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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Date night at St Mary's Inn

Last week we were let down by another restaurant and did not want to waste our child free evening so decided to head to old favourite St Mary's Inn (Read reviews of family lunch and afternoon tea here).

St Mary's Inn is an old hospital nestled away in an upmarket housing estate near Stannington. Brought to you by the same people as Jesmond Dene House, St Mary's Inn manages to be both comfortable and welcoming yet still retain an upmarket feel.

We booked a table online for 8pm. My only quibble with St Mary's Inn is that it is too far from our home so one of us has to drive (and not drink). This time it was my turn to be our designated driver for the evening (booooo!).

We were seated in the restaurant area with a handful of other diners - some were locals and for others it was their first time. You can always spot first timers as they wander around admiring the various local artwork that adorns the walls.

We ordered out drinks (a pint of 'St Mary's Ale' for hubby and a very small glass of Chilean merlot for myslef) and pondered the menu and specials board.

I am always surprised when restaurants and pubs don't offer a specials board - surely they are the way for chef's to experiment with new ingredients and stop them getting bored of cooking the same menu night after night? Plus as a local, it is nice to be able to have the choice of trying something new everytime you visit. I decided to order Thai Mussels (£6) and Sausage and Mash (£10) both from the special's board and hubby ordered the Cauliflower and Wild Garlic soup (£6) followed by Maple Glazed Pork Chop with Wholegrain mustard and Bone Marrow and Parsley chips (£15). We also ordered a portion of Honey Roast Carrots and Parsnips between us (£3).

Our food was all superb and plentiful - it is hard to pick a favourite dish. Hubby declared his pork chop to be the best he'd ever tasted and our carrots were perfectly glazed with just a hint of caramel. My sausage and mash with pork sauce was hearty and filling and there were no complaints with our starters either (although I would have liked some bread with my mussel's rather than having to steal half of hubby's).

Service throughout our meal was super attentive and friendly - staff walk around the room at set intervals so there is always the chance to catch somebody's eye if you need to. They are also happy to talk you through the menu and were chatting to customers about the pub and it's food throughout the evening.

We had pre-planned on ordering the Northumberland cheese board to share in the bar after our meal but there was simply no room so that will have to wait until next time. We did however venture into the cosy bar area to finish our drinks before heading home.

If you are looking for a welcoming Country pub that serves hearty, well cooked food and provides attentive and friendly service, try St Mary's Inn - you will not be disappointed.

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  1. The food looks amazing! Especially the mussels and the pork chop! Shame its a bit of a trek x

  2. Ooh lovely! Those muscles look delicious. I haven't heard of this place before but love Jesmond dene house. Glad you had w nice trip out.


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