Northumbrian Walks: Craster to Amble

Northumbrian Walks: Craster to Amble

The sun was out, the forecast was looking good and it was time to get my hiking boots on and prepare for my Hadrians Walk Challenge in June. I’ve been training at Simonside for the past couple of months but needed a long distance walk. I chose my favourite walk, Craster to Amble. It’s a total of 15.5 miles, not for the faint hearted.

Rollo was my walking buddy this time as Woody is a little too old now for the long distant walks. We set off from Craster car park at around 9:45am. It was slightly chilly to start off with but after a mile I’d sufficiently warmed up and the jacket was off.

We took in the sights of Howick Bathing House overlooking the sea, what stunning views. Further along there is a cove area, where we watched a family playing catch and enjoying the warmer and most certainly milder temps. Great place for a BBQ.

Over the bridge and upwards as we hiked up towards Boulmer, a lovely place for a pit stop at the Fishing Boat Inn, but please note it’s not dog friendly. There is seating at the back of the pub which overlooks the sea. We didn’t stop this time, we carried on, eager to get to Alnmouth Beach. We walked through the countryside, taking us away from the sea briefly and through a small caravan park with caravans just next to the dunes. We were rewarded by this entrance to the beach. Absolutely gorgeous.

A long stretch of beach, where you will find lots of dogs enjoying the sea and playing catch – not so many that it becomes over crowded. You see plenty of families enjoying rock pooling too and maybe a few paddle boards.

With Alnmouth in our sights, I was feeling slightly tired from not stopping, so I was really looking forward to a pint at the Red Lion and Rollo was looking forward to a drink of water and a chance to have a rest. The sun was beaming and needless to say I was looking a little flushed. This was our half way mark and I was going to walk back but I got a call from my mam and she said she was going to Amble for lunch so thought I’d join her. I just needed to keep the pace up.

After a 20 minute rest, we headed out of Alnmouth and on towards Warkworth. This is a flat walk, never seems to end, I think it’s around 4 miles of walking along a footpath/cycle path. Follow the road along and take a little detour so your not walking on the road as you are just about to enter the very picturesque Warkworth. We stopped to take some images of the Castle and River Coquet.

 

Again, we didn’t stop for a pit stop as much as we wanted too, I needed to get to Amble for 3:30pm and I had another 3 miles to walk. So pushing on we were soon rewarded by the glorious sights of Amble. Never been so happy! After lunch we drove back to pick the car up and then headed straight back to Stag Lodge for a well deserved glass of wine and a hot tub.

If you are planning a holiday in Northumberland, make sure you check out our availability, we have a stunning collection of luxury lodges, all of which have their very own private hot tubs and we are super dog friendly. Find us on Facebook and join our community group, we are always sharing news on what’s happening in and around Northumberland, best places to visit and chatting with our past and future guests.

We hope to welcome you to Northumberland, I’m already planning my next walk and it takes place in Rothbury, with a visit around the grounds.

Mel x

Dine In: Afternoon Tea for 2 at The Plough Boutique Inn, Alnwick

Dine In: Afternoon Tea for 2 at The Plough Boutique Inn, Alnwick

Today we visited The Plough Boutique Inn for afternoon Tea in the beautiful town of Alnwick. It’s located just before the Tower entrance to the town. There is ample parking available either on site at the restaurant or further down at Greenfell Parking (round the back of Alnwick Gardens).

Firstly the interior of the Plough is absolutely gorgeous, with blue grey tones, country style fabrics, leather sofas and a mix of modern and industrial light fixtures. The atmosphere is warm, friendly and inviting. We arrived early as we were having a business meeting beforehand, perfect for me as I wanted to take some pictures of the place before the lunch rush hour!

We decided to sit at the back of the restaurant, purely for the work space and the fact that I had already seen a couple of images of the Afternoon Tea spread and I knew we needed the space… once seated we were promptly served by Claire and in fact I was pretty impressed with the attentive detail – making sure we were alright, had enough refreshments and making sure our luncheon order of Afternoon tea was timed right for us.

