Motorhome campsites for seafood lovers
To sample some seafood to remember, you need to stay at one of these campsites and taste everything from smoked kippers and fresh crab, to oysters, clams and squid.
Proctor’s Stead Camping & Caravan Park, Northumberland
Craster, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 3TF
Tel: 01665-576613 Web: www.proctorsstead.co.uk
Open: 21 March - 3 November
Proctor’s Stead is one mile from the small fishing village of Craster – famous for its smoked kippers. Here you’ll find L Robson & Sons fish merchants which specialises in the traditional method of oak smoking kippers. In the shop you can purchase a range of seafood and enjoy a fresh catch of the day in their restaurant. The campsite is located one mile from the sea. For eating out, The Cottage Inn is a short stroll and uses local produce in its dishes, including fish from Robsons. Take advantage of the footpaths that lead to Dunstanburgh Castle and Craster. While here you can pop into The Jolly Fisherman pub and a try the famous Craster Kipper Paté. Alnwick Castle (used in the Harry Potter films) is a 10-minute drive.
Kelling Heath, Norfolk
Weybourne, Holt, Norfolk NR25 7HW
Tel: 01263-588181 Web: www.kellingheath.co.uk
Open: 10 February - 2 January
The Norfolk coast is famed for its tasty seafood, with Cromer Crab, lobster and kippers being the catch of the day. The Cromer & Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival takes place over 17-19 May. For places to taste this fine fayre, head to the Virginia Court Hotel, Cromer, or try The Crown Hotel, Wells-next-the-Sea. The White Horse, in the quaint village of Blakeney, also comes highly recommended. For somewhere to stay that makes all these places easily accessible, look no further than Kelling Heath. A full facility campsite, there’s something for everyone from a swimming pool and fitness club to entertainment and a choice of places to eat. Set amongst 250 acres of woodland and heathland the park also has lots of wildlife, walking and cycling.
Riverside Holidays Southampton, Hampshire
Satchell Lane, Hamble, Southampton, Hampshire SO31 4HR
Tel: 02380-453220 Web: www.riversideholidays.co.uk
Open: 1 March - 31 October
Riverside Holidays is situated on the edge of the village of Hamble which is home to the Banana Wharf Restaurant, serving a selection of seafood with outside seating overlooking the marina. A little further afield in Portsmouth is Loch Fyne. With origins of growing oysters in Scotland, Loch Fyne is now a chain of fine seafood restaurants, whose shellfish and smoked fish still comes direct from the loch itself. The campsite overlooks the river and is two minutes’ walk from the marina and sailing centre. As well as watching all the activity of the marina there are many footpaths to explore with the vast New Forest being a short drive away.
Bron-Y-Wendon Touring Park, Conwy
Wern Road, Llanddulas, Colwyn Bay, Conwy, Wales LL22 8HG
Tel: 01492-512903 Web: www.northwales-holidays.co.uk
Open: All year
For 200 years mussels have been gathered in Conwy. Conwy Mussels, situated on Conwy Quay, still traditionally hand rake mussels from the seabed, where they are larger and have a more distinctive taste. During the winter months you can purchase mussels from the shop. Nearby Llandudno is a seafood lover’s paradise. The Seahorse Restaurant and Bistro serves Conwy mussels and Carlos Restaurant offers many fish dishes. Bron-Y-Wendon has 130 pitches, set in small groups, with exceptional facilities plus a games room with table tennis and television. There are panoramic views of Colwyn Bay and Llanddulas beach is close by. The Snowdonia National Park is also within driving distance.
Cosawes Touring & Camping Park, Cornwall
Perran-ar-Worthal, Truro, Cornwall TR3 7QS
Tel: 01872-863724 Web: www.cosawestouringandcamping.co.uk
Open: All year
The Shack in Falmouth is a rustic shellfish bar offering crab, lobster, oysters and scallops along with various specials such
as clams and squid. Its sister restaurant, The Shed, also in Falmouth, serves both seafood and other meals, such as tapas and pizza. Also in Falmouth is Rick Stein’s Fish & Chips – a fish and seafood restaurant with classic fish and chips at the heart of the menu along with Rick’s favourite seafood dishes. Ideally located for easy access to Falmouth is Cosawes Park. Two acres are set aside for touring, with fully-serviced hardstandings available. Set in a sheltered valley, Cosawes is both close to the sea and to the towns. It is just a 15-minute drive into Falmouth, or buses are available near the campsite entrance.