The Treehouse Restaurant at The Alnwick Garden offers a magical dining experience to remember, with wooden walkways, twinkling lights and roaring log fire it is truly one of the most unique and beautiful places to eat in the world.
Set adjacent to the famous Alnwick Castle, The Alnwick Garden is a world-class horticultural enterprise and charity dedicated to delivering all kinds of programmes and activities. It's also a great place if you fancy something to eat: daytime visitors can make use of the Pavilion and Visitor Centre for morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon teas, but the serious eating takes place three evenings a week in the Treehouse.
Enormous in size, and beautifully crafted, the Treehouse is built from sustainably sourced Canadian cedar, Scandinavian redwood, and English and Scots pine. It sits high in the treetops in a copse of mature lime trees and looks as if it’s been there forever.
There are walkways in the sky and wobbly rope bridges for bouncing on, all accessible by wheelchair and a buggy. On the Treehouse’s deck there’s the Roost, one of The Garden’s education rooms, which shows films and hosts activities at certain times of the year.
At the heart of the treehouse is one of the most beautiful and unique restaurants to be found anywhere in the world. There’s a roaring log fire in the centre of the room, trees growing through the floor, handcrafted furniture and screen created from fallen branches. Most importantly, the local-inspired food is delicious.
Proudly sitting on the Treehouse decking is the Potting Shed. The Potting Shed provides a selection of light lunches, children’s boxes and tea and cake, and even indulgent cocktails within an enchanting atmosphere of the woodland canopy. If you fancy a satisfying lunch but do not want a full restaurant meal, this is the perfect place for a rest.
Always featuring local fish and seafood, meats from Northumberland’s farmlands and other regional specialties, the Treehouse Restaurant menus highlight local quality, taste and change throughout the seasons. There’s a great wine list, a good range of beers, and the Duchess of Northumberland’s own ‘Deadly Jane’ range of cocktails, not to mention regular live music.
Built at a cost of £3 million Brummie Stocks, an Everest mountaineer, designed the adventure area for the 6,000 sq ft tree house The wooden interior which includes a log fire centerpiece was designed by Paul Doran, who bizarrely worked as a Coronation Street set designer.
And if you’re struggling to get the kids to come along it must be noted that Alnwick Castle and it’s Garden’s it’s most recent claim to fame has been in the Harry Potter films, where its grand and gothic surrounds are used as the exterior of Hogwarts School.
For more information or to book please see the official website here.