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Possibly the shortest and crumbliest Shortbread……

and no its not made by Carlsberg. More new additions to our guest welcome packs, this time Laura Hindmarsh, Head of Housekeeping has been on the look out for the sweet treats for our packs this year. She’s been busy over the last few weeks which have seen deliveries of all sorts of tempting things pass through the office. – We are now all on pre-summer diets because of it. So we’ve tried cakes of all shapes and sizes, tray bakes and biscuits – odd flavours, new flavours, and strange flavour combinations, some really really lovely chocolatey, gunky, gooey and mouthwateringly great things to tempt our lucky guests.  But when all came to all, an old favourite triumphed, but goodness what a lovely sweet treat we have instore for arrival days from Alnwick based “This little Farmer”.  A traditional family shortbread recipe, baked at home to order.  These biscuits just couldn’t be crumblier, tastier, or more tempting, you can’t just have one, and accompanied by a lovely cup of Northumberland tea, just majic, well done Laura …

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We’re Roasting in Northumberland

We love meeting our suppliers and finding new ones is a great adventure.  General Manager Lisa Herbertson, has been looking out for some new items to put in our welcome packs for guests, something local, something useful, and really tasty.  Last week she turned her efforts to finding some great coffees.  Gone are the days of leaving our guests sticks of Nescafe instant, or even a jar of Dowe Egberts – we want to provide something that’s been lovingly sourced and produced locally. Step up to the plate Jonny and Andy, the guys run their roasting rooms out of Pilgrims Cafe on Holy Island, and following a bit of detective work, Lisa sussed out that the boys actually import coffee beans, roast and blend, package and despatch all from their Yurt in the grounds. We’ve learnt that its actually a skilful art to get that great cup of coffee, the right quantity of grounds, the exact amount of water carefully drizzled over the top at just the right temperature. Jonny and Andy are both pationate about …

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Craster

A small fishing village on the North Northumberland coast, this pretty place is famed for two things, the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle situated about a mile walk along the grassy outcrop above the sea,  and the art of transforming the shiny silver herring to the shimmering gold of the Kipper.   Now a popular holiday destination the village thrives on its visitors.  Those who rent one of the pretty ex-fishing cottages, or boutique style conversions, and stay a while,  or those that visit for the day. Either way  – walk to the castle, wonder a while at the stunning views and the beaches of nearby Embleton Bay with a picnic, or lunch at the Jolly Fisherman with its quaint garden fish and chip shack, Robsons for fish to take home, or Shoreline Cafe for a tasty quick bite lunch inside or out on the deck if its fine. Or, take a look at the view through someone elses eyes – visit Mick Oxley’s art gallery, his images are a master class of colour and vision, …

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Garden Room Garden Party

Tea anyone? What a cracking day for the owners of Garden Room in Whitley Bay to have chosen to host their fund raiser event in aid of the Parkinsons UK. They opened their garden, including the garden of the Garden Room, to stalls of all denominations – cake stall, bric a brac, children’s raffle, adults raffle, bouncy castle, live music, tombola as well as home made hot dog & burger stall, all made for a great day out. The Garden Room hosted the afternoon teas, tables were laid with linen table cloths, china tea cups and an array of sandwiches and cakes took you back to the days where afternoon tea in the orchard was the “done thing”, and demonstrated just how versatile this little gem of a self catering holiday let this is. To sample the Garden Room and its quintessential English charm, they accept short breaks and longer stays click here

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The Potted Lobster

This new venture by chef and restauranteur Richard Sim brings a wealth of fresh local produce to your palette – lobsters obviously being the flag ship dish and with a delight of other local (mainly) seafood dishes to tempt you.  Our reviewers & Stay Northumbria team members Alan & Lisa (who by the way are Rick Stein aficionados too),  went for the Chilli Squid  and the Potted Lobster as starters, followed by Clam Linguine and traditional Fish and Chips with a new slant – Lager & Lemon batter..mmm!! Can’t wait for our turn to do another review on this one! Reviewers recomendation : Highly Recommended. Follow The Potted Lobster on facebook : https://www.facebook.com/pottedlobster  where you will also find their menu and message them to book online. Photo courtesy of Potted Lobster facebook page.