Food options on Holy Island (Lindisfarne)

1 Sep

Where to eat: food options on Holy Island (Lindisfarne)

Holy Island has a variety of food options for breakfast and lunch and dinner, but you are advised to book ahead for dinners, especially during high season.


For updated information about what’s open and what’s closed see our post here.


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 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.
Update (2021): No longer open Sundays. New owners will take over this establishment in October, so watch this space for changes.

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. Since Covid, all seating has moved permanently outdoors (covered seating available). Gluten-free and non-dairy milks available. This café tends to close for low season. Opening times vary. Their website has opening times 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 Ship Inn

We heard a rumour that the Ship now offers breakfast, and sure enough a menu appeared on their website. We haven’t had the opportunity to try it in person, but some of our guests have and were very pleased. Details in the dinner section below.

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 Island Shack (new)

The new kid on the block. Serves fresh local crab sandwiches, a selection of other sandwiches and toasties, Aberdeen Angus 1/4 pounder burgers, hotdogs, chips, sweet potato fries cold/hot drinks and various sweet treats. Located next to the Winery’s gift shop, with outside tables.

*** The two pubs below also serve lunch ***


Important note about dinner on Holy Island

During high season (April to September, and in 2021 also October), 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 Crown and Anchor

The Market Place, Fenkle Street, Holy Island, TD15 2RX (01289 389215)

The locals’ local. offers a wide variety of excellent meals, including locally caught fish. Beer garden to the side of the property and dedicated dining room at the back of the pub. They also offer takeaway meals, but it’s best to ring ahead to check if they can accommodate your order, as they don’t always have enough capacity to prepare takeaways.

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.

The Ship Inn

Marygate, Holy Island, TD15 2SJ (01289 389311)

A traditional pub with olde-world charm, which has a dedicated dining room and a beer garden to the back. Food options include a variety of fish and local produce on their a la carte menu. They also offer local beers, as well as Holy Island Gin, which is made onsite.


The Crown & Anchor pub

The Crown & Anchor offers a takeaway service if it has capacity (2021’s visitor numbers have made this challenging). It is highly recommended that you ring ahead on the day (01289 389215).

The Post Office

Open from 9am (not open in the evening, but you can buy meals to pop in the oven or salads to take away). They offer Lasagne, spinach & ricotta lasagne, chicken tikka masala, cottage pie, vegetable & bean chilli, home made crab cakes, quiche salad, hot smoked salmon salad and dressed crab salad.They also offer home made hummous & olives and salad boxes made fresh to order.

Various food vans

During high season, you’ll find food vans during the day in the main car park and on the road to the castle. They include seafood/crab sandwiches as well as fish and chips. Opening times depend on tides.


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 Wednesday to Saturday. Booking highly recommended.

Update (October 2021): The Barn at Beal will be suspending restaurant service from 11 Oct 2021 until further notice. This is due to o knock on effects from the pandemic and difficulties recruiting staff. Their cafe service will continue 9am-4/5pm every day with counter service only and some additional menu options.

The Lindisfarne Inn

West Mains, Beal. TD15 2DE (01289 381223)

The Lindisfarne Inn is the nearest mainland pub to the Island. It is located next to the junction of the A1 and the road to Holy Island. Please check tide times before booking.



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:

Asda orders:

Mobile butcher

The butcher’s van from R. Carter & Son visits every Thursday. Place your order on Wednesdays on 01668 214344.


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