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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Dinner in the library at an ancestral home

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

Matfen Hall, a creation of the Victorian era, within 300 acres of parkland, today offers all modern amenities from spa treatments to golf. The panelled library, replete with shelves of old volumes, does duty as the dining room. The contemporary menus make a neat counterpoint to the surroundings, offering chicken and mussel paella with rabbit tempura and a sautéed prawn to start, then roast sea trout with seafood chowder highlighted by Toulouse sausage and pancetta, or spatchcock chicken with boulangère potatoes, summer vegetables and truffle sauce. Coconut pannacotta with pineapple and strawberry salsa and pineapple jelly makes a fine finish.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Closed for lunch: Mon–Sat
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.45
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef: Paul Blakey

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 34
  • Wines over £30: 44
  • Wines by the glass: 9

Price guide

  • Starter from : 6.95
  • Main course from: 19.95
  • Dessert from: 6.95
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 52
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 30
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 52
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 30

Getting here

A69 signed Hexham, leave at Heddon-on-the-Wall. Then B6318, through Rudchester & Harlow Hill. Follow signs on right for Matfen

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