Whether you’re visiting for the day or heading to Alnwick for a holiday, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to cosy pubs. Just a stone’s throw from Alnwick Castle, the town of Alnwick has an array of wonderful pubs to explore. 


Ideal for a relaxed drink or a hearty meal after exploring the Castle’s grounds, here’s our pick of the best pubs in Alnwick town centre.

Family-friendly pubs in Alnwick

Alnwick is an excellent place for families all year round — from half term to the summer holidays and every weekend in between. It may be a small town, but there’s plenty to see and do, starting with a visit to Alnwick Castle


Wondering where to stop for a drink and a bite to eat with the little ones while you’re in Alnwick? Pop into one of these family-friendly Alnwick pubs for a friendly reception and some great food. 

The Plough

Brimming with traditional charm, The Plough is excellent for families. The children’s menu is available at lunchtime and in the evenings and has plenty to keep the kids happy, while the grown-up’s menu offers classic pub fare. Set within a period building dating back to the 1890s, The Plough also provides accommodation in the form of six welcoming B&B rooms, complete with options for a family stay.


Keep an eye out for community events, pub quizzes, and other activities for all ages when you visit. 


The Hog’s Head Inn

Just 10 minutes from Alnwick Castle, you’ll find the delightful Hog’s Head Inn. Named after the magical tavern in Harry Potter, this inn is a must for all Potterheads — especially after seeing the real-life Hogwarts at Alnwick Castle. This pub even boasts a castle-themed children’s play area in the beer garden!


With family rooms that can host up to six people, it’s a great place to rest up after a day of seeing what Alnwick has to offer. Just visiting for the day? Stop off for a cup of tea or a tasty lunch.

The best Alnwick pubs for a refreshing drink

Are you searching for the best pubs in Alnwick for a glass of wine or beer? Start with The Dirty Bottles. Once a traditional inn dating back to the 1600s, the former ‘Ye Old Cross Inn’ has undergone a modern refresh. Alnwick local, Mark Jones purchased the building in 2014 to prevent developers from turning it into flats. 


Now, The Dirty Bottles balances period charm with contemporary style to bring Alnwick visitors an expansive menu of cocktails, ales, and more. Why not ask the bartenders about the spooky legend of ‘the dirty bottles’ and discover more about this intriguing pub’s history?


Those looking to enjoy a pint and some tunes will love The Tanners Arms. It may be on the small side, but this Alnwick pub is full of character. When there’s not an open mic night, you can peruse the venue’s jukebox for some retro entertainment. Renowned for a fantastic selection of beers on tap, from IPAs to stouts, it’s a great spot for friends, couples, and solo visitors to unwind in the evening after time spent visiting Alnwick Castle.

Alnwick pubs with the best food

There’s no denying that Alnwick is a top location for foodies. You’ll find fabulous eateries down every cobbled street, from casual cafes to fine dining restaurants. If you have a hankering for delicious pub grub, you’re in luck.


Alnwick pubs are renowned for offering fresh, local food, prepared with care. But where to go first? Here are a few of the best pub food options to delight Alnwick visitors and locals alike.

Adam and Eve 

There are plenty of pubs in Alnwick with food, but if you want a sophisticated meal, we know just the place. With a menu of elevated gastropub favourites and innovative European dishes, the chefs at Adam and Eve bring a fresh twist to comforting classics. Round off your week with a hearty Sunday roast — vegetarian and vegan options available — or explore the a-la-carte menu for something extra special.


The Market Tavern Steakhouse and Lodge

As well as showcasing a friendly atmosphere, The Market Tavern is home to a much-loved steakhouse. Snacks, sandwiches, or burgers, expect delicious meals and good value for money.

The Pig in Muck

Specialising in brunch and tapas, The Pig in Muck offers indoor and outdoor seating, ideal for enjoying the sunshine or sheltering from the rain. When it comes to The Pig in Muck’s menu, you can enjoy everything from poached egg on toast to full tapas platters featuring local cheeses — ideal for starting your day or replenishing at lunchtime. Why not weave a pitstop into your visit to Alnwick Castle?

Enjoy the best pubs in Alnwick

We can’t wait to welcome you to Alnwick Castle. While you’re here, why not stroll to one of the finest pubs in Alnwick town centre for top-quality food and drink? Book your Alnwick Castle tickets and enjoy a great day out in this quaint Northumberland town.