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Nine of Our Favourite Places to Eat near Alnwick The Joiners Arms, Embers, Alnwick Garden Treehouse Restaurant, The Dirty Bottles
Eat and Drink
October 2023
Reading time 3 Minutes

From dining in a treehouse to a cosy lunch in a historic pub, there are plenty of choices for delicious food in Alnwick and its surrounding areas

Here are our top picks.
The Cookie Jar

The Cookie Jar

12 Bailiffgate, Alnwick NE66 1LX
01665 510465
At the rear of The Cookie Jar, a cosy retreat in the heart of Alnwick, you’ll find their bistro, overlooking a heated two-tier terrace with its own fire pit and garden. Open each evening, you can dine on delicious, locally-sourced food, or celebrate with a classic afternoon tea.

Alnwick Garden Treehouse Restaurant

Alnwick Garden, Denwick Lane, Alnwick NE66 1YU
01665 511350
The magical setting of the Treehouse restaurant, nestled in the treetops, means you can dine under the beautiful woodland canopy amongst twinkling lights, or beside a huge roaring log fire should the weather be less than friendly. The menu of modern, British dishes are all based on local and seasonal produce, including freshly-caught fish and local lamb and beef.

The Ship Inn

Low Newton, Alnwick NE66 3EL
01665 576262 
In with a shout to be the best-placed pub in Northumberland, The Ship Inn looks over the tiny green towards the beach and rolling waves at Low Newton. From June to October lobster is served straight from Newton Bay, while meat is sourced from local farms. It’s hugely popular and they don’t take bookings for lunch, so get down early.

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Embleton, Alnwick NE66 3DW
On the road from Embleton to Craster, make sure you make time to call in at Eleanor’s Byre. Their car park is home to Embers, a converted container where George serves up the most fabulous wood-fired pizzas to take away or eat at the outdoor picnic benches. Online ordering is new for this season, and keep an eye on their Instagram and Facebook for opening times.

Adam and Eve

3 Clayport Street, Alnwick NE66 1LA
Adam & Eve opened with the aim of being a ‘neighbourhood public house’ with a focus on local farm-to-table dining. They seem to have got it exactly right, and have quickly built a reputation for quality food and creative cocktails. The menu includes everything from confit duck leg to asparagus risotto, and bone marrow beef burger to pork belly and scallops. Sunday lunch is becoming something of an institution here too.

The Joiners Arms

Newton by the Sea, Alnwick NE66 3EA
01665 576112
Hitting the beach at Newton by the Sea? At the top of the hill in High Newton, this gastropub is the perfect place to refuel. There’s plenty of variety on the menu, from sharers to stotties, pies and fish, but our pick is the wild mushrooms on toast, followed by catch of the day. There’s a good kids’ menu and you can sit out in the beer garden when the sun shines.

The Dirty Bottles

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The Dirty Bottles

Narrowgate, Alnwick NE66 1JG
01665 606193
Far from your traditional town pub, local lad Mark Jones bought this 17th century inn in 2014 and it’s now one of the most unique and charming pubs in Northumberland. With so much character find yourself a seat in the cosy bar-cum-restaurant or on the sun-trap roof terrace. The house burgers are the star of the show here, build your own and enjoy with a cocktail shaken up by one of their skilled mixologists.

The Tankerville Arms 

15 The Village, Eglingham, Alnwick NE66 2TX
01665 578444
Nestled in the pretty village of Eglingham, this 19th century coaching inn offers a warm welcome to all (including the dog). The menu is packed with comforting classics (think ham hock terrine, black pudding bon bons, lamb shank and pan-fried seabass) and there’s a good wine list to accompany.


7 Paikes Street, Alnwick NE66 1HX
01665 603444
Tucked away just off the square in Alnwick, this popular family-run restaurant has a blackboard menu that’s regularly updated with seasonal specials. Expect dishes such as Craster crab cakes, stuffed courgettes and rack of lamb.

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