Sunday Lunch Files: The Treehouse Restaurant – Alnwick

Sunday lunch is my absolute favourite meal in the whole world. I could eat it every day if you’d let me. Sadly I don’t get to eat them as much as I’d like, brace yourself, Kris isn’t a fan! I can tell you’re all clutching your chests and gasping in horror, and I don’t blame you. Why I agreed to marry this man is beyond me. I mean, I suppose he has some good qualities, he hoovers the stairs because he knows I hate it and he does endure my love of bad horror films but I really need to get him on side. Team Sunday Roast FTW!

Thankfully we’ve come to an agreement, I get a Sunday lunch every second week and he gets to pick the other days. That means every second Sunday I eat burgers, I guess there’s worse things.

Treehouse Restaurant Alnwick

Does anyone else have a bucket list of Sunday lunches to try? Surely it’s not just me! Somewhere near the top of the list, languishing for a while was The Treehouse Restaurant situated within the famous Alnwick Gardens. It’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to go but the waiting list was constantly weeks long. I hate commitment, I’m a fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl, and when I’ve had something in my diary for weeks the child inside me rebels. It becomes a chore rather than a treat, I’m aware of how stupid that sounds but it’s the way my silly mind works. Forever the petulant big sister.

Treehouse Restaurant Alnwick

After months of calling the restaurant on the day, I just decided to bite the bullet and stick a date in the diary. I had to wait four weeks but screw it, I guess it’ll have to do.  Was the food worth the wait? I’m not sure it was…

Treehouse Restaurant Alnwick

We arrived at the beautiful Treehouse restaurant, spending some time admiring the structure before making our way inside. It really is the most beautifully whimsical place, built around a tangle of lime trees the restaurant hangs majestically within the branches. We were warmly welcomed and shown to our rustic table complete with towering wooden chairs, fit for a princess. The higgledy piggledy feel to the place just add to its charm, the high windows and roaring fires make you feel like you’re in a Harry Potter movie. Which is why I think it’s so popular with young families.

We perused the short but perfectly formed menu, Sunday lunch runs at £22.95 for two courses and £27.95 for three courses, placing it on the pricier side of Sunday lunch but I was so enamoured by my surroundings I barely paid heed to the cost.

We decided to skip the starters, as much as I’d like to think I can manage three courses I rarely can and often have to tap out at dessert. I went with the roast beef dinner while Kris, the Sunday lunch avoider chose the locally made sausages, mash and caramalised onions.

Sunday lunch at the Treehouse Restaurant Alnwick

Sunday lunch at the Treehouse Restaurant Alnwick

Our meals came fairly quickly considering how busy they were, I have to say that my roast certainly looked the part. I ordered an extra jug of gravy because you can never have enough gravy, which was brought instantly. I tucked into my heaving plate and my heart dropped, it was bland, lacking seasoning in the gravy and potatoes. I was so disappointed. As someone who almost never reaches for the salt cellar, I had to add a considerable amount of salt and pepper to my meal to make it palatable. I looked across at Kris and could tell by his face that he thought the same. Bless his heart, he never likes to tell me the food is sub par when I’m paying for a nice meal but his face said it all. He sheepishly reached for the salt and emptied a fair amount onto his meal. Oh no.

Another thing which was disappointing was his sausage and mash came with the same gravy as the Sunday lunch, rather than the caramalised onion which was offered. We didn’t realise until after we’d cleared our plates or I would have mentioned it to our server.

We ordered some desserts, hoping that this could redeem a meal which was clearly going to end up costing upwards of £60. I chose the lemon curd with sponge and meringue and Kris went for the cheese board.

Sunday lunch at the Treehouse Restaurant Alnwick

Sunday lunch at the Treehouse Restaurant Alnwick

My lemon curd dessert could have done with, well, more lemon curd but it was delicious. I could hardly bring myself to dig in, it looked so pretty sat on my plate. A perfectly instagramable plate of food.

Kris’ cheeseboard was equally delicious. An excellent variety of cheeses with plenty of bread and crackers to load up. I’m pretty sure it included my personal favourite cheese, Admiral Collingwood, a sharp local cheese from Doddington Dairy which is washed in Brown Ale. If you haven’t tried it, you must!

Thankfully the dessert saved the mediocre main courses. The bill at the Treehouse Restaurant came to £58.00 for the two of us with drinks, which isn’t terrible, but I have had better Sunday lunches for a lot less. If you ask me, you’re paying for and waiting for the surroundings rather than the food. The Treehouse seems to rely upon its reputation to fill it’s walls and while I did enjoy my time there, I doubt I’ll be returning any time soon.


  1. November 4, 2018 / 12:02 pm

    Argh no! Gutted!!! Nothing worse than something you’ve been looking forward to not being as good as you hoped!

  2. November 5, 2018 / 10:35 am

    oh nooo, I hate it when a meal is a disappointment. The cheeseboard does look tasty though.

  3. November 5, 2018 / 12:51 pm

    The food looks spot on and it is so beautifully presented too – my kind of place to eat!

  4. November 5, 2018 / 3:41 pm

    Ah it is such a shame that the main courses weren’t great. Your photos make them look delicious! They certainly know how to present their food but perhaps they need to concentrate a little more on flavour x

  5. November 5, 2018 / 7:58 pm

    the food looks good, but shame it didn’t really match up. A lovely location though x

  6. November 5, 2018 / 10:54 pm

    This looks so amazing!! It’s a shame the food wasn’t so good.

  7. November 6, 2018 / 12:14 am

    Oh WOW how delicious!! We haven’t been out for a roast in a long time but I’ll have to recitfy that soon

  8. November 6, 2018 / 7:37 am

    Oh no! It looked beautiful and full of promise. I must admit I would love to have dinner in a tree house. Although the deserts looked great x

  9. November 6, 2018 / 8:57 am

    That looks like an incredible venue, but such a shame that the main courses didn’t live up to your expectation. That cheese board looks divine though!

  10. November 6, 2018 / 6:20 pm

    Oh, no! I hate it when I’ve been looking forward to eating out somewhere and then the food is a disappointment. It looked so promising as well 🙁

    Louise x

  11. November 6, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Shame the food was a let down, however that cheeseboard looks perfect! It’s a beautiful place at least!

  12. November 7, 2018 / 12:14 pm

    What a lovely looking place to eat! Looks like something out of a castaway island with the rope bridge xx

  13. Everything beautiful
    November 7, 2018 / 1:37 pm

    Oh my, the food looks so yummy and the pictures are amazing.

  14. November 7, 2018 / 5:50 pm

    Ah, I’m gutted the meal didn’t live up to your expectations! The surroundings of the restaurant look amazing though!

  15. November 7, 2018 / 6:31 pm

    My god, that food looks AMAZING! I’m a big Sunday dinner fan too, and always order an extra jug of gravy as well lol x

  16. November 8, 2018 / 2:38 pm

    The restaurant location looks UHHMAAZZZINNGG and so magical! Do you know if they offer vegan options too? Such a shame that the food wasn’t that great though 🙁

    • November 8, 2018 / 6:28 pm

      I do think they have Vegan offerings, I’m sure a Vegan friend of mine went not too long ago 🙂

  17. November 8, 2018 / 7:20 pm

    Looks like a lovely place and the food looks delish!

    • November 10, 2018 / 5:58 pm

      They look like quorn sausages, he was gutted! Ha!

      Katie xoxo

  18. December 18, 2018 / 8:57 pm

    It’s such a lovely setting for a restaurant. It’s a shame the food was a bit of a let down. I wouldn’t have been impressed either.

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