Best Way to Keep Warm in Northumberland

Published: Thursday 28th Feb 2019

Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team

England has seen its coldest night of the winter so far, as temperatures tumbled across the UK last week. A low of minus 11.7C (10.9F) was recorded at Chillingham Barns in Northumberland on Sunday morning, according to the Met Office.

The Chronicle Live said that forecasters had anticipated this cold snap for a few weeks and that these temperatures are the coldest in nearly a decade, although the early arrival of cloud kept minimums slightly higher than expected. The region also saw a lot of ice and snow. With this in mind, where can you cosy up this month to enjoy a cold pint by a warm fire?

If you are staying in Northumberland this Winter, you will want to make one of these places at the top of your list of things to do. Here, we look at the cosiest and most popular pubs in the region:

The Cumberland Arms

Cumberland Arms, Byker, NE6 1LD

The Cumberland Arms is in Ouseburn Valley and is a great place to head to if it is a little too cold outside. It has something to suit everyone – including beer, home cooked food, and even on some nights, live music, comedy and theatre. What is great about this pub is the open fires, which really set an amazing backdrop to your cosy drink. They also provide “snugglepacks” (which include a hot water bottle and blanket) if you want to enjoy the beer garden. Why not bring your dog along too – this place is dog friendly.

The Badger

The Badger, Street Houses, Ponteland

This is a real country pub that has a lot of rural charm and is a great place to cosy up on a cold winter’s night. There is a roaring log-fire which is perfect to sit next to. As for the food, the menu is seasonal and you can enjoy some fine food prepared by the chefs throughout the day, whether you want lunch or dinner there. This is a good place to head to if you want a walk first, as there are many public footpaths around the pub.

Ravensworth Arms

The Ravensworth Arms, Lamesley

This place is in an idealic location, set in the conservation area of Lamesley Pastures. It is also overlooked by Anthony Gormley’s Angel of the North. You can enjoy some great food here, with a focus on seasonal dishes, which are all prepared fresh on site by the Chef. This place is another pub you may want to head to after a walk out in the snow, especially if you have just visited the ruins of Ravensworth Castle. If you are a lover of wildlife, you may also spot some great creatures around this area.

The Boathouse

The Boathouse in Wylam - Station Road, Wylam, Northumberland, NE41 8HR

You will find the Boathouse opposite Wylam train station on the south-bank of the river Tyne. If you recognise the name, it might be because this place has won a best pub in South West Northumberland. You will find this to be a traditional and cosy pub, with tankards and paintings around the wall. The food is great and the beer is great, with over 12 ales available. The open fire is a really beautiful spot. A must on your next trip to Northumberland.

The Grace Darling Holidays Team
The Grace Darling Holidays Team


Your team of holiday experts in Northumberland.


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