A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I were invited to review dinner at The Treehouse restaurant in Alnwick, Northumberland. The Treehouse is a truly unique setting; an incredible restaurant within The Alnwick Garden. The trip happily coinciding with our wedding anniversary, this is a breathtaking venue for special occasions and everyday meals alike.
Stepping onto the almost-magical walkway leading up to The Treehouse, you’ll find what my kids call “the wibbly wobbly bridge” through the trees, and their Potting Shed bar. An equally gorgeous place to visit during the day and at night, darkness was looming upon our arrival which made the twinkly woodland lights even more appealing.
Nature was very much in mind when The Treehouse was built, with a focus on wood from sustainable sources. I can see why this wondrous destination remains such a popular wedding day possibility.
We were met with a warm welcome by the team and Head of The Treehouse, Gary Pickles. Since arriving earlier this year, Gary has introduced several new dishes and his foodie passion is abundantly clear.
Drinks first, which of course had to be cocktails from the Duchess of Northumberland’s very own Deadly Jane range. So divine, ingredients include Chambord raspberry liquer, lime, vodka, dark Alnwick rum and more, depending on your cocktail of choice. We followed these up with a bottle of house red, embracing the autumnal evening and cosy log fire.
Our table was nestled among others, yet not too closely. As cosy as the setting is, you have the space for an intimate meal without being crowded in. Carved decor and high-backed wooden seats all contribute to the intricate design details you immediately notice.
Gary gave us his expert insight when ordering. He explained, “I’m sourcing the best ingredients that this abundant region has to offer. It’s all about fresh, beautiful and in-season ingredients that will wow the senses and bring customers back for more”.
My Mr started off with Charred Mackerel, while I had the scrumptious Goat’s Cheese Salad. Food is locally sourced, and finished with the finest precision. Our dishes were beautifully presented and tasted amazing too.
Onto the mains, of which Mr B had Slow Cooked Belly Pork with Sticky Pig’s Cheek and Sea of Pineapple & Fennel Thai Salad and I chose the wholesome Steak and Chips with Peppercorn Sauce. I can’t emphasise enough how impressed we were with the food, plates comprising perfect portions and signature Treehouse deliciousness.
Dessert had to be Cake with Spiced Carrots and a Cream Cheese and Honey Ice Cream, and Bourbon Sticky Toffee Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream; both delightfully mouthwatering and more-ish dishes of foodie magnitude.
Reasonably priced, meals are £28.50 for two courses and £35 for three. This winning combination of a fantastic setting, fabulous food and brilliant service makes for the ultimate lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and even wedding, destination.
If you’re ever in the Northumberland area, a trip to The Treehouse must be on your to-do list. I’ve no doubt we’ll be back there again very soon.
Find out more about The Treehouse at alnwickgarden.com.
All food and drinks were complimentary in return for this review. Opinions are our own.