St Mary’s Inn

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St Mary’s Ale has been brewed by local Wylam Brewery

St Mary’s Inn is a newly opened gastropub in St Mary’s Park just outside Morpeth and is the brand new venture by the Jesmond Dene House family. I was lucky enough to be invited along with Chloe to sample the menu and have a peek around the place.

We drove up on Monday evening, encountering lots of lovely fog along the way which resulted in us getting a bit lost and me having to jump out of the car to ask for directions (only to be told to go back the way we came from but just ‘keep going’).  We made it eventually… only 5 minutes later than we’d expected. I’d call this success. It was really dark so I have no photos to show you of the beautiful building (a former hospital) from the outside, but if you’ve read my blog before you’ll know that I have plenty of photos of the interior to show you!

We were greeted by smiling staff (always nice!) and were shown around by a lovely young chap whose name has escaped my useless brain (SORRY). He knew lots about the refurbishment of the building and told us all about the artwork by local artists, hanging on the walls.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned that you can book a room to stay overnight at St Mary’s Inn have I?! Upstairs there will be a total of 11 rooms, 4 of which were ready for us to view. The beautiful paintings of Northumbrian landscapes in the hallway are by Judy Appleby, with each room being named after a Northumbrian reservoir.

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The first thing I noticed as soon as we walked in was the beautiful fragrance, as we went round each room I kept repeating how much I loved it. The rooms have been furnished very tastefully, they’re simple, elegant and spacious. There’s something about crisp white bedding that just makes me want to climb into the bed and hibernate. I didn’t do this, obviously.

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Downstairs there are 3 main bar areas, with wood burning stoves and the most adorable wire dog sculptures – you might recognise them from Jesmond Dene House, created by sculptor Gary Tiplady. The photos might not convey just how cosy this place is – you have to see it to believe it.

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Then there’s the area where breakfast and afternoon tea will be served… I love the walls in here so much!

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Most of the art downstairs is by Norman Cornish, these paintings have been given to St Mary’s Inn by the Northumbria University Gallery.

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There are also cartoons by local cartoonist David Haldane who lives in Morpeth. You might recognise his name as David creates the daily cartoons for The Times and has also featured in Punch Magazine and Spitting Image. I particularly liked this cartoon:

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We then sauntered over to the restaurant area… there’s also a private dining room (which seats 20 people). It wasn’t quite ready to be photographed but we had a peek and it was lovely. As there were other diners, I didn’t take too many photos in the restaurant area.

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After reading the menu approximately 100 times, I opted for a true pub classic (I’m so predictable), Cumberland Sausage, Mash and Roast Onions (£11.50) and a side of Cauliflower Cheese (£3.00), while Chloe opted for the Ricotta Dumplings with Winter Squash (£10.50). Next time I visit I am definitely getting the Salt Cod Fritters with Tartare Sauce from the Snacks section of the menu. In fact I quite fancy that right now. Produce is locally sourced and there is a really good variety of menu options to choose from, as well as a children’s menu.

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Look at that cheese sauce!
Look at that cheese sauce!

Both of us loved our meals, they were well presented, piping hot and most importantly, totally delicious. The cauliflower cheese was AMAZING. The cheese sauce was perfect. I’ll probably order it with any of the mains I choose in the future. Is this acceptable?

Chloe knew before we’d even looked at the menu that she would have the Banoffee Doughnut (£3.50) for dessert and although it was a tough choice, I chose the Brewer’s Malt Profiteroles with Hot Chocolate Sauce (£7). LOOK AT THEM! You’ll notice that they’re slightly more biscuit-y than your normal profiteroles… I was very pleasantly surprised by this twist on a classic dessert. Extremely tasty and very (very) generous with the amount of hot chocolate sauce – enough for Chloe to pour a dollop or two on her banoffee doughnut!

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I enjoyed the relaxed, cosy atmosphere at St Mary’s Inn as well as the emphasis on providing good food and ingredients being locally sourced. I’ve got a feeling it’s going to get very busy here, so if you fancy popping in, do ring to book in advance so you’re not disappointed. The phone number is 01670 293293 or email hello@stmarysinn.co.uk. It’s only 20 minutes away from where I live, so will definitely be popping back for more tastiness with Ankush.

I’d love to hear what you think if you visit, do let me know!

* Our meals were provided free of charge for review purposes, but as with everything on my blog, my opinions are 100% honest.

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. As always, I absolutely love your photo’s and think you’ve really captured the warmth of the place well. We have booked a late lunch after our first visit to Santa at nearby Whitehouse farm at the end of the month – I am VERY tempted to order those profiteroles!

    As a side note – when we were younger we used to go on school trips to ‘Marlish farm’ where the spring water is from – I wonder if it’s the same place?

    Fab review, I think this is going to be our new favourite place!

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    1. Thank you so much Samantha 🙂 I was worried about my photos not coming out too well as the lighting was quite low, but I’m happy with them.
      So glad you’ve booked up, I think I’m going to do the same soon so I can take my hubby with me!
      The profiteroles were really really delicious, I would definitely recommend them. With the spring water – it probably is the same place! x

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  2. Lisa says:

    This looks so cosy! And those profiteroles….omg 🙂 x

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    1. Sooo cosy Lisa! The profiteroles were ridiculously yummy. I could eat them now 🙂 xx

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  3. Squares says:

    This place looks gorgeous and the food sounds amazing, need a trip here! It looks so cosy in your lovely pics. Me and Simon have decided to have an ‘Unplugged’ day once a month (no phones or internet for 24 hours, just enjoying each others company… yeah I know – it’s going to be tough!) so I think we’ll use our first Unplugged day to drive up to Stannington and eat here, it looks like the perfect spot. The cauliflower cheese and profiteroles are defo in the running for me! x

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    1. St Mary’s Inn will be perfect for your unplugged day – I couldn’t get any phone signal at all while I was there (I actually enjoy not being contactable now and then). Can already tell you that you’ll love it! It’s just so cosy and the food is amazing. Can’t wait to hear what you think. x

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  4. No, no no folks! It’s all about the Banoffee Donuts 😉

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  5. gotmeghan says:

    This place looks so cozy and that dessert looks amazing! 🙂

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    1. It was amazing Meghan! Yum yum 🙂

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  6. Amy says:

    Sounds great 🙂 I’m hoping to get my husband to take me here for my birthday (this month!) so it’s great to read a good review. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for your comment and HAPPY BIRTHDAY for later this month Amy! (all the best people are born in November… my birthday was last weekend 🙂 ) Would love to hear what you think once you’ve been. x

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