“ Type: Pub and restaurant / Location: Weldon Bridge, Morpeth, Northumberland NE65 8AX 01665 570655 „
We were recently in Northumberland having a bit of an amble round, and decided just before midday to go to the Anglers Arms. A wise move because when we got there, parked in the large car park at the back and went to the front of the pub, there was quite a queue of people waiting for opening times. Not surprising- we have been before, the food and atmosphere are good, and so if you want a table on a Sunday lunchtime, it's best to go early.
The original coaching inn dates back to the 18th century and provided refreshment and a place to rest for coaches heading to and from Scotland. It is situated in the hamlet of Weldon Bridge which is a short distance from the A697 road to Coldstream, but although it's close to a main road it's quite tricky to find although when you get close it is signposted.
The pub also have its own, private stretch of the River Coquet available to guests on a day ticket basis, although this wasn't something we were aiming to do. It does however make the location really pretty and for anyone with children it's a lovely place to visit on a sunny day as there is a large play area complete with tables and benches outside where parents can enjoy a drink while watching the children.
Once inside the pub ,the décor is very olde worlde with plenty of wooden tables and chairs, all featuring place mats with pictures from a bygone age. Every bit of available wall and shelf space seems to be taken up with curios from different eras and the whole place has a very busy feel.
There is also a Carriage Restaurant which is a genuine Pullman railway carriage furnished with various table sizes. This was also open when we ate in the restaurant but we were in the main restaurant.
The menu has dishes such as Garlic King prawns, prawn and salmon platter and homemade liver pate. We opted to go straight for the main course. I opted for the beef Sunday lunch which came complete with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, lovely gravy and a dish of vegetables which were really nicely cooked and not at all soft or soggy. The beef was real beef, and there was plenty of it. My dining companion chose the fillet of salmon which was grilled fillet of salmon set on a salad of new potatoes, baby corn, green beans and rocket and drizzled with a chilli sauce. I had a taste and it was delicious- a nice tanginess to it but not at all overpowered by the chilli.
With soft drinks during the main course and coffees after the meal came to around £20 which was great value for a delicious meal
The Anglers Arms
Telephone: 01665 570271 or 01665 570655
For Sunday lunch, this was ideal. Nice comfortable surroundings both inside and outside, with somewhere for children to play which is always aplus point. The portions were good, the food well cooked and tasty and the staff were professional and friendly.
The one thing I would suggest is that if you do go, it's probably wise to get there early and join the queue outside the pub, or book.
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