Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mussel in and Make Most of Seafood Week

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mussel in and Make Most of Seafood Week

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AN eight-day fishy festivity is encouraging the Great British public to "sea food and eat it". Seafood Week, which runs until Friday October 16, aims to get more people, to eat more fish, more often.

With that in mind we have picked a selection of coastal pubs, seaside shacks and beachside bistros taking in Northumberland and Tyne and Wear where you can enjoy a tasty brunch, lunch, supper or snack overlooking the ocean.

NORTHUMBERLAND The Barn at Beal, Beal, 01289 540044, Just off the A1 in north Northumberland, the Barn enjoys spectacular views of Holy Island and the surrounding coast.

There's a coffee shop, restaurant and the new Bothy Bar, the latter of which stays open late on a weekend.

The Ship Inn, Low Newton by the Sea, 01665 576262, www. This whitewashed pub faces one of Northumberland's most attractive and tranquil beaches. As you might expect, fresh local seafood - mostly grilled or pan-fried - served with seasonal vegetables or fresh-tasting salsas, is a mainstay of the unfussy menu.

The Jolly Fisherman, Craster, 01665 576461, Combining stunning sea and harbour views with home-cooked food and real ales, this historic pub offers everything from fresh catches of the day to rib eye steak and confit duck.

There's the Jolly Fishboard with crab pot, fillet of salmon, kipper pate, prawns and herring roll mop; smoked haddock and salmon fishcakes, and a bucket of mussels.

Blyth Boathouse, Quay Road, Blyth, 01670 369052 The restaurant's chefs create dishes from the finest produce including Northumberland reared meat and seafood fresh from the boats that sail past the venue. Dishes include Blyth crab cakes, smoked haddock chowder, Blyth lobster, fresh dressed Blyth crab and Blyth Boathouse deep-fried fish with rustic chips, mushy peas & homemade tartar sauce. …

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