Business lunch: St Mary’s Inn

March 5, 2019

Richard Dawson visits St Mary’s Inn for a hearty lunch in the scenic surroundings of Northumberland

St Mary’s Inn and B&B has a warm and welcoming atmosphere, with the quintessential charm of exposed beams and traditional décor.

The inn, located on the outskirts of Morpeth, comprises a restaurant and bar, 11 country-style bedrooms, a stunning conservatory and cosy corners aplenty for a catch up over lunch with family, friends or colleagues.

Coming in from the cold, my colleague and I were seated in front of the warmth of a wood burning fire, and presented with a substantial menu.

St Mary’s Inn boasts traditional pub fayre, however glancing over the specials of pan roast pigeon and aubergine caponata, you get the sense that the kitchen can be more adventurous when required.

We opted for starters of chicken liver parfait, apple cider chutney and sourdough, and celeriac soup with hazelnuts and chives.

The dishes were well-presented, and the seasonal ingredients were packed full of flavour.

For mains, we ordered roast chicken breast with potato gnocchi, braised baby onions and button mushrooms, and steak and ale pie, with mashed potato and seasonal vegetables.

When you’re visiting somewhere for the first time, a steak and ale pie is a good measure of traditional cooking, and it did not disappoint.

The tender chunks of beef were well-seasoned, and the mashed potato and seasonal greens were the perfect accompaniment.

The roast chicken was presented on a bed of spinach with a creamy jus, and also commended praise from my colleague.

For dessert, we opted for a dark chocolate brownie with white chocolate ice cream, and baked vanilla rice pudding with a raspberry doughnut.

Both dishes were deliciously rich, the perfect way to finish our indulgent lunch.

If you’re looking to retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city, look no further than St Mary’s Inn.

St Mary’s Inn
St Mary’s Park, Morpeth
01670 293293
www.stmarysinn.co.uk

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