Notices
General Trip Reports Reports that don't fit in to the other categories

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 10 Jun 21, 08:34 AM  
Link to this Post
#11
Sparksy72
Thread Starter
Imagineer
 
Sparksy72's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 14

Sparksy72's Reviews
Hotel Reviews: 1
Day 3

I woke to the sounds of a tap dancing dog - this means he really needs the bathroom. I jumped up, got his lead and collar but couldnít find the door key. Miloís dancing was getting quicker and he was starting to Ďtalkí, so I woke Adam to help me find the key. We were trying to be quiet and not wake Cooper or any of the other guests but were starting to get cross, with plenty of silent shouty eyes being thrown across the room. Adam eventually found them - still stuck in the outside of the door. It would appear that I had opened the door the previous evening and both the boys had walked in behind me and not noticed the keys in the door. Obviously we are complete travel professionals thankfully Milo made it with seconds to spare!

We headed off to breakfast, minus DS who said he was soooo tired he was unable to walk the two flights of stairs to the dining room.

DH and I both ordered the yoghurt parfait, it was sooo good. Super sharp Greek yoghurt, lovely raspberries and sweet crunchy granola swirled in. We were obviously in full holiday mode as we then ordered a full breakfast each!



We took some Nutella toast and a croissant back for DS to have in the room before we checked out. Check out was super simple, you just leave your key in a basket at Reception (not the door to your room )


We had one last trip to the beach before deciding to go home via the coast road.





We had the most amazing time at Bamburgh and I was already looking for availability for us to return (sadly I am having trouble finding any free dates during the summer holidays ) We packed everything and everyone into the car for the journey home.

Pics from the car!




Everything was just so lush and green and we saw several fields where they had cows and sheep in the same paddock (I have never seen this before!) We drove through Seahouses, Beadnell and several other villages/towns before stopping at a little spot where people were walking their dogs down a track to a cove with a lovely beach. I have no idea where we were, however if you recognise is please pop your answer on a postcard this area was stunning and the cows grazing on the land looked like they were living their best life!








Milo had a great time playing in the rock pools, I even took my shoes off and had a paddle, it was much warmer than the Bamburgh Beach water.

Had a quick stop outside Warkworth Castle (I think?) for a quick pic, again if we can get back to Northumberland then I would love to explore here further.


The sat nav took us a different way back through Newcastle, we ended up on a toll road and went through a tunnel, the traffic was hectic through this area but as it was the last weekend of the half term break it is probably not surprising. The rest of journey was uneventful thankfully and we decided that we would drop DS and Milo home and go and pick up dinner as I didnít fancy cooking - I was still on holiday There is an amazing Italian Restaurant at a village near to us called Lorenzoís at Barmby. They make the best pizza that I have eaten outside of Italy (we have eaten a lot of Italian pizza ) They have a brilliant outdoor area, which has a great atmosphere and the sun was shining 🤩 life was good! Drinks were ordered and got a pizza each - I had the pollo and pancetta and DH had the polpette. They are thin and crispy and super flavourful and not at all greasy. We were absolutely living our best life and really enjoyed talking about our Northumberland adventure and where would we would like to go next.



We also orders a margarita pizza to take home to DS. We got home and DS was playing x-box with his friends (after being deprived of it for a few days ) and Milo was flat out on the sofa. I think we may have worn him out with all the fun and excitement!


Thanks for reading along on our Northumberland adventure- it truly is a beautiful part of the world and we are lucky to have it on our doorstep.
Sparksy72 is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Trip Plans Add Member to Ignore List
Old 14 Jun 21, 03:28 PM  
Link to this Post
#12
mitch84
Imagineer
 
mitch84's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 06

mitch84's Reviews
Hotel Reviews: 1
Restaurant Reviews: 8
I loved this. The area is fab. We used to have a static in Warkworth when we were kids, lovely part of the world and so dog friendly.
__________________
Mitch xx
mitch84 is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Trip Plans Add Member to Ignore List
Old 14 Jun 21, 05:08 PM  
Link to this Post
#13
stanleycamel
VIP Dibber
 
Join Date: Dec 15

stanleycamel's Reviews
Restaurant Reviews: 1
Originally Posted by Sparksy72 View Post
Day 2
We were up around 7am to get ready for our breakfast spot at 7.45am (they were doing 3 different seatings due to the current environment).

