An excellent restaurant, as the implies - specialising in local fish. The lodge is situated in a secluded valley, and reached by a long drive running by a pretty steam; making you feel a a million miles from the stresses of the city. Try and arrive in daylight hours, as this approach adds to the pleasure of the occasion.
The menu offers a balance of the piscine and the terra firma. The former gleamingly fresh (much from the quay at North Shields), the latter many sourced from local suppliers.
Perhaps begin with 'Seared Orkney Scallops, Roasted Langoustine, Herb Risotto, Cauliflower and Truffle Purée and Barolo Dressing'; 'Confit Corn-Fed Chicken and Foie Gras Terrine, Foie Gras Beignets, Fig Chutney and Toasted Brioche' or 'Butternut Squash Velouté with Toasted Kernels'.
To be followed by the likes of 'Roasted Turbot with Shallot Confit, Truffle Agnellotti, Baby Leeks, Pommes Purée, Wilted Spinach and a Red Wine and Thyme Jus'; 'Roast Loin of slow- cooked Shoulder of Lamb, Fondant Potato, Confit Root Vegetables, Artichokes and Tarragon Jus' or Lobster in a choice of 5 ways (
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.00; set L from £20 to £50; mains about £8 to £12; Sunday Roast 10.75
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 19.00-22.00; set D £40 (2 courses) to £50; mains about £15 to £20
- Seats: 114
- Wine: a comprehensive list kicks off at £17, with about a dozen by the glass
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Jesmond
- Directions: about 4km from the city centre, off the Tynemouth road (A1058). See the map at the top of the page.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: all Sun; some Bank Holidays