The Cook and Barker Inn is set in the heart of a quiet village but its just a minute away from…
The Cook and Barker Inn
“Traditional Northumbrian country inn with far-reaching views”
For spectacular views of the North Sea coast and the Cheviot Hills, head for the Farmer family's creeper-covered, flower-adorned, stone-built pub and restaurant. Phil Farmer also runs Hope House Farm eight miles away, source of the free-range Aberdeen beef and lamb that feature on the various menus; there's also a seafood selection. A suggested dinner starter of crispy tempura shredded pork, black pudding, crispy pancetta, free-range poached egg, and watercress and apple matchstick salad might be followed by either Hope Farm slow-cooked Texel lamb, roasted roots, rosemary potatoes and red wine jus; or king prawn ravioli with chilli, tomato and basil emulsion. Real ale drinkers can expect – indeed, should be pleased – to find Atlantic Hop on the bar, as well as Black Sheep. The en suite bedrooms are smartly furnished, some retaining original exposed beams.
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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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