Belford was a historic coaching stop on the old A1 trunk road from London to Edinburgh. The village was bypassed in the 1983 leaving it free of heavy traffic but with easy links to the main A1. With a population of around 1000 Belford is small enough to maintain a friendly community feeling, yet has 4 pubs, a community club a golf club and a selection of specialist shops. Driving into the village you will see the ivy clad Blue Bell Hotel with St Mary's Church tower behind, a lovely sight at any time of year.
Food and Drink and shopping
The Coop is open from 7 a.m until 10 p.m and within a 3 minute walk of Lily Cottage. There is also a newsagent, an interiors shop, community shops and a beautician "Me Time".
The Blue Bell Hotel Bar
The comfortable bar of this family run hotel serves bar meals as well as al la carte - A roaring fire during the winter months and the country hotel décor ensure a cosy atmosphere. Friday "Steak Night" is always popular and there a various drink promotions during the week.
The Salmon is a friendly. welcoming village pub. A full menu is available in the clean, attractive well stocked bar. The pub and toilets have disabled access, there is a heated smoking canopy in the beer garden.
The Black Swan
A good range of drinks are available alongside snacks. Like the Blue Bell a real fire sets the country scene and a warm welcome awaits. The pub is currently being refurbrished and hopes to offer food soon.
Belford Community Club
The club offers entertainment in the upstairs function room at weekends and special occasions. Downstairs the lounge, snug and games room are fairly typical of Northern working men’s clubs. The club is very popular with local residents and is very friendly and welcoming. Drink prices are slightly cheaper than the local pubs with a reasonable selection of beer and spirits.
Belford Golf Club
Meals and Sunday lunches are available at the golf club.
The John Dory Fish and Chip Shop
Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday with extremely tasty fish and chips cooked to order. The chippy operates extended hours during the summer season.
The Well House Coffee Shop
The Well House is the place to sample sandwiches, cakes and light meals to take away as well as eat in.. The coffee shop is featured in "Tea Rooms of Distinction".
Sunnyhills Farm Shop
On the outskirts of the village Sunnyhills supplies eggs, local meat and bread, homebaking and a good range of deli items and gifts. There is a also children’s play area and llamas in the grounds. A recent feature is an ice cream parlour and weekend evening meals during the summer season.
Some facts about Belford:
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor stayed at The Blue Bell when Burton was filming Beckett on the sands at Bamburgh. Burton and Taylor also visited The Salmon pub and you can see a a press cutting on the pub wall regarding their visit.
Belford Hall is listed as "One of the finest mid 18th century villas in the North of England. Listed Grade I and built in 1756 to the design of James Paine, alterations in 1810 by John Dobson