Tyne & Wear Food & Drink Guide 2013

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Lumley Castle features in Tyne & Wear Food & Drink Guide 2013

‘Winding corridors, stone floors, grand archways and gardens – it’s the stuff of fairytales. Yet Lumley Castle is not just about looking the part: the atmosphere, service and cuisine are all out of this world.

We had donned our finest garbs for an exquisite meal at Lumley Castle. Greeted by our charming waitress, we took in the immaculate table linen, fresh roses and well- spaced tables – it all heralded an evening to remember. Chef Richard Chilver is taking the dining experience to new levels. My deep-fried monkfish cheeks were crisp on the outside and soft within, the scattered caper berries adding a subtle sharpness. My companion’s heritage tomato and buffalo mozzarella salad featured seven types of locally grown tomatoes, dark balsamic pearls and baby basil leaves.

Despite being tempted by the grill menu’s locally produced dry- aged beef on the bone, my companion plumped for the Lumley signature dish: beef fillet stuffed with blue cheese. Intrigued by the accompanying beetroot gnocchi, I chose the oven- roasted duck breast. This dish was a triumph and the sweetness of beetroot worked beautifully. Ihadn’t been planning on indulging in dessert but as soon as I saw the options I knew it would be futile to resist. I can only describe our choice as pure heaven in a dish; the chocolate marquise tasted quite exquisite with crimson poached cherries.’ - Tyne & Wear Food & Drink Guide 2013