Last night officially marked the start of Christmas for me and what better way to begin festivities with a date night trying food somewhere new. When trying to decide where to go one particular venue came to mind.
I first heard about St. Mary’s Inn last month when I was exhibiting at The North East EXPO. One of the representatives from Jesmond Dene House told me how they had recently opened a new pub in Stannington and recommended that I try it.
I asked around about the food and heard good feedback so we decided to give it a go and I’m so pleased we did!
St Mary’s Inn is a pub and B&B located on an estate in South Northumberland near Stannington Village. It’s just a couple of miles off the A1 and very easy to get to.
The site itself is actually really old and used to be St. Mary’s hospital. It was built at the beginning of the last century and was the county asylum for Gateshead. It closed in 1996 and has since been renovated into the most beautiful building.
The owners have managed to keep some of building’s more traditional features like the clock tower and arched doorway. This is mixed with modern décor such as the log fire, animal shaped art and clock tower shaped salt and pepper dispensers.
The restaurant area gives customers an insight into how the hospital used to look through framed floor plans on the walls. It’s really interesting to understand the history of the venue and see how far it has come.
When driving up to the building I was very impressed with how it looks. The arched doorway is the main entrance and the first thing you see. This picture does not do it justice.
When we arrived, we were greeted and shown our table very quickly. It was really difficult to choose what we wanted to eat as there were so many nice things on the menu from Sausage and mash to venison and turkey dinner.
I eventually chose a traditional prawn cocktail for my starter, which was beautiful in both presentation and taste!
After being on a very strict diet for 6 weeks I couldn’t resist ordering the Aberdeen Angus Burger. It was amazing – the quality of the food was a really high standard and tasted lovely.
For pudding I had chocolate truffle with a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream (naughty I know but it’s Christmas!). It was the nicest pudding I’ve ever tasted.
I honestly couldn’t recommend this St. Mary’s Inn highly enough. The service was excellent, the food was of a very high quality and the location is perfect for any occasion, including a festive date night. We’ll definitely be returning very soon.