Amble has been named as one of the top 10 coolest seaside towns in the UK, as part of a special Coastal Chic feature in a national newspaper’s property section.
The Friendliest Port was ranked seventh in the centre-page spread article, which was published in The Times’ weekly supplement, Bricks and Mortar, last Friday.
The north Northumberland destination received praise for its ‘decent high street’ and ‘beautiful marina’.
Quoting Samual Gibson, of Morpeth-based estate agents Strutt & Parker, the article states: ‘It is only a matter of time before there are cool hipster shops in Amble’ which has ‘easy access to Northumberland’s 64-mile North Sea coastline’.
The story continues: ‘The popularity of Amble has grown from two main causes; it is a genuine market town with a decent high street and a population that lives and works here. There is a beautiful marina which, quite unlike others around the county, has built itself up on local trade, which means that it has a very special atmosphere and everyone knows each other.
‘A culinary focus has developed to the marina edge. It started with The Old Boathouse, a popular fish restaurant, and there is a boutique ice-cream parlour, Spurreli, and the Sea Salt bistro. The new Coble Quay development, of 17 apartments and two retail units, one of which is expected to be a delicatessen, is ideal for first-time buyers’.
The article says that the town is ‘only 40 minutes from Newcastle city centre, an hour by train to Edinburgh and three hours 42 minutes to London King’s Cross’.
It comes at a time when the town has been the subject of major investment and development, including the launch of the ambitious £2.5milllion Harbour Village earlier this year. Work has also started on Persimmon Homes’ Marks Bridge scheme for 250 homes.
Community leaders have expressed their delight at the article.
Mayor of Amble Craig Weir said: “We really do welcome this. It is synonymous with what we are trying to achieve and it is enlightening to realise that we are getting recognition for all of the hard work over the last few years.”
Amble Business Club chairman Ann Burke said: “I think it is excellent and they are quite right – Amble is a very cool seaside town.
“There has been a lot of effort put in to regenerate Amble and I think it is now paying off. The town is very busy and there has been some lovely feedback about Amble.”
In the top 10 coolest seaside towns feature, Hove, in East Sussex, was number one, followed by Burton Bradstock, in West Dorset, at two and Hastings, in East Sussex, third. Whitstable and Margate – both Kent – were fourth and fifth respectively, while Orford, in Suffolk, was sixth. Bosherston, in South Pembrokeshire, Wales, was eighth, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland, was ninth and Brixham, in Devon, completed the list.