Part of the Chef and Brewer Collection, The Wellington Hotel is a cosy country pub within Riding Mill, Northumberland. With a roaring fire and a relaxed atmosphere, the Wellington’s food is rooted to traditional British cuisine, showcasing a modern elegance within the dishes they produce.

The Christmas Menu relishes the festive season with options including Traditional Hand Carved Roast Turkey, Slow-Cooked Beef Cheek, a flavour packed Festive Hand Pressed Beef Burger or a vegetarian option of ‘Woodland’ Mushroom & Spinach Pie.

For starters we opted for:

  • Chicken & Smoked Ham Terrine with Crispy Red Onion on Toasted Sourdough, paired with a Festive Spiced Pear & Fig Chutney
  • Black Tiger Shell-On Prawns sautéed in Parsley & Sea Salt Butter in a Romesco Sauce, served with Toasted Sourdough

The Romesco sauce perfectly coated the prawns, offering a roasted red pepper flavour with back notes of garlic and smoke. The chicken and smoked ham terrine was light and smooth, carrying the spiced pear and fig chutney well, with the large crispy onions adding a crunchy texture.

For mains we chose:

  • Slow-Cooked Beef Cheek on a bed of Mash with Maple-Glazed Roast Roots, Sprouts, Crispy Red Onion, and a Caramelised Onion & Ale Jus.
  • The Festive Hand-Pressed Beef Burger with Maple-Bacon, Melted Brie, Sausage Meat Stuffing, Skin-On Fries, Onion Rings, and a Spicy Cranberry Dip.

The slow cooked beef cheek was the real the star of the Christmas show! The mouthwatering beef alongside the sweet, caramelised onion and ale jus delivered a rich deep flavour. The burger offered a taste of Christmas on a plate, with a juicy patty packed full of festive flavours. However, it was the spicy cranberry dip that really packed a Christmas punch – rich in taste with whole cranberries, the dip made the perfect pairing for a winter menu addition.

If you’re wanting a warming, inviting pub in the countryside to visit this Christmas, The Wellington Hotel perfectly captures the essence of Northumberland.

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