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Northumberland Roundup

bishopsbitter | Nov 25, 2009 03:27 AM

Just returned from a trip.

The highlights were discovering perhaps Northumberland's (or even farther afield) BEST fish and chips. It is the FRIDAY-ONLY lunch at the Cresswell Arms, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.

The crowd of regulars who show up early to be fed tells it all. Pristine fish (cod) fresh of the quay. Great chips. Super mushy peas. This is F&C not to be missed and completely superior to the general product, which, I heard recently, Keith Floyd considered the world's finest "fast food."

Cresswell Arms
19 High Street
NE64 6DR

I returned a few times to the Three Horseshoes. Their chef still continues to have generally good dishes with only a few misses here or there. A venison dish was good the first time, but was completely differently presented when I ordered it again. You'll find a new ostrich burger there. The service is generally OK but some of the young girls could use a little training. They appear to consider customers are not of sufficient social status to actually talk to them :-) "you expect to be waited on, AND to talk to me?! I don't think so. "

Just over the border in Melrose Scotland had a so-so experience at Burt's Hotel. Rather clique-ey and again the passive-aggressive-friendly-unfriendly brand of service I have come to associate with the UK. Perhaps Basil Fawlty was right "You can't get the staff." I noted just the Fawlty style of either fawning over them or being rude or ignoring others. Food: only OK.

Ridley Arms at Stannington is now a gastropub I suppose (I remember it from its Berni Inn days!). Not horrible, not great. Actually a REALLY good Ingram lamb stew.

The Black Bull at Corbridge I enjoyed for their steak and kidney pudding. It was good to see a pudding version available and it was filling, tasty and traditionally done.
The Black Bull
David & Lynda Wears.
Middle Street, Corbridge, Northumberland NE45 5LE
Tel. 01434 632261 email

Thanks for reading, and PLEASE try those fish and chips in Newbiggin some Friday if you can. Splendid stuff.

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