Food lovers can eat their way through the best Northumberland produce on a luxury gourmet vacation at one of the county’s top hotels.
Eshott Hall is taking bookings for a two night epicurean break between November 23-25 with behind the scenes tours of some of the area’s finest artisan producers on the menu alongside a visit to Alnwick Farmers’ Market and two gourmet dinners featuring the finest local foods and cheeses.
Among the gastronomic delights planned are a tour of the renowned Swallow Fish of Seahouses, a visit to award-winning Ingram Valley Lamb, an introduction to Northumbrian food by Eshott’s head chef Chris Wood as well as the chance to browse the stalls at Alnwick Farmers’ Market on the final day.
Eshott Hall stands between Morpeth and Alnwick in the heart of Northumberland and since opening last year has quickly gained a reputation as one of the North East’s premier boutique hotels.
Once the 19th century home of Emmerson Bainbridge – founder of the world’s first department store, Bainbridge’s in Newcastle – Eshott with its 11 bedrooms has also become a renowned fine dining destination.
Under the guidance of Chris, the hotel features a constantly changing menu using the freshest seasonal ingredients – many of which come from the hall’s own kitchen garden.
Local suppliers include L Robson and Sons of Craster, Swallow Fish of Seahouses, meat from the National Trust’s Wallington estate, Northumberland Poultry at Longhorsley, Sunnyhill Eggs of Belford, Border Homebake in Haltwhistle and Blaydon-based Pumphreys Coffee.
Chris said: “Northumberland’s varied countryside means we enjoy a rich and enviable palate from lamb from the rolling grassy hills of the Cheviots to freshly caught fish and seafood, rare breed pork, free range poultry and wild game. We also have artisan cheeses, breads and pickles, pies and puddings.
“Guests will see exactly where the ingredients for their meals have been grown, reared and produced before sitting down to enjoy them for dinner.”
The two night Gourmet Break costs £480 for two sharing one of Eshott’s luxurious rooms. There is an option of a third night for a further £180.