On Wednesday I was super excited to travel a little bit down south towards County Durham for dinner at Seaham Hall. I was lucky enough to be invited along to try out their Dining Room restaurant which overlooks the stunning entrance to the Hall and giant whirl pool water fountain.
Seaham Hall is an award-winning Serenity Spa located in the coastal town of Seaham. Alongside the hotel and spa facilities, the Hall offers luxurious dining with two restaurants, Ozone, serving Pan-Asian cuisine and The Dining Room, where we enjoyed luxury British food.
The stunning dark interiors contrasting with glitter chandeliers and Georgian décor creates the perfect ambiance for The Dining Room. Inspiration for the restaurant is said to be from Lord Byron’s enchanting portrait which hung above the stunning booth we were seated under.
Upon arrival for our 6.30pm reservation, we were taken to the backroom bar area where we ordered a drink before being taken to our table. Mum ordered a glass of prosecco whilst I went for a mocktail from the ‘drivers menu’ which had apple juice and cucumber in I think. I don’t quite remember to be honest because I forgot to take a picture of the menu but it was super refreshing and I drank it almost immediately! One of the waiters offered us the menus to look over whilst we waited which I was glad for because I had no idea what I wanted to choose. After a lot of deliberating, I ordered the beef which was described on the menu as ‘marinated retired dairy cow, Strathdon Blue, Girolles and sourdough. This particular starter dish was priced at £12 and an unexpectedly larger portion than I expected for a starter. For those who aren’t as culinary aware, this starter was a beef tartare or raw grounded beef.
Mum ordered the Burrata which was one of the cheaper starter options on the seasonal menu, for £10. This starter dish included Burrata, San Marzano tomato, basil and black olives. Presentation was stunning with the smooth mozzarella on the top of the contrasting coloured olive and burrata base.
Service for all of the courses was very efficient with not much waiting time between the courses at all. The atmosphere in the restaurant was relaxing and mimicked the spa vibes really well. The main courses that we ordered included whole grilled North Sea plaice which was an exceptional sized portion filling the whole plate. The fish was seasoned with buttered samphire and caper brown butter. Mum loved this dish although she would have liked the samphire crisped off a little more. This dish was one of the few main course meals that came with Seaham chips on the side and cost £24.
I on the other hand, ordered from the steak menu. A 45-day salt aged Galloway beef sirloin steak from Waterford Farm in Kirby was grilled over charcoal embers served with Isle of Wight heritage tomato salad. The sirloin was £27, and a fillet would have cost £29. I ordered the green peppercorn sauce alongside which was really delicious for an additional £3 as well as a side of hand cut chips for £4. Mum and I also shared roasted carrots with orange and star anise which was again an additional £4 which were lovely but we both agreed we would have liked them a little less sweet.
Both of us had lovely main courses and contemplated whether we could handle a third course because we were beginning to feel rather full but when we were shown the menu, well…we just had to give them a go. The description of the desserts was enough to persuade us but the taste of both were incredible! Salted caramel custard tart was one sweet treat we indulged in which was topped with Bruce raspberries, almonds and cultured cream. The presentation was incredible, and the taste was amazing. It wasn’t too sweet or sickly either just right. The raspberry sorbet that came alongside the tart complimented sweet with the cool tang perfectly.
The other dessert we ordered was the Strawberries which was an arrangement of Bruce Farm strawberry tart and sorbet topped with vanilla crema and aromatic herbs. This one was both our favourite out of the two desserts. Super fruity and delicious, with perfect presentation once again. Both cost £8 each and mum and I agreed that this was our favourite course of the whole evening so so good!
Seaham Hall was a wonderful evening. We could have spent all night sitting and chatting. We picked up a brochure for the spa along with the afternoon tea offers that Seaham Hall does as we definitely want to try them both out. Thank you so much to Seaham Hall for inviting me and mum along for dinner, we cannot wait to return!