We were offered tea/coffee/juice and were then able to order off the starter menu - cereal, yoghurt etc and then you could pick either a full English or vegetarian English breakfast. DS had a croissant (super fresh) with some bacon and DH and I both had a full English with toast. It was the perfect size breakfast (although more than we would ever have at home!) and super hot. Milo may have shared a slice of toast too.





We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, it just felt like a real holiday sitting down and having a leisurely breakfast.

We had planned to spend the morning at Bamburgh Beach, so we could walk further than we had the previous day and DS wanted to throw his American football too. The day was just perfect, sunny, warm and peaceful. There were other people walking their dogs on the beach but there is just so much open space that it never felt crowded. Beach pics!









After a fantastic couple of hours we decided to head back to the park in front of the castle for some ice-cream from Wyndenwell. This turned out to be a good move as the ice-cream was amazing and the setting was stunning. DS got bubblegum I got coconut and dark chocolate (like a bounty) and DH got cookies and cream with vanilla bean and Milo had a vanilla bean too.








We walked back to the hotel via the fairy garden and got a quick pic of Milo in the bluebells. 😍 Iím so pleased they havenít turned this into a car park as it would be prime real estate!


We left DS and Milo in the room to cool down and rest (and get in some quality screen time) before our lunch reservation- I was so excited for this! We popped to a pub that was just down the road from our Hotel for a quick drink and some adult chill out time. this was so nice and we chatted to a lovely couple on the next table that had also brought their beautiful Cockapoo. 💖 Prosecco for me Cider for DH.



We picked up DS and the furball for our lunch reservation at the Potted Lobster. They serve fresh local seafood and local ingredients and have been featured in the Michelin Guide, they are also dog friendly!







I had Prosecco to drink, DH and DS both had soda. For entrees DH had the seared scallops and I had the potted lobster (of which DS ate pretty much 3/4!). Both of these were just so good, light, delicious and mine was not something that I have ever tried before.




For mains, DH had thick cut code, wild mushroom, pancetta, garlic cream and potatoes (off the specials board), I had the wild Scottish halibut with fresh lobster and truffle mayonnaise, salad and fries (also off the specials board) and DS had the breaded fish goujons with fries, salad and home made tartare. It was all outstanding- all our fish was cooked perfectly and all the accompaniments were so flavourful.




When they offered the dessert menu we thought it would be crazy not to partake. I had the passion fruit Eaton mess and DH had the warm chocolate and salt caramel brownie with vanilla ice-cream. Mine was light and tangy and DHís was rich and decadent. Both were winners!




We all loved our meals, the service and the setting was excellent and the food was perfect. My favourite meal for the year!

We had checked the tide times for The Holy Island Lindisfarne once we booked the accommodation, so we could plan our days around this. It turned out that the crossing times were from 1.30pm until 10.30pm which timed perfectly for an afternoon visit. The drive over from Bamburgh was super simple and there wasnít as much traffic as I thought there would be. The causeway itself wasnít quite what I expected (Iím honestly not sure what I expected) however I would love to go back when the tide is high to see the difference.




The little hut is for people who get caught out by the tide. They abandon their cars and wait in the hut to be rescued. there are quite a few you tube videos for this!


Parking on Holy Island is in a dedicated car park just outside the town centre (about a 5-10 min walk depending on how long your legs are) it is £4.50 for three hours and cash is preferred. We paid up and headed in, itís not difficult to find your way, you literally just follow the people in front of you.



Milo loved watching the sheep, he just wasnít tall enough to see over the stone wall on his own #dadlove





The whole castle area is just super impressive, I know my pics donít show it but there were just so many people around! We were getting hot and foot weary so DH found a pub with a beer garden so we stopped for refreshments. This was like a little oasis in the craziness of the tourist town and we would absolutely go back for meals if we ever visited again.



Once refreshed, we headed off to Lindisfarne Priory, I had not booked tickets (the non prebooked tickets line was huge) and the boys werenít fussed if we went inside so we just wandered up the path that runs alongside it. So I am starting to run out of adjectives :blush but this was also incredible!




We had a wander through the town on our way out, there were lots of lovely gifts shops, pubs, cafes and even a fancy ice-cream store. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and will hopefully be back to take a tour inside the castle. Milo was hot and tired so ended up being carried back to the car by DS (we do take a dog drink bottle with us everywhere but it was a super warm afternoon). Iím sure he thinks he is human.


