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Review: The Ship Inn


Low Newton-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom

Idylic location, good food

  • By SilverTraveller PamWNorth

    154 reviews

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  • Oct 2014
  • Low Newton-by-the-Sea
  • Casual
  • British

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The Ship Inn can be found at Low Newton by the Sea, a small village, almost on the beach between the villages of Seahouses and Craster in Northumberland

The Inn is in a rather idyllic location, looking out over the sheltered ,wide sands of Newton Bay and under the watchful eye of the finger shaped ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle standing high above the village on the cliffs.

This 18th century Inn is set in the middle of a row of cream-washed fisherman's cottages which form the three sides of a square around the village green – the beach forms the fourth part of the square..

We visited The Ship Inn for Lunch – it is open every day for lunch 12-2.30 for which reservations are not accepted. Evening meals are served between 7 – 8 and reservations are accepted in fact they are essential for the evening dining.

Car Parking in this tiny village is largely confined to a dedicated car park just off the main road around a five – ten minute walk from the Ship Inn. The walk from the car park to the Inn is down a hill, which of course means a climb on the way back. We did notice a few cars parked near to the Ship Inn but presumed these cars belonged to residents/staff,

The Ship Inn is not a large Inn and despite the small local population and its rural location it does get very busy around lunch time and without a lunchtime reservation system it is best to arrive early to ensure you get a seat.

I think it is also worth reminding people to make sure you take cash – the Inn doesn't accept card payments.

The Inn has a reputation for its good food, made from local ingredients and the freshest of sea food – The Lobster comes from Newton Bay, – you may well see the fisherman walking up the Beach to the Inn carrying a bucket of the Lobster catch for dinner that day!. Hand picked Crab is available. Their Fish comes from the fishermen of nearby Amble, with Kippers being smoked close by at Seahouses. The sources of their other foods, i.e. cheeses, meats are all known and are from the local area.

Walking through the entrance we found ourselves immediately in the bar which is very old world style with lots of wooden tables. In Winter an open fire burns. We arrived around 2pm and it was very busy, with quite a few people waiting at the bar. We could not find a seat inside but outside in their outdoor eating area, to our relief we found a table, so we quickly grabbed a seat. Eating outside, of course, provided us with the most wonderful views of the sea.

The meals are created and cooked in a small kitchen and are all freshly cooked to order, so don't expect service to be that of a fast food outlet. We did wait quite a while for our meal, but it was worth the wait and service was with a smile.

I chose the hand picked Crab with salad and a stottie- a Northumbrian bread. My Meal was superb with the freshest of fish and an equally fresh salad. The bread from a local bakery had the most delicious taste which set it miles apart from usual factory created bread!

My husband enjoyed his meal too- fish cakes with salad and again, as is traditional in the North, a chunk of Stottie. We couldn't resist a desert of home made apple pie (which was packed with apples) and cream.

Children are welcome here, with the child's main course costing around £3.50.

For dog owners – you can bring your well behaved dog here – The Ship Inn is a dog friendly pub.

We were driving so stuck to soft drinks, and then coffee, however, the Inn has its own microbrewery (alongside the pub) which produces a variety of 20 beers.

Although orders for lunch ends around 2.30 p.m. the Inn is open all day. We sat for an hour or so after lunch enjoying our drink, chatting to locals,, breathing the salty sea air, watching the fishing boats, listening to the call of the sea birds from the cliffs and the basking seals on the rocks. Before returning home we burnt off the calories of lunch by a leisurely stroll along the beach.

The location and the fresh food are the best things about the Ship Inn. It does get busy so arrive early and don't forget you cannot use credit/debit cards here.

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