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The use of fresh and locally sourced produce including fruits, herbs and vegetables from our own gardens is at the core of our food philosophy.

The team of dedicated chefs produce tasty and individual dishes that reflect the best of modern British and Continental cuisine. Awards include 2 AA rosettes, Taste Durham Local Champion, Taste Durham Highest Quality Assured and an Enjoy England Breakfast Award.

Dinner Menu

Our menu changes every few weeks and we try to keep the website as up-to-date as possible, however, there may be variations. For an exact copy of our current menu please contact the hotel.

Served daily from 6.30 pm until 9.30 pm (booking required)


Pre-starter of chef's homemade soup - complimentary

Smoked salmon mousse, textures of beetroot and a micro herb salad - £8.50

Crisp lamb belly, minted pea puree, water cress and redcurrant jus - £8.00

Asparagus, peach, feta cheese and pine nut salad with balsamic dressing - £8.00

Crab and avocado salad, tomato concasse, rocket and crustacean oil - £9.00

Carpaccio of beef fillet, red pepper, spring onion and radish salad with a sesame oil dressing - £9.00

Chef's sorbet - complimentary

Main Courses

Herb crusted rack of lamb, minted crushed potatoes, broad beans, silver skin onions and a rosemary jus - £23.00 (£3 supplement on DBB rates)

Spiced monkfish tail, Bombay potatoes, spinach and peas with saffron cream - £21.00

Slow braised ox cheek, creamy mashed potato, glazed carrots, crispy onions and a peppercorn sauce - £19.00

Pan-roast breast of chicken stuffed with mushroom duxelle, pomme anna potatoes, charred leek, sauteed wild mushrooms and a tarragon jus - £19.00

Pan-fried ribeye of Simpson's beef, beef fat chips, confit tomato, flap cap mushroom, water cress with thmye and shallot jus - £23.00 (£3 supplement on DBB rates)


Dark chocolate tart with white chocolate ice cream and raspberries - £7.00

Mango and passion fruit cheescake with coconut ice cream and coconut tuille - £7.50

Sticky toffee pudding with toasted hazelnuts, sticky toffee sauce, apple puree and vanilla ice cream - £7.50

Fresh fruit plate with creme fraiche - £7.00

A selection of local cheeses with biscuits - £9.00

Lunch Menu

This is the sample lunch menu for Monday - Saturday when lunch is served from 12pm until 2pm. Booking recommended but not always essential.

Monday to Friday: 2 courses £18.50, 3 courses £23.50, Tea/coffee £2.00

Saturdays: a la carte


Chef's soup of the day - £5.00

Melon and seasonal fruit with raspberry coulis - £5.50

Asparagus, peach, feta cheese and pine nut salad with balsamic dressing - £6.00

Smoked salmon mousse with watercress and pickled lemon - £6.00

Crisp lamb belly, minted pea puree and a redcurrant jus - £6.00

Field mushrooms grilled with garlic butter and watercress - £5.50

Main Courses

Pan-roast breast of chicken, truffle mash, charred leak and sauteed wild mushroom with a tarragon jus - £13.50

Braised ox cheek, mashed potatoes and glazed carrots with a peppercorn sauce - £14.00

Grilled seabass, sauteed potatoes, samphire, prawns and a lemon butter - £13.50

Roast salmon fillet, crushed potatoes, samphire, prawns and lemon butter - £13.50

Wild mushroom risotto, parmesan crisp and watercress - £12.50


Fresh fruit salad - £5.00

Mango & passionfruit cheescake with chantilly cream - £5.50

Vanilla pannacotta with berries and shortbread - £5.50

Sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce and vanilla ice-cream - £5.50

Sunday Lunch Menu

Our traditional Sunday lunch is served from 12pm until 2pm, booking essential. Please note that some of the dishes below may vary due to seasonality.


Homemade soup - £5.00

Yorkshire pudding with onion gravy - £5.00

Garlic mushrooms in a creamy sauce - £5.50

Melon and seasonal fruit with raspberry coulis - £5.50

Smoked salmon mousse, watercress and pickled lemon - £6.00

Tempura king prawns with sweet chilli dip and rocket salad - £7.50

Asparagus, peach, feta cheese and pine nut salad with balsamic dressing - £6.00

Main Courses

Roast sirloin of Simpson's beef with Yorkshire pudding, horseradish sauce and a roast gravy - £14.50

Grilled seabass, crushed potatoes, spinach and dill cream - £13.50

Chef's roast of the day - £14.00

Roast breast of chicken with mustard mash and roast gravy - £14.00

Vegetable wellington, crushed potatoes and a light cheese sauce - £12.50


Fresh fruit salad and ice cream - £5.00

Cheese and biscuits - £7.50

Sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream - £5.50

Gooseberry fool and madeleines - £5.50

Vanilla pannacotta and summer berries - £5.50

Make a Reservation

Please go to our online booking pages where the best rates can be found. Online reservations can be made for up to 6 rooms at a time and for a maximum of 6 months ahead.

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