Our Team

At your service

Our waiting and bar staff are some of the friendliest people in town. Let us make you feel special.



Our Owner

The big cheese

Alan McKenna has run a restaurant at the theatre since 1996. There’s not a thing he doesn’t know about making your visit a show-stopper.



Our Home

Northern Stage

Nestled within the Newcastle University campus and just off Barras Bridge, the Northern Stage building is a beautiful spot to getaway from the hustle and bustle.


About McKenna’s

McKenna’s at Northern Stage offers good, honest locally sourced food in a friendly and relaxed restaurant and bistro, with a sprinkling of Northern charm.

We have something for everyone – from brunch to pre-theatre dinner and or just coffee and drinks from the bar. Since we opened in 2006 we’ve catered for hundreds of events and launches from weddings to awards ceremonies.

As a family-run business we have a strong team of front of house, bar and chefs including our Head Chef Jonnie Stafford, and of course the owner and chief bottle-washer Alan McKenna.

Alan is hands-on and passionate about good food and always aspires to make your visit to McKenna’s a memorable one.

What our critics say;

The restaurant has a relaxed, friendly vibe and is perfect for al fresco dining with friends away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

The Food & Drink Guide, October 2018

Opening Times

Brunch Menu

Mon 9.30am – 6pm
Tue to Sat 9.30am – 5pm

Evening Menu

Tue to Sat 5pm – 8pm

Mezzanine dining business dependent

Review of McKenna