We chose the luxury “Afternoon Tea”, which consisted of open sandwiches with a selection of fresh fillings. For me, I most enjoyed the homemade terrine with local cheese and home made chutney, my friend preferred the egg/mayo twist on the old classic. Unfortunately neither of us liked salmon, which was a great shame as it was beautifully presented. I wish I liked it but sadly my taste buds say no. That said, when I was asked if everything was to my tasting and I mentioned the fact we didn’t like salmon, Claire did say we should have said and they would have provided an alternative filling. Oops, my fail.

This is a close up of the terrine with cheese and chutney on a homemade sourdough bread.

Savouries out of the way, we then tucked into the two types of scones, cheese and a white chocolate/cherry with clotted cream and jam. WOW. The cheese scone was light, airy, and subtle in flavour. The cherry scone was equally as nice, I didn’t get the white chocolate coming through but that may of been because I overloaded it with clotted cream and jam. I really enjoyed this.

What I did absolutely enjoy was the delicious sticky toffee pudding, oh, and the lemon posset which I generously spread onto the homemade shortbread biscuit. Everything on the menu is fresh, local and homemade. I very much enjoyed my Afternoon Tea, but actually what’s piques my interest is the “Beef Supper Club”. That, my friend, well, if you like your food like me, follow me and I’ll show you the best places to dine.

The Plough Boutique Inn is located in Alnwick, it also has a popular sister restaurant in Craster known as “The Jolly Fisherman”. The Plough Boutique Inn serves the famous and oh so popular dishes such as the Craster Kipper Scotch Egg, The Ploughs Famous Crab Soup and the Plough Fish board amongst other fine dining treats! I have my eyes on the burger or chateaubriand for 2. I l know my mam will go for a fish dish, probably the following:

MERLUZA ALA GALLEGA ‘ONE POT DISH’ Hake, Chorizo, Spring Onions, New Potatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, White Wine, Saffron Garlic Rouille and Artisan Bread – how delicious does that sound 🙂

For more information, you can view their online menu here

This restaurant is wheel chair friendly and dog friendly. So if your holidaying at one of our lodges there are plenty of places to visit locally.

I hope you enjoy your visit to Alnwick, it’s a fabulous Market Town with abundance of history, museums, art galleries, gift shops, bars, cafe’s, taverns and restaurants.

Mel x

 

Northumberland Walks: Thrunton Woods

Northumberland Walks: Thrunton Woods

One of the reason’s I relocated to Northumberland from Newcastle was because I enjoyed the many walks with Woody. We have walked miles upon miles, exploring the rich heritage and taking in the breathtaking views. Thrunton Wood is definitely in my top 10 of walks. You can walk for a couple of miles or you can take different routes and notch up those miles. This walk, we managed 9 miles.

These images were taken on the 11th February 2018, below I will post some of my images taken in July and October in 2017. It’s a fantastic place all year around to explore.

Thrunton WoodsThrunton Woods

For more information on the walks, maps and other useful information, please visit Thrunton Woods Foresty Gov website

From Acorn Leisure Holidays (Felmoor Holiday Park), the postcode for the satnav is: NE66 4SD

Thrunton WoodsThrunton Woods View

Thrunton Woods CyclistsThrunton Woods Cave

If you are looking to visit Northumberland, we have a collection of 2 and 3 bedroom lodges, all are dog friendly and they come with their very own private hot tub. Perfect for relaxing after a walk in the countryside. You can view our collection of luxury lodges here. If you have an enquiry, please don’t hesitate to contact, simply visit here.

Thanks for reading, Mel x

Takeaway Night: Lal Khazana, Shillbottle

Takeaway Night: Lal Khazana, Shillbottle

What day do you class as a “Takeaway Night”, for me it’s a Thursday and a Saturday night! A takeaway, movie or in my case watching “Altogether Now”, hot tub and a bottle of wine. Perfect weekend. I am quite often asked for recommendations on where to eat or collect a takeaway, this blog is all about curries.

I had the pleasure of returning to my favourite Indian Restaurant with Tracey from Northumberland Eats a couple of weeks ago. Lal Khazana is located in Shilbottle, it’s literally a 10 minute drive from our lodges on Felmoor Holiday Park. Unfortunately at the moment they do not do deliveries but you can collect. We often dine in about twice a month – and often get takeaways, it’s that good!

