LUXE LOCAL: CORBRIDGE

Take to the Tyne Valley for a spring fling in a pretty-as-a-picture Northumbrian village. Elysia Agnew gets to know Corbridge...
LUXE LOCAL: CORBRIDGE

Surrounded by rolling countryside and stunning stone-built properties, with the River Tyne flowing through, it’s both traditional and trendy, and a great day out for strolling, shopping and snacking.

Just 20 miles outside of Newcastle, Corbridge is a cute country-chic village at the southern tip of Northumberland. There’s a charming and chirpy feel about  the place. Friendly faces pass you on the street, beautiful boutiques pop up with unique goods and local produce is packed into cafes, delis and restaurants.

Stroll by the river bank with your camera, wind your way through the streets or take  a seat in the central square and watch the world go by.

It’s quaint and it’s quiet, but there’s certainly nothing sleepy about the place. It’s luxe  and it’s laid-back; but at the same time, there’s plenty to see and do. It’s a switched on village to say the least, and one we’re very excited to explore.

Beat the rush of the city and get to know this buzzy village. Browse the shops and kick back in the bistros, or hop over the river and get lost in the hills. A dreamy day out destination in the Northumberland countryside.

Properties >>

What was once a base for Roman soldiers, is now a base for those living the luxe life in Northumberland. If historical architecture is your thing, you’ll be pleased to hear that homes here are built with stone hewn from the Roman town of Corstopitum, where today’s Corbridge grew from.

Stunning stone-built homes boasting original features and beautifully aged bricks form the basis of the village. Some are spruced up with stylish new good looks, and some maintain their quaint, country feel. All with posh price tags to reflect the refined luxury of living in this affluent village.

You’ll also find family homes with chic courtyards, ivy-covered cottages and elegant Edwardian terraces as you venture away from the centre.

Connected >>

The Tyne Valley railway line makes for easy access in and out of Corbridge – stopping by the likes of Haltwhistle and Brampton on its western route to Carlisle, and Hexham, Stockfield and Wylam on its journey east to Newcastle.

If you are jump in the car day-trippers, road access to the village is as straight-forward as it gets. The A69 links up with the A1 and A68, leading to major routes up and down the country. There’s plenty of parking in the village. Top tip: take your tyres on a trip over the Tyne for free all-day parking at Corbridge Village Car Park. A five minute stroll over the bridge will bring you straight into the village – and there are beautiful views too.

Corbridge is surrounded by rolling countryside, but is just a 20 mile trip from the Toon, ten minutes from Hexham and has the stunning scenery of Northumberland and the Scottish Borders on its doorstep.

Shop >>

Corbridge is a crafty spot for arty types, fashionistas, beauty buyers and those looking to fill their bags with foodie treats.

The sprightly shopping scene in this small, rural village never fails to amaze us. Its loop of good-looking buildings offers up much more than just exterior elegance. You’ll find indulgent independents on almost every doorstep; from big brand boutiques and beauty parlours, to delightful delis and inspiring interiors, you’re sure to leave with your bags full and your bucket lists ticked.

A favourite of ours in RE – a world of all things wonderful in Bishop’s Yard. Go here for dazzling home decor, patterned pleasures, cool cookbooks, funky fabrics and dreamy stuff you didn’t know you needed! It’s a den of must-have desirables – and it’s like something straight out of a Brooklyn flea market.

If you’ve got a passion for fashion, Norma James is the place to be for dressed-up ladies and Shorts is worth stopping by for distinctive menswear. Norma James stocks designers such as Joseph Ribkoff and Saint James, and Shorts invites shoppers to suit and boot up with Barker shoes, Marc Darcy jackets and Claudio Lugli shirts. Luxe labels for little ones can be found at the beautiful Baby at the Bank – including Tobias & The Bear, Fred & Noah and Mori. Complete the look with forward-thinking footwear from Finale Shoes & Accessories.

Other fashion favourites include Katie Kerr at 16 and 22 Hill Street, stocking a carefully curated mix of European fashion brands; and Vintage at the Tower, the place to be for those unique and fascinating finds.

Our go-to jewellers can also be found on Hill Street. Saunders & Pughe showcases special occasion pieces, perfect presents and expert advice on all of your dazzling desirables.

Lovers of all things art, design and interiors can see their Pinterest boards come to life at Jasmine & Lilah; and those looking for gorgeous gifting options should visit Acanthus, Alex Clark and The Pond. 1884
is a lovely lifestyle boutique – simplistic and stylish from the outside, bursting with beautiful bits and bobs inside.

No visit to Corbridge is complete without a break at Forum Books. There’s nothing quite like a proper book shop. This is a must-visit for a bit of switch-off time.

Foodies should get their fix from Skrumshus, selling traditional sweets and gifting treats.

Food >>

The Corbridge Larder is a foodie’s paradise for all things lovely and local. Shop here for fresh counter favourites, chocolates, quirky condiments and preserves. Take a seat upstairs for deli delights and the opportunity to create your own foodie hamper.

If resting your feet for a pub lunch and a pint is your thing, The Angel is a a popular gastropub haunt or pull up at The Black Bull, The Blue Bell or The Wheatsheaf. Don’t forget to check out the village’s very own micro pub, The Pele Tower, for history, heritage and bespoke barrels of beer.

Corbridge is a haven of cultured cafes and coffee spots. Get your coffee fix at The Watling Coffee House, visit Massey’s Tea Rooms for high tea treats and go to Grants for pick-me-up patisserie perfection.

Tea & Tipple is a great place to lap up a leisurely lunch and Spokes Kitchen is a bright and airy spot to leave your bike and grab a bite to eat.

Pick up your fruit and veg favourites at J.A. Stobo Greengrocer, sit down for spicy supper at Corbridge Tandoori and book a table for cocktails and dinner under the twinkling fairy lights at The Duck House.

Stroll >>

Whether it’s a river bank ramble, a hike in the hills or a stroll along Corbridge’s picture-perfect pavements, there’s plenty to do to keep those legs moving.

Pop on your wellies and lap the river with your pooch or dig out those walking boots and take to the very hills that hug the village. If you’re serious about strolling, a riverside route will take you to Hexham. One of the town’s many pooch-friendly pubs and cafes might just come in handy for a post-hike refreshment or two.

MY LOCAL >>

John Wilkinson is the owner of high-end menswear retailer, Shorts of Corbridge. His business ethos is: “we sell clothes to those who want them, not need them” – people who appreciate the finer things in life – people looking for quality with a bit of attitude thrown in.”

LUXE LOCAL: CORBRIDGE

Three good things about working here >>

• It’s a vibrant, friendly village with a real community spirit.

  The village is packed with quality independent businesses, which really sets
it apart as a unique place to live and/or work.

  The natural beauty of the village – it’s history, buildings and the beautiful
area around the river.

Three places to take visitors >>

• The Roman visitor centre – you’re sure to learn something new here.

• Enjoy the great outdoors and take your visitors on a stroll along the river.

• The Valley Indian Restaurant – great food in a totally unique location in The
Old Station House.

An ‘in-the-know’ secret >>

For sociable food in a stylish environment, settle in at Il Piccolo for a Saturday evening antipasti and a good bottle of wine.

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