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A December 2012 trip to Northumberland by Slug

Queens Head Hotel Photo, Alnwick, England More Photos
Quote: A second series of reviews covering a New Year in and around the North of Newcastle

The Highlander

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Restaurant | "I'd like to be a regular Highlander"

The Highlander Photo, Northumberland, England
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After our bracing and windy walk from Bolam Lake, we thought we deserved a pint and a sit down before our trip back to Newcastle and our pending New Year's Eve Meal. I instantly liked the busy friendly pub, The Highlander and the barman chatted away to us as if we were locals. In fact, the place felt so comfortable I convinced myself that I had been here before, although on reflection I suspect that's not true. Looking around the bar there were tables of all shapes and sizes to cater to diners, and then some space at the bar for the regulars of the village dropping in for a pint or two. I was particularly drawn to the high backed benches next to the window which was up a step from the bar...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 13, 2013

The Highlander
Higham Dykes Belsay
Northumberland, England NE20 0DN
01661 881220

A Hike from Bolam Lake via Shaftoe Crags

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Bolam Lake Photo, Northumberland, England
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After all that eating and drinking of Christmas and New Year, we were keen to take a walk around some of the local area but not go too far in the car. We found what seemed to fit the bill an 8 mile or so circular walk from Bolam Lake to Shaftoe Crags with our starting point just 14 miles or so out of Newcastle. To get some ideas for routes either buy an OS map or pop the two names into a search engine; various web sites offer routes. This is a very pretty little area and often missed by folks racing on up into more northern parts of Northumberland. Bolam Lake Country Park has plenty of parking and walks through a small wood to the lake. It is very family orientated rather than...Read More

Queens Head Hotel

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Hotel | "Good choice for a few nice beers"

Queens Head Hotel Photo, Alnwick, England
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We've passed through the pretty town of Alnwick (which is said as Ann-Ick) before, but have had mixed success with finding a nice pub for a beer and a sit down. We seem to either land up in a place where the bar staff sneer if you aren't prepared for a three course meal or the place is a little bit too local, and the voices drop off as you emerge from the doorway. It was in our ever ending quest for a place perfect for us that we stopped off for a couple of beers at the Queen's Head in the town centre. The pub is a nice looking whitewashed Georgian coaching house where a sign outside confirmed the pub as been around since the 1770s and was one of the stopping places for people trave...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 9, 2013

Queens Head Hotel
25 Market Street
Alnwick, England 66 1

Vintage Inn 'Falcons Nest'

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Hotel | "Gosforth's Falcons Nest on the edge of Newcastle"

Vintage Inn 'Falcons Nest' Photo, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne
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We probably wouldn't have bothered to stop off at the Falcons Nest pub on the outskirts of Gosforth were it not for our Travelodge hotel being a literal stone's throw away. While the pub is handily near the Newcastle racecourse, it is also on a small unattractive clump of retail businesses on the side of a busy road with a petrol station and a 24 hour co-op and the Travelodge to keep it company. The aspect of the beer garden is hardly atmospheric.Still the pub owners have done their best and this modern building does have something of the feel of a farmhouse, albeit with a rather open plan feel to it. The pub is large with two large areas for dining tables and a very long bar. I was impres...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 9, 2013

Vintage Inn 'Falcons Nest'
Rotary Way
Newcastle upon Tyne, England 3 5

Job Bulman

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Restaurant | "Gosforth's Job Bulman Weatherspoons"

Job Bulman Photo, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne
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Our travelling salesman friend often starts his day with a breakfast at the local Weatherspoons pub and so it seemed natural to him to hunt down the local Gosforth example during our extended weekend visit to the area. The Job Bulman is located on a side street in the centre of Gosforth and located in a grand building which used to be the Post Office. It’s quite easy to walk onto the main street where there is a co-op for a newspaper and the like, and there is a cash machine almost opposite the Job Bulman if you need money. Parking is available either on the street, or if you want to stay a while a (pay and display) car park is available behind the Job Bulman Although the Weath...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 10, 2013

Job Bulman
St Nicholas Avenue
Gosforth, United Kingdom NE3
0191 223 6320

The Alnwick Garden

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Attraction | "The Festival of Fools"

The Alnwick Garden Photo, Alnwick, England
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One of the things we had arranged for our New Year trip to the North East of England were tickets to Alnwick Garden’s Festival of Fools at £12.50 a person. The Festival of Fools is open for a few weeks up until New Year, and I presume will be on again at the end of 2013. I'm guessing it is a good way for the trustees of Alnwick Gardens (founded by the wife of the Duke of Northumberland) to keep the garden as a paying attraction in the winter months. The tickets were provided in half hour time slots so as to ensure the Festival of Fools did not get too busy. I seem to remember that the festival runs from about 6pm to 9pm or so. I advise you book for the event ahead as it is a pound or so ch...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 10, 2013

The Alnwick Garden
Denwick Lane
Alnwick, Northumberland
+44 (0)1665 511350