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North East Days Out where Kids Eat Free

We worked with Inn Collection Group on a Social Media campaign in October 2020 but have not been asked or paid to share this blog post. I thought you would find it useful though. 

Blast Beach, Durham

The Inn Collection Group is a collection of lovely award-winning pubs with rooms in beautiful locations across North East England. We have visited a few over the years and always been really impressed by the warm welcome and delicious food. 


5 Years as a Fully Self-Employed Blogger

This weekend marks 5 years as a fully self-employed blogger. I absolutely love working for myself despite the many ups and downs and can't see me going back to employed work any time soon. I thought I would mark the occasion with a few random thoughts about how I got here and life as a full time blogger. 


Hardwick Park - Review, Dinosaur Trail & Information

 *This post is based on a visit in October 2020. it was last updated in September 2023. For up to date info, please visit the Hardwick Park website here before making plans and setting off. 

Hardwick Park - Review, Dinosaur Trail & Information

Hardwick Park is a beautiful park in Sedgefield, County Durham. It is really easy to get to (not far from the A1), there is ample parking (£3 per day - cash or pay by phone), there is a bus stop 1/2 a mile away (use the signposted footpath through the arch to the Hardwick Hall Hotel from Sedgefield High Street) and there is plenty to keep the whole family occupied. 

North East Pubs, Cafes & Restaurants with Heated / Covered Outdoor Spaces

I have been asked a few times for suggestions for restaurants / pubs / cafes with covered or heated outdoor seating areas. I decided to ask my social media followers for their recommendations and was inundated with suggestions. Below are the top picks. Hope you find them useful. 

North East Pubs, Cafes & Restaurants with Heated / Covered Outdoor Spaces

Just a little disclaimer before we jump in. I have not visited all of these places personally but they have been recommended by my followers. Please always check up-to-date details with the venue direct before making plans as areas and facilities can change. Some venues may require pre-booking. Also keep in mind that venues may have to temporarily close at the last minute. 

There were a few recommendations that did not make this list and that is usually because I could find no mention of outdoor areas on the venue's Social Media or website. If you are a venue with an outdoor space, please do yourself a favour and share photos and information across your channels regularly. It is what your customers are looking for. Sharing vital info like this is FREE and takes 5 minutes! If I was in charge, I would be changing your Facebook header photo to a lovely image of your covered outdoor space. 

Anyway, rant over. You can see the full list of recommendations on Facebook here. 

I haven't been able to find an official statement re: what is actually classed as an indoor / outdoor space. I reckon a couple of the places mentioned here could actually be classed as indoor.  If in doubt, please do your own research first as I would hate to get anyone into trouble.

A few people pointed me in the direction of smoking regulations as a guide - basically, if an outdoor structure has a roof, 50% of the walls or more need to be missing in order for it to be classed as an outdoor space where you to legally smoke there. I think that's a good guide (see below for a simple guide): 

Finally, even if the law allows households to mix outdoors, some places still have a one household/bubble policy outdoors so please do check before visiting to avoid disappointment. 

Oh, one more thing, I have tried to separate the recommendations by region according to google. There may be a slight error with some of them but I have tried my best. Always use the address provided by the venue direct when making plans. 

North East Pubs, Cafes & Restaurants with Heated / Covered Outdoor Spaces 


Amble Inn

Credit : The Amble Inn Facebook Page 

Seafield Ocean Club Seahouses -

Credit : Seafield Ocean Club Seahouses Facebook

Red Lion Alnmouth

Credit : Red Lion Alnmouth Facebook 

Masons Arms Warkworth

Credit : Masons Arms Warkworth Facebook 

White Swan Ovingham

Credit : White Swan Ovingham Facebook 

Tomahawk Steakhouse Ponteland

Credit : Tomahawk Steakhouse Ponteland Facebook 

The Boathouse Wylam

Credit : The Boathouse Wylam Facebook 

Blackbird Ponteland

Credit : The Blackbird Ponteland Facebook 

Three Horse Shoes Cramlington

Credit : The Three Horse Shoes Facebook 

Tyne & Wear 

Dil & Bear Whitley Bay Metro Station

Credit : Dil & Bear Whitley Bay Facebook 

Davanti Classico - Tynemouth Station

Credit : Davanti Classico Tynemouth Station 

Fox and Hounds Crawcrook 

Credit : Fox and Hounds Crawcrook Facebook 

Half Moon Ryton Village

Credit : Half Moon Ryton Facebook 

Scott and Wilson North Shields -

Credit : Scott and Wilson Facebook 

Left Luggage Monkseaton

Credit : Left Luggage Facebook 

The New Plough Inn Cox Green

Credit : New Plough Inn Facebook 

Omni Monkseaton

Credit : Omni Facebook 


Credit : Crusoes Facebook 

The Brewery Whitley Bay

Credit : The Brewery Facebook 

Woods Yard, Broadway 

Credit : Woods Coffee Shop Facebook 

Hidden Sunderland

Credit : Hidden Sunderland Facebook 

Newcastle Upon Tyne 

You can find a comprehensive guide to bars and pubs in Newcastle with outdoor terraces over on here. 

Arlo Jesmond

Credit : Arlo Jesmond Facebook 

Market Shaker

Credit : Market Shaker Facebook 

Jubilee Pub Coxlodge

Credit : Jubilee Facebook 


Credit : Kafeneon Facebook 

The Woodsmans Arms, Whickham

The Orangery, Whickham

Credit : The Orangery Facebook 

Route 72 Cafe Newburn

Credit : Route 72 Facebook 

Beach Box Jesmond

Credit : Beach Box Jesmond Facebook 

Under the Bridge, Ouseburn

Credit : Under the Bridge Facebook 

The Millstone South Gosforth

Credit : The Millstone Facebook 

Northumberland Hussar Heaton

Credit : Northumberland Hussar Facebook 

Adriano's Gosforth

Credit : Adrianos Facebook 

City Tavern

Credit : City Tavern Facebook 

The Cluny

Credit : The Cluny Facebook 

Stack Newcastle / Hadrian's Tipi

Credit : Stack Facebook 

Credit : Stack Facebook 

South Tyneside 

The Cock Crow Hebburn

Credit : The Cock Crow Facebook 

Sambucas South Shields

Credit : Sambucas Facebook 

County Durham 

Secret Garden Coffee Shop

Credit : Secret Garden Cofffee Shop

Beamish Park Hotel

Credit : Beamish Park Hotel 

Stack Seaburn

Credit : Stack Seaburn 

The Waiting Room Durham Station

Credit : The Waiting Room 

South Causey Inn

Credit : South Causey Facebook 

Credit : South Causey Facebook 

The Tuns at Sadberge

Credit : The Tuns Facebook 

The Mowden at Darlington

Credit : The Mowden Facebook 

The Farmer's Arms

Credit : The Farmer's Arms 

Redworth Hall

Credit : Redworth Hall 


The Derry

Credit : The Derry Facebook

Phew, that's some list! Make sure you bookmark this post to come back to and always remember to double check outdoor spaces, Government guidelines, venue guidelines and the specifics of the outdoor space (as they may change/differ from those pictured) before making plans and heading out. 

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Please follow social distancing rules & Government guidelines , respect the local area, leave no trace, take litter home, park responsibly and if somewhere is busy on arrival, please consider leaving and returning at a later date. 

Remember face coverings are required for indoor attractions / shops for those aged 11+ (usual exemptions apply)  

Check for local lockdowns / travel restrictions before visiting anywhere. 

Always check updated opening hours / protocols with venues direct before setting off as things may have changed after this post was published. 
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