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Eat and drink

There's been a quiet revolution in recent years in Northumberland as pubs, cafés and restaurants have embraced the locally sourced, sustainable scene. Whereas once upon a time you had to drive miles for hours to find a decent cup of coffee and some home-produced, artisan-made produce, now you're spoiled for choice in a growing range of excellent farm shop tea rooms, cool cafés and gastro-pubs. With a long coastline, fish and seafood is guaranteed to be fresh – the famed local catch is Craster kippers and crabs, and tasty crab sandwiches and crab soup are mainstays of many menus. Great beef, bangers and lamb are on the table too, and at places like The Kitchen Garden or Battlesteads hotel you'll be eating salad, herbs, veg and fruit straight from their gardens. Northumberland does wonderful country and seaside pubs in particular, from traditional real-ale places to more contemporary bars – Low Newton's Ship Inn is our absolute favourite, a real peach of a pub with great food, but there are plenty more once you start to look. As for places to aim for, there's most choice obviously in the larger towns such as Hexham, Alnwick and Berwick upon Tweed, but there's barely a village or small town that doesn't have somewhere special to eat nearby these days  just ask a local!

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