There’s nothing I love more than a hearty roast dinner on a Sunday afternoon and it’s even tastier when you don’t have to cook or do the dishes.
So a few Sunday’s ago off we popped the husband and I the short distance to the Manor House Inn.
A converted coaching Inn – the Manor House has held a commanding position on the A68 since the 1800’s with amazing views over the Derwent Valley and the Derwent Reservoir.
We called ahead to book a table that morning to make sure we didn’t have a wasted journey and fortunately for us they reserved a table for two at 1:30pm.
This gave us enough time to fit in morning mass and a few jobs in the house before stuffing our faces.
What did we eat?
With stomachs rumbling we both wanted a good meal – so it was a starter and mains kinda day.
I opted for the soup of the day (broccoli) with a slice of warm crusty bread and the hubby had the Northumberland Scotch egg with salad to start.
Both starters were delicious and really hit the spot.
I was surprised with my serving as there was plenty of rich creamy soup and the accompanying bread was perfect for dipping in.
My husband’s Northumberland Scotch egg was runny inside and he said it was really tasty.
For mains we both plumped for the roast beef which is served well done.
The gravy was rich and just the right consistency. For me the plate was a little dry so I asked for extra gravy (it’s a northerner thing) but my husband was happy with his.
Our main meals came with two thick slices of melt in your mouth beef, roast potatoes, crunchy green beans and a delicious roasted carrot and of course a homemade Yorkshire pudding.
The accompanying vegetables of broccoli and cabbage were steamed fresh and just the right side of crunchy.
This was washed down with a large Coke for me (driving) and a pint of ale for him.
What did we think?
The Inn itself is surrounded with stunning rural views with ample parking.
You go through the front door and you can either turn right for ale (main part of the bar) or left for the dining area.
I was surprised to hear (softly in the background) music such as the Kooks from my university days which I really enjoyed humming along to.
The staff were friendly and attentive and the atmosphere was cosy, warm and welcoming.
One poor diner had an unfortunate incident which saw his pint glass shatter and cover himself with his drink. Fortunately the staff were quickly on hand with a freshly poured pint and cleared up the mess and he wasn’t hurt.
The main menu has lots to choose from and the specials board also has plenty to tempt you.
Although we didn’t have room for any more food the desserts we saw fellow diners tucking into looked extremely tempting.
The prices were reasonable too – our starters were £5 each and the main courses £11 a piece.
Would we go again?
We’d definitely return – we were both tempted by other main dishes that I am sure we will be trying on another visit.
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