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With a welcoming bar specialising in local beers and fine wines. We serve flavoursome home cooked food and our seasonal menu celebrates local Northumbrian produce.

If you’re looking to enjoy delicious pub food, a fabulous selection of real ales and wines, and a hearty dose of traditional Northumbrian hospitality, The Highlander certainly won’t disappoint. All served up in stylish but cosy surroundings, alongside dog friendly areas and our new beer garden (which is opening soon!).

Situated just outside Ponteland towards the historic village of Belsay, our former coaching inn dates back to the 1700’s. The building is steeped in heritage and has been empathetically restored for your family and friends to enjoy.

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Pub reviews



Christopher Lloyd

4 months ago

07/01/24 Came here for a meal with family this afternoon for Sunday lunch, as I had heard good things since it reopened. The inside has been refurbished to a high standard. It's a gastro type establishment, so isn't really somewhere you would go for just a drink. The service was attentive, and plenty of waiting staff were on duty. We all enjoyed our Sunday roasts; which were perfectly cooked and portioned. The sirloin of beef was delicious! The only minor blips to the experience were that they forgot about one of the desserts we ordered, so my mum was sat waiting for my dad's to be brought out, and we had to chase it down. The second blip was that the two espresso coffees we ordered were not really espresso. It would be good if the company sent the staff on a training course to learn how to pull good espresso shots, as the coffee was a bit of a let down. Overall, the quality of the food, the ambiance, the interior and service was very good and we will definitely go back again. A few things mentioned above that can be improved upon, but all in all, a lovely meal.


5 months ago

This was for a family birthday, the food was good but.... there could have been a bit more quantity for the money we spent. the food could have been hotter. It probably would have helped if they had more staff instead of 2 people doing the bar, serving meals, and taking orders. Taking all into account, I enjoyed what I had but I will not be rushing back. Expensive picture on a plate, and not value for money.

Gwyneth Storey

5 months ago

Lovely meal, first time we’ve been in since reopen but we’ll definitely be back. The refit is perfect for the building, and the seating is really comfortable Good selection on menu and served quickly (but not too quickly) by very cheerful staff. Glad to see attention to detail; fabulous wine glasses. Parking at door could do with some gravel as especially wet at the moment

Ian Henderson

6 months ago

So glad this place is back open. Popped in on our way up to Kielder and was not dissapointed with the new look and menu. Sausage and mash was fantastic.

Ashley Small

6 months ago

We came for Sunday lunch, first time after reopening. I think the new face of the Highlander is fantastic 👌 Great decor, very comfortable. Service was good, prompt & efficient. I had the trio of meats- Pork, Chicken & beef, each of them all cooked to perfection! Good selection of vegetables & the Yorkshire puds were amazing!! I went all out & chose the Apple, Pear & Plum crumble, with custard. It was absolutely delicious, if there was any room for change, reduced pudding size & price would maybe be my only quibble. You certainly won't leave here hungry! 🤣👌 Will definitely be back!

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Thur12:00 – 23:00
Fri12:00 – 23:00
Sat12:00 – 23:00
Sun12:00 – 21:00
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Mon11:30 – 21:00
Tue11:30 – 21:00
Wed11:30 – 21:00
Thur11:30 – 21:00
Fri11:30 – 21:00
Sat11:30 – 21:00
Sun11:30 – 18:00
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