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Just a brisk stroll from one of Northumberland's finest beaches at Low Newton-by-the-Sea, or a short drive from several stunning castles, this charming inn takes some beating as a weekend base for walking, unwinding and exploring the county's wild coastline.

Step inside and expect to be wowed by the bold, bohemian-style interior - it's not your typical country inn. Take your pick of the eclectic tables and mismatched chairs in the candlelit bar, festooned with potted plants, floral lampshades and crimson velvet fabrics.

Despite the bohemian touches, the interior retains a rustic charm, with exposed stone walls, flagstone floors and roaring log fires making it the perfect setting for a cosy evening by the fireside. The plank-panelled dining room extension leads through to the rear terrace, where guests can enjoy carefully crafted food sourced from an army of local producers.

Rooms from

9 doubles: £155; Shepherd's Hut: £210; Cottage: £300

Good to know

  • All major credit cards accepted
  • Disabled access
  • Private and alfresco dining
  • Shepherd's hut with hot tub
  • Parking available
  • Dogs welcome overnight

Water and waves
Located close to some of Northumberland's finest beaches, The Joiner's Arms is an ideal base for exploring the rugged, windy coastline.

Family favourite
Children can enjoy their own menu and there are plenty of drawing materials to keep them entertained.

For four-legged guests there are a few treats stocked behind the bar and there are dog-friendly rooms available as well.


If you love the bold and quirky décor in the bar, you'll enjoy staying in one of the five boudoir-style rooms. Brimming with character and charm, each is distinctively bold in design.

Expect antler chandeliers, lavish fabrics, deep-pile carpets, lacquered furnishings and low-slung French beds. The three rear rooms have double-ended baths in the rooms themselves, and pretty Juliet balconies with panoramic rural views. All rooms include 'cocktail kits', and perfumed oils and rose petals can be arranged for relaxing in the bath while watching the sunset with a glass of bubbly. Bathrooms have walk-in showers, fluffy bathrobes and Caroline Henry toiletries.

Opened in 2020, Joiners Den is where countryside charm meets luxury and sophistication - a stone cottage lovingly restored to house four individually styled boutique bedrooms. Think exposed brickwork, statement furnishings and cool features like private hot tubs, garden spaces and secret bunk beds. The Rede, a swish shepherd's hut is next door and it too has a hot tub for two.

Just a two-minute stroll from the inn, charming Castle View Cottage is the perfect coastal bolthole for all the family, with a private garden area located just a stone's throw from the beach. It features two double bedrooms, a third bedroom with bunk beds and spacious living/dining area perfect for relaxing after a long day at the beach.

Restaurant & bar

Expect home-style, honest cooking in the beautiful plank-panelled restaurant. Hearty pub food served in generous portions, using the best local ingredients around.

A light lunch might mean a baked camembert or a stottie (soft rolls made by Trotter's in nearby Seahouses) taken on the alfresco terrace, with a pint of locally brewed ale, or linger a little longer and indulge in a three-course dinner - perhaps roasted butternut soup; sea bass cassoulet; sticky toffee pudding. On Sunday's enjoy roast Northumbrian topside of beef with all the trimmings.

Cask beers are also very local, including Alnwick Brewery St Mary's ale and Mordue ales brewed in Newcastle. Gin-lovers have 23 gins to choose from - why not try Lindisfarne Gin with local Marlish tonic water. Minerals and soft drinks are also local, supplied by Fentimans of Hexham. The Corney & Barrow list of wines includes 10 by the glass.

Things to do

Just a twenty-minute drive away is Alnwick Castle, a majestic sprawling medieval pile that is a fabulous day out for the whole family. Take a tour, explore the state-rooms or take your kids to broomstick training on the very spot where Harry Potter had his first flying lesson in the film of The Philosopher's Stone!

A little further afield but well worth the trip is the island of Lindisfarne, a holy site founded in 635AD which is now home to an intriguing castle. The National Trust now look after Lindisfarne and there are plenty of activities taking place all year round, including trails and exhibitions.

Getting here


Nearest train station: Alnmouth
Taxi from station: 10min
Drive: Berwick-upon-Tweed 40min; Newcastle 55min


Newton-by-the-Sea, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 3EA

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To make a booking enquiry, please use the form below or you can call our reservations team on 020 8161 0100. Our phone lines are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 11am - 3pm.

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