Best restaurants in Northumberland
Known for its Craster smoked kippers and Lindisfarne Oysters, stotty breads and Northumberland cheese, the UK’s northernmost county, has a distinct tradition of hearty and warming foods, full of flavour and northern soul.
Whether you’re staying at our Berwick or Haggerston Castle holiday parks, there are any number of fine eateries and cosy cafes to choose from. Have a gander below for the restaurants in Northumberland we’ve marked out as the cream of the crop.
- The Rocking Horse Café and Gallery, Alnwick
- Limoncello, Berwick
- 1st Class Food, Holy Island
- Meadow House, Berwick-upon-Tweed
- The Three Wheat Heads Inn, Thropton
- The Jolly Fisherman Inn, Alnwick
- The Treehouse Restaurant, Alnwick Garden, Alnwick
- Sunnyhills Deli and Bistro, Belford
- Lal Khazana Indian Restaurant & Bar, Alnwick
The Rocking Horse Café and Gallery, Alnwick
This quirky café in Alnwick is set in the old dairy of a disused farm complex, so you can eat your delicious locally sourced fare whilst looking out over the rolling Northumberland landscape. The café rooms are kitted out with charmingly mismatched and homely furniture and adorned with aerial photographs of the county taken by the owner himself. The famed signature dish is the breakfast sandwich, served on a traditional Northumberland ‘stottie’ and best accompanied with a steaming mug of Holy Island coffee.
Just a five-minute drive from our Berwick Holiday Park, this cosy family friendly Italian is a star of the Northumberland restaurant scene. The kitchen offers all your favourite Italian classics from creamy risottos to perfectly crisp pizzas, mouth-watering pasta to sumptuous steaks. Limoncello also offers a tasty three-course set lunch menu at an even tastier price, so this eatery will please both palates and purses alike. And if you can’t choose from all the tantalising options, why not go for one of the sharing platters and try a little of everything!
1st Class Food, Holy Island
A day out on Holy Island is an absolute must when staying at either of our Haven holiday parks, and we all know that nourishment is an essential part of a good island adventure. This top-rated Northumberland restaurant serves a wide range of cosy breakfast and lunch dishes to warm and rejuvenate you after your intrepid explorations. The signature dish is the Holy Island crab, brought straight from the shores to the 1st Class Food kitchens and is served up in hearty sandwiches or as dressed crab salad. Whatever you’re in the mood for, all the dishes here are freshly cooked or locally sourced, with options for gluten and dairy-free, and vegan diets to boot.
Meadow House, Berwick-upon-Tweed
The Meadow House is traditional pub grub at its best. Serving up all your favourites from hearty burgers and mixed grills, to warming chilli and chippy teas, this classic menu will have something to suit even the fussiest of eaters. There’s even a kids’ menu for smaller appetites, making this an ideal spot for the family to refuel and reboot after a day out in the Northumbrian wilds. What’s more, it’s just a five-minute drive from our Berwick Holiday Park so you can be back with your feet up in your Haven caravan in no time at all.
The Three Wheat Heads Inn, Thropton
This 300-year-old pub and restaurant sits on the eastern edge of Northumberland National Park, making it an ideal haunt to relax and refuel after a long hike amongst the hills and valleys of the county’s wilds. The wide-ranging menu is sure to cater to all tastes, and includes a generous selection of vegetarian and vegan options alongside the top-rated steak, fantastic fish dishes and divine roasted duck cooked just the way you like it. The Three Wheat Heads will warm your bellies and comfort your souls - the perfect evening pick-me-up.
The Jolly Fisherman Inn, Alnwick
This restored old pub with a sea view is quintessential Northumberland fare. Locally sourced fish dishes are the star of the show and have earned The Jolly Fisherman quite the reputation - choose from the famous Craster Lobster, Lindisfarne Oysters, Jolly Crab Soup and much more besides. It’s not a seafood-only menu, though, with homemade pies, beef dripping chips and curries also rustled up to perfection. This is a popular haunt for locals and visitors alike, so booking in advance via the website is strongly recommended.
The Treehouse Restaurant, Alnwick Garden, Alnwick
The Treehouse Restaurant is just as magical as it sounds: a fairytale-esque arbour cosily nestled amongst the trees in the beautiful 12-acre grounds of Alnwick Garden. As you step inside this woodland den, you would be forgiven for believing that you have been transported to a fantasy realm, with twisting branches of finest woods adorning the walls and ceilings and twinkling fairy lights hanging from every beam. The menu is seasonally conscious and uses local ingredients for a thoroughly wholesome woodland experience.
Sunnyhills Deli and Bistro, Belford
This eclectic bistro is just a 10-minute drive south from our Haggerston Castle Holiday Park and is perfectly situated for a stop-off along the route to Bamburgh Castle. Sunnyhills is open 7 days a week, with breakfast, lunch and dinner menus all based around fresh and locally sourced ingredients. The star of the menu is undoubtedly the Sunnyhills pizza with a range of topping options, and both gluten free bases and vegan cheese available on request. There’s a children’s menu to boot for smaller appetites so satisfaction for every family member is guaranteed!
Lal Khazana Indian Restaurant & Bar, Alnwick
We all know a holiday isn’t complete without a family curry night, and Lal Khazana has got you covered. Just outside the must-visit town of Alnwick, this cosy eatery is the perfect spot for a reviving family feast. From biryanis to tikkas, kormas to vindaloos, the menu has all your favourite Indian dishes and more. If you’re feeling experimental, why not ask the friendly and passionate staff about their recommendations from the chef’s specials. What’s more, if you’ve got a fussy eater in tow, you can even get some sneaky chicken nuggets to keep them happy, earning this a solid place amongst the best restaurants to eat in Northumberland.