Call us boring, but we love nothing better than a glass of wine and delicious Sunday roast after a Sunday afternoon spent wandering in and out of pretty gift shops. It’s our tonic to a busy week and a day, spent without watching the clock just wandering as you please enjoying a slower pace of life…
If you’re looking for somewhere to do exactly that here in the North East then we highly recommend one of our market towns like Hexham, Alnwick, Warkworth or Corbridge. We visited the latter this weekend and had a fantastic day out.
The drive from Newcastle along the A69 to Corbridge doesn’t take long at all – 30 minutes or so of open fields and expansive skies. Driving through the town itself past its beautiful old stone buildings and some pretty to-die-for houses definitely sets the scene. We hungry three headed straight for lunch and found ourselves at The Angel Inn. With its pale duck egg blue walls, large wooden tables and pretty soft furnishings we decided instantly we liked it and sat down to order a glass of wine and peruse the menu.
Sadly there was no lamb left today so I couldn’t order their Multi Roast (£15) of beef, pork and lamb with all of the trimmings. So chicken and beef it was. There was a mix up with our side of cauliflower cheese which was ordered but never came, but other than that our food was faultless. Enormous crispy Yorkshire puddings, plenty of gravy and melt-in-the-mouth vegetables washed down with a chilled glass of pinot grigio = happy ladies.
Desserts were on the pricey side (£5-6+) and we were already feeling full and satisfied from our mains so we decided to give them a miss and headed back outside for a wander and some fresh air along the river. There wasn’t much open by the time we finished, but I can highly recommend a visit to the Alex Clark art gallery and gift shop having been there before and spent a small fortune, RE is definitely worth an explore as is the very lovely Acanthus gift shop (pictured above) just to name a few.
Corbridge is an oldie but a goodie for us thanks to its lovely, peaceful atmosphere and is well worth a visit for an afternoon out if you’re feeling tired of Newcastle or your local area. From glamping in Shepherd Huts and ancient castles to artisan gift shops and farmer’s markets – visit Corbridge and you’ll find loads to do!