The newly renovated country pub and bed and breakfast, St. Mary’s Inn Morpeth was the perfect place to dine this festive month.
We had the pleasure of booking a table for a lot of the family only a few days before Christmas for mums’ birthday as we had heard so many great things including the dog friendly atmosphere.
Set in the new community which is still undergoing developing properties, St. Mary’s Inn is located near Stannington village taking over the old St Mary’s Hospital. The former administration building with red bricks and contrasting windows aligned with the old arch doorway dates back to the hospital use which closed in 1996. Only recently did Jesmond Dene House (the sister property) take over management.
The real country luxuriously styled pub had a stunning interior with log fires, large comfy and cosy seats and various dining areas to choose from. As we had booked in advance, we were taken to our table along from the bar area. Despite not actually being a separate room, it really did feel like we were privately dining as the affective design created an imitate setting.
The six of us and our dog all sat down got cosy whilst the waiting staff took our drink orders. There was nothing which was too much trouble, orders were spot on with no mistakes which I can appreciate at this time of the year can be hard to fulfil amongst the chaos. Deciding to go straight for the main course, there was one fish (whale more like) and chips, one chicken breast, a braised beef shin, two turkey and stuffing pies and finally something from the specials board which was pheasant game pie.
Waiting a reasonable amount of time for the food we relaxed and chatted all night. At the head of our table was an open log fire which kept us super toasty warm. My beef shin for £16.50 was delicious! The meat stack was really tender and juicy and went perfectly with the horseradish mash. Bacon, mushroom, onion and savoy cabbage accompanied this delicious meal. I cleared the plate in no time.
Mum and dad both chose the turkey and stuffing pie which cost £14.50 and they loved it. The dish came with an individual pie alongside Christmas themed vegetables. Sprouts, bacon and chestnuts, potatoes and honey roasted carrot and parsnip were all cooked perfectly. The best bit? Apparently, the giant pig in blanket was the icing on the cake.
Despite our stomachs being rather full we still decided on desserts. I go by that saying, there is always room for pudding- after all we have a separate part just for the sweet stuff, right?
Many choices to go for but sticky toffee pudding and syrup sponge caught a lot of our eyes. The price for both was set at £6 each and we all agreed it was a bargain for the size of them. My sticky toffee pud was absolutely amazing, safe to say the best I’ve had at a restaurant in a long time. The toffee sauce was of perfect sweetness and they didn’t scrimp on the amount either. The menu described the dessert coming with vanilla ice cream and after asking the waitress to see what she could do about getting me some custard I was delighted to receive both the ice cream and a jug of warm custard.
The syrup sponge presentation really stole the show however. The delicate sponge was smothered in syrup sauce topped with shortbread tulle.
The hospitality at St. Mary’s Inn couldn’t be faulted. All staff were very polite and attentive alongside their helpful and friendly attitudes. They even provided a dog bowl for our pup to have some water whilst we ate. We all loved the evening and cannot wait to go back.