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Report 2043: Northumberland in the Snow in January

By Eleanor from UK, Winter 2013

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Page 7 of 10: Lindisfarne Inn, Beal

photo by MAW

Lindisfarne Inn

Beal is a tiny settlement of a few houses on the A1. Blink and you miss it. The Lindisfarne Inn is an old coaching inn and the stable block has been recently renovated to provide accommodation. We were given a warm welcome and shown to our room. First job was to make a cup of tea from the welcome tray to warm us up. It was a pleasant room with comfortable bed and effective shower with plenty of hot water. 

The restaurant and bar are in the main building. The comprehensive menu was a mix of traditional pub favorites like fish and chips, steak and ale pie and gammon as well as more exotic offerings. The friendly and helpful waitress checked we had seen the specials board before ordering, which was even more exotic. Difficult decisions had to be made.

Michael began with black pudding and bacon starter with peppercorn sauce, attractively served in a tall, narrow serving dish with a salad garnish. I made the ‘mistake’ of choosing long potato boats. These were a huge jacket potato cut in two with onion and melted cheese and salad. It would have made a filling main course. Fortunately Michael helped me out.

Michael chose the lamb shoulder, served on parsley mash with a selection of seasonal vegetables. It was a small shoulder, succulent and tasty although the bone did present a few problems. I chose the beef stew with herb dumpling, described as a traditional Northumberland recipe. This was served in a cast iron casserole with huge chunks of tender meat with potato, carrot, peas and mushroom in rich wine gravy. Again it was a huge serving and with extra broccoli, carrots and cauliflower would have been enough for two. We passed on the desserts.

I must confess we weren’t very hungry at breakfast time but still managed to do full justice to the English breakfast of local sausage, bacon, hash brown, fried bread, baked beans, mushroom, tomato and eggs.

The Lindisfarne Inn is quiet in January but always busy in summer with passing traffic and also people from the nearby caravan site wanting a good meal. Bookings are essential then.

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