We have not been to every establishment in the area but here a few of the places worth mentioning. Trip Advisor has some fairly extensive reviews too. It is worth ringing ahead to check opening times and availability.
Eating Places in Alnwick
The Alnwick Playhouse, brand new cafe open during the day, nice for a warming cuppa or light lunch.
Barter Books, great breakfast spot. Cafe open throughout the day for cakes lunches and more.
The Oaks Hotel, our nearest restaurant. Relaxed dining and walkable home (with a torch in winter!)
The Cookie Jar, top end restaurant getting great reviews. Really want to try this myself. Booking essential. http://www.cookiejaralnwick.com/
01665 510 465
The Plough Hotel, a bar and restaurant, just outside the “gate” into the town centre, near the playhouse, is good and has up to date décor. It has bar and restaurant menus. www.theploughalnwick.co.uk 01665 602395
The Dirty Bottles, ‘Smokehouse & Taproom’. Located in Narrowgate and has undergone a major refurbishment. Good selection of handpull beers and craft beers. Burgers, pulled pork, nachos, ribs and wings all done really well. www.thedirtybottles.co.uk 01665 606193
The Treehouse at the Gardens, fantastic setting, but will be at the higher end of the budget. The Treehouse 01665 511350
Caffe Tirreno and Di Sopra excellent value Italians either side of the “gate” into the town centre. Both owner by same people and pretty similar. Di Sopra tables can be booked in advance, Cafe Tirreno can’t.
Sher Khan right in the centre of Alnwick, in the market place. Good Indian food eat in and takeaway 01665 606650
Lilburns in the alley between Market Square and Narrowgate, is well established and does good food throughout the day and evening. www.lilburns.co.uk 01665 603444
Thai Vibe. I’ve always had a fantastic meal here but reviews can be mixed.
Yans. Chinese restaurant and take away on Market Street. Friends say it’s great but apparently there is a long wait for a take away. 01665 603888
Also around town and down Narrowgate are a number of other cafes and eateries such as the Strawberry lounge (great value), Grannies, Bari Tea, The Olive Branch, The Pantry & Carlo’s (fish & chips) to name a few.
Pubs in Alnwick
The Oaks. Our nearest pub just on the roundabout on way to cottage from Alnwick. Nice relaxed pub, serves food too.
The Ale Gate. Welcome new addition to Alnwick’s relaxed evening drink venues. Good selection of ales and gins, handy for the Playhouse.
The John Bull. Selection of real ales and no frills.
The Tanners Arms, Hotspur Street, up the hill from The Playhouse, real ale and live music – visit pub for details.
The Plough Hotel & The Dirty Bottles – see eating above.
Eating Places Out of Alnwick
The Running Fox, Felton, Shilbottle or Longframlington is a small local chain of café and bakery, which is open for breakfast and lunch. Huge portions and great bread- ask for a doggy bag! www.runningfoxbakery.co.uk 01670 787090
The Northumberland Arms, Felton, another pub undergone a refurbishment and transformation, we are yet to eat there as have failed to get a table… www.northumberlandarms-felton.co.uk 01670 787370
The Old Boat House, Amble is in a fantastic setting right on the harbour and fresh seasonal food from air, land and sea. Booking essential. 01665 711 232
Bistro 23, Guests really rating this one in our guest books- Alnmouth, great café during the day and restaurant during the evening 3 nights a week. Ever changing menu according to the seasons. Please check opening times! 4 01665 830393
The Tankerville Arms, Eglingham is a good lunch spot for lunch http://www.tankervillearms.com/ 01665 578444
The Jolly Fisherman, Craster a newly refurbished pub, has a well known local chef and good reviews. It is also easily combined with a coastal walk. www.thejollyfishermancraster.co.uk 01665 576461
The Ship, Low Newton by the Sea, is a great stop on a coastal walk. You cannot book, but once you get a table you’ll not want to leave! They brew their own beer – Oz Clark and Rory McGrath came here on their TV program. www.shipinnnewton.co.uk 01665 576262
Jaspers Amble, really nice if a little pricey seafood restaurant. Where we had our work Christmas meal this year and had a great night.
The Joiners Arms, Newton by the Sea, undergone a transformation in recent years and is now spacious, child friendly and generally very busy at weekends, so book ahead. www.joiners-arms.com 01665 576112
Mizen Head, Bamburgh. Decent restaurant that does a lot of seafood. The village is lovely and is dominated by the Castle. www.themizenheadhotel.co.uk 01668 214 254 5
The Castle, Bamburgh, good pub with good large dining room. Ideal for large groups and children. www.the castleinnbamburgh.co.uk 01668 214 616
The Barn at Beal. Sympathetically converted farm buildings have made a fine eating place with lovely views of Holy Island. Seasonal food with an emphasis on local produce. A good stopping point while waiting for the tides on Holy island, it is a mile before the causeway . www.barnatbeal.com 01289 540044
The Hope & Anchor, Alnmouth. This is a bar, hotel and good Italian Restaurant. Lookout for earlybird mealdeals. www.hopeandanchorholidays.co.uk 01665 830 363
The Red Lion, Alnmouth. Open fires, good ale and good food plus a beer garden. Decent free wifi in the bar. www.redlionalnmouth.com 01665 830584
The Apple Inn, Lucker. Country pub and dining. Does a lunch menu including sandwiches, jacket potatoes, scampi and chips & ploughmans etc, and then has a slightly different evening menu for dinner. www.theappleinnlucker.com 01665 213824 6
The Apple Core, Lucker. Pizzeria and Creperie over the road from the Apple Inn under same ownership. www.theapplecorelucker.com 01668 219114
Pubs out of Alnwick
The Ship, Low Newton The Joiners, Newton Northumberland Arms, Felton Tankerville Arms, Eglingham The Coach, Lesbury The Castle, Bamburgh. The Apple Inn, Lucker. The Percy Arms, Chatton. Any of the Pubs in Alnmouth!