A few weeks ago, I headed up to Newcastle for a couple of days. Newcastle is definitely a place that has grown on me over the last couple of years. It’s not become tradition that we visit over New Years and also I have a few friends living up there so it’s always nice to visit. On this trip, I had kindly been invited to Jesmond Dene House which is around 10 minutes from the city centre in a gorgeous area. After meeting Charlotte, doing a spot of shopping and of course, picking up a couple of slices of my favourite pizza from Grainger Market we got an Uber across to Jesmond Dene House.
On arrival, we were greeted by a gorgeous country house covered in red ivy, making it a very Autumnal scene. Although you have a feeling of being out in the countryside in this elegant house, you’re actually only 10 minutes from Newcastle city centre! Once we had checked in we had a little tour of the main building which is where you will find the restaurant, billiards room and the grand hall (where many weddings take place). The actual house has so much history to it dating back to the 1800’s when it was bought by Captain Andrew Noble. You can see in the Grand Hall how they have preserved the Grade ll-listed building as well. The hotel actually opened in 2005 and whilst they have modernised certain parts, the elegant and grand charm shines through.
Our room was actually located in a modern building to the side of the house where we had a junior suite. It was a gorgeous modern room with a bathroom that I certainly approved of. We all know how much I appreciate a gorgeous bathroom. The twin room was pretty huge, with two TV’s, a living area, amenities such as a mini bar, hair dryer and tea making facilities. What more could we want? After we spent an hour trying and may I add, failing to get Glastonbury tickets (sad times), we glammed ourselves up for dinner.
I’ve actually heard a few people singing the praises of Jesmond Dene House before, mainly for the food so Dinner was something I was very much looking forward to. Charlotte and I enjoyed a few drinks sat by the fire in the bar area before heading through to the dining room. We were seated in the lovely glass house area which had been renovated recently with a more contemporary feel. It is just a gorgeous area to eat with a view out to their gardens.
We started off with some warm bread, before we had chance to finish off our nibbles, the main had arrived. Not that I was complaining as the main course was really the star of the show. We had ordered from the A la Carté menu. I had gone for the 65 Day Salt Aged Rib Eye Steak which came with Broccoli, Triple Cooked Chips and Peppercorn Sauce. Charlotte decided to get the Giha Halibut with Café de Paris Butter, Brown Shrimps and Samphire & Celery. We also then got some creamed potatoes to share.
My steak was ordered medium and it was cooked to perfection, it was one of the best steaks I have ever had. I also really loved the creamed potatoes which was just the most delicious mash. I know Steak and Mash isn’t the most conventional pairing but it’s my #1 dish. Charlotte thought the food was beautiful, something she wouldn’t have thought of ordering but it was the perfect mix of flavours.
We could resist getting dessert and we both actually ended up getting the same thing. The liquid centred chocolate pudding with salted caramel ice cream was too good to resist. It was so delicious, I love anything chocolate so it was certainly a crowd pleaser. We were slightly unsure on the ice cream as it tasted quite tangy and not very salted caramel. We both agreed the food was incredible and we certainly would come back to Jesmond Dene House, even if it was only for food.
After dinner, we went back to our room to chill out, watch a bit of The Circle from our very comfy beds and catch a few winks. I think my favourite thing about the room was how spacious it was. You could really chill out and make yourself at home. We both slept wonderfully in the room and before we knew it, it was time for breakfast.
Breakfast was served in the glass house with another room filled with continental options. I opted for the full English Breakfast without Eggs and Charlotte got the Smoked Salmon. After our dinner the previous evening, we were completley blown away by the food here and didn’t think anything could top it but Charlotte was very impressed with the Smoked Salmon. There was cereals, fruits and pastries available on the continental breakfast which was priced at £14 and the cooked at £18. These included hot drinks but I think the price was slightly a bit steep for breakfast.
After we had enjoyed another delicious meal, we decided to explore the gardens and grounds of the house. Ideally we would have loved to have gone to Jesmond Dene and seen the waterfall but the weather wasn’t the best. You can see how Jesmond Dene House would be the perfect location for a wedding. The gardens are gorgeous with twinkly lights amongst the trees. That day, there was actually a wedding and we got to see them setting up the grand hall. It just looked gorgeous. As i said before, we had a lovely stay at Jesmond Dene House but one thing is for sure, we will definitly be back for the food. It was absolutly exceptional and it would be a wonderful setting for a special occasion.
Have you ever been to Jesmond Dene House?
*Jesmond Dene House hosted us for an overnight stay and complimentary dinner and breakfast. All thoughts are my own.