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A Valentines Lunch Date!

14 Feb, 2015

Happy Valentines Day!! I hope you’re feeling suitably romantic and unable to move for roses and chocolates. We moved house this week and I knew it was going to be a hectic week, so last week I decided to bring the romance forward and surprise Mike with a Valentines Lunch Date at Jesmond Dene House.

Romance at Jesmond Dene House - a Valentines Lunch Date in the glorious surroundings of Jesmond Dene. Click here for fabulous photos of the food: http://www.mumsdays.com/romance-at-jesmond-dene-house/

A lunch date, is the best! I don’t know why we don’t do it more often. If you’re child is in day care, you don’t need to worry about babysitters. Jesmond Dene House is set in absolutely beautiful surroundings, so you get a gorgeous view during the day. And the icing on the cake? Day time menus are often cheaper than their evening counterparts!

So, like the calm before the storm, Mike and I got our Romance on with a leisurely 3 course lunch with a glass of bubbly to mark the occasion. And I was able to give Mike his 12 Date Valentines Gift Booklet that I’d been working so hard on!

Romance at Jesmond Dene House - a Valentines Lunch Date in the glorious surroundings of Jesmond Dene. Click here for fabulous photos of the food: http://www.mumsdays.com/romance-at-jesmond-dene-house/

Romance at Jesmond Dene House – a Valentines Lunch Date

The bread basket alone is reason enough to visit Jesmond Dene House – a selection of homemade, warm artisan bread, served with ‘just right’ butter (i.e. not-too-hard-to-spread. That’s a pet hate of mine!) that melts into the bread. Urgh!! And, the sun dried tomato and cheese focaccia is out of this world.

Romance at Jesmond Dene House - a Valentines Lunch Date in the glorious surroundings of Jesmond Dene. Click here for fabulous photos of the amazing homemade bread selection and the rest of our 3 course lunch: http://www.mumsdays.com/romance-at-jesmond-dene-house/

Romance at Jesmond Dene House - a Valentines Lunch Date in the glorious surroundings of Jesmond Dene. Click here for fabulous photos of the amazing homemade bread selection and the rest of our 3 course lunch: http://www.mumsdays.com/romance-at-jesmond-dene-house/

First Course Romance

I chose the homemade soup, which was Pumpkin and Apple, served in the biggest bowl you’ve ever seen. So good with the aforementioned bread!

Romance at Jesmond Dene House - a Valentines Lunch Date in the glorious surroundings of Jesmond Dene. Click here for fabulous photos of the homemade pumpkin and apple soup and the rest of our 3 course lunch: http://www.mumsdays.com/romance-at-jesmond-dene-house/

Mike had the Perigord Truffle Scrambled Egg with Duck Fat Fried Bread and Watercress, lots of watercress! It was divine and I’ve since googled Perigord Truffle… it’s basically the black variety of truffle named after the region in France it is found. It’s in season right now and considered to be the finest black truffle available. I’d expect nothing less from those clever chefs at Jesmond Dene House!

Romance at Jesmond Dene House - a Valentines Lunch Date in the glorious surroundings of Jesmond Dene. Click here for fabulous photos of the Perigord Truffle Scrambled Egg with Duck Fat Fried Bread and the rest of our 3 course lunch: http://www.mumsdays.com/romance-at-jesmond-dene-house/

Second Course Romance

Are you full yet? We were getting there! But onwards because my main meal was literally one of the best dishes I’ve ever had. No Joke. I want to ask the chef if he’ll let me come in and watch how they make it so I can blog it up here for you.

Anyway, I had the Roast Hake in Shellfish Broth with North Country Greens. A. Maze. Ing.

Romance at Jesmond Dene House - a Valentines Lunch Date in the glorious surroundings of Jesmond Dene. Click here for fabulous photos of the Roast Hake in a Shellfish Broth and the rest of our 3 course lunch: http://www.mumsdays.com/romance-at-jesmond-dene-house/

Romance at Jesmond Dene House - a Valentines Lunch Date in the glorious surroundings of Jesmond Dene. Click here for fabulous photos of the Roast Hake in a Shellfish Broth and the rest of our 3 course lunch: http://www.mumsdays.com/romance-at-jesmond-dene-house/

Mike had the Roast Belly Pork with mustard mash, black pudding and apple fondant. I would have gone for this too if I hadn’t been blogging it up, and wanting to show the variety. I love a bit of Belly Pork and I know from experience that Jesmond Dene House do it really well!

