Alnwick Gardens is home to many species of flowers and plants, and it’s also home to one of the largest treehouses in the world; The Treehouse Restaurant. The Treehouse Restaurant in Alnwick Gardens is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It’s like a something from a Harry Potter film; you don’t quite believe it exists until you see it for yourself.
We followed a path of wobbly rope bridges, wooden walkways and twinkling lights before reaching the restaurant itself. Completely mesmerised by the decor and the view, Laura and I stopped several times to take photos of this Insta-worthy location.
Once we finally arrived and entered the restaurant we were greeted by a roaring log fire, this crackling centrepiece created a cosy ambience and a home-like atmosphere. While being shown to our table I noticed that throughout the restuarant trees were growing through the floor, all the furniture was hand-crafted and there were fairylights entwined among branches; it’s truly an enchanting backdrop.
I love restaurants that create dishes using locally sourced ingredients, and this is exactly what The Treehouse Restaurant offers. The menu features a superb mix of fish and seafood, meats from Northumberland’s farmlands as well as other regional specialities. After looking over the menu it was a hard decision, but I finally went for the Roasted Artichoke starter, followed by the Penne main.
Although a number of tables were taken in the restaurant, I didn’t feel like I was close to anyone. The Treehouse have these bespoke wooden panels that separate each table, which made me feel like we had my own private dining area.
It was long until our starters were being served and at first glance mine was beautifully presented. My salad was a combination of roasted artichokes, walnuts and pears topped with a sprinkling of blue cheese.
I’d never had artichokes before, but the crunch of them complemented the softness of the pear perfectly, while the nuttiness of the walnuts blended greatly with the creaminess and richness of the cheese. This dish was a mixture of textures and flavours, and certainly tantalised my tastebuds making me want more.
Moving on to my main, which was penne pasta mixed with wild mushrooms, kale and parmesan. Anyone who knows me, knows I’m not really a fan of pasta. However, I couldn’t resist the sound of this and after taking one look at it, I knew I’d made a good decision.
It was absolutely delicious. Every. Single. Bite. I didn’t want this dish to end. It was a plate of creamy, gooey goodness. The pasta was cooked to perfection and because the ratio of cheese was fantastic, each piece was covered meaning each bite was ‘perfecto!’ This dish seriously didn’t need much in terms of ingredients, however, the mushrooms gave the dish some depth, while the crisp kale gave it a touch of freshness.
After savouring every mouthful, I was full to the brim and although the selection of desserts, which included sticky toffee pudding, chocolate brownie, orange trifle and cheeses, looked tempting, I couldn’t possibly fit anything else in.
I now understand why everyone speaks highly of The Treehouse Restaurant, from the decor to the service, and the outstanding cuisine, it truly is a magical dining experience. If you’re looking for something different, want to celebrate a special event, or even want to experience everything that Alnwick Gardens has to offer, then I would definitely recommend this eatery.
Have you been to Alnwick Gardens before? Have you dined in The Treehouse Restaurant?
Sarah Jayne x