Our Chefs

Previously trained at some of the North East’s top eateries, such as Gosforth Park and The Fisherman’s Lodge, Head Chef Dave Woolley bringing years of experience and ideas to our menu and kitchen team.
We hope you enjoy the culinary talents that he and his team will bring to your dining experience.

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.

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 lunches, to a 2 or 3 course dinner in the bistro to pre-theatre tapas and our classic burgers or just drinks at McKenna’s 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 chefs including our Head Chef John Davison, waiting and bar staff and of course, 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 customers say

There is a real joy in coming to Northern Stage for dinner… There’s something of an air of anticipation around the place, and being part of something.

Bev Stephenson -Metro Food & Drink

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Opening times

Coffee, Alcohol, Sandwiches & Tapas
Tue - Sat: 9.30am - 11pm
Mon: 9.30am - 6pm
Breakfast served until 11.30am

Tue - Sat: 5.30pm - last order 9pm