More pics of our way back over the causeway.





Back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. There werenít many places outside of Bamburgh that I could find that were dog friendly for dinner. I ended up booking the Apple Inn at Lucker, it had good reviews and were happy for us to bring the furball. Lucker seemed like a nice area, it had lots of holiday style apartments all set around the Apple Inn. Our reservation wasnít until 8.30pm so we were hungry by the time we arrived. Despite the appearance of lots of staff and very few customers we waited ages for literally everything. The food ended up being good but we just couldnít understand why it took 20 mins for our drinks order to be taken, in the end it took us nearly 2 hours for a one course meal.

DS and I both had chicken with charred cauliflower, potatoes and crispy kale, it looked awful but it was great and DH had the whale (I mean fish) and chips, this was just average after the amazing fish we had at the Potted Lobster. It was the service that really let the meal down, however we had had a brilliant day and were happy to get back to the hotel for a well earned snooze.

Woohoo our drinks finally arrived!



Poor Milo was so tired he fell asleep on DHís feet under the table!
Great photos Sparksy - If you look carefully at the photo of your DS playing US football in front of the castle and the one of the castle posted further down if you look carefully you will see a blue clock on the round tower. I am actually staying in the apartment there later in the year (3rd attempt CV willing).

I love the Potted Lobster too - great choice and I have already made my reservation for Dec. There used to be a great restaurant and small hotel called the Mizen Head (just to the left up the hill across the road from your hotel) but it closed due to a rather sad story. The owner of the Mizen Head Alex, 30 died very suddenly 5 years ago at another hotel also in Bamburgh owned by his dad, Ronnie. The restaurant served fabulous fish dishes and did a cracking Sunday Lunch too. I once bouled up to the MH driving a Triumph TR6 - great fun driving up the A1 and the coast to get there.
stanleycamel is offline Click to view Members Trip Plans Add Member to Ignore List
Old 14 Jun 21, 07:48 PM  
Link to this Post
#14
SuziQz
VIP Dibber
 
SuziQz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 14
Ooh a mini trip. Looks lovely and great that Milo could join in the fun.

The Potted Lobster sounds like my kind of place
__________________
2012 DLP - HNY, 2013 DLP - SL
2016 HRH/Renaissance/POR
2017 DLP - Disneyland Hotel
2019 DCL - Northern Europe
2020 YC/HRH - delayed to 2022
2021 DCL - 4 night Staycation
2022 YC/HRH v2!
SuziQz is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Trip Plans Add Member to Ignore List
Old 14 Jun 21, 08:35 PM  
Link to this Post
#15
Sparksy72
Thread Starter
Imagineer
 
Sparksy72's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 14

Sparksy72's Reviews
Hotel Reviews: 1
Originally Posted by mitch84 View Post
I loved this. The area is fab. We used to have a static in Warkworth when we were kids, lovely part of the world and so dog friendly.
Thank you my only complaint is that we havenít visited sooner! We would definitely like to go back and spend time in Warkworth and explore. How fab that you had the opportunity to spend time there when you were little. Michelle xx
Sparksy72 is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Trip Plans Add Member to Ignore List
Old 14 Jun 21, 08:40 PM  
Link to this Post
#16
Sparksy72
Thread Starter
Imagineer
 
Sparksy72's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 14

Sparksy72's Reviews
Hotel Reviews: 1
Originally Posted by stanleycamel View Post
Great photos Sparksy - If you look carefully at the photo of your DS playing US football in front of the castle and the one of the castle posted further down if you look carefully you will see a blue clock on the round tower. I am actually staying in the apartment there later in the year (3rd attempt CV willing).

I love the Potted Lobster too - great choice and I have already made my reservation for Dec. There used to be a great restaurant and small hotel called the Mizen Head (just to the left up the hill across the road from your hotel) but it closed due to a rather sad story. The owner of the Mizen Head Alex, 30 died very suddenly 5 years ago at another hotel also in Bamburgh owned by his dad, Ronnie. The restaurant served fabulous fish dishes and did a cracking Sunday Lunch too. I once bouled up to the MH driving a Triumph TR6 - great fun driving up the A1 and the coast to get there.
Thank you Stanley, I do think it would be hard to take a bad photo there, everything was just beautiful! I am completely envious of your Castle stay and if you do manage to get there (fingers crossed) it would be amazing to see pics.

