A charming seaside village and a true epitome of the Northumberland countryside, Alnmouth is treasured for its independent tea rooms, cosy pubs and its delightful ocean front walks through the sand dunes and beyond.
It’s a beautiful village to base yourself when staying in Northumberland or visiting for the day. Stone cottages, beachfront villas and Victorian terraced houses line the high street, while small boats and ‘happy to be by the sea’ pooches claim the long stretch
Whether you’re popping out with your pup, checking in for a family getaway or here to browse the brilliant pubs, shops and cafes, there’s something for everyone and its beauty is evident in every nook and cranny.
Disconnecting with the real world might just be what you love most about Alnmouth. It’s a rural retreat by the coast, but that doesn’t mean to say it doesn’t boast excellent transport links to and from other Northumberland destinations and beyond.
Alnmouth railway station is located just one mile from the village. You can get from Alnmouth to Edinburgh in just over an hour and from Alnmouth to Newcastle in under an hour on the Virgin Trains East Coast line from Edinburgh to London Kings Cross.
This cosy coastal village is just 3.5 miles from the A1, so routes both north and south are easy to reach by car, as well as other major routes linking to the A19 and the Northumberland coast road.
Bus routes go to Alnwick and Newcastle, while Newcastle International Airport is just a 45-minute drive. There are also several stunning walking and cycling routes nearby.
A village that doesn’t miss a trick. Alnmouth has that ‘away-from-it-all’ feel, but it doesn’t fall short of lovely shops, boutiques and B&Bs that really celebrate the finer things in life. The Aln Gift Shop is the place to go for something sweet to take home with you, with treats inspired by the rural, coastal location. You’ll find quality gifts, a range of cards and beautiful artworks.
Alnmouth Country Store is a traditional grocers, selling homemade, locally-sourced food and drink to take away for a beach picnic or to sit in and enjoy in the small cafe. Expect cooked meats, soups and baked goods such as seasonal pies, fluffy scones and expertly crafted cakes. They also stock a wide range of delicatessen products – perfect for at-home cooking and recipe inspiration. Specialising in locally sourced Northumberland goods, you’ll want to take everything away with you to share with friends and family.
FOOD & DRINK
Fancy a hearty pub meal post-walk? Head up into the village and check in at The Red Lion. It’s dog-friendly, so you can pop in with your pooch and enjoy a bite to eat and a local beer or two.
If you’d prefer food to go, pick up some takeaway fish and chips from The Hope & Anchor, or pick up a perfect pie at the grocers – a food-lovers hub in the centre of the village serving local produce, scones and more moreish nibbles. Look out for the specials and try the chicken and leak pie and the sausage and red onion pie.
The Village Tearooms is a cosy spot for brunch, late lunch or Afternoon Tea. It’s rustic inside with grey, washed wooden decor and driftwood furnishings. Go here
for hearty breakfasts, fresh sandwiches, creative cakes and special treats.
As well as serving takeaway fish and chips, The Hope & Anchor offers a bit of everything. It’s an Italian restaurant featuring fish dishes and local favourites sourced from the immediate area, with freshly caught seafood from Amble Harbour and fillet steaks from Longframlington’s R Greens butchers. While the pizza and pasta
offering is oh-so scrumptious, with a traditional wood-fired pizza oven and ‘like-your-mama-made’ recipes in situ, the fish and chips are a speciality. The bar is dog-friendly and a much more relaxed affair, while the restaurant is perfect for special occasion dining.
Where the coast meets country, Alnmouth beach is about as beautiful as it gets. Stroll along the sand dunes, dip your toes in the water or follow the mouth of the river as it bends around the village. You’ll find small boats and local fishermen working away as you go. There’s a wide stretch of beach, perfect for tiring out excitable dogs and kids alike.
You can walk a nice loop around Alnmouth, starting from the roundabout as you enter the village and heading down the hill across the golf course and towards the beach. Stretch your legs as you make your way across the sand dunes and take in the fresh sea air as the coastline bends to reach the mouth of the river at the other side of town. Walk up through the quaint side streets and find yourself back on the high street to explore the shops, cafes and the many delights of Alnmouth.
Harvey is the brains, the barista, the barman and all things brilliant about St Valery B&B in Alnmouth. He heads up the boutique B&B with his four-legged friend, Roxy.
Three good things about living here >> Having one of the best and most beautiful beaches on the heritage coast a few minutes’ walk away. Walking down the high street and everyone saying hello. A village where everyone looks out for each other. Having lived for many years in London where I never even knew my close neighbours, it’s been wonderful living in such a small, tight-knit and friendly community.
Three places to take visitors >> The Alnwick Castle & Gardens, Barter Books in Alnwick and Bamburgh – a beautiful beach with a stunning castle
An ‘In the know’ secret >> ‘Adventures in Aude’ located at the Old School Gallery – serving delicious food from an old Citroen Van named Audrey! Scott’s of Alnmouth – a chic and stylish deli/café serving wonderful local produce, as well as delicious homemade baked goodies. The Seafood Shack at Beaches in Alnmouth – open in the summer months Sunday to Wednesday. Grab a fresh crab sandwich or 1/2 lobster and chips to eat on the beach.