St Mary’s Inn invited us to review their Sunday lunch menu last week and so we very happily obliged. A perfect place to get cosy and take shelter from the autumnal elements outside, our visit did fall on a particularly grey and wet day.
Situated between Morpeth and Stannington in Northumberland, a winding countryside road leads up to the foodie destination and happy hub of local produce. Always met with a warm welcome at the traditional inn, we swept through the bar area and were led to our table. The snug atmosphere is accompanied by signature detail, including their personalised salt and pepper pots.
You get a country feel at St Mary’s Inn, and during this time of year, the open fire really comes to life too. Along the way the kids came across the pub’s wire animals, including this dog which Mr T has decided is definitely called Max. Just so you know, St Mary’s team…
Onto the food, and I’ll start with the kids’ choices. They both tucked into treats from the children’s Sunday menu; comprising mains and desserts. Mr T picked Small Roast Topside of Beef, served with vegetables, a Yorkshire pudding and gray. L opted for Small Roast Chicken, which also came with vegetables, a Yorkshire pudding and gravy. It can often be tricky to please kids when out for meals and I can honestly say, both children polished off their food. I asked L and T which were their favourite parts and they did emphasis a love of the roasties, with feedback describing them as “super crispy on the outside and extra fluffy inside”.
The staff at St Mary’s were very aware of the kids waiting, and brought out their mains while we had our starters. This thoughtful touch meant the little ones weren’t rushed and we could just enjoy our grub. I avoid gluten and dairy, and told the team in advance, so they were well prepared. To start, I had a Heritage Tomato Salad, which was brightly garnished and a refreshing intro to our meal. My Mr chose the Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, plus Toasted Seeds and Spiced Yoghurt. It also came with a hunk of bread and salted bread. All warming winter fare.
For my main, I joined T and tucked into the Roast Beef Topside, complete with a gluten-free gravy. Chris had the Lemon & Thyme Roast Chicken with Sage & Onion Stuffing. It’s abundantly clear that the pub is passionate about good, traditional food and decent portions. Their plates leave you with that lovely feeling of full contentment.
Last but never least- dessert. The kids devoured Apple Crumble & Ice Cream, licking their lips along the way. The Raspberry and Almond Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream won my other half’s heart and I delighted in a G&T Sorbet. All of our dishes looked and tasted delicious, the service was fantastic and St Mary’s Inn has an ambience that makes you want to stay all day. And night.
Just putting it out there- if you are in the Northumberland area over half term, I’d definitely suggest stopping by for a delicious family meal at St Mary’s Inn. Or, if you fancy a wintery weekend away in the coming months, there are rooms available and the whole place is doggy friendly as well.
St Mary’s Inn, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 6BL.
For bookings, telephone 01670 293293.
Our meals were complimentary in return for this review, however all thoughts are our own.