The Mr and I headed to must-visit traditional Northumberland pub St Mary’s Inn last week, enjoying a delicious mix of locally sourced food, excellent service and tasty dishes.
Situated near Stannington and Morpeth, St Mary’s Inn is a cosy retreat within a rural setting. The detail is in the decor, with signature features such as their salt and pepper Shakers. Roaring fires, exposed brickwork and an informal atmosphere all adds to the experience. Also a B&B, St Mary’s Inn offers breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. This wasn’t our first visit, having enjoyed both Sunday lunch and Saturday dinner here since the pub’s opening last November. Always happy for an excuse to return, St Mary’s Inn never disappoints and guests are guaranteed to leave with a full tum and happy face.
We went for a midweek trip last week, visiting on a Tuesday night. Also known as Pie & Pint Night at St Mary’s Inn, from 5pm you can tuck in to a homemade pie and pint (or other selected drink) for £10.50 per person. Last Tuesday’s pies included the very tempting Braised Karen Craighead’s Lamb, Fisherman’s, Wild Mushroom, Spinach and Truffle and Salt Beef, Potato and Onion Plate.
I’m on a gluten and dairy-free eating plan at the moment, so I let St Mary’s know in advance. Because of this, they had investigated which options I could and couldn’t eat. Substitutes also suggested, it was a refreshing touch as I often go to restaurants and end up disappointed with the choices available to me. This in mind, to start I ordered the Prawn Cocktail with Crisp Baby Gem Lettuce, Avocado and Marie Rose Sauce. The usual Buttered Sourdough side (yum) was replaced with a warm gluten-free roll. Mr B meanwhile chose the Devilled Chicken Livers with Black Pudding, Crispy Onions, House Cured Bacon and Bitter Leaf. Delicious flavours were the order of the day, kicking off our night in style.
For mains we ordered Lentil and Vegetable Curry and Flat Iron Steak. Again my dish was tailored, with flat-bread replaced by gluten-free bread. My other half’s steak arrived served with Roast Bone Marrow and a Peppercorn Sauce. Hearty, warming food, we basically devoured our meals while soaking up the ambient atmosphere. The service faultless, our waiting team couldn’t do enough for us and the other guests seated nearby.
Dessert was Sticky Toffee Pudding for the Mr and a mix of Lemon and Orange Sorbet for me. Tucking into our food, I can definitely see why you’d want to book in for the night. With a selection of real ales, craft beers, speciality lagers, locally-made soft drinks and wines available at the bar, you could really make an evening of it. Dog-friendly to boot, I can picture pooches snoozing by the fires. We’ve brought the children before, and they were well catered for too. An atmosphere that lends itself to couples, families and sets of friends, St Mary’s Inn is a versatile place to visit.
A North East foodie hotspot, I’d really recommend a trip to this traditional (and totally tasty) pub. Whether you’re passing through the region or live nearby, St Mary’s Inn is a hidden gem off the beaten track. You can guarantee we’ll be back very soon, next time bringing an overnight bag.
Our meal at St Mary’s Inn was complimentary in return for this review.
Find out more over at www.stmarysinn.co.uk.