This pub is fairly local for us, and we visited several times during the summer of 2013. On each occasion we sat outside on a terrace that literally overhangs the beach, the beer was good and the crab sandwiches were well made and served with a smile. So if you take as you find, we have no complaints.
But those awful reviews! Either I have not met the surly character, or he wasn't surly with me. Even so, the management needs to address this problem with some urgency if they are not to have a very quiet 2014! Northumberland is full of nice places to eat staffed by nice people who are trying very hard indeed - people will vote with their feet as well as on Trip Advisor.
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