab of cake with the beautiful Berwick Bridge as your backdrop. If the weather isn’t cooperating with your al fresco coffee, inside The Lookout you’ll find a cosy haven of teapots, coffee cups, comfy seating and an exposed brick interior.
3) Drift Café, Cresswell
This dog-friendly, coastal café looks out over Druridge Bay the rugged dunes that sit behind Cresswell Beach. You can cosy up inside the café, where large windows frame the breath-taking view, or you can sit outdoors on the terrace and breathe in the salty sea air while you sip on your coffee. From here, you can venture over the sand dunes where the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty awaits. Dogs are more than welcome, making it an excellent spot to rest your legs after your beach walk with your buddy.
4) The Ship Inn, Low Newton
The Ship Inn is a white-washed pub that sits nestled by the sweeping beach of Newton Haven. Standing in an open square of cosy cottages, it is preceded by a large grass area with picnic benches. If all of the seats outside are taken, there is plentiful space to lay down a blanket, rest your coffee cup on the grass and laze on the lawn (trust us, you don’t want to miss out on those sea views). If the weather takes a turn for the worst, head inside to find rustic stone walls, reams of ivy intertwined with twinkling fairy lights, and the warming glow of a crackling log burner. If java ain’t your jam, try one of the local ales and tipples from their own microbrewery. The pub is dog friendly, so you can walk here from Dunstanburgh Castle with your dog by your side. This pocket-sized chunk of a once grand fortress teeters on the coast in Craster and is a must-see when you’re in the vicinity.
5) The Commissioners Quay Inn
The Commissioners Quay Inn is located on Blyth’s historic quayside, where sailing boats drift lazily on the water and the sunset shimmers across the North Sea. The décor of this sleek, beautifully-designed pub integrates Blyth’s industrial shipping heritage with modern, boho-chic touches throughout. Low-hanging lampshades, cosy alcoves, dark wooden beams and rudders used as wall hangings all culminate in one mass of nautical interior with an urban twist. Grab the dog, order a doppio and admire the view through the panoramic windows from the private dog friendly seating area. Or, step outside and onto the waterfront terrace where you can wrap your hands around your warming macchiato and admire the sea up-close.
It’s not too latte to join the party, just take a look at our food and drinks page and mocha this your best UK Coffee Week yet.