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“Christmas lunch -”
Review of The Orangery

The Orangery
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $46 - $99
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Fine British Dining
Reviewed January 27, 2013

We booked Christmas day lunch and managed to get into the Orangery (although we were actually in an adjoining room which opened up into the Orangery and we thought was much cosier).
The first thing which impressed us was the welcome we received as we entered the hotel, typical of the north east - very warm, and friendly. We were taken to one of the bars and offered a complimentary drink while we waited for our table. The hotel looked beautiful, not OTT but very tastefully decorated. The food was excellent, and the course I thought I would like the least was actually superb - a consommé with a poached quails egg, perfectly cooked. The next course was turbot with brown shrimps and pleased everyone (one of our party is not really a fish eater but even he was impressed). We had chosen goose as our main course which had been cooked in a water bath and then rolled and sliced. It was fine, but to be honest we cook goose each year and it just didn't quite hit the mark, I think we missed the fuller slice and the crispy skin, but none went back to the kitchen so you can draw your own conclusion. The dessert was a plate of various individual creations - and they were salivated over long after the plates had been cleared.
On the negative side - coffee and treats were charged as extras (which always seems mean to me) and £10 each for a cheese board is steep given the cost of the lunch was £125 plus wine. That said it was Christmas day and so ordinary pricing goes out of the window. Would I go back? absolutely.

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Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

My food & wine experience to a differant level, next time ill try the 8 course meal with wine!
Found the cocktail bar a little expensive but well worth the experience.

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Thank TerryDownes
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

such a lovely room. The original Orangery with ironwork and glass ceilings makes for a wonderful atmosphere. The food is sublime but the waiting staff make this a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Not at all overly formal or stuffy.

Thank Jayne G
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

A lovely experience in a very nice setting, very tastey food, however service could be improved upon, awaiting a long time for food to be served after ordering, however the food was very nice!

Thank moorbennhall
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

Excellent food and service. Some of the best wines I have tried at a restaurant recently. Is on the high side for a meal but felt it was worth it. Highly recommended.

Thank Philip S
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