ALNWICK YOUTH HOSTEL has a well equipped self catering kitchen and lots of tables and chairs for self catering groups and families and individuals. Self catering provides great value holidays and its always good to see the kids washing up.
However, having recently had a group holiday based at the Alnwick Hostel, I would recommend sampling the hostel’s own catering services. Andrew the hostel warden loves to cook, I am sure he has missed his calling as a chef in a fancy restaurant. It’s not always viable for the hostel to cook for individuals and very small groups, but it always worth an ask, as much in advance as possible. If a group has booked meals for a night of your stay, Andrew may be able to add on some extra meals for you, and who knows, your party may be large enough to be rewarded by a choice from Andrew’s menus. Whether your group is big or small give the hostel plenty of notice that you would like meals. The cost we paid, of £7.50 for two courses, is reminiscent of set fees I have encountered for meals at other youth hostels, but the food you will eat at Alnwick is far from anything I have ever sampled in a standard youth hostel canteen. Perhaps it is being independent that has allowed Alnwick’s catering to be so good, or maybe Andrews own dedication to good food.
We arrived for our holiday to the smell of curry drifting into the dining room. A Russian educational group were staying at the hostel and Andrew and staff were catering for them for the length of their 4 day stay. We busied away in the self catering kitchen putting together our evening meal, but still couldn’t get the thought of curry out of our minds. The following evening, admitting defeat, we ended up at the Indian restaurant in town.
Having learnt the error of our ways we booked our group in for hostel meals on the following evening. The theme that night was Mexican. We had tacos dripping with cheese and a second course of guacamole, chilli, sour cream and spiced roasted vegetables. Much to our surprise the two course meal included a pudding. All the food was delicious and amazing value for £7.50. The kids were delighted, no washing up tonight !
What a shame it had taken us three nights to learn the error of our self catering ways. We were off to the next venue of our touring holiday of Northumberland so it was too late now to book an evening meal for tomorrow. However you could book a meal or two at Alnwick when you plan your own tour of the hostels in Northumberland.