Riverdale Hall Country House Hotel
At the gateway to Northumberland National Park sits the magnificent Riverdale Hall, a country house hotel with a wonderful restaurant. Just a stroll up the Tyne from the nearby town of Bellingham, the setting epitomises rural Northumbrian tranquillity.
The restaurant boasts an impressive selection of locally sourced produce, from meat and poultry, to cheese and ice cream. You will often find locally reared venison, pheasant and partridge on the menu too, and all lamb, beef and steaks come from local farms. The hotel also grows a large proportion of vegetables and salads in the summer months. How better to finish off your meal than with some delicious Northumbrian cheese served with homemade chutneys and jams, and a delicious glass of Port? The daily changing menus are carefully created by a team of experienced chefs – each of them with their own area of expertise. Iben Cocker has been a chef at Riverdale Hall for 36 years – you might recognise her from her time cooking with Keith Floyd on the television series Floyd around Great Britain and Ireland.
Dining at Riverdale Hall is a remarkable experience as the chefs are unafraid to adapt. Their skill lies in blending new flavours and ideas with what Riverdale knows best – honest traditional food and humble English greats.
This is all complimented by an extensive, well-priced wine list with many favourites and a few less familiar bottles to choose from. With local microbrewery cask ales and a good selection of continental beers, there’s something for everyone.