The final holiday before Christmas is kind of a horrible thought. It signifies that the summer is over, the cold is yet to come, the dark nights are on their way. After this thought I was determined to make the most of the August bank holiday.
If you can remember it, the weather on the Sunday was bleak, especially up the Northumberland coast which was where I was spending the weekend. The sea brought in drizzle and mist and it began to get dark. Our plans were to spend the day exploring some of the beaches but that soon changed when the weather did. Instead we opted to look for a lovely spot for a Sunday roast.
On your way to Holy Island at Lindisfarne is a little place called Beal. It consists of Beal farm and a growing business that is the Barn at Beal. A campsite, a bar and a restaurant/coffee shop fills the space before you get to the causeway. On this particular Sunday I think everyone had the same idea as we did as it seemed super busy. The restaurant/coffee shop was packed with people enjoying meals and looking out at the amazing view. We weren’t too fussed about not getting at table in this area as we saw the Bothy Bar was open and had one table left. Perfect.
We sat down over looking the views onto the North Sea and the fields of Northumberland. The waitress staff were very attentive and gave us a menu to browse over and we quickly decided on the soup to start and the roast for main. On such a miserable day and on a bank holiday Sunday we decided to go all out and have the three courses that were on offer. The soup of the day was vegetable and barley served with artisan bread for the price of £5.45. We both chose this starter over homemade fishcakes, smoked salmon, steamed muscles or hummus and cracker bread.
The soup was delicious, very hearty and very homely too. It was the perfect thing to warm our stomachs. The barley really added an extra flavour compared to the usual veggie soup. It was the perfect way to start our meal.
Next up was the main event. We both picked the roast Scotch beef. For £12.95 we got a very good portion of three slices of beef, roast potato’s, seasonal vegetables, a large Yorkshire pudding and lots of gravy. It was all delicious! I loved having both mash and roasties because I can never decide between them. The beef was one of the tastiest cuts I have had before. I often find that beef is a hard meat to order at a restaurant because more often than not it can be quite tuff. Not at the Barn at Beal Bothy bar, this cut was amazing. Cooked perfectly, there was very little fat and the meat itself was very tender.
The staff always made sure we were happy with our food and drinks. They were really friendly too which was great to see especially when it can be extremely hectic on a Sunday with all the tables taken up. We may have been full but our Sunday roast challenge wasn’t over yet. We had come this far and we had already decided on our dessert choices before we received any of our courses. I went for the warmed chocolate brownie served with ice cream (cream was an option). It was amazing! Perfectly warmed with the brownie being crunchie on the outside and gooey and warm on the inside. It was the icing on the cake to an amazing meal.
Eton mess was our other order. A large dessert dish filled with cream, meringue and fresh fruit was certainly something you would be jealous of if you hadn’t ordered it. For £5.95 you really couldn’t go wrong either. A hazelnut latte and a caramel latte went perfectly with the puddings too.
I was pleasantly surprised at how amazing the Bothy Bar at Beal was. The farm house feel with a stone walls and fairy lights around the celling really made this eating and drinking stop cosy. I would totally recommend anyone who is visiting Northumberland a trip here! The food was amazing, the staff were friendly and the views…I don’t need to mention how spectacular they are.