Last bank holiday weekend, I spent the most magical day with family and friends in the coastal town of Amble in Northumberland. I’d only ever visited Amble before on a handful of occasions, and never got the right weather to truly make the most out of this lovely little seaside town on the Northumberland coast. Thankfully, the last bank holiday in May was absolutely glorious and we got up to so much fun and visited so many great places, that I just had to share my favourite things to do in Amble:
Boat Trip Around the Harbour
One of the main reasons we visited Amble that weekend was to test out our good family friend’s new boat – it really is a beauty! We were lucky enough to have this boat to ourselves, to cruise around the harbour and enjoy the sunshine in. If we hadn’t have had the boat, I would’ve most definitely bought a ticket for one of the boat trips going from Amble Harbour to Coquet Island! Puffin Cruises boast the original boat trip to Coquet Island – having set sail since 1969, Puffin Cruises take you to the home of over 40,000 nesting sea birds! If that wasn’t enough, sailing around the harbour gives you the most magnificent view of Amble docks and the Sunday market (which I hear is very popular)!
Spurelli Boutique Ice Cream
If you’ve never tasted ice cream from Spurelli‘s before, I hate to admit it but you are most certainly missing out! Set back just behind the harbour and with outdoor seating facing a lovely green space, this is the perfect place to enjoy a tasty ice cream on a hot day. The variety of flavours they make on the premises is music to the ears of anyone with a sweet tooth! From Salted Peanut and Sticky Toffee or Lemon Meringue, to classics like Mint Chocolate Chip or Raspberry, Spurelli make ice cream flavours that pack a punch and tickle your tastebuds. I have to say, I was in absolute heaven with my unusual Rhubarb and Crumble and Chocolate Ice Cream combination – even better in a double chocolate cone!
Amble Harbour Village
The May bank holiday weekend was the first time I’d ever strolled through Amble Harbour Village – home to 15 of the quaintest retail pods you’ll ever come across. This exciting development in the unlikeliest of places houses pods selling everything from artisanal jewellery to locally-caught seafood. If you’ve still got a craving for something sweet after your Spurelli’s ice cream, or you’re looking to pick up a dessert for later, make sure you head to K’s Little Cakery! Described as ‘a little slice of heaven’, this tasty venture is beautifully-decorated and sells the most tempting treats: the Eton Mess Cake looks particularly good!
Dinner at The Fish Shack
It would never be the perfect day out for me without eating some great food and drinking some lovely wine at a fantastic local restaurant! I’d read about The Fish Shack at Amble on social media (also check out Big Stevie Cool’s fab review here) and was definitely keen to visit after having a great experience at one of its sister restaurant, Blyth Boat House. This restaurant takes the form of very un-assuming wooden shack, which I’ve since learnt was built out of the remnants of an old ship called the Sea Quest! The nautical theme gives it a very homely feel and indeed, we felt very at home in the cute little private pod to the side of the fish shack, overlooking the beautiful harbour!
Whilst other members of our party enjoyed delicious, freshly-steamed mussels and crispy beer-battered prawn tails, I had a fantastic time making my way through the ‘Whole Amble Lobster and North Shields Crab Platter’, which was served with the tastiest double-cooked chips I think I’ve ever had, salads, slaw, dips and deli breads. What a feast and what a restaurant!
With any luck, there’ll be plenty of sunny days to come this summer and I’d really recommend taking the trip up to Amble for what promises to be a lovely day out for all. Let me know what you think!