The General Havelock Inn
“Free house overlooking the River Tyne”
HAYDON BRIDGE, NORTHUMBERLAND
Built in the 1760s, this riverside inn is named after a 19th-century British Army officer and is popular with locals and local celebrities. In a converted stone barn, the restaurant overlooks the river where otters can often be spotted. The real ales are all sourced locally: Cullercoats Shuggy Boat Blonde and Great North East Rivet Catcher are but two. Local ingredients are the foundation of the dishes here, which include cod with boulangère potatoes, and lamb shank braised in red wine on mash. In summer, the patio area is covered by a marquee.
- 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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