I hope you are sitting comfortably, preferably with a scone and a cuppa.
Today I am hosting a special guest post by Caroline Roberts, author of The Cosy Teashop in the Castle.
Caroline has very kindly written a piece for us about her time visiting castles in the North of England.
I was delighted when I discovered the novel is set in Northumberland as I have been lucky enough to holiday there and visit some of these castles...and tearooms!
So let me pass you on to Caroline:
Northumberland Castle and Teashop Tour:
Why not take a teashop and castle tour!
· Chillingham Castle has it very own teashop within, just set off the inner courtyard. It’s an amazing place, you may recognize the leaded windows and huge fireplace from the novel.
· Towering 150 foot above sea level, and set right on the beach, Bamburgh Castle looks every inch the mighty citadel it once was. It has a fabulous tearooms within its castle walls.
· If you visit Alnwick Castle there’s the Courtyard Café within, or in the lovely and historic town of Alnwick itself try the fantastic range of teas at Bari Tea or the traditional Grannies tearooms.
· Lindisfarne Castle/Holy Island – such a pretty place to visit, with several cafes and teashops on the island. Just remember to check the tide times for the causeway – you can get cut off!
· Warkworth Castle – a historic castle and the scenic village has the gorgeous Cabosse patisserie and the lovely Bertram’s tea rooms
· Not strictly a castle but a country hall, but the tea rooms at Howick Hall are rather special, ideal for afternoon tea, and well worth a mention, and the gardens there are delightful.
Enjoy your wonderful day out in Northumberland, or why not make a weekend of it! Wonder how many cakes and castles you can fit in?!
Sounds delicious, and I can personally vouch for the teashop at Bamburgh Castle!!
If all this talk of coffee and cake has whetted your appetite, be sure to look for Caroline's novel The Cosy Teashop in the Castle - out now from HarperImpulse