Before we set off for Northumberland, I had high hopes of combining our holiday with a kind of gastro-tour of the region, seeking out traditional foods. While that was a tad ambitious for a family break, we did eat very well from a selection of farm shops, tea rooms and cosy pubs, and I even managed to sample a few traditional dishes along the way.
Being by the sea, crab sandwiches were a big thing in the area. Craster is a little harbour, famous for it's traditional smokehouse. We didn't actually make it into the smokehouse shop, as the toddler developed an irrational fear of the place and was sick in car park (clearly professional travel writers and restaurant reviewers are wise enough to leave the kids at home). Before this debacle, we did make it into the Jolly Fisherman - the best place in town for a crab sandwich. I've eaten dressed crab before in Scotland, but strangely never in a sandwich, so I'm going to qualify this as a regional dish. I can't fault it - sweet crab and tangy sharp dressing enveloped in brown bread. On the side, some truly delicious beef dripping chips on the side and a view of the sea.
Fish & Chips
Ok, so fish & chips are ubiquitous rather than unique, but this has been a British staple for over 100 years. As essential a part of a seaside holiday now as it was then. I'm not snobby, and very fond of the combination of crispy batter with soft fish below. And a few more chips too.....