Hang out

A harbourside haven for the crab sandwich and kipper crowd who pack into quaint little Craster on high days, holidays and just about any weekend.

Decked out

It’s had something of a ‘coastal-cool’ revamp in the past few years; out with shiny wood and horse brasses and in with bleached blonde planks, muted paints shades, on-trend tweed and lots of driftwood-inspired details. Very smart and what you might call ‘seashore rustic’.


Enjoy canny beers from Black Sheep to Workie Ticket and guest ales. Pint noir by the glass is always a happy thing and a decent selection of whites and fizz, too.

Food matters

Your go-to for kippers, crab sandwiches or a blow-out Sunday lunch. Nice to see so much fresh local seafood on the menu which offers up everything you’d want to munch on as you sit within a shell’s throw of the lobster pots.

We ate

We went for late Sunday lunch on a day of horrid February weather – freezing cold, icy winds and dramatic seas. All of which made this place a welcoming place indeed – as the rest of the North East seemed to think too. It was packed. We’d booked a table and got prime spot in the window overlooking the waves. We went for ‘famous’ crab soup (£7.25), which was deep in colour and flavour, creamy with a rich stock base – and served with chunky artisan bread in nice rustic bowls and plates. Other dishes among us included a Jolly’s homemade kipper pate with toasted artisan bread and salad, (£6.95). This offered up a really hearty plateful of food – a base of dense and hearty pate was as intense as they come – as you would expect and hope from the mighty flavour of the kipper (smoked just over the road at Robson’s one assumes). Layered over some salad leaves was crab in a milder creamy sauce. It was a great plateful with a side bowl of great dripping chips (£2.95) – they really do demand to be tried if you make a trip here. We had platefuls of crab and prawn sandwiches alongside the soup and also good homemade smoked haddock and salmon fishcakes with tarter sauce, chips and salad, (£10). The weather thwarted our planned walk from Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle this day – the crab sandwiches are definitely a ‘reward’ for that escapade. But our tummies were filled and we were happy. We’ll be back when the wind dies down a bit.