The Potted Lobster was just perfect food from beginning to end. It really is a special place and I think you did the right thing by making a reservation now, it seems to get booked out quite quickly. What a wonderful memory, driving up the A1 in a Triumph! Fantastic! Thank you for reading.
Sparksy72 is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Trip Plans Add Member to Ignore List
Old 14 Jun 21, 08:44 PM  
Link to this Post
#17
Sparksy72
Thread Starter
Imagineer
 
Sparksy72's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 14

Sparksy72's Reviews
Hotel Reviews: 1
Originally Posted by SuziQz View Post
Ooh a mini trip. Looks lovely and great that Milo could join in the fun.

The Potted Lobster sounds like my kind of place
Thanks Suzi, it was so dog friendly - it was just perfect for all 4 of us! Bamburgh Beach is just so beautiful- if it was 20deg warmer you could be in Florida!

The Potted Lobster was brilliant- we donít really have anywhere like that near to us, so it was such a treat. Thank you for reading. 💝😁 xx
Sparksy72 is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Trip Plans Add Member to Ignore List
Old 27 Jun 21, 01:46 AM  
Link to this Post
#18
Dollymixture
Excited about Disney
 
Dollymixture's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 11
Really enjoyed this! The photos look amazing, and your pup is adorable!
Made a note of the ice cream please for our trip! Haha!
__________________
5 weeks in Florida July 2018! Can't wait!
DISNEYWORLD and Anna Maria August 2016.
Disneyland Paris March 2014.
Dollymixture is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Trip Plans Add Member to Ignore List
Old 27 Jun 21, 02:38 PM  
Link to this Post
#19
Sparksy72
Thread Starter
Imagineer
 
Sparksy72's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 14

Sparksy72's Reviews
Hotel Reviews: 1
Originally Posted by Dollymixture View Post
Really enjoyed this! The photos look amazing, and your pup is adorable!
Made a note of the ice cream please for our trip! Haha!
Thanks Dolly, it really was so beautiful and the ice-cream was delicious! I hope you have a great trip!
Sparksy72 is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Trip Plans Add Member to Ignore List
Old 27 Jun 21, 02:55 PM  
Link to this Post
#20
stanleycamel
VIP Dibber
 
Join Date: Dec 15

stanleycamel's Reviews
Restaurant Reviews: 1
Just a bit of information that might be of interest for the Potted Lobster fans - Richard Sim who runs the PL has recently opened a small hotel/restaurant in Alnmouth called the Whittling House. I haven't had a chance to visit the restaurant yet but will certainly will report back when I do.

thewhittlinghouse/
stanleycamel is offline Click to view Members Trip Plans Add Member to Ignore List
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Forum Jump


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 05:07 PM.


Powered by vBulletin - Copyright © 2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Latest News
Posted in 50th Anniversary
On 22nd June 4:45pm
Beginning Oct. 1, “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” honors the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney... Read More »
Posted in Disneyland Paris News
On 17th June 11:31am
Guests can once again enjoy the outstanding experiences we are known for, from iconic attractions... Read More »
Posted in Seaworld
On 9th June 8:20am
SeaWorld’s first separate-ticketed, nighttime Halloween event, Howl-O-Scream, premieres this fall joining the daytime Halloween Spooktacular... Read More »


theDIBB Menu


Exchange Rates
US Dollar Rates
ASDA  $1.3669
CaxtonFX  $1.3566
Covent Garden FX  $1.3716
FAIRFX  $1.3657
John Lewis  $1.3652
M&S  $1.3455
Post Office  $1.3437
Sainsburys  $1.3634
TESCO  $1.3651
Travelex  $1.3601
Updated: 17:00 30/07/2021
Euro Rates
ASDA  €1.1498
CaxtonFX  €1.1435
Covent Garden FX  €1.1550
FAIRFX  €1.1474
John Lewis  €1.1489
M&S  €1.1324
Post Office  €1.1310
Sainsburys  €1.1469
TESCO  €1.1490
Travelex  €1.1441
Updated: 17:00 30/07/2021

DIBB Premium Membership
Did you know you can help support theDIBB with Premium Membership?

Check out this link for more information and benefits, such as...

"No adverts on theDIBB Forums"

Upgrade Now



X