Northumberland

Spent last weekend in Northumberland with the book club boys – more specifically we stayed in Berwick upon Tweed. Now whislt I wouldn’t recommend Berwick as a Troffers destination per se, we did happen upon a very nice little restaurant attached to a boutique hotel called Sally Port.

Have a look at their website http://www.sallyport.co.uk

The food was pretty good and of a very high standard, the menu was commendably brief and the wine list good value and unusual. I had belly pork (a recurring theme) which was very well handled and the rest of the guys had fillet of beef daube and lamb, all well received.

If you’re ever staying in Berwick, this is the only place worth considering, trust me. And if you fancy a pint, the only pub worth venturing into is The Barrels and even then no pork scratchings.

Heading back on the Sunday, one of the boys recommended a nice place to stop off for lunch on the way home. The Ship Inn is a small, unpretentious but very charming pub near Newton on Sea (near Seahouses). a pint and a crab sandwich did the trick by the log fire. In the middle of nowhere perched on the beach pretty much with sea views from the windows, I really did fancy coming back to here. The beaches were deserted (it was January) and the views were lovely. A long weekend with J beckons I think.

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