Local Inns, Restaurants & Cafes
For drinks ...
The Star Inn, Netherton (Telephone: 01669 630 238)
Just a five minute walk from Burnfoot is The Star Inn which serves one beer, a frothy headed real ale straight from the barrel, only a few other drinks and no food. Visiting The Star is like stepping back in time in more ways than one, and is an experience not to be missed.
Owned by the same family since 1917, it is one of only seven pubs from England and Wales to have appeared in every issue of the Campaign for Real Ale's Good Beer Guide since it was first published in 1974.
Camra's own description: "Entering this unspoilt gem, privately owned and unchanged for 80 years, feels like entering the living room of someone's home. The beer is served on gravity straight from the entrance hall".
The Star Inn is also on the mythical list of 'The Last 13 Unspoilt Pubs in Britain' discovered by author Ian Marchant when writing his travelogue 'The Longest Crawl' in 2006.
It is worth a visit to see what pubs used to be like and is one of those unforgettable experiences when one ventures off the main tourist trail. Many people travel hundreds of miles just to visit our local pub due to its almost legendary reputation. Opening hours are 7.30pm to 10pm. Closed Mondays and Thursdays.
For lunch ...
Tomlinson's Café, Rothbury (Telephone: 01669 621 979)
Very well converted from the old school house, facing the bridge over the river in the centre of Rothbury. Has internet access - food's not bad too!
Barrowburn Tea Room, Harbottle (Telephone: 01669 621 176)
This is a great place for a day out as it has a 5 mile circular walk from it that takes you into the heart of the National Park. It is a short drive from Burnfoot through some very special upland scenery - go through Netherton and on to Alwinton; continue through Alwinton (signposted to Blindburn) and on for a further 4 miles - and you can't get lost because there's only one road up there. A leaflet of the walk can be found in the National Park Office in Rothbury - or just drive up to Barrowburn and pick up a leaflet from the tea room.
Very different to the contemporary Tomlinson's - there's no internet access or designer interiors here. What you do get is a simple menu, all home made, with the warmest welcome from the sheep farming family who run it. And a feeling that you are a million miles from anywhere.
Laundry Court Restaurant at Kirkharle Courtyard (Tel: 01830 540 362)
Kirkharle is a small country estate, with a few craft shops and art galleries, just the other side of the National Trust Wallington Estate. It is where Capability Brown learned his trade and the owners recently discovered his landscape plan for the estate, which they are now creating.
The husband and wife team behind Wilkins Fine Dining in Rothbury (Available for private dinner parties, however advance notice is required - Tel: 01669 620 518) have taken on the restaurant at Kirkharle for Sunday lunches only (12-4pm). Having both been trained at The Ritz, The Savoy, The Canteen, and J.C Novelli W8, their food should be worth the half hour drive.
For supper ...
The Tankerville Arms, Eglingham (Telephone: 01665 578 444)
Has received excellent reports from several guests, and is a pleasant drive along the back roads (through Whittingham).
The Cross Keys, Thropton (Telephone: 01669 620 362)
Large portions, so we are told.
Newcastle Hotel, Rothbury (Telephone: 01669 620 334)
More large portions apparently.
The Rose & Thistle, Alwinton (Telephone: 01669 650 226)
Bar meals available.
The Queens Head, Rothbury (Telephone: 01669 620 470)
English lunch and dinner menus. Often has live music and themed dinners.
The Plough, Powburn (Telephone: 01665 578 259)
Good value pub grub.
The Shoulder of Mutton, Longhorsely (Telephone: 01670 788 236)
Decent local menu.
Mulan, Morpeth (Telephone: 01670 503 288)
Highly regarded Cantonese restaurant.
The Anglers Arms, Weldon Bridge (Telephone: 01665 570 271)
Good pub food. Located where the Rothbury road meets the A697.
The Cook and Barker Inn, Newton on the Moor (Telephone: 01665 575 234)
Award winning food. Worth the drive.
Louis Bistro & Steakhouse, Market Place, Alnwick (Tel: 01665 606 974)
Excellent choice of food. Children's menu. Open all day and evening. Good value for money.
Blackmore's of Alnwick, Bondgate Without, Alnwick (Tel: 01665 602 395)
Good choice of meat and fish dishes in opulent surroundings. Worth the drive.
The Treehouse at Alnwick Garden, Alnwick (Tel: 01665 511 852)
Very nice lunch and dinner menus. Some Tuesday evenings there is live Northumbrian music. It's not often you can dine in a tree house!
For when you can't be bothered ...
Rothbury Fish & Chip Shop, High Street, Rothbury (Tel: 01669 620 477)
Also does Chinese food.