Northumberland pub to open at Christmas for the first time

The Olde Ship Inn has been serving drinks for over 100 years

A historic Northumberland pub will open its doors this Christmas for the first time in living memory. The Olde Ship Inn which overlooks Seahouses bay has served drinks for the past 100 years, but its doors have remained closed at Christmas, until now. For the first time, the pub will stay open through the Christmas period, including Christmas Day and Boxing Day. This means that families, friends, colleagues and more can celebrate the festive season together in one of the most atmospheric and historic venues in the county.

The Olde Ship Inn interior

Chefs at the venue, which is operated by Northumberland leisure company Inn Hospitality Group, have created a special Christmas Day lunch menu, and have sourced the finest reared, caught and grown produce. The lunch will begin with drinks and canapes, before starters of roast Jerusalem artichoke soup with root vegetable crisps, sourdough and truffle oil, Alnwick cured salmon with crab, potato and watercress salad, pork and leek terrine with date chutney, pickles and toasted brioche or grilled goats’ cheese and fresh figs with pickled beetroot. The main course options include a traditional roast turkey, Grand Reserve roast sirloin of beef pan-fried turbot in a mussel cream sauce and beetroot and chestnut Wellington with roast sweet potato, greens, port and cranberry sauce.

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    Finally, there will be selection of dessert options to choose from, which includes dark chocolate parfait with Kirsch cherries and vanilla chantilly cream, vanilla panna cotta with Campari oranges and gingerbread, a cheese board, or a traditional Christmas pudding with Alnwick Rum sauce and toasted almonds.

    The Olde Ship Inn have created a Christmas Day lunch

    Inn Hospitality Group look after and manage other Northumberland pubs including The Percy Arms, The Derwent Arms and The Anglers Arms - all of which are open throughout the Christmas period. They also offer accommodation packages throughout this time. “Each of our pubs is packed with character and history,” said Matt Daniel - co-founder, with Oliver Bennett, of Inn Hospitality Group, “and they really come into their own at Christmas, with open fires, superb food and a warm Northumbrian welcome. “The Olde Ship, however, is popular with visitors from all over the world – and particularly with those who have served or worked at sea – so we are delighted that it will be open this year for its first Christmas and we’ll be really pushing the boat out to make sure everyone has a Christmas to remember.”

    To book, please visit The Olde Ship website.