Brunton’s Guide to the Best Local Pubs

We would love you to make the most of our local pubs, of which there are a good number – they not only offer a refreshing pint and some great food, but also a taste of the community and culture. If you are planning to visit Brunton, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the local pub culture.

We’ve compiled a list of our favourite local pubs, each offering a unique atmosphere and delicious refreshments, and all within easy reach of Brunton House and Cottages.


Embleton is our nearest charming village sitting on top of a hill, overlooking Embleton bay and the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle.  There are two very different pubs, both of which have beer gardens:

  • Greys is a small, cosy pub that oozes traditional charm. Step inside and you’ll be greeted by open fires, friendly faces, hearty meals, and of course, a wide selection of beverages to suit all tastes.
  • Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel is named after the iconic landmark that dominates the coastline. The Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel is a small hotel with a very comfortable lounge and bright dining room, with a diverse menu featuring classic pub fare alongside innovative dishes inspired by the flavours of Northumberland.  Bigger groups can be accommodated for a special meal, and the very large beer garden opposite is an easy place to sit with all age groups.

Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel



Just a stone’s throw away from Embleton lies the famous fishing village of Craster, home to the renowned Jolly Fisherman. With its stunning sea views this iconic pub is a must-visit for seafood lovers. Fresh catches are delivered daily, and the Jolly Fisherman boasts some of the best pub fare in Northumberland. The tell-tale smoke curling out of the smokery chimneys of ‘Robson and Sons’ will lead you to the Jolly Fisherman opposite, where Robson’s Craster kippers are served.    The Jolly Fisherman has been voted as having “one of England’s best beer gardens” by the Daily Mail, with its view over the harbour and towards Dunstanburgh Castle.

Jolly Fisherman

Low Newton

The Ship is a hidden gem beloved by locals and visitors alike, sitting in the corner of the whitewashed square of fisherman’s cottages. Sip on a drink, sitting on the village green, while watching the waves crash against the shore, or tuck into their delicious pub classics in the cosy bar area.

The Ship’s own microbrewery produces fantastic ales and out of the galley kitchen lunches and suppers miraculously appear.  Live music, film and quiz nights are part of this pub’s monthly events and we often head down for a delicious supper to treat ourselves, whether sitting by the fire in the winter or after a summer swim.

The Ship

High Newton

The Joiner’s Arms in High Newton is a place for a drink at the bar or a good pub meal, nestled in the heart of the village. With its welcoming atmosphere (and eclectic lampshades), it’s the ideal place to unwind after a day of exploring the surrounding countryside. Be sure to try their selection of craft beers and ciders for a true taste of Northumberland.  It’s a popular spot for people so book ahead.

Joiner’s Arms


Beadnell is a very well-known coastal destination, famous for its pristine beaches and charming harbour. Here, you’ll find two pubs worth visiting:

  • The Craster Arms: Soak up the seaside charm at The Craster Arms in Beadnell. This family-friendly pub offers a delicious menu, a sunny beer garden, and stunning views of the coastline. Ideal for a post-beach refreshment or a relaxed family dinner.
  • Beadnell Towers: For a touch of history with your pint, head to stylish Beadnell Towers. This 14th-century tower has been converted into a very welcoming pub and hotel, offering a unique ambiance and a great selection of drinks. The menu is very good and it’s a great place for a celebration or a spoiling evening out.  Dogs are also very welcome.

Craster Arms

Beadnell Towers


The Black Swan Inn provides an up-market dining experience, with signature and traditional cocktails served in the refined bar.  It is the oldest purpose built pub in the heart of Seahouses, but is now an elegant, trendy and sophisticated gastropub, having undergone a huge renovation and restoration project.  They use the highest quality ingredients sourced locally from our fishermen and local butchers. And the food is complemented by an extensive bar drinks menu.

Black Swan Inn


The Pack Horse is a traditional ‘locals’ pub, with a warm and inviting atmosphere. You walk into the bar and people will know your name within the week, if you have time to chat.  Sample their selection of real ales and enjoy a delicious meal prepared using the freshest and most local produce.  A proper wooden bar and open fire makes this a quintessential English pub and a family meal here for an extended number of you can easily be accommodated in their dining rooms.  The sunny beer garden is a lovely place to sit and you can escape from the ‘tourists’ who might be heading to the coastal pubs!

The Pack Horse

Enjoy getting to know Brunton Cottages’ locals. 

At Brunton Cottages, we believe that discovering the best local pubs is an essential part of any memorable vacation. Whether you’re exploring historic castles, relaxing on sandy beaches, or simply enjoying the beauty of the Northumberland countryside, be sure to raise a glass at these beloved establishments.

If you are all set to visit Northumberland, be sure to book your stay at Brunton Cottages, the 5-star Gold-graded holiday home by Visit England.