Takeaway Night: Lal Khazana, Shillbottle

Takeaway Night: Lal Khazana, Shillbottle

What day do you class as a “Takeaway Night”, for me it’s a Thursday and a Saturday night! A takeaway, movie or in my case watching “Altogether Now”, hot tub and a bottle of wine. Perfect weekend. I am quite often asked for recommendations on where to eat or collect a takeaway, this blog is all about curries.

I had the pleasure of returning to my favourite Indian Restaurant with Tracey from Northumberland Eats a couple of weeks ago. Lal Khazana is located in Shilbottle, it’s literally a 10 minute drive from our lodges on Felmoor Holiday Park. Unfortunately at the moment they do not do deliveries but you can collect. We often dine in about twice a month – and often get takeaways, it’s that good!

I always get popadoms with extra helpings of mint sauce. I know that’s not the correct name, but everyone know’s what I mean. I also ask for extra onions, but I’m not a fan of the mango chutney and the spicy one, I’ve tried it but I just prefer the onion and mint. Simple lass. For starters, we had the Khazana mixed platter for two which consisted of a selection of special chicken kebab, chicken tikka, sheek kebab, onion bhaji and king prawn butterfly – great value at £8.50.

lal khazana popadomsLal Khazana Mixed Platter

I practically starved myself all day as I was so looking forward to feasting here, good job because the portion sizes are very generous. Next up for mains, Tracey opted for the Chinghri Sagwala which is prawns and fresh spinach cooked with garlic, ginger and a mixture of spices, garnished with fresh coriander. I had a sample of this as it’s not normally what I would go for, it’s very tasty but I prefer the massala and balti dishes. I opted for the chicken balti, cooked in special sauce with garlic, onions, peppers and tomatoes. Spiced in a bend of aromatic spices. Oh my, I love this dish. I usually opt for a chiken tikka masala – I did ask for a small pot of that sauce though, so I could dip the nan bread in 🙂

Lal Khazan King PrawnLal Khazana Chicken Balti

We complimented our meal with garlic (again) and plain nan bread, pilau rice and Tracey got a side dish of dhal to try.

Lal Khazana RiceLal Khazana Dhal

My mum always get’s the bengali sizzler. She highly recommends this dish, an image taken from Lal Khazana’s website below.You can view their online take away and dine in menu here, and the contact details for ease are: Tel: 01665 575 880 | Mob: 07800 635 340

Address is: Deanmoor Road, West End, Shilbottle, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 2YP

They are open 6 days a week, closed on Tuesdays, from 5:30pm – 11pm

Lal Khazana Bengali Sizzler

If you decide to visit when stopping with Acorn Leisure Holidays, let us know what you thought, we’d love to see some pics too. Maybe I’ll try something else next time. Have a great evening, Mel x

 

 

 

 

Northumberland Walks: Simonside & Rothbury

Northumberland Walks: Simonside & Rothbury

Short Walks: Bewick taking in Cateran Hole

Short Walks: Bewick taking in Cateran Hole

Northumberland has a plethora of walks, hikes and trails to explore. This one is a new one for me, it's a fairly short but moderate walk. We did 6 miles taking in the wonderful views of the moors and the picturesque ruins of Blawearie. Parking along the grassy verge...

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Northumbrian Walks: Craster to Amble

Northumbrian Walks: Craster to Amble

A stunning coastal walk taking in the stunning scenery as we walked from Craster to Amble in Northumberland. Rollo and I completed 15.5 miles with a couple of pit stops at some dog friendly pubs. After our long walk, we tucked into some delicious food at the Wellwood Arms in Amble and headed home so I could chill out and ease the muscles in our hot tub at Stag Lodge. Available to rent all year round, Stag is perfectly central to getting out and exploring Northumberland.

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Northumberland Walks: Thrunton Woods

Northumberland Walks: Thrunton Woods

We love walking in Northumberland, this is one of my favourite walks. We visited Thrunton Woods and hiked for around 9 miles. Stunning views of the Cheviot. It’s a popular place to visit for families, dog walkers, cyclists and the occasional horse riders. Miles upon miles of different tracks. It is a steep and steady incline to the top, so make sure you take refreshments and a picnic.

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I moved from Newcastle to Northumberland just over 3 years ago and I’ve never looked back. It’s easy to get fit when there are so many walks and places to visit, it also helps that the majority of pit stops are dog friendly. Woody certainly appreciated a welcome break for a glass of water and well I had an obligatory beer or glass of wine, as you do.

As an avid walker, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite walks in Northumberland. This blog post takes you to the picturesque village of Rothbury and it’s magnificent rolling landscape of Simonside.

You will find panoramic views, overlooking the the Cheviot hills and North Sea coastline. Wildlife aplenty given that it’s a special area of conservation, you may see wild goats, red grouse, curling and even some red squirrels in the forest below.  There are a couple of routes you can opt to do, from a leisurely family stroll or maybe a more challenging route for hikers, I’ll leave the links below so you can view.

