Jesmond Dene House

Jesmond Dene House


0.5 miles
Jesmond Dene Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 2EY
When it opened, in 2005, Jesmond Dene House added a bold new element to the North- East hotel scene. It took an architecturally and historically rich building - a fine Arts and Crafts house with vast windows, massive fireplaces, oak panelling - and injected a bright and funky, luxury look without destroying the original features. As a result, although country house grand from the outside, the hotel has a warm, contemporary and informal feel inside. The combination obviously works as it was voted 'AA Hotel of the Year 2008-09'.

Its other trump card is that it enjoys an enviably peaceful setting, overlooking the wooded valley of Jesmond Dene, yet is only a five-minute drive from Newcastle city centre.

From the start, the place was as much about good food as good bedrooms; not surprising since one of the owners is the region's leading chef restaurateur, Terry Laybourne. The kitchen team, led by head chef Pierre Rigothier who trained in Michelin-starred kitchens, takes a fresh and contemporary approach to classic dishes and classic combinations; having said that, there's still roast beef and Yorkshire pudding for Sunday lunch, and the afternoon tea is properly old-fashioned.

The cooking is skilful and creative. Ingredients really matter - fresh and seasonal, of course - and Pierre gets to know his suppliers well so he can be sure they care about their produce. Many of the herbs and some of the fruit and vegetables come from the hotel garden. On the menu, you might find fillet of Northumbrian beef (dry-aged organic from Monkridge Hill Farm in Northumberland) with glazed Swiss chard, bone marrow and buttery mashed potatoes. Or you might be tempted by seared Scottish scallops with lemon marmalade and buttered leeks. Puddings often take a classic standard and give it an imaginative twist, such as warm Maragda chocolate tart with mint ice cream or iced peanut parfait with chocolate sorbet and caramel mousse.

The joy of a hotel is that you can find something to eat whatever the time of day, and at Jesmond Dene House you don't have to be a resident. Pop in for coffee and freshly made cakes, grab a speedy bar meal or linger over afternoon tea - on the terrace if it's fine - with a glass of Champagne. You can even join the early birds for breakfast. Dinner here doesn't have to be a special occasion (though food-lovers will make a bee-line for the Tasting Menu); you could skip the à la carte and go for the great value Market Menu at just £25 for three courses.

The restaurant has two dining areas: the former music room with its plasterwork ceiling and dramatic colours, and the oak-floored, light and leafy garden room. In the summer, you can dine on the terrace with its views over Jesmond Dene. Plus there are several private dining rooms including the spectacular, double-height Great Hall with its wood panelling, gothic windows and minstrels' gallery. And if you don't fancy the drive home, why not stay the night? Each of the 40 bedrooms has a different shape and style - furnishings are sleek and uncluttered, the bathrooms crisp and modern. A true city oasis; genuine unfussy comfort
+3Jesmond Dene House
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-10am, noon-2pm, 7pm- 9.30pm; Sat 7.30am-10.30am, 12.30pm-2.30pm, 6pm-10pm; Sun 7.30am-10.30am, 12.30pm-3.15pm, 7pm-9.30pm (Afternoon Tea: Mon-Sun 3pm-5.30pm)

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