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Food & Drink Local produce prepared by local people

We're known to put on a proper spread here in the North East.

Our food is made from delicious, locally sourced ingredients, with many even grown on site – can’t get much fresher than that!

We focus on seasonal ingredients, harvested when they’re at their very best to serve food with the care and attention of a home cooked meal.

At the Bishop’s Kitchen café, right in the heart of Auckland Castle, you can choose to eat in the beautifully refurbished medieval kitchen, or in the tranquil and sheltered courtyard garden. We serve a selection of seasonal soups, sandwiches, salads, and cakes to give you a real taste of Bishop Auckland.

Our food is a commemoration of the great culinary traditions of Auckland Castle, whose kitchens led the way in gastronomic innovation and food production to serve the Prince Bishops of Durham and their guests. Celebrating the best produce that the area has to offer, we share in the previous tenants’ passion for food and hope to serve you soon.

Dining Club

Dining in the Old Library

Food for thought

Food shapes a huge part of our regional identity in the North East and we take our commitments around its production to heart.


By sourcing from as local suppliers as possible, including our own Walled Garden at Auckland Castle, we’re not just getting the freshest produce possible, we’re cutting carbon emissions by reducing the distance our food has to travel to a minimum.

Walled Garden Produce


The North East has such a rich food culture and tradition, and that’s reflected in our people. We’re committed to hiring and working with people from the local community who share our commitment to showcasing our ingredients as well as possible.

Bishops Kitchen


Bishop Auckland is our home and we’re endlessly grateful for that. One of the ways we’re committed to giving back is through fighting food poverty. To date, we’ve produced over 4,600 meals for children at risk of malnourishment and last year prepared over 20,000 emergency meals for those unable to access food during the Covid-19 pandemic.