The Barrasford Arms
“Restaurant and country pub with rooms” - AA Inspector
With quite a few awards to their credit since arriving here in 2017, Michael and Victoria Eames maintain a traditional pub atmosphere in this 19th-century, stone-built village pub. It overlooks Haughton Castle and the Tyne Valley, and Hadrian’s Wall isn't far away. Nor for that matter are the Allendale, First and Last and High House Farm breweries, which may well be on tap in the bar. Much of the produce is grown in the pub’s garden to accompany lunch of, say, black pudding Scotch egg, followed by cottage pie; or maple roast vegetable tart. At dinner, after starting with cured trout fishcake, the main course could be local pheasant breast with bacon croquette; a 200-gram rib-eye or rump steak; or North Sea hake and chips. Single, double and family accommodation is available.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Main course from: £13
- 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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