L, T, the Mr and I took a lovely drive out to Jesmond Dene House today. All set for sampling their delicious festive December menu, our mouths watered at the thought of tucking into some seasonal Sunday lunch. Beautiful Christmas decorations currently adorn Jesmond Dene House, enticing visitors inside.
An ideal family-friendly festive destination, we arrived dressed in our best Sunday attire. Grabbing the perfect excuse for some sparkle and festivity, this is one special place to stop. Equally, the hotel and restaurant welcomes all visits and dress codes, should you fancy an impromptu coffee or a formal dinner. We caught sight of a group enjoying the crisp day and each other’s company, sipping hot drinks on the lawn after a walk in Jesmond Dene. This combination of outings highlights the fantastic versatility my favourite independent boutique hotel silently boasts. And one reason our family keeps coming back for more.
Upon arrival, we got comfy in a lounge area and perused the menu. Shown to our table shortly after, I took in the twinkly festive decoration and stunning scenery outside. Seated in the garden room area of their three AA rosette restaurant, you look out onto the hotel’s gorgeous greenery.
Always equipped to cater for dietary requirements, I was presented with freshly-baked gluten-free bread as the rest of my family sampled equally tasty homemade rolls. To start, I chose the Goats Cheese with Black Olive, Roast Squash & Northumberland Honey, while Mr B ordered Smoked Mackerel alongside Sourdough & Poached Egg. The kids picked Melon Salad and Salad of Plum Tomatoes & Buffalo Mozzarella. Beautifully plated, the brightly coloured dishes were quickly devoured.
Onto the mains, for which I decided on Roast Himalayan Salt Aged Topside of Beef and my husband, Roast Leg of Lamb. The little ones were both in agreement, each choosing Chicken Nuggets & Chips. Our meals were comforting, satisfying and extremely more-ish. Plus, I have to say, they also contained the absolute best roast potatoes I have ever tasted.
For dessert, it was the Ice-Cream Selection for our minis, a Sorbet Selection for me, and the Mr decided on Chocolate Financier with Praline and Dulcey Cremeux. My trio of sorbets comprised a refreshing and tangy pud, featuring apple, melon and raspberry flavours. Mr B’s Chocolate Financier looked fantastic, and tasted so too, by all accounts.
Throughout our meal, service was impeccable, as always. Jesmond Dene House team member Dale met our every need, and is incredibly knowledgeable too. Whether you’ve visited the elegant and luxurious hotel and restaurant before, or would like to sample this magical foodie heaven for the first time, I thoroughly recommend a trip asap.
See you in the New Year, wonderful Jesmond Dene House- we’ll undoubtedly be back for our next visit very soon.
Our family meal was complimentary in return for this review. With a big thanks to the brilliant team at Jesmond Dene House. The main festive menu runs throughout December and is priced at £30 per person for three courses, or £25 per person for two.
Jesmond Dene House Hotel and Restaurant
Jesmond Dene Road
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tel: 0191 212 3000