What a great way to finish Northumberland’s new entries in GBG20.
A Proper Pub in Seahouses on the gorgeous Northumbrian coast,
home to stuffed penguins that you can buy instead of actually making the hazardous half hour boat trip to the Farne Islands, home to a very sick unretiredmartin in 2007.
If Holy Island is the Southwold of the North, then Seahouses has become its Felixstowe, home to more chippies and boat trips round the coast than even a thousand gentlefolk on daytrips can fill.
I’ll go back to Farne one day, when a micropub called the Shag & Swallow after the rare bird varieties visible from the boat.
Until then, we have the rustic looking Black Swan….
Oh, that’s not very open, is it. Has Mudgie covered it on his dead pubs site ?
To be honest their Facebook page talks only of a Saltwater Cafe, which I guess COULD be behind that wall but I doubt it. I’ll take the tick.
I took a chance to revisit the Olde Ship, because as the Southworths and Mark Crilley will tell you the best British pubs all have “Olde” in their name.
The beer board outside was there in 2008, and possibly 1908, but sadly the choice inside was more 2020.
Not that I could see much of it as I was escorted through to the corner table of a packed pub, but I remembered the Pagan Queen from Holy Island.
How gorgeous is that ? And what a wonderful spot to be given, in amongst the gentlefolk Geordies drinking Amstel, our national drink.
The chatty chap from Hexham told me business in shop fittings was booming in the market towns, even while the cities slept, and based on recent travels I agreed.
He told me conspiratorially that the Pagan Queen was the locals’ favourites, flying out yesterday. Clearly he wasn’t switching to it from Amstel, and I think he may have been right in his choice.
Lovely pub, but like the Scousers the Geordies just don’t get cask*.
Enough about beer, here’s the reason you MUST visit Seahouses at least once in your lifetime.
Haddock and chips from Lewis’s; Baa Baa Toure couldn’t finish it, but I did.
*Yes, yes, there are exceptions.