Having read some of the reviews here on Trip Advisor, I was prepared for disappointment, but I have to say that I was quite impressed with the Old Ship. As other positive reviews have said, the landlady Jackie is very welcoming and helpful, and something else that I don't think has been mentioned is that she really cares about serving a good pint of real ale.
I stayed on Monday the 28th October, when there was a quiz on, which the friendly locals invited me to join in with, and there was a choice of 2 real ales - one from the Burton Bridge Brewery, and the one I drank a few pints of, which was superb, but potent enough for me to totally forget what it was!!
Even though I booked, and only paid for, a single room, (at the last minute) I got a double bed, in a room with tremendous sea views. Jackie explained that the rooms were allocated on a first booked, first choice basis, and I know I wasn't the only guest, so there must be even better rooms than mine. The shower had a good flow, and was plenty hot enough.
I partook of the £2.50 light breakfast, which was very good value using my patent "how does it compare with a Morrison's cafe meal" method. (For American readers, Morrison's is a Yorkshire-based supermarket chain, whose cafes provide good basic freshly-cooked food at sensible prices) . I would certainly recommend the Old Ship to anyone travelling to Northumberland - indeed, I already have done so.
I note that there has previously been critical comments about the look of the place from the front, but it kinda has two fronts - one facing the sea, and one facing the main road through the village, and it is the one on the main road which is uninviting. The one that faces the "prom" is fine.
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