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Friday, 24 October 2014

Celebrating in style at The Grand Hotel, Tynemouth

I have spoken about my love for Tynemouth many times on my blog and I will always dream of owning one of the gorgeous sea front apartments. Tynemouth to me is like a grown up's playground - independent boutique stores line the streets alongside tapas and cocktail bars, there is a popular weekend market and the views over the priory out to sea are some of the best in the region. The Grand Hotel is the jewel in Tynemouth's crown. Built in 1872, The Grand Hotel was once the summer residence of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland. You cannot fail to be impressed by the imposing listed building that takes pride of place overlooking Longsands beach. I could not think of a better place to celebrate winning North East blogger of the year.

The Grand Hotel's Victoria restaurant* has been recommended in the Michelin guide for several years running yet was quiet on the night of our visit which is a real shame. The dining room is beautiful and the perfect location for a special meal for two. The mood is set with white linen table clothes, panelled walls, gorgeous chandeliers and you can hear distant sound of piano music. We chose to sit near the window which offered glorious views out to sea. I was delighted to spot an English Sparkling wine (£22.50) on the comprehensive wine list. It is our absolute favourite and I have yet to find another restaurant in the North East where this is available. We promptly ordered a bottle (well we were celebrating) and were then left to browse the menu.

The menu is modern British using only the finest ingredients and is locally sourced where possible. I was extremely impressed with the prices considering what was on offer. Starters are priced at £4.95 each which is amazing value when you can choose options such as rope grown mussels, pan fried pigeon breast and slow cooked belly of pork. We placed our order with the very friendly and knowledgable front of house who was happy to recommend side dishes and explain a little more about the dishes we had chosen. I am always impressed when staff know the menu inside out - nothing more annoying than them having to pop back to the kitchen to ask questions. We were offered some complimentary freshly baked bread with a variety of butters including garlic and chilli as we waited for our starters. A lovely touch.

Shetland rope grown mussels with a spicy garlic sauce served with a garlic and herb bruschetta (£4.95)

Pan fried pigeon breast with a carrot and thyme salad, potato crisps and blackcurrant jus 

Our starters were superb and brilliantly executed. The pigeon breast was perfectly pink and the whole dish was bursting with Autumnal flavours. My mussels were plump and served with a delicious homemade sauce. The portion was impressive - still can't believe it was only £4.95!

English lamb rump with baby fondant potatoes, homemade minted pesto and aubergine caviar 

Steve's lamb was again perfectly pink, served with plenty of delicious mint pesto (always annoying when you don't get enough!) and beautifully presented. 

Pan fried Monkfish tails, baby new potatoes, confit cherry tomatoes and a balsamic reduction

Panache of vegetables 

My monkfish was like a work of art. The presentation was spot on. I have never tried monkfish before but was tempted after seeing a snap earlier in the week on the Grand Hotel's facebook page. In hindsight, I think monkfish was perhaps a little too meaty for my taste, Steve however loved it and said he would order it again so this is probably just a personal preference.  

Tarte au citron served with a biscuit crumb topping and vanilla ice cream

I was in dessert heaven with this Tarte au Citron. It is up there with the best I have tried. The lemon flavour of the tarte was subtle but the lemon drizzle provided a lovely kick. Served with fresh fruit, ice cream and a biscuit crumb - my mouth is watering as I type. I would go back for this dessert alone.

Milk chocolate and caramel truffle with berry compote and chantilly cream

I had to steal a bite of Steve's dessert while I got the chance as it didn't last long. If you love chocolate - this is for you. It tasted like a giant, luxurious chocolate truffle and was a little piece of chocolate heaven. We would definitely recommend this too.

The refined and elegant atmosphere, the delicious food and the professional service really make the Victoria restaurant one of the best places we have been for a grown up date and it is a very special place to celebrate. If you really want to make a night of it you can stay over too.

After your meal you can take coffee in the dining or drawing room and then walk the 5 minutes along the coast to Tynemouth village where you will find a lovely selection of pubs and cocktail bars to finish your evening.

Thank you so much to The Grand Hotel for your hospitality, we can't wait to return soon.

Please call 0191 293 6666 for reservations



  1. Sam, it looks absolutely FABULOUS!! Congratulations again, and you certainly deserve to be celebrating in style like this :) Loads of love xxx

    1. Thanks Hannah - I can see the celebrations stretching into the week. Already thinking about a celebration takeaway tonight and celebration breakfast tomorrow haha!

  2. I LOVE Tynemouth, especially as we can get there on the Metro! I think it's probably my most visited place since moving to the North East.

    I really like the idea of booking in here overnight and spending a proper weekend in Tynemouth, I might look into it - great excuse to try their afternoon tea as well :)

    1. We have stayed over a few times and it is a real treat - they have bought the building next door (the annexe) and you can stay there at very reasonable rates - I think we paid £80 a year or so ago and our room was very spacious with sea views x

  3. I love Tynemouth....I really don't get there often enough!
    That food looks amazing x

  4. Wow, the food looks gorgeous! My sister had her wedding reception at the Grand Hotel last month and it's a beautiful building x

  5. Congratulations again! Well deserved.

    Cat x


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