Morpeth is a Northumberland gem – home to foodie destinations, fabulous pubs and excellent restaurants
Morpeth is packed with independently owned cafés, delis, shops and restaurants which shine for their quality and variety.
The picture postcard setting – from the banks of the River Wansbeck to the ancient architecture – makes for a pretty, bustling market town whose reputation for good food and drink stretches far.
From fine dining in style to excellent cafés and shops which are always a delight to drop into, Morpeth is a great foodie day out.
Grape & Grain
This family-owned wine and spirits retailer is an essential destination in the heart of Morpeth. Home to a fine selection of world wines, local and international spirits along with a well-stocked humidor, there is also an on-site luxury clubroom to enjoy a drink. Grape & Grain hosts regular tasting events, many of them with local producers, while those popping in are guaranteed expert advice from the passionate team. There’s always something new on the shelves – from local brewery specials to newly discovered gins and botanicals – so regular visits are recommended.
Grape & Grain, 50 Bridge Street, Morpeth, NE61 1NL, tel 01670 504 901, www.grapeandgrain.online
If a vibrant atmosphere and classic Italian cooking are your thing, Lollo Rosso on Bridge Street is a must. Having moved to the former ironmongery of J. Smail & Sons in 2017, Giovanni, Miguel, Nikos and the team now have more space to entertain guests with one of the best atmospheres in the region. The traditional menu is packed with classic Italian favourites.
Lollo Rosso, 40 Bridge Street, Morpeth NE61 1NL, tel 01670 514 111, www.lollorossoitalia.co.uk
The Sun Inn
This pub and grill restaurant is your go-to for a cosy country pub atmosphere, good beer and hearty food. The Sunday lunch is excellent, while the grill menu features classics made with the best local produce. The pub is dog-friendly too, and there’s a beer garden for sunny days. There’s also regular live music (see Facebook for details).
Sun Inn, High Church, Morpeth, NE61 2QT, tel 01670 514 153, www.suninn-northumberland.co.uk
This elegant country mansion is the perfect spot to escape daily life. Set within beautiful gardens, this wisteria-clad Georgian house has 20 bedrooms and a renowned double AA rosette award-winning restaurant which serves the season’s produce from Eshott’s own kitchen garden as well as local seafood, meat and game.
Eshott Hall, Eshott, Morpeth, NE65 9EN, tel 01670 787 454, www.eshotthall.co.uk
An ever-popular restaurant in the heart of Morpeth, Primo Piano is home to authentic Italian food and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. An ideal place to relax late into the evening, expect comforting food, good wine and a warm welcome here.
Primo Piano, New Market, Morpeth, NE61 1PS, tel 01670 516 088, www.primopianomorpeth.com
The Chocolate Gallery
The Chocolate Gallery is filled to the brim with artisan chocolates, confectionary and fabulous treats, from seriously indulgent truffles to old-fashioned sweets to carry home by the bag. It can be difficult to choose between all the beautifully presented chocolates, sweets and more, but we’re sure you’re up to the task. There is also ice cream from the excellent Morwick Dairy, while vegan and gluten-free options are available.
The Chocolate gallery, Oldgate, Morpeth NE61 1PY, tel 01670 505 481, www.thechocolategallery.co.uk
Café Des Amis
A cosy spot to take a break, this fab café and coffee garden is a must-visit. Afternoon tea is served in style while there’s something for everyone on the daily menu of snacks, light lunches and sweet treats, including homemade soups, cakes and daily specials.
Café Des Amis, Newgate Street, Morpeth NE61 1BQ, tel 01670 505 483, www.facebook.com/pages/Café-Des-Amis
The weekly Wednesday Market and monthly Farmers Market are big occasions in Morpeth, packed with food and produce to taste and take home. The town has hosted markets for more than 800 years and the events welcome local producers, makers, growers and farmers for a day of shopping, sampling and indulging our love of local food and produce.
Set in 450 acres of beautiful parkland and woodland, Georgian Linden Hall is a stunning location to stay, dine and relax. It has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, luxurious interiors and award-winning food. The 2AA rosette Dobson Restaurant has panoramic country views and an extensive à la carte menu featuring the finest local ingredients; while the informal Linden Tree serves an excellent pub menu.
Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club Longhorsley, Morpeth, NE65 8XF, tel 0344 879 9084, www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/our-hotels/north-england/northumberland/macdonald-linden-hall-golf-country-club