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.
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.
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. We also offer a daily changing 'Chef's Choice' menu with two or three dishes per course.
Served daily from 7 pm until 9.30 pm (booking required)
Pre-starter of chef's homemade soup - complimentary
Chicken liver parfait with homemade plum jelly, orange and watercress salad, toasted walnuts and toast - £8.50
Smoked Scottish salmon with rillettes of peppered mackerel, brown crab mayonnaise, apple and rocket - £9.00
Goat's cheese parfait with red wine poached pear, toasted nuts and seeds, ginger bread and red wine syrup - £8.50
Warm tartlet of leek, bacon and spinach with a poached egg and pommery mustard - £8.50
Chef's sorbet - complimentary
Roast tenderloin pork with slow cooked belly, Cumberland sausage, fondant potato, roasted parsnip and a sage infused jus - £19.00
Pan roasted loin of Simpson's Hardwick mutton, braised shoulder, mutton and rosemary sausage, savoy cabbage, mashed potato and a mint jus - £20.00
Seared fillet of seabass with butternut squash puree, beetroot and potato dauphinoise, spinach, beer batter prawns and a dill cream - £19.50
Aubergine filled with caramelised onion and topped with flat cap mushrooms and a Durham camembert cheese, fat chips, spinach, cherry tomatoes and a peppercorn sauce - £16.50
Roast breast of chicken wrapped in Parma ham with truffle oil mash, mini chicken and ham pie, wild mushrooms, smoked bacon, broad beans and a thyme jus - £19.00
NB. A cut of Simpson's beef always features in a dish on our 'Chef's Choice' menu!
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
Sample 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 £15.00, 3 courses £19.50, Tea/coffee £2.00
Saturdays: £23.50 for three courses
Warm salad of slow cooked pork belly, black pudding, Northumberland smoked cheese and bacon with rocket and cider treacle
Pressed terrine of confit chicken and foie gras wrapped in Parma ham with pickled vegetables, apple puree and toasted brioche
Prawn and smoked fish platter with crab and potato salad, pickled cucumber and watercress
Tartlet of goats cheese, sunblushed tomato and rocket with herb oil and balsamic reduction
Sample Main Courses
Roast breast of chicken with bubble & squeak, roast vegetables and a red wine sauce
Seared fillets of seabass with sauteed potatoes, prawns, spinach and a lemon butter
Braised beef bourguignon with olive oil mash, roast parsnips and parsnip crisps
Baked fillet of smoked haddock with spinach, poached egg and chive cream
Headlam garden apple crumble and custard
Baileys cheesecake with espresso syrup and coffee ice cream
Vanilla pannacotta with strawberry compote and hazelnut shortbread
Sample Sunday Lunch Menu
Our traditional Sunday lunch is served from 12pm until 2pm, booking essential.
3 courses with tea/coffee - £23.50 per person
Homemade pea and mint soup with mint creme fraiche
Smoked Scottish salmon and prawns with Marie Rose sauce, caper, lemon and black pepper
Garlic mushrooms with blue cheese sauce, smoked bacon and cream
Melon and Parma ham with an orange and ginger syrup
Roast sirloin of Simpson's beef with Yorkshire pudding, horseradish sauce and a roast gravy
Grilled Scottish salmon with crushed new potatoes and a lemon hollandaise
Roast loin of pork with homemade stuffing, apple sauce, crackling and gravy
Homemade steak and ale pie topped with a puff pastry lid
Linguini pasta with Mediterranean vegetables, pesto, parmesan and cream
Fresh fruit salad with honey mascarpone
Cheese and biscuits
Sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream
Chocolate and Ameretti roulade with chocolate ice cream
Mango and passionfruit delice with mango sorbet