• Rob Lawson

Where to Eat in Alston

Updated: Jan 4

Salvin House is the holiday cottage that gives you the best of both worlds, being just a few minutes from idyllic country walks, yet also giving you everything that the historic town of Alston has to offer. One key advantage of this is the wide choice of eateries available within a short walk of your staycation home, which means there's no need to worry about who does the driving on a night out.


Whatever you're looking for, from fish and chips to an a la carte meal, you can find it right here in Alston. Just don't be expecting McDonald's or KFC!


The High Plaice

The High Plaice Alston

A fixture of the town square since the 1970s, The High Plaice is a traditional fish and chip shop offering everything you'd expect, including haddock, cod, sausages, burgers and kebabs. Keep an eye out for their daily specials too, including deep-fried halloumi. All dishes are cooked to order, so we recommend ordering around half an hour in advance on 01434 382300.


Alston House

The biggest hotel in Alston is also one of the best places to eat, and it just happens to be right next door. You can enjoy light bites and afternoon tea in the House Cafe, or go for something more formal in main restaurant. The menu includes stone-baked pizza, grilled burgers and steaks, plus Sunday lunch specials, all made fresh to order. Find out more and book at the Alston House website.


The Cumberland Inn


Cumberland Inn Alston

A traditional pub in every sense, the Cumberland Inn is right opposite the front door of Salvin House Alston, offering a warm welcome, high quality food and a full drinks menu, including award-winning real ales. The Cumberland Sausage is a particular favourite, which is quite apt really, and the covered terrace at the rear offers striking views over the South Tyne Valley. Find out more at the Cumberland Inn website.


The Nook Cafe

Nook Cafe Alston

A couple of miles out of Alston on the road to Brampton and Haltwhistle, the Nook Cafe is a popular eatery and farm shop, serving delicious home-made food with indoor and outdoor seating. With a focus on local produce, the cafe is noted for its breakfasts and afternoon teas, with different lunchtime specials on offer every day. Well worth a short drive, or you can walk to it along the South Tynedale Railway path. From the car park, it's a short walk to the famed Epiacum Roman Fort.


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