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The Joiners Arms, High Newton-by-the-Sea, Northumberland
A 10-minute walk from one of Northumberland's loveliest beaches, The Joiners Arms mixes robust pub food with flirty and romantic bedrooms - think in-room baths, faux-fur throws, rich colours and vintage furniture. Some are in the main building, some in a nearby cottage with one cosy number in a shepherd's hut. Although the sea can't be seen from most of the pub, it feels rural with plenty of rustic wood panelling and log-burning stoves, mixed with a touch of the bohemian in rich red colours. Menus feature good home-cooked food, with fish, not surprisingly, a speciality. Dogs and children are very welcome, and it's a popular dining place with locals.
We love that the hotel is well-placed for a choice of beaches, some of which you can reach combined with a breezy walk.
The hotel is in sleepy High Newton-by-the-sea, a short stroll from the beach at Low Newton and The Ship Inn, a pub and brewery offering open fires and live music.
By car: around 1 hour 10 mins from Newcastle, 2 hours from Edinburgh and 6 hours 30 mins from London. There is free parking available nearby.
By train: there are direct train to Alnmouth from Newcastle (25 minutes), Edinburgh (1 hour) and London Kings Cross (3 hours 40 minutes). The hotel is a 25-minute drive from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Although children are welcome, the hotel is probably best-suited to couples wanting a romantic getaway but with a good pub meal rather than fancy fine dining. A table in the one of the windows of the bar area, with its wood-burning stove, is the cosiest spot.
Service & Facilities
After a long walk, we love relaxing by the wood-burning stove in the bar with a drink and book or newspaper. Several bedrooms allow dogs, as do both inside and outside bar areas. Bowls are offered plus treats and dog beers - beef or chicken!
- Free Wi-Fi
The Shepherd's Hut is undeniably warm and romantic with pretty painted furniture, a wood-burning stove and hot tub. Each of the 10 rooms is different in furnishings and colours so they feel private and personal.
The Joiner's Arms Rooms, The Joiners Den Rooms, The Rede Shepherd's Hut, Castle View Cottage
Facilities include: king-size bed, ensuite bathroom with shower or bath, luxury toiletries, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
It's worth considering a starter and dessert (and skipping the massive main courses), as the dessert options include homemade sticky toffee pud. Nobody minds if you ask for a doggy-bag when portion size defeats though!
The Joiners Arms: hearty modern British cuisine, locally sourced produce. Open for lunch and dinner. Mains from £9.95.