Northumberland Journals

Around Newcastle and Northumberland

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A December 2012 trip to Northumberland by Slug

Hexham Fish Bar Photo, Hexham, Northumberland More Photos
Quote: A New Year wandering around Newcastle and Southern Northumberland

Hexham Fish Bar

Restaurant | "We still liked the Hexham Fish Bar even without fish."

Hexham Fish Bar Photo, Hexham, Northumberland
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With a night time appointment at the Kielder Observatory to stargaze, we were in something of a rush for a fast food bite but in no mind to queue for a tasteless chain burger. So what to do in rural Northumberland? We could be found just before New Year’s Eve in the pretty town of Hexham, parked up and us racing up and down the High Street looking for a fish and chip bar or such like. Right at the end of our hurried search on the corner of the end of the main row of shops we thought we had hit pot luck at the Hexham Fish Bar. Unfortunately on the evening we arrived the Hexham Fish Bar was a rare beast indeed; a fish bar with no fish. Actually the reason was rather reassuring; they were shu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 29, 2013

Hexham Fish Bar
48 Priestpopple, Town Centre
Hexham, Northumberland NE46 1PQ
01434 603333

Travelodge Newcastle Gosforth

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Hotel | "Basic, but clean, cheap and reasonable location. "

Travelodge Newcastle Gosforth Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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I am sometimes a bit of a hotel snob but if I'm truthful as we are usually out all day and all evening so we do only use the room to shower and sleep in. I will always look at the Travelodge website to see if they have rooms available for a good price. When we discovered we could bag 3 nights away at New Year for a little over £60 per couple then we all agreed it was a deal too good to miss. That the Gosforth Travelodge also had a pub and a 24 hour Co-op supermarket next door was an extra bonus. Actually this Travelodge is something of a find as it's only 4 miles or so out of Newcastle city centre. The Travelodge there is popular with stag and hen parties being right in the mid...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 29, 2013

Travelodge Newcastle Gosforth
Rotary Way, North Brunton
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
0871 559 1831

Kielder Observatory

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Attraction | "Excellent evening learning about the stars"

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I remember the excitement as a child when my father occasionally used to wake my sister and me up pre-dawn to go on one of our expeditions. We were never quite sure whether it was to see spiders webs delineated in fine beads of morning mist or just to watch the sun rise over the river. However, one of my favourite early morning excursions was to go out star gazing while my father pointed out the various star constellations. When our friends booked us all a night at Kielder Observatory at £10 a head, I didn't quite know what to expect. One thing we certainly underestimated was just how far out into the wilds the building was. Obviously to get the best of the night sky, the observatory has t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 2, 2013

Kielder Observatory

Northumberland, England
01434-220-616

Northumberlandia

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Attraction | "Northumberlandia - Over Hyped"

Northumberlandia Photo, Northumberland, England
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We had heard quite a lot about Northumberlandia in the media so I was anticipating some grand things about the development. On paper it sounds great; a coal mining company redevelops an exhausted mining site with the moulded shape of a reclining woman; the largest such structure in the world with 4 miles of path and walkway for visitors to explore. The reality was rather different; the obvious flaw in the plan is that you need to somehow float about half a mile above the woman to really appreciate the form. The two viewing "towers" (mounds of earth) are woefully inadequate and you barely get a better perspective from them than other spots on the site. You might imagine the display boards a...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 2, 2013

Northumberlandia
Cramlington
Northumberland, England

Cabosse

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Restaurant | "Cabosse - Lovely for Lunch"

Cabosse Photo, Warkworth, Northumberland
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During last summer's Northumberland Coast hike, I made a sticky mark on the shop window of Cabosse in the town of Warkworth while drooling at their cakes and chocolate. Unfortunately it was a day we had made sandwiches so I rather moodily stomped down to the river to eat them dreaming about how nice an hour at Cabosse would have been. So, when we wanted something of a light bite for lunch while we were wandering around the town over New Year, I had no shame in strong arming our party to the front door and pushing them in. Cabosse is in two main sections; a front little shop area where you can purchase the likes of sandwiches, quiches, cakes and chocolates for take away, or you can enter in...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 3, 2013

Cabosse
5 Dial Place
Warkworth, Northumberland NE65 0UR
01665 712 644