For my hike, I decided on parking at Lordenshaws car park (postcode: NE61 4PU). Once you exit the car park, you see the immediate route before you. A steep climb awaits, a bit taxing on the thighs but a great workout! It’s a very popular walk for hikers so I’m sure you will bump into plenty and there’s very little chance of getting lost as the route is quite easy to see and well marked. This is also a popular walk with dog walkers too. Once you reach the top, have a little break, bite to eat and enjoy the scenery.

The village of Rothbury is just 15 minutes drive from our lodges on Felmoor Park. After a long day out enjoy the relaxation of the hot tub, admire the dark skies and enjoy a glass of bubbly or two. We can accommodate groups of up to 12, have an enquiry, get in touch. 

For more information on the walking trails or guided walks in Rothbury, visit the below websites.

https://www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk/places-to-visit/coquetdale/simonside-hills/

http://www.shepherdswalks.co.uk/

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Thanks, Mel x

 

Surfing in Amble with Northside Surf School

Surfing in Amble with Northside Surf School

Northside Surf School located in Amble is the perfect place for you to sign up and experience the surf on the Northumberland coast line. Jon an experienced instructor runs the company and can cater for groups, birthday parties and individual lessons. As we approach the summer holidays, Jon is also offering kids lessons from just £25 including the hire of the equipment. Perfect for those families that want to keep the kids entertained whilst the adults indulge in some far more relaxing activities.

Woodys Lodge and the Retreat are located just 15 minutes away from Amble, providing you with the perfect base in which to explore the neighbouring country side and coastal villages. Our properties can accommodate families and groups from 4 – 8 people and we are pet friendly, so don’t forget to bring your four legged friend(s) with you on holiday.

For more information, or to enquire on our availability simply drop us a line or email by visiting the Contact Us page.

If you want to find out more information on Jon and his surfing lessons, visit his website or his trip advisor reviews

Enjoy the rest of your day and thanks for visiting us.

Mel x

Photo shoot with RubyDolls French bulldogs

Photo shoot with RubyDolls French bulldogs

Acorn Leisure Holidays had a fabulous photo shoot with the gorgeous RubyDolls French bulldogs here at Woodys Lodge at Felmoor Park, Northumberland. We wanted to showcase just how pet or rather dog friendly our properties are and what better way to do that than invite Hazel and her squad of fabulous french bulldogs.

When Hazel opened her car door the dogs came bounding out, one by one, running up the gangway of the Lodge and exploring their new surroundings. Interestingly they headed straight into the open plan living space and sniffed out the cupboard that holds all of our dog treats, blankets and feeding bowls. Clever dogs!

Here at Woodys Lodge and the Retreat we want our guests to relax, knowing that their precious pooches are safe in their new surroundings, that’s why we have a spacious terrace area at the lodge and a newly extended terrace at the retreat, both complete with their own gates. Anyways, check out the fab pics, I’m in love with Cherry, she’s the one sitting on her own at the sliding doors. So very sweet and timid. I can’t wait to see Dollys’ pups which are due in the next few weeks and as for Romeo her stunning ginger stud, the pups he has produced are absolutely gorgeous. I can see why her brood is getting bigger all the time.

If you love the pics, you can see more of the RubyDolls gang by visiting Hazels FB and Instagram accounts. Oh and she’s just launched a new product, a beautiful natural dog soap which you will shortly be able to purchase via her etsy page or her FB.

Hope you all have a fabulous Summer and do check out our availability, we only have a few remaining during the summer holidays and September.

Best wishes,

Mel x

 

 

Flying High – With Purple Aviation

Flying High – With Purple Aviation

Flying high

Ever fancied learning how to fly or just wanted to experience a trial flight over the stunning Northumberland coast line? We are so lucky to have Purple Aviation located just a few minutes away from Woodys Lodge and Woodys Retreat, making it the perfect place to book a week away or a weekend and surprise a loved one with a special trial flight that they won’t forget.

Purple Aviation are the best school for microlight training in Northumberland. It’s located on Eshott Airfield which is just 16 miles North of Newcastle, just off the A1 near Felton and just minutes away from Woodys Lodge and Woodys Retreat.

The trial flights start from just £70 depending on duration and type of aircraft (fixed wing and flex wing).

For those that would like to learn how to fly, the flying school boasts some of the best instructors in the North East. For more information, check out their website: Purple Aviation

Flights over Northumberland

Woodys lodge can accommodate up to 8 people, whilst Woodys Retreat can accommodate up to 4 people. Both properties come with all the mod cons you would expect to find in a home away from home including a large spacious terrace and a sunken hot tub. We also are pet friendly so you can bring your four legged friend on holiday with you. A perfect place to relax, unwind and recharge those batteries.

Woodys LodgeHot TubFrom the tub views

 

To check our our availability you can either do so online by selecting Woodys Lodge or Woodys Retreat and clicking on availability or alternatively you can email us at info@acornleisureholidays.co.uk or call Mel on 07930 901 377 x

P.S. We still have some availability for mid week and weekend breaks for the Summer Break, check out our special offers page via the availability link above.