A guide to Alnwick: where to eat, stay and visit
PUBLISHED: 16:37 15 June 2015 | UPDATED: 11:18 02 July 2015
Alnwick is a part of The Countrywide Great Tour route this summer. We reveal some of the best restaurants to visit and accommodation to stay in when visiting this historic Northumberland town
The Countrywide Great Tour begins on 4 July 2015 and takes place over 64 days visiting all sorts of coastal locations across the UK. Cyclists will begin to arrive in Alnwick on the afternoon of 30 July, after a ride along the coast from Musselburgh.
If you’re taking part yourself or supporting a friend or family member in the tour, there’s plenty on offer in Alnwick – surrounded by outstanding views of scenic countryside, there is an abundance of opportunities for high quality dining and a comfortable night’s sleep, the only difficulty is trying to narrow it down!
Fine Dining in Alnwick
Alnwick has plenty of high quality eateries to suit all tastes and needs. Here are some of our top places to visit when staying in this scenic coastal town.
Hooked, Alnmouth 01665 830 335
This quaint, family owned restaurant offers a peaceful and relaxed dining environment due to its small size. Based in the seaside village of Alnmouth, you can enjoy locally sourced, seasonal produce from the menu such as red mullet, moules frites and sea bass. If you don’t fancy fish, there are meatier dishes to choose from, such as the chicken wellington or rack of lamb.
Bistro 23, Alnmouth 01665 830 393
Bistro 23 serves as a tea room in the day and a bistro on Wednesday and Saturday evenings. Situated in an 18th century building, diners can enjoy a fresh and simple menu in a restaurant that still retains many of its original features. Where possible, produce is locally sourced and tasty dishes such as slow cooked Northumberland beef or sea bass and king prawns are on the menu. We recommend topping off supper with an Alnwick rum liqueur coffee.
Lilburns, Paikes Street, 01665 603 444
Family-run business, Lilburn’s, offers a varied menu with an ever-changing specials board – so you will never tire of eating here! Using locally sourced produce, diners can enjoy tasty dishes such as the roast lack of lamb with a herb crust, pan-fried duck breast in orange cognac or a hearty mushroom and asparagus risotto. The restaurant is tastefully decorated and welcoming for a great dining experience.
The Treehouse, Alnwick Garden, 01665 511 350
Both magical and unique, The Treehouse can be found high in the treetops of Alnwick Garden. With trees growing through the floor of the restaurant and handcrafted furniture to sit on, diners are invited to savour locally-inspired food whilst being at one with nature. On the menu is chick pea fritter, guinea fowl breast and pan-fried market fish of the day. Round-off the night with a cocktail in ‘The Potting Shed’ – the restaurant’s very own bar.
Superb Accommodation in Alnwick
Whether you’re staying in Alnwick for the evening, a weekend or even a week, there is a plethora of luxurious accommodation in the town to rest in comfort and style.
Greycroft B&B, 01665 602 127
A perfect getaway for exploring the Northumberland coast, Greycroft is only three miles from the beautiful beaches of Alnmouth. Built in 1895, the B&B has retained many of its original features and the bedrooms are tastefully decorated – so you can rest your head in both comfort and style. In the morning guests can wake up to an award-winning breakfast. Prices start at £100 a night.
Redfoot B&B, 01665 603 891
Located in a recently converted farm steading, Redfoot has outstanding panoramic views across the rolling Northumberland countryside. The B&B has been charmingly decorated to combine a both modern yet traditional design and whilst it has the advantage of being in a peaceful part of Alnwick – Redfoot is only a short distance from all of the local amenities. A warm welcome is promised to guests and there are homemade goodies and fresh flowers awaiting your arrival.
Callaly Cottage Retreat, 01665 574 684
Located at the foot of the Thrunton Woods in the hamlet of Callaly, this cottage retreat has an abundance of magnificent countryside on the doorstep for you to explore. And if you enjoy a spot of stargazing – the Callaly Cottage Retreat has won an award for being a Northumberland ‘Dark Sky Stay & Gaze’ destination. The cosy bedrooms are traditionally decorated and make for a very homely getaway to Northumberland. Prices start at £75 a night.
Fun for the family in Alnwick
From young couples to whole families – there is entertainment to suit everyone in this coastal town. Here are our favourite things to do whilst staying in Alnwick.
Take a tour at Alnwick Castle
Perhaps the most famous aspect to Alnwick, the castle was used as a filming location for Hogwarts in some of the Harry Potter films as well as featuring in Downton Abbey’s Christmas Special 2014. Guests are invited to participate in events from Broomstick Training to the Alnwick Castle ‘On Location’ tour - where costumed guides provide you with an engaging trip of the cinematic locations. For those more interested in history than magic, there is also a First World War Exhibition. Day tickets start at £14 for adults and £7.20 for children.
Explore Alnwick Gardens
Described as the ‘world’s most extraordinary contemporary garden’ by the Duchess of Northumberland, the Alnwick Gardens are definitely worth a visit if you are passing by. Whether you like stately and formal or your tastes run to wild flower meadows and abundant kitchen gardens, you’ll find them all and more at Alnwick. For little ones there is ‘A Garden of Fairy Tales’ to explore. Ticket prices start at £11.50 for adults and £4.18 for children.
Do you want to take part in the Great Tour? To enter, head over to the Countrywide Great Tour website.