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. 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. Glean culinary tips from top celebrity chefs at Alnwick Food Festival. 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. Visit Kirkharle, the birthplace of landscape gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and after exploring the arts, craft and boutique shops enjoy a Capability Brown Cream Tea, served al fresco in the summer or beside a roaring log fire in the winter. For more details of food festivals go to our events page or ask at local Tourist Information Centres.