On a recent trip to Northumberland we had a spooky night at Lumley Castle and a few nights enjoying the spa at Linden Hall Hotel. We visited many castles during our holiday, such as Bamburgh, Alnwick, Dunstanburgh, Chillingham and Warkworth. We had a great time and enjoyed exploring all the castles. They were all different; some in ruins, some well kept, and all were superb and still standing proud in whatever state they were in. Cinabar and I even had time for a boat trip to the Farne Islands from Seahouses. Bobbing up and down in the North Sea in our little tour boat, we saw grey seals and all manners of seabirds on a bright sunny day. Afterwards we had a very tasty sit down fish and chips lunch (and chip butties) at the Neptune Fish Bar next to the quayside.
On the way back from our holiday I drove alongside Hadrian’s Wall into Cumbria and we had dinner (curry and chips) in our favourite motorway service station just outside Penrith. I know saying “favourite” service station sounds a bit sad, but it is a really good service station (honest). The farm shop at Westmorland service station is an Aladdin’s Cave for Foodstufffinds. Cinabar quickly filled a trolley full of interesting goodies, one of which was this Newcastle Brown Ale Ice Cream. It’s made with Newcastle Brown Ale syrup, with less than 1% alcohol, fudge pieces and double cream from Doddington Dairy. The ice cream tastes sweet and deliciously creamy. It has a very mild beer taste and the soft fudge pieces melt luxuriously in the mouth. This ice cream would go down very well in cinemas and theatres, as well as enjoying it in the home for a pudding treat. I’m sure everyone would love this ice cream, from small beer curious children to tough guys who like their beer and worry about looking more than a little strange for enjoying a small cute pot of ice cream.