A1, Junction Brownieside; 1 min
Mon-Sat 9.30-4pm (Kitchen closes 3pm)
Sun 9.30am-3pm (Kitchen closes 2.30pm)
Free WiFi for visitors
Vegetarian or vegan options
Parking available onsite
If the word 'castle' had a collective noun, you'd use it to help describe Northumberland's coastal AONB. From Alnwick north via Bamburgh and Lindisfarne, this region is littered with iconic outlines and the A1 whisks you between them all. Break up the castle-spotting at Carnaby’s Café, a stylish stop-off right on the roadside for those in a rush.
White chairs tuck beneath wooden tables in the modern dining area, with long farmhouse benches to share if you're feeling social. Fresh and colourful dishes please the eye and the appetite, from hearty breakfasts and imaginative salads to homemade sausage rolls, fluffy frittatas and oven-warmed quiches.
In summer, large doors open into the enclosed, sun-warmed courtyard where drivers can relax as the kids' energies are absorbed by the play area and ride-on tractors. Neat stacks of logs feed the wood burner in winter. The shop sells lovely gifts, homewares and clothes and your four-legged friends are welcome outside.
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