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Jesmond Dene House


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Jesmond Dene is an unexpected wooded valley just 10 minutes from Newcastle city centre. Built as a country house, this splendid building was designed by John Dobson, who was also responsible for much of the grandeur of the city's central streets. Updated in the 1870s, it's now an Arts and Crafts beauty with a welcoming atmosphere. There's a terrace for when the weather is good, and two dining rooms. Staff are friendly and efficient, and head chef Michael Penaluna's refined cooking makes the very best of high-quality local and seasonal produce. Everything is precisely conceived, from appetisers to pre-dessert, and the set menus at lunch and dinner offer five choices per course. There's also a carte, and an impressive 10-course tasting menu to boot. You could start with local wood pigeon, north country beetroot, pear, walnut and watercress, or ham knuckle terrine with pease pudding, apple and fennel, before a main of spelt barley risotto, perhaps, with baked Jerusalem artichoke, trompette mushrooms and truffle, or braised ox cheek with heritage vegetables and creamed potatoes. For dessert the chocolate and blood orange cake comes with blood orange sorbet, while yogurt pannacotta is accompanied by roast plum and Szechuan pepper.

Further information

Tel: 0191 212 3000
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British, European
Chef: Michael Penaluna
Number of seats: 80
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £14.50
Sunday lunch: £22.00-£26.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.



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From city centre follow A167 to junct with A184. Turn right towards Matthew Bank. Turn right into Jesmond Dene Rd
Nearest station: Newcastle Central

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