Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Edinburgh Christmas Market

Edinburgh  Christmas Market .....via pubs 
December 2017

Lamb Inn Rainton North Yorkshire

This is a super little pub with five marked motorhome bays with a field next to it, five minutes off the A1 so very convenient for a stop. Friends Phil and Karen joined us and we had good, well priced food, a nice welcome and good beer. Pete's fish was a 'whale'! It was a very quiet, very cold night. 

The Trap pub, Broomhill, Northumberland,

The next bright sunny morning, we headed off and decided to stop for lunch at St. Mary's Lighthouse near Whitley Bay- the scene of many a childhood trip. The tide was in and the view was gorgeous.

But it was a bit slippery!
We drove up to the Trap pub in Broomhill- easy to find. It doesn't have a huge carpark but there was enough space. We had a really nice welcome from the landlady, played pool for free and had a super meal. This pub seems to do lots for the local community and it's another place we would happily go back to. 

Mortonhall Caravan Site, Edinburgh

We had called here for one night on the way back from our Scottish trip and liked it and it was just as nice as I remembered.  We came up the A1 coastal route and called in at Morrison's at Berwick to fuel up and get some bits. We to and fro-ed on some pitches as several are sloping but it is a good camp site with super showers and an onsite pub and restaurant in the stable block. We got the number 11 bus from the top of the drive and 30mins later and £1.60 each lighter, we got to the city centre. We sampled the sausages, drank the mulled wine and watched the lights and the people and soaked up the atmosphere.  We got a bit wet.

Over the next two days, we went round the centre several times looking in shops, checking out pubs, and generally appreciating all that Edinburgh has to offer. It's a brilliant place to visit, especially at this time of year. The views from upstairs on the bus were good too!
We also enjoyed a lovely meal in the Stable bar with good service.

The Cottage Inn, Craster , Northumberland.

In search of a really nice kipper, we drove down the coast, past Bamburgh castle to Craster.....well not quite in Craster but not far to walk. 
We found the pub and parked amongst the trees at the back. It is very private and hidden.  Pete and me walked down to Craster and -joy of joys- the smoke house was open so we bought 2 crabs and some kippers. Pete was delighted- his love of all things fishy is well known. Then we had to check out the crab sandwiches in the Jolly Fisherman which has changed since our last visit. The eating area is quite beautiful, looking out over the sea. 

Pete had his fantastic crab sandwiches with super beer and very friendly service while I had a bowl of curried butternut squash soup and the nicest bread ever.....I asked and it was made by a local company called Bread and Roses who sell at local markets. It was amazing. We went back to the van then later into the pub for really nice food. We were well looked after and chatted to people from the local Onion club - they grow onions and compete against each other for onion size. I'd heard of Leek clubs but never onion clubs.
 We had a quiet night and the next day drove back via Newcastle, picking my mum up for a trip to our house. She likes sitting in the front of the van as she can see more!

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