The Feathers Inn
“Microbrewery ales and cracking food” - AA Inspector
HEDLEY ON THE HILL, NORTHUMBERLAND
This 200-year-old stone-built free house is set high above the Tyne Valley, with splendid views across the Cheviot Hills. It’s worth the detour for the rotating choice of microbrewery ales; relax and sup Wylam Red Kite or Northumberland Pit Pony beside a welcoming wood-burning stove. Old oak beams, rustic settles, and stone walls decorated with local photographs set the informal scene. There’s a good selection of traditional pub games like shove ha’penny and bar skittles; you’ll find a good collection of cookery books as well. The impressive daily menu makes use of the freshest local ingredients – including game from local shoots and Longhorn beef – to create great British classics as well as regional dishes.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Coach parties accepted
- Open all year
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About The area
If it’s history you’re after, there’s heaps of it in Northumberland. On Hadrian’s Wall you can imagine scarlet-cloaked Roman legionaries keeping watch for painted Pictish warriors while cursing the English weather and dreaming of home. Desolate battlefield sites and hulking fortresses such as Alnwick, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Warkworth are reminders that this, until not so very long ago, was a contested border region. The ruins of Lindisfarne bear witness to the region’s early Christian history.
Northumberland also has some of Britain’s best beaches. On summer days, and even in winter, you’ll see surfers and other brave souls making the most of the coast. Inland, there are some great walks and bike rides in the dales of the Cheviot Hills and the Simonsides – just hilly enough to be interesting, without being brutally steep. There's dramatic scenery in the High Pennines, where waterfalls plunge into deep valleys, and there are swathes of heather-scented moorland. Northumberland National Park covers over 400 square miles of moorland and valleys with clear streams and pretty, stone-built villages. It’s just the place for wildlife watching too. You’ll find flocks of puffins, guillemots and other seabirds around the Farne Islands, and seals and dolphins offshore.
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