Wondering what to eat when you visit our Northumberland campsite? Many of our guests love to bring their own food and cook dinner over their fire pit or on a BBQ. We offer fire pits for hire at your camping or glamping pitch, as well as gas and charcoal barbeques for hire. These can be booked in advance online with your booking or to add one later simply give us a call on 01434 320175. CLICK HERE to discover more about all our optional extras available. But what about if you want a weekend off cooking? Northumberland is famous for its local produce and there are lots of good eating options close to Hadrian’s Wall and Herding Hill Farm, from local cafes serving home-made cakes and treats right up to Michelin standard food. So what would our wardens recommend?
If you are enjoying a family-friendly holiday at Herding Hill, why not give the usual cook a night off and hire our BBQ hut for a fun evening with family and friends whatever the weather. Our campsite BBQ hut can be hired for 3 hours at a time for £40 and seats up to 20 people. We even provide and lay the charcoals for you and we sell meat packs from the local Haltwhistle butcher at our campsite shop if you want to enjoy some Northumberland produce on coals? And what’s more we’ll clean the grill for you later!
Weekend camping and glamping at Herding Hill Farm is always very popular and sometimes the last thing you want to do when you arrive is cook, especially if you are staying with family and friends and the weather is fair. So why not let our campsite wardens take the strain, allowing you to enjoy a glass of something cold. Every Friday night in season we offer a homemade pizza delivery service direct to your pitch between 6pm and 7.30pm. All pizzas are prepared and cooked on site by our campsite wardens. There are a variety of toppings to choose from and we even do chips too! Simply order and pay at Reception on arrival.
We stock a selection of Northumberland Produce in our campsite shop, as well as breakfast and BBQ meat packs from the Haltwhistle Butcher. Haltwhistle has a couple of supermarkets and a range of independent stores. Further afield at Hexham and Corbridge are the delicatessens Deli at Number 4 and The Larder stocking a wide range of Northumberland produce if you want to eat something special. Greenhead is a 5-minute drive and has a Farmers Market every second Sunday in the month between 10am and 2pm in its village hall.
There are a variety of takeaways in Haltwhistle, just one mile down the road from our Hadrian’s Wall campsite, with many of them offering delivery to the campsite for a small charge. In most cases you simply pay cash on arrival and wait for them at the campsite entrance. From fish and chips, pizza and burgers at The Fryery to Indian at Zaki and Haltwhistle Tandoori. There are a variety of takeaway menus at Reception so please feel free to ask our campsite wardens for their recommendations.
The nearby Hadrian’s Wall and Roman fort visitor attractions of The Sill, Birdoswald, Roman Army Museum and Vindolanda all have small cafes allowing you to combine a visit to the wall with a snack or something good to eat. Apparently, the Romans invented the burger!! Many of them serve delicious homemade cakes and scones. Voted Carlisle Living’s Village Café of the Year in 2019, House of Meg in nearby Glisland is an excellent choice with plenty of outdoor seating. There is also a tea room in nearby Greenhead. For something a little bit different why not try the Temon Farm Milk Barn just off the nearby A69 which serves milkshakes with milk direct from their own dairy herd. At certain times young children can meet and milk the animals (reservations required) and there is also a Treat box serving ice cream sundaes and a wood fired pizza van (on occasion). There are plenty of cafes in the small towns of Corbridge and Hexham.
We are blessed with several Northumberland pubs within 5 miles of the campsite, all serving great food. Some are nestled amongst the most glorious Northumberland scenery of Hadrian’s Wall and perfect to combine with a walk. The closest, The Milecastle Inn is just a short walk from Herding Hill Farm but does not take dogs indoors. The majority of the other options are all dog-friendly. Haltwhistle is a short walk downhill and has several pubs included The Black Bull and the Manor House Inn. There are taxis back from Haltwhistle for those who do not want to walk back up the hill or the burn.
The Twice Brewed Inn has fabulous views of Steel Rigg and the Whin Sill, its own Brew House and runs stargazing events at its own Dark Skies Observatory at certain times of the year. It is located next door to the Northumberland National Landscape Discovery Centre (Or Sill as it is more commonly known). Other great options locally for a meal are the Greenhead Hotel at Greenhead and The Samson Inn at Glisland, both a short drive. Another warden favourite is the Blenkinsopp Castle Inn. We would advise booking first. Please feel free to ask our wardens for their personal favourites or to make any reservations on your behalf.
There are restaurants in Hexham which are around 15-20 minutes’ drive from Herding Hill, including Northumberland’s only Michelin starred Restaurant Hjem serving Nordic cuisine in the aptly named Wall. Reservations a necessity. Other good Hexham restaurants include Vercelli (Italian), Bouchon Bistrot (French) and Cilantro (Indian tapas).
Whatever your taste or budget, we know that you will not go hungry when staying in Northumberland at Herding Hill Farm.