Northumberland: Eating & Drinking in Alnwick

Tuesday 1st February, 2022 by hs-admin

Alnwick is a market town in Northumberland, so if you’re looking for beauty, history and good food, it’s definitely worth booking a holiday cottage in the North East, as it is easily accessible and well signposted from the A1. 

A staycation is never complete without enjoying meals out with family or friends, so we’ve put together some of our must-visit food establishments in Alnwick and local areas…

The Tavern Steakhouse

The website says it all: ‘probably the most popular restaurant and bar in Alnwick’. However, even if you’re not sold by the tagline, maybe the idea of a three-course a la carte meal, or even a pub classic and a pint, sounds tempting.

The recently refurbished steakhouse has something for everyone, especially for meat lovers, such as a sirloin or surf and turf – what could be better than a date night out?

7 Fenkle Street, Alnwick, NE66 1HW

Mumbai Flavour

Love a curry? Mumbai Flavour is the place to go to for some authentic Indian cuisine. 

With a warm atmosphere, great reviews and professional service, it’s definitely a place to visit if you love dishes such as a Balti, Rogan Josh or Masala. 

The great news is, if you want to sit and enjoy your holiday cottage you can even get the meal as a takeaway! 

15 Narrowgate, Alnwick, NE66 1JH

Bistro 23

If you’re out exploring Alnwick and fancy popping in for a cake and a hot drink, Bistro 23 has fresh homemade sweet treats, perfect for after a walk. 

It is a small family-run business that has been operating since 2003, selling favourites such as crab and crayfish ravioli or Northumbrian rack of lamb. 

It also has a tearoom where you can grab a bacon granary stottie – a flat, round loaf which, if you didn’t know already, is a Northern delicacy and one you must try during your staycation. 

23 Alnmouth, Alnwick, NE66 2RJ


The Treehouse Restaurant – Alnwick Garden

If you’re heading to Alnwick on a North East holiday cottage break, Alnwick Castle will most likely be on your list to visit, as it’s one of Northumberland’s most popular attractions. 

However, The Treehouse Restaurant, located in the grounds, is a dining experience and a half. While it does come at a price, it’s not your average place to eat and is definitely worth it. 

The restaurant is set within the world’s largest treehouse, with a large roaring fire in the centre of the room and branches growing through the floors, which is certainly a talking point. 

All the food served here is locally sourced and always features fish, seafood and organic meats from Northumberland’s many suppliers. 

Lunches are served seven days a week and there is an a la carte menu on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. 

A Sunday lunch menu is also available with fixed prices for two and three-course meals. 

You do not need to have paid entrance to the garden in order to dine at the Treehouse, however booking is recommended at peak times.

The Alnwick Garden, Denwick Lane, Alnwick, NE66 1YU

Stables Fryery

Also located in Alnwick Castle, traditional fish and chips can be enjoyed from the Victorian-style fryery, housed in the castle’s old stable block. 

As well as sustainably sourced cod and chips, other chip shop favourites are also served. 

It’s open from 11am to 3:30pm daily, which means every day is fish and chip Friday! 

Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, NE66 1NQ

The Strawberry Lounge

The Strawberry Lounge is well known for its simply delicious home-made scones and reasonably-priced afternoon tea, as well as its tasty smoothies. 

Located down an alleyway off Narrowgate, it’s a great place to catch up whilst digging into cakes, scones and sandwiches galore. 

Narrowgate, Alnwick, NE66 1JH

The Hog’s Head Inn

If your staycation is across a weekend, The Hog’s Head Inn is the place to go in Alnwick for its Sunday carvery. 

Offering generous portions of hand-carved British beef, pork and poultry, or a meat-free alternative, keep an eye out for the chef’s specials which use local and seasonal ingredients such as Northumberland Estates game and shellfish.

A Sunday carvery is essential during your weekend break away – it certainly beats washing the pots and pans up yourself!

Hawfinch Drive, Alnwick, NE66 2BF

Di Sopra

Mamma Mia! Italian lovers must visit this authentic Italian restaurant situated a five-minute walk away from the castle. 

If you’re pizza or pasta obsessed, then this is definitely worth a visit during your stay; with daily set menus starting from just £10.95 featuring Italian favourites, you can’t go wrong. 

They also have special menus for gluten and dairy free customers, so there’s something for everyone!

9 Bondgate Within, Alnwick, NE66 1SX

Have we tempted you to stay in the Alnwick area now? If so, have a look at some of our North East holiday cottages.

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