We are staying at a self- catering place in Rothbury and Margaret suggested she take me out for a birthday evening meal. I said it was a lovely idea but that I doubted if we could find a good local place for an evening meal. Lunch-time......yes, lots of choice, but it all seems to shut down in the evenings, well, apart from pubs wih music. The thing is that my birthday this year is on a Monday and that is when all the restauranteurs take a day off. Also, Margaret is a vegetarian and I get worried about the "also-ran" type single vegetarian choices on the menu which give you the feeling of the chef deigning to produce something like a watery risotto because, it seems, meatless is no real food and they grudgingly produce somthing with a recipe considerably less imagintive than mine (and I don't even get paid for the cooking). I don't want to feed my face whilst she is being treated as a freak. Anyway, so much for that particular rant because I was wrong; again!!! Margaret found this place which offered to do the necessary.
We called in to have a look and to make a booking and were met with a very pleasant welcome. When we visited we were impressed that there was a separate fish menu and a veggie menu on offer in addition to a varied mainstream menu. The decor is unpretentious but very pleasant, as is the friendly service, and you eat behind large glass windows with a view of Coquet valley with Simonside Hills behind. On a warm day like this you may also sit outside. Some of the food on offer has a Greek emphasis and I went for one of those. The lady serving said they had a Greek chef but he was not on duty tonight but the item was available anyway. "I suppose he cooks it and freezes it to serve later" I said. "No" she said, "we don't freeze food; it is left cool and cooked fresh". True, my meal was delicious, as was Margaret's. We had such a lovely evening that we were willing to accept gracefully when the pudding was delayed.
The view at the back is fantastic and Margaret thought she would look over the wall at the back to sketch it. There is the river, the hills, the farms and the trees....but unfortunately just behind also a terrible shack with what looked like a pair of knickers hanging in a window. They say its going to be removed. Beyond that is lovely!!
Do go, have a lovely meal, but don't look over the wall! Enjoy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 300-year-old coaching inn and B&B. A friendly traditional village pub, recently refurbished throughout with stunning views over the Simonside Hills. Five en-suite bedrooms, free car park, Wi-Fi access, excellent home cooked food, pet friendly. Enjoy a pint of local ale next to our roaring open fire. Rothbury 2 miles. ... more less
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