Vibrant town offers a great variety of independent shops

SET within beautiful rolling countryside, Rothbury in Northumberland is a great day out.

SET within beautiful rolling countryside, Rothbury in Northumberland is a great day out. As well as walking in the Simonside Hills and visiting The National Trust’s Cragside Estate, visitors to Rothbury can explore the area’s many independent shops.

From boutiques to butchers, the shopping streets still retain their unique character.


Millers is a small family business catering for the local community.

Its main shop is in Stanley, County Durham, and was established in 1904.

Although the shop is small, it’s always full of interesting and new fashions and nightwear.


Thomas Rogerson Footwear was established in 1905 and has been part of the local community ever since.

Over the years, new brands have been introduced to make a visit to the showroom as interesting as possible.

Rogerson’s strives to provide customers with an extensive range of quality footwear including a good selection of ladies and gents wide fits.

Rothbury Music Festival

This year’s festival is the 35th and promises to be a great weekend.

There is a fantastic line up this year including, from Sheltand, Bryan Gear on the fiddle and Violet Tulloch on the piano.

The festival will also feature the Wilson family who recently featured in a sell out concert in The Sage Gateshead as well as singer/songwriter Kieran Halpin, Benechally Ceilidh Band, Absolutely Legless Irish Dancers along with many local performers.

Rothbury Butchers

Rothbury Family Butchers is an award- winning butchers supplying Northumberland, the North East and beyond.

The butcher’s sausage-making skills are legendary, with sausages all hand made on the premises.

They also deliver free around the Newcastle area on Saturdays.

Call the shop on 01670 504141 for more details.

The Three Wheat Heads

The Three Wheat Heads is a charming 300-year-old Northumbrian country pub in the attractive village of Thropton, just two miles from Rothbury. This traditional country pub is set amongst breathtaking views overlooking the Simonside Hills and provides bed and breakfast accommodation with luxury bedrooms.

The Three Wheat Heads also has an established fine dining restaurant, mentioned in many food and drink guides.

The Cross Keys Inn

The Cross Keys Inn is also situated in Thropton.

Thropton and Rothbury lie next to the Northumberland National Park whose dramatic hills and sheltered valleys stretch from Hadrian’s Wall to the Scottish border.

The inn has stunning views over the Simonside Valley and is an ideal place to visit for a meal or drink when exploring the surrounding area.

The Congregational Gallery

The Congregational Gallery in Rothbury is currently hosting a stunning summer exhibition curated by 24-year-old Guy Calvert – perhaps the youngest artistic director in the country working in one of the newest Galleries in the region.

The Congregational Gallery’s huge display space is flooded with natural light creating a dramatic yet appealing place to visit.

Bells of Rothbury

Bells Of Rothbury prides itself on offering a fantastic range of 4x4 vehicles to suit all needs

The company offers a wide range of services.

All cars are HPi checked, finance is available and credit/debit cards are accepted.

Bells also offers MOTs, servicing and general repairs.

Harley’s Tea Room

Harley’s Tearoom on Bridge Street in Rothbury is a great place to eat during your stay in Northumberland.

This friendly family run business has been established for 11 years and a warm welcome is offered all year round by owners Ron and Cath Ridley and their daughter Victoria.

At Harley’s you will also find an unusual range of contemporary and vintage style gifts.

Stuart Wiggins

Stuart has been running this award-winning electrical business in rural Northumberland for more than 23 years.

Apart from retailing consumer electronic products and domestic appliances the company specialises in aerial installations not only in private houses but also communal, caravan sites, hotels and guest houses. Contact 01669 620591.

The Vale Cafe

The Vale Cafe is a family-run business by sisters Anne and Faith.

The cafe serves home-cooked food, traditional breakfasts, lunches and light snacks.

Meals are also available to take away.

You will find a range of homemade cakes and scones. Tea and coffee is also available.

White Heather Gifts

Heather Howie has been running her business since January.

She noticed the village had not had a general gift shop for a number of years and decided to open one. You will find a range of gifts for all occasions ranging from jewellery and ornaments to pictures and clocks.

Red Grouse Gallery

Ralph Robson has been running this shop in Rothbury now for seven years and during that time he has become known worldwide.

There is a wide range of Schleich toys as well as a selection of Bayala fairytale figures in stock.

As well as toys the store stocks crafts, pictures and taxidermy also available.

Contact 01669 621105.

Rothbury Bakery Shop

In its 12th year in the village Graham Wade and staff will offer you a friendly welcome.

What makes Rothbury Bakery Shop different is its fantastic selection of pies including steak and black pudding, steak and Newcastle Brown Ale. Hot and cold sandwiches, freshly made bread, cooked meats and a selection of cakes are also available. Contact 01669 621991

Elm Tree Coffee Shop

Established in 1996 this family-run business offers home baking, tray bakes and home made cakes, with pleasant surroundings and friendly staff to make your visit very enjoyable.

If you’re after a home made scone, light lunches, afternoon tea or home made puddings, this is the place to go.

Contact 01669 621337.

J.V & P.A Ferris Upholstery

This family-run business has been established since 1955.

In 1972 Penny took over the family business and now offers a full upholstery service.

Saddlery repairs are also available covering the local area. Contact 01669 620738.

Colliedog Computers

Colliedog Computers has been established since 1995.

Its high street shop in the middle of Rothbury is always stocked with a wide range of computer supplies.

The business offers fast broadband, web and email hosting, domain name registration, website design and development.

There are also a range of new systems in stock. All repairs come with a warranty or guarantee. Home tuition is also offered.

Rothbury Wines

Rothbury Wines is a specialist shop.

It is an ideal place to visit if you’re looking for something special or if you would like honest, impartial advice from people who know their products.

Take a look around the online store for a selection of its products, or take the time to visit the shop for a chat.

Contact 01669 620965.

Clennell Hall Riverside Holiday Park

Clennell Hall Riverside Holiday Park is located in spectacular countryside in upper Coquetdale, Alwinton, Rothbury in Northumberland.

The Park sits peacefully beside the Northumberland National Park and the foothills of the Cheviots, famed for its breathtaking beauty and sparsely populated environment.

Investment at the park offers a great lifestyle.


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