Discover our favourite quirky local eateries this summer
Whet your appetite and tempt your taste buds with this collection of Team C&C's favourite local eateries with a quirky twist. From fresh lobster and chilled champagne sipped on the harbour to a Sunday roast of local produce served in a unique treehouse, we've worked to ensure your dining pleasure is catered for this summer.
Let’s start in East Lothian, officially the sunniest area of Scotland! If you’re a fan of seafood, no visit to North Berwick is complete without a trip to the harbourside Lobster Shack. Here they buy the freshest catches directly from the local boats and offer lobster, crab, sea bass and line-caught mackerel alongside chowders, bisques and salt and pepper squid. Lip-smackingly delicious!
You’ll find DRIFT. a little further along the East Lothian coastline. A coffeehouse with a view, this farm diversification project was developed from a love of food and a desire to share part of the coastal farm with the public. Come here for good coffee and cake against a stunning backdrop of Bass Rock and beyond.
Summer is upon us and Border Berries has one again flung open its gates for berry-hungry visitors. Whether you plan to pick strawberries, gooseberries, raspberries, blackcurrants or peas, as one of Scotland’s last remaining outdoor berry farms this place is definitely worth a visit. Their Tutti Frutti café is the perfect place for post-picking refreshments, serving bakes made with their own fruit and sandwiches with the farm’s own salt beef or cheese and gooseberry chutney. The raspberry and lime drizzle cake or the scones with lashings of jam are highly recommended by us!
Film fans among you may recognize St Abbs, a lovely little fishing village on the Berwickshire coast, in its second life as Thor’s ‘New Asgard’ in one of the top movies of 2019, 'Avengers: Endgame’. We know it for Ebbcarrs, the friendly harbourside café set in an old stone cottage with tip-top seafood and home baking. Make a beeline for the outdoor picnic tables following a clifftop coastal walk around St Abb’s Head Nature Reserve.
Where do we start, Northumberland is brimming with local produce and wonderfully intriguing places to sample it! Try The Old Dairy in Ford, where higgledy-piggledy buildings house a concept store, coffee shop and champagne bar alongside antiques and vintage goodies. Their supper club evenings, ‘Parlour Suppers’, are sublime and held monthly in the old milking parlour.
Head to the coast for two unmissable top spots which opened earlier this year and are soaring in popularity with the locals.
The Hut at Bamburgh serves coffee and treats just a few steps from the popular golden sands. Make a beeline here for breakfast kippers and bacon sandwiches, seafood lunches, Pilgrims Coffee and the morning papers, all to be enjoyed on the beach or in the sand dunes alongside the iconic backdrop of Bamburgh Castle.
If you like pizza you’ll love Box. with their traditional artisan wood-fired pizzas and sublime setting atop a hill, flaunting views over the countryside towards coastal Beadnell Bay. With an ethos on minimal environmental impact, here everything from the location to the kitchen has been up-cycled reclaimed or repurposed, and pleasingly, Box. are committed to using zero plastics and recycling all paper and card packaging. Head along for a slice or two soon!
For a dining experience with a difference, The Treehouse Restaurant at The Alnwick Garden is not to be missed. Set high in the treetops it is a magical spot to spend an evening, featuring local fish and seafood, meats from Northumberland’s farmlands, as well as other regional specialities all within a lovely ambient setting of fairy lights and wobbly rope bridges.