Saturday 5 October 2019

An Evening Of Autumn Dining at Jesmond Dene House

On a misty Friday evening in October, we travelled up to Newcastle and visited the beautifully ornate and totally luxurious, Jesmond Dene House. Esteemed for being one of the best hotels and restaurants in Newcastle as well as the only independently owned boutique hotel in Newcastle, I was really looking forward to paying a visit as I had heard so many good things - also, as somebody who adores historical buildings and establishments with a real story behind them, I knew it was going to be somewhere that I would love.

The road leading to Jesmond Dene House is covered by a lush canopy of greenery and tall trees and the house itself is nestled centre stage to the dene and looks ornate and established like it has always been there, just like a building out of a fairy story. The gardens have an element of beautiful Asian design to them and with so much of Jesmond Dene House newly refurbished, the dene has really been brought inside through the use of soft green furnishings and inviting window seats which encourage you to channel your inner Bronte and gaze out of the high panelled windows and into the flowing beauty of the natural landscape which surrounds the house. As soon as I stepped inside, I felt immediately welcome and at ease. Not only is everyone so friendly and inviting, it's the overall décor, soft glowing lighting, artistic flair of the design which makes the vibe so pleasant to be a part of as a guest at Jesmond Dene House.   

In the grounds of Jesmond Dene House

The house has its very own wine cellar too which is stocked plentifully and after visiting the great hall for a peek inside (it's beautiful and perfect for special celebrations and occasions - in fact it was a couple's wedding the day we visited and it was decked out superbly, very romantic indeed), we headed to the bar to have a drink in the cosy setting before heading through to the restaurant (also newly refurbished) for dinner which is currently set to a New Autumn Menu. I opted for a glass of Prosecco which this summer I learnt originates from Italy. Always good to know where one of your favourite wines come from! My guest had an Elderflower Spritzer, and whilst we enjoyed our drinks, we chatted and took in the atmosphere. The dark wood panelling on the walls, golden glow of the mood lighting and soft notes of the music playing in the background really made me feel like I was in a stately home filled with elegance and total luxury, which evidently I really was!

Once we'd made our dining selections from the A La Carte Menu, we were taken though to the dining room and started our Autumnal dining experience with some fresh warm sourdough bread and seasoned butters. Our starters were the Leek and Potato Soup with chives and homemade cheese straws  with black sesame seeds. (Honestly the best things, at parties this is what I always go for!) I feel l like in the Autumn / Winter, you can't beat a good soup to warm you up and this was a lovely choice.

You can check out the Jesmond Dene House Menu here

For our mains, I opted for the Cave Aged Cheddar Cheese Souffle, Creamed Leeks and Mushrooms which was so light and delicious and my guest got the Oven Roasted Cod, Warm Tartare Sauce and Young Leeks which they said was really good as well. We both opted for another drink, this time I went for a mocktail called 'Walk On The Beach' which made me laugh - it was a super fruity mixture of peach juice, cranberry juice and orange juice and my guest had a Virgin Mojito. Both super fresh and lovely.

If you've been reading Coconut Couture for a while now you'll probably already know that I love a indulgent, super delicious dessert and I was super impressed with my dessert of Dark Chocolate and Coffee Opera Cake with Sour Cherry Ice Cream which was such an original and utterly scrumptious flavour, I'd definitely recommend trying this dessert off the seasonal menu if you visit over the next few weeks, as it was sublime! I love how the cake was in so many delicate layers which were so flavourful yet light and how glossy the chocolate glaze was too. Dessert perfection! My guest chose the Blackberry Tart, Citrus Crème Patisserie and Meadow Sweet Ice Cream which looked so delicate and intricate with it's crisp pastry shell. Jesmond Dene House actually has their very own pastry chef so that's how their desserts are so sublime, as there's an actual pastry genius working on them behind the scenes!  

You can check out Jesmond Dene House over on their Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages here.

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We had a truly wonderful evening of fine dining and it was such a delightful atmosphere, I would definitely recommend visiting them and trying out their current Autumn menu. A big thank you to Jesmond Dene House for kindly inviting us along, we loved it! Have you ever been to Jesmond Dene House before? What would you go for off the menu? Let me know! Bilgi  x

We were kindly invited to Jesmond Dene House and our experience was gifted in exchange for review.

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