Harbottle, near Rothbury, Northumberland, NE65 7DG
Located on The Sandstone Way and Pennine Cycleway (NCN 68), The Star Inn is a traditional country pub, village shop and tourist information centre in the picturesque village of Harbottle in the Northumberland National Park. The pub is walker and cyclist friendly, and welcomes families and dogs. Hot drinks are available whenever the shop or pub are open, and there is a good range of flapjacks/cakes, chocolate bars, crisps and soft drinks.
The Star Inn was built as a coaching inn over 200 years ago, and similarly to many other properties in the village, was built using sandstone from the ruins of nearby Harbottle Castle. The pub is steeped in history and would have once been used by drovers crossing the Anglo-Scottish border just a few miles away in The Cheviot Hills.
Today, the pub is a popular village local in a peaceful, stunning location in Coquetdale within the Northumberland National Park, inside the International Dark Sky Park. It sells local beers and gins, serves Rington's teas and quality bean-to-cup coffee and cakes. The pub is dog-friendly and welcomes walkers, cyclists, bikers and families in an area very well placed for relaxing or exploring the great outdoors. There is courtyard seating and a small shop at the rear selling a good range of essential items, newspapers, magazines, greeting cards, fresh and frozen food, crisps, snacks and sweets. The shop is also an official Information Point for the Northumberland National Park with leaflets, maps and books of the area.
The pub has recently been taken over by new owners, Phil and Karen, who have started some of the refurbishments and are currently extending its facilities and range of drinks, whilst continuing with many of the local traditions and fundraising activities.