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The Tower Restaurant
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Please note that the Tower Restaurant and Rooms is under new management from 14th October 2012.
Reviewed 9 August 2013

We ate here one of the two nights that we were staying at the Tower (separately reviewed under Hotels) and, although the meal was OK, it was certainly nothing special. The kitchen may not have been helped by the fact that everyone appeared to have booked for the same time but that is surely something that should be managed.
The menu majors on steaks and perhaps they would have been a better choice. A starter of mussels, although in an interesting chilli-based sauce, was overcooked. Garlic mushrooms, however, were fine. Rump of lamb was also good although rather expensive for the amount of lamb, the dish being bulked out with a mound of bland and ungarnished mashed potato. The slow-cooked beef was good in parts but much of it was tough and some of it was gristly.
The place is, however, clearly popular and it may just be that we ordered the wrong dishes. Having said that, a restaurant should, of course, be capable of preparing everything on its menu with acceptable care and attention to detail and this doesn't seem to be the case at the Tower.

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Thank Nicholas L
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

We went here at lunch time today with my mum and dad and had a really nice meal - it does seem a bit strange that the front door was open but blocked and you enter up the close but the place itself was really clean and pleasant. The girls that served us were both friendly and helpful. My husband and my mum ordered haddock and chips, while my dad had gammon and I had the quiche which was the special of the day - everything was fresh and delicious. 3 of us thought the chips were tasty - but they did appear to have been boiled and done in the oven. My husband wasn't keen, hence the 4 stars rather than 5.

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Thank JudyMal
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

We were in Alnwick for a wedding at the castle, only staying one night. We arrived much earlier than anticipated, and whilst we couldn't get into our room immediately (which was understandable as it was only about 10am!), they were more than happy for us to park up in their carpark while we wandered around the town for a bit.

We got into the room in plenty of time to get changed for the 2.30 wedding. We had the small double which suited us perfectly for the amount of time we actually spent in it (would have gone for something bigger had we been there longer!), and it was immaculately presented.

Breakfast in the morning was well done (though I might have eaten more had I not been suffering from the night before!) and all the staff were lovely.

Considering it was only £70 including breakfast for the two of us, we were very impressed!

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Thank AlexRogers
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Reviewed 24 July 2013

The Tower Restaurant in Alnwick is nicely decorated in neutral colours with nice table and chairs. Strange that you had to go down the side alley heading towards the kitchen and scullery area to get into the restaurant when it would have been a much better entrance at the front door which was blocked off with the sign telling you to use the side alley. We both had the slow cooked beef, it came nicely presented with mash and vegetables in a courgette parcel, the slow cooked beef was a total disappointment it was made up of loads of carrots, suede, gravy and 2 chunks of beef, my husband was lucky it seems, he got 3 lumps.....clearly hunt the beef. Would not recommend

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1  Thank HJFLancs
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

We had booked a table for 7.30 on Saturday night, and we had been a bit concerned, as Alnwick was experiencing a power cut, which had already lasted around an hour before we arrived. However, the staff dealt with the lack of electricity in a very good humoured way, and assured us they were managing in the kitchen. We then relaxed with a lovely bottle of white wine, and both ordered starters and local seafood mains, all of which came in at a very reasonable price. Great food and lovely atmosphere. Fab!

1  Thank SaltaireClaire
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