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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