Rest, Refreshment & Retail
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Rest, Refreshment & Retail

Rest, Refreshment & Retail

Rest, Refreshment & Retail


Rest, Refreshment & Retail itinerary map

Whether you are looking for somewhere to break your journey through Northumberland, or want to give your customers and driver a chance to recharge the batteries and get some retail therapy, this itinerary includes a variety of refreshment stop options to consider.


 1.       Offer a lunch break with a difference. Choose a picturesque spot on Hadrian’s Wall, such as Cawfields and have Country Concierge deliver pop-up picnics to your group. Locally sourced, home-cooked food all packed up in an easy to eat format, it is a great option.

2.       The Carriages Tearoom offers visitors the unique experience of enjoying light refreshments aboard the 1950’s train carriages. Free coach parking on site within walking distance of the local shops makes it ideal for a stretch of the legs with a ‘cuppa’ waiting for you.

3.       Battlesteads Hotel and Restaurant in Wark is the first in England to have their own observatory on site. Situated in the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park, it is a very special place. Combine your evening meal with a dark sky experience, or simply stop for lunch and sample the local food, some of it grown as closely as their own kitchen garden.

 4.       Visit Corbridge for independent shops in a beautiful, historic village which sits on the River Tyne. Enjoy exploring the main shopping streets which are dotted with boutiques and cafés, then take a stroll down by the river.

 5.       Pop to the picturesque medieval village of Blanchland on the Northumberland/Durham border and be welcomed at the Lord Crewe Arms. Their dining room and larders serve honest, British fayre and their vaulted ‘Crypt Bar’ is character personified.

 6.       Vallum Farm is located at Milecastle 18 on Hadrian’s Wall and offers a thriving set of venues for the enjoyment of locally sourced food. Choose from the Tea Room, Ice Cream Parlour and the Restaurant with a bookable private dining room, not forgetting to visit the shop which sells their fresh baked breads, pies and cakes.

 7.       Have lunch or tea and a scone, Northumberland Cheese style, in the Cheese Loft Café. A delightful place with a lovely menu of light lunches and snacks, it is great for a rest stop and if you want to see behind the scenes, they offer a Dairy Tour to groups.

 8.       Heighley Gate is a Wyevale Garden Centre with fantastic facilities. Ample coach parking, just a mile off the A1 and you can choose to dine in their restaurant or grab a coffee at Costa. With a selection of food, gifts and retail outlets under one roof, it is the ideal rest & refreshment stop.

 9.       A traditional seaside town with a quaint new twist, the Amble Harbour Village features retail ‘pods’ on the harbour, housing independent traders selling a range of gifts and crafts. With multiple food options nearby, including fish and chips and fantastic ice cream, treat your customers to a visit to the seaside.

 10.   Newbiggin Maritime Centre’s café has one of the most interesting views in Northumberland. Overlooking the bay, you can enjoy some refreshment as you take in ‘Couple’, Sean Henry’s sculpture in the sea which makes up part of Newbiggin’s Art Trail.


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Contact Details

Hopefully this itinerary has given you some ideas for planning your group visit to Northumberland. If you need any further help, please don’t hesitate to contact Natalie at Northumberland Tourism – your group travel liaison.

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Places in this itinerary

Debs In the Kitchen
NE47 5NR



Home baked and individually hand packed.

Choice of menus. No queues, No hassle! 

Don't divert, we Deliver!  



NE48 2DG

A unique dining experience on board 1950's train carriages.

Battlesteads exterior
NE48 3LS

One of the UK’s top sustainable tourism destinations, Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant is renowned for its superb food, welcoming hospitality and outstanding ‘green’ credentials.

The Bridge at Corbridge
NE45 5AA

The picturesque village of Corbridge dates back to Roman times and has Corbridge Roman Town English Heritage site on its outskirts. The compact centre boasts a wide range of cafes & pubs for refreshments, many award winning independent shops, the tourist information centre and public toilets. A great day out in a beautiful location.

The Lord Crewe Arms

Set in the midst of the North Pennine Moors, The Lord Crewe Arms Hotel, Pub and restaurant  is the very epitome of a countryside escape.

Vallum Farm Birds Eye View
NE18 0LL

Join us at Vallum to savour the produce of land once trod by the Roman auxiliaries who lived here in the shadow of Hadrian’s Wall.  Located at Milecastle 18 on the Military Road, we offer a warm Northumbrian welcome to groups and parties whether out for an excursion or a quick visit for rest and recuperation. 

Our Tea Room with its outside deck and children’s play paddock, overlooks the stunning Northumberland countryside and is open 7 days a week from 10am as is our Shop & Ice Cream Parlour which sells our fresh baked breads, pies and cakes plus our award-winning ice cream made with milk from our own cows. The shop also serves take out teas, coffees, soups and sandwiches. Our restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Thursday – Saturday, plus Sundays for our very popular Sunday lunch.

Afternoon tea
NE13 6BZ

The Cheese Loft Cafe is based above the dairy at Northumberland Cheese Company, serving breakfast, lunch, and cakes. Local produce is used where available, and all cheese featured in the menu is Northumberland Cheese Company cheese, from the dairy downstairs. There is also the Cheese Loft shop, which sells the entire range of Northumberland Cheese, local honeys, local chutneys, crackers, cheese accessories, hampers, and other treats.

Heighley Gate
NE61 3DA

Set in the spectacular Northumberland countryside Heighley Gate Garden Centre is one of the largest Garden Centres in the Uk. An ideal day out destination or refreshment stop for group travel come rain or shine, easily accessible from the A1, plenty of coach parking available, shopping, a large restaurant, Costa Coffee plus much more!

Pods Busy
NE65 0FD

Relax, browse and discover wonderful local food, drink, and retail therapy by the sea. Situated on Amble Harbour, Amble Harbour Village hosts 15 independently run retail 'pods' offering a range of wonderful art, crafts, gifts, accessories, food & drink, and Northumberland Seafood Centre, aiming to get more locally caught seafood onto local plates.

Newbiggin Maritime Centre
NE64 6DB

Newbiggin Maritime Centre, on the beautiful Northumberland coastline, offers a unique experience for visitors with a museum, a café and a shop.

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