Last Sunday, Alex and I drove up to Morpeth for the morning and had a lovely stroll around the town centre and the Sanderson Arcade, which was adorned with decorations celebrating the work of the Suffragettes, and the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote. We’d built up quite an appetite and decided to go somewhere local for Sunday lunch! After reading several reviews online, we came across two blog posts by my fellow bloggers, Big Stevie Cool and North East Family Fun, who were more than complimentary about The Northumberland Arms – an inn/restaurant in the picturesque village of Felton, a few miles north of Morpeth.
Thanks to some road closures and misleading diversions along the way, we very nearly gave up and headed back towards Newcastle. However, I was so, so glad we didn’t! Driving into Felton, I knew that this was my kind of place; it had all the charm of a fictional country village, but all of it was real! Stone cottages, a gorgeous stone bridge crossing the River Coquet which was inhabited by a large team of colourful ducks, and a real sense of peace – just the place to spend your Sunday. But the best was yet to come: The Northumberland Arms.
We were immediately seated in the quaint conservatory of the restaurant and handed a rather superb-looking Sunday lunch menu. We decided to go the whole hog and have three courses, because it’s not very often at all that Alex and I are both off on a Sunday and can enjoy a Sunday lunch together. Whilst Alex opted for a swede and horseradish soup, I was tempted by the sound of mussels served with homemade bread. Both dishes were delicious, but the velvety, creamy sauce at the bottom of the bowl of mussels was standout for me!
Never wanting to miss out on some crispy crackling, I went for the roast loin of pork, which turned out to be really delicious. Alex decided on the topside of beef, but went a step further and ‘boosted’ his meal – this consisted of adding an extra Yorkshire pudding, extra roast potatoes and extra slices of meat to his plate! Even without ‘boosting’ your meal, the portion sizes served were generous, and the food was really tasty. I am a fierce roast potato critic, but I can honestly say that I enjoyed the fluffy roasties that tasted like they had been cooked in good quality duck fat, or something similar. The only part of the meal I thought could be improved was the veggies – the carrots were a tiny bit too hard, and the broccoli and cauliflower could have been given a bit more ‘oomph’ by serving them in a cheese sauce. But on the whole, a fantastic Sunday roast!
Can you believe it, we actually had room for dessert? We ordered one classic Sunday lunch dessert of sticky toffee pudding which was gooey and completely satisfying.
We also ordered a chocolate and hazelnut set mousse, which was served with chocolate soil, hazelnuts, blueberries and a really impressive passion fruit curd. The whole dish worked really well together and was a surprisingly light and refreshing way to finish off the whole meal.
There was very little I could fault in our experience at Felton’s five-star inn, and I have enjoyed telling people and writing about how great it was almost as much as I enjoyed the meal itself! This place is definitely worth a trip, and I will no doubt be back in Felton when the leaves on the trees along the River Coquet are green once again.