The Olde Ship Inn
“Family-owned inn with a nautical theme” - AA Inspector
Built on farmland around 1745, this stone-built inn with rooms has been in the present owners’ family for the past century. Set above the bustling old harbour of Seahouses, the Olde Ship's interior is lit through stained-glass windows and the main saloon bar is full of character, its wooden floor made from ships' decking. A range of whiskies is supplemented by a selection of real ales, such as Hadrian Border Farne Island and Black Sheep. The inn's corridors and boat gallery are an Aladdin’s cave of antique nautical artefacts, ranging from a figurehead to all manner of ship’s brasses and dials. Bar food includes locally caught seafood and home-made soups. In the evenings, starters like salt and pepper squid; or pork terrine with apricot and gherkins might be followed by gammon and chips; fish and chips; chicken and mushroom casserole; or fresh crab salad. Some of the bedrooms have views of the Farne Islands.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Open all year
- Wide selection of Ales
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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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