Romance at Jesmond Dene House - a Valentines Lunch Date in the glorious surroundings of Jesmond Dene. Click here for fabulous photos of the Belly Pork with mustard mash and the rest of our 3 course lunch: http://www.mumsdays.com/romance-at-jesmond-dene-house/

Romance at Jesmond Dene House - a Valentines Lunch Date in the glorious surroundings of Jesmond Dene. Click here for fabulous photos of the Belly Pork with mustard mash and the rest of our 3 course lunch: http://www.mumsdays.com/romance-at-jesmond-dene-house/

What I really loved about the main courses was the use of seasonal veg. We get so much kale and seasonal greens in our Veg box at the moment that I end up juicing it as I ‘m not sure what else to do with it. But the kale in both dishes perfectly complimented the meal, so it’s given me a few ideas to try!

Dessert Romance

Finally we were completely stuffed but as I had a duty to show you everything on offer for a three-course lunch at Jesmond Dene House, I insisted we try some dessert too! With coffee. Oh and they brought us some complimentary sweet treats too. Oh, they were delicious!! A sort of blueberry macaron and a chocolate brownie.

Romance at Jesmond Dene House - a Valentines Lunch Date in the glorious surroundings of Jesmond Dene. Click here for fabulous photos of the macarons and brownie bites and the rest of our 3 course lunch: http://www.mumsdays.com/romance-at-jesmond-dene-house/

And for dessert we chose to share the Roast Chestnut Creme Brulee with Salted Caramel Malted Ice Cream. Yep. It was as divine as you’d imagine and despite being really full we demolished the lot!!

Romance at Jesmond Dene House - a Valentines Lunch Date in the glorious surroundings of Jesmond Dene. Click here for fabulous photos of the roast chestnut creme brulee with salted caramel and the rest of our 3 course lunch: http://www.mumsdays.com/romance-at-jesmond-dene-house/

Romance at Jesmond Dene House - a Valentines Lunch Date in the glorious surroundings of Jesmond Dene. Click here for fabulous photos of the roast chestnut creme brulee with salted caramel and the rest of our 3 course lunch: http://www.mumsdays.com/romance-at-jesmond-dene-house/

Yum!

The meal Mike and I enjoyed is from the Set Lunch Menu, available from 12pm to 2:30pm. 2 Courses cost £22 and 3 Courses cost £25.

Jesmond Dene House is certainly popular with the romantically inclined and it’s obvious why. Despite being in the middle of Newcastle City, you feel like you’re in the countryside as it is set in the gorgeous surroundings of Jesmond Dene. And, it has fabulous food to match.

Mike and I have also stayed here (you can read all about when we stayed at Jesmond Dene House after the North East Blogger awards), and can certainly recommend it for a romantic get away!

Jesmond Dene House currently have an offer on for a Romantic Retreat package, which includes a dozen red roses and a bottle of Pol Roger Brut Reserve Champagne in your room on arrival, followed by three-courses from their seasonally inspired House Menu, overnight escape in one of our gorgeous rooms and the best breakfast in town the following morning. From £310 per couple for a Classic Room.

Where do I sign up?!

What have you got planned to encourage the romance today? Whatever you do I hope you feel suitably loved up!

House of Tides

May
17th
2014

17 May, 2014

House of Tides

Oysters with yummy things and a bowl of seaweed – fancy!

Mike and I went for a meal last night at House of Tides. It was part Birthday present, part anniversary and it was extravagance itself! A 7 course surprise taster menu with wine pairing. Truly incredible. The food was out of this world with lots of local, fresh fish and a gorgeous steak. Oh my goodness and the dessert?!? Amazing. The service was lovely and unassuming, and the wines really complimented each course. Despite the fact that I know relatively little about wine, I enjoyed learning about each one (although after 5 I couldn’t tell you what we had!).

House of tides was fantastic, I’d highly recommend it and good luck to “Little Kenny Atkinson”, as I heard him described today (my friend went out with some of his old class mates recently!), in getting us a Michelin! Us meaning Newcastle.