I always get popadoms with extra helpings of mint sauce. I know that’s not the correct name, but everyone know’s what I mean. I also ask for extra onions, but I’m not a fan of the mango chutney and the spicy one, I’ve tried it but I just prefer the onion and mint. Simple lass. For starters, we had the Khazana mixed platter for two which consisted of a selection of special chicken kebab, chicken tikka, sheek kebab, onion bhaji and king prawn butterfly – great value at £8.50.

lal khazana popadomsLal Khazana Mixed Platter

I practically starved myself all day as I was so looking forward to feasting here, good job because the portion sizes are very generous. Next up for mains, Tracey opted for the Chinghri Sagwala which is prawns and fresh spinach cooked with garlic, ginger and a mixture of spices, garnished with fresh coriander. I had a sample of this as it’s not normally what I would go for, it’s very tasty but I prefer the massala and balti dishes. I opted for the chicken balti, cooked in special sauce with garlic, onions, peppers and tomatoes. Spiced in a bend of aromatic spices. Oh my, I love this dish. I usually opt for a chiken tikka masala – I did ask for a small pot of that sauce though, so I could dip the nan bread in 🙂

Lal Khazan King PrawnLal Khazana Chicken Balti

We complimented our meal with garlic (again) and plain nan bread, pilau rice and Tracey got a side dish of dhal to try.

Lal Khazana RiceLal Khazana Dhal

My mum always get’s the bengali sizzler. She highly recommends this dish, an image taken from Lal Khazana’s website below.You can view their online take away and dine in menu here, and the contact details for ease are: Tel: 01665 575 880 | Mob: 07800 635 340

Address is: Deanmoor Road, West End, Shilbottle, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 2YP

They are open 6 days a week, closed on Tuesdays, from 5:30pm – 11pm

Lal Khazana Bengali Sizzler

If you decide to visit when stopping with Acorn Leisure Holidays, let us know what you thought, we’d love to see some pics too. Maybe I’ll try something else next time. Have a great evening, Mel x

 

 

 

 

Takeaway Night: Streetzzeria Airstream

Takeaway Night: Streetzzeria Airstream

It’s always good to have a takeaway now and again, especially when you are on your holidays or you simply just can’t be bothered to cook. So, I was really excited to find out that the popular Streetzzeria Airstream announced that they would be now serving woodfired pizza’s every Thursday in Felton. For those that are staying with Acorn Leisure Holidays in one of our lodges, you will find Felton just round the corner from us. It’s literally a few minutes drive away.

Streetzerria AirstreamStreetzzeria Woodfired Pizza

Streetzzeria have a fantastic reputation and it certainly is popular judging by the queue.

It opens from 5pm – 7:30pm every Thursday just opposite Felton Village Hall.

 

Back at Woodys Lodge,  we tucked into a margherita, my personal favourite though I did add red onions (never done that before, but that’s me being a little adventurous!), we also opted for a spicy veggie pizza. Both were delicious, though I picked the olives off from my slice! I probably would ask for a little more sauce next time but that’s my preference. Price wise, I thought was reasonable and in line with what I know my traders at Alnwick Market’s charge. Our two pizza’s cost around £12.00  but we did get a few extra toppings.

You can visit their website to preview the menu, link above. You can also ring your order through in advance so it’s all ready for you when you get there. Quite a few people seemed to prefer that option, the phone never stopped when we were waiting for ours.

Pizza Night at Woodys LodgeMargherita PizzaWe’d definitely go back and certainly recommend,  I only wish they did a garlic bread too!

They also serve soft drinks, tea, coffee and a range of flapjacks and cakes.

We often get asked by our guests on where’s best to go for quick and easy food and not too far from Felmoor Park, so I’m looking forward to visiting a few more and reporting back. Best job I reckon 🙂

If you are looking for a mid week, weekend or week away in Northumberland, why not check out our luxury lodges, we go the extra mile for our guests and the best bit, we are dog friendly too. No need to arrange kennels, bring your doggy on holiday with you.

Mel x