Covid update, 15 May 2020
Food providers on the island are currently closed, but are making preparations for when it is possible to to reopen in a safe manner. The post office has been supporting the island’s community by selling baked goods, cake and bread, but is not really geared up to deal with large crowds of visitors at the present time.
When things reopen, if you stay in one of our self-catering studios, you will be able to make your own food arrangements, or grab a takeaway from one of the cafes/pubs on the island. More information here.
Our original post, for when things reopen:
All food and dining places on Holy Island are within walking distance of each other, and you can find some excellent breakfast, lunch and dinner options. During high season you have more options than winter. You should also be aware that some establishments adjust their opening times based on tide times. It’s just part of the reality of running a business on a tidal island.
BREAKFAST / LUNCH OPTIONS ON HOLY ISLAND
Holy Island has a number of cafes that serve breakfast, lunch and snacks, as well as great coffee and cakes. The pubs noted further below also serve hot lunches.
1ST Class Food
The newest addition to Holy Island’s café scene. The café serves breakfast, great cakes and coffees as well as heartier fare, such as Chilli con Carne and sandwiches. The outdoor seating area is great for people-watching and is a bit of a sun trap. Opens at 9am.
Pilgrims Coffee House
A modern coffee shop on Holy Island, which serves great coffee (roasted on site), scones, sandwiches and cakes as well as lunches. It is based in a building with a quirky layout, and a garden where sparrows will eat crumbs from your hand. They also sell gluten-free produce.
This café tends to close for low season. Opening times vary. Their website has by date.
Oasis Coffee Shop
A traditional café, serving breakfast and lunch with a good selection of cakes and coffees, with lots of Holy Island and nautical nick-nacks. The shop also sells souvenirs and biscuits and sweets you can take away with you.
The Lindisfarne Hotel
Open during the summer months, depending on tides. Serves hot drinks, hot and cold sandwiches, scones and cakes. And if you’re lucky, you’ll also get a sample of the owner’s famous banter.
The Stables Coffee Shop
Limited opening times, but we’ve heard good things about the quality of their home baked scones and cakes.
DINNER OPTIONS ON HOLY ISLAND
Important note about dinner on Holy Island
During high season (April to September), you are advised to always make a reservation for your dinner, or you might end up being turned away for lack of space. Some visitors ignore this advice, assuming that if they can’t get a table somewhere they’ll just go to a cafe or some fast food place, or even a shop. There aren’t any on Holy Island at dinner time, and if the tide is in, you’ll see them wandering the village hungry, trying to figure out what to do and where it all went wrong. Don’t be one of those guys. Book your dinner place in advance. Phone numbers are provided below.
The Ship Inn
Marygate, Holy Island, TD15 2SJ (01289 389311)
A great traditional pub with olde-world charm, which has a dedicated dining room and waiter service, and usually has a variety of fish and local produce on their a la carte menu. They also offer good local beers as well as producing Holy Island Gin, well worth a tipple.
The Crown and Anchor
The Market Place, Fenkle Street, Holy Island, TD15 2RX (01289 389215)
A great local pub, which has been recently refurbished and offers a wide variety of meals, including locally caught fish. They have a dedicated dining room at the back of the pub, but you can eat your meal there or in the bar area. There is waiter service and they also offer takeaway meals.
Manor House Hotel
Church Lane, Holy Island, TD15 2RX (01289 389207)
The former Manor House on Holy Island. The kitchen serves traditional food and has a dedicated restaurant (“The Priory”) – and bar that also serves food. From our experience to date, you are better off booking a table in the restaurant, where the food is much superior to that of the bar.
DINNER OPTIONS CLOSE TO HOLY ISLAND
These are obviously only viable if tide times allow it.
The Barn at Beal
Beal Farm, Beal. TD15 2PB (01289 540044)
Just across the water from the island, the Barn at Beal is converted barn, with great views over the causeway to Holy Island. This option has a great bar area (Bothy Bar) as well as dedicated restaurant with a large variety of meals to choose from. The views towards Holy Island are gorgeous. As always, check tide times before booking. Breakfast and lunch are served 7 days a week. Dinner is served Friday and Saturday. Booking highly recommended.
The Lindisfarne Inn
West Mains, Beal. TD15 2DE (01289 381223)
The Lindisfarne Inn is the nearest mainland pub to Holy Island and has a lovely dining room with a great offer of meals from which to choose. The pub is located next to the junction of the A1 and the road to Holy Island. Please check tide times before booking.
SUPERMARKETS AND FOOD DELIVERIES (FOR SELF CATERING VISITORS)
If you are staying in self-catering accommodation, the supermarkets with the most choice in the area are Tesco in Berwick-upon-Tweed, about 25 minutes drive from the Island (postcode, TD15 2XG) and Morrisons in Berwick (30 minutes, postcode: TD15 1UQ). There is also a Marks & Spencer (25 minutes, postcode: TD15 2AS) and Asda (25 minutes, TD15 2DS).
Tesco and Asda also deliver to the Island. If you order from them, make sure to check tide times for your order slot.
Tesco orders: https://www.tesco.com/groceries/
Asda orders: https://groceries.asda.com/
LOOKING TO STAY ON HOLY ISLAND?
Come stay with us at Belvue Guesthouse. All our rooms are en suite and designed to the highest standard with hotel-quality linen, fluffy towels, luxury toiletries, fast wifi and free parking. Find out more and book online here.