The Glass House, Wynyard Hall

Review: The Glass House at Wynyard Hall

Join us as we head to The Glass House at Wynyard Hall to sample their vibrant lunch menu…

Nicole Wood

Journalist at Luxe

Located within the wonderful grounds of Wynyard Hall, you will find The Glass House restaurant. Among the fabulous kitchen garden, this plot-to-plate eatery celebrates home-grown, fresh ingredients handpicked from the estate.

I had the pleasure of being invited along to try out The Glass House lunch menu, and I can safely say, I was not disappointed.

It’s a Friday afternoon, and a glimmer of spring sunshine is breaking through the clouds as we drive down the A19 for our lunchtime plans. With a tactical ‘let’s skip breakfast so we’re hungry’ approach, our tummies are rumbling by the time of our arrival.

The Glass House, Wynyard Hall

The welcome from the staff couldn’t have been friendlier as we’re shown to our table and guided through the menu.

We take our seats at a spacious table perched beside the window offering views out to the botanical treasure trove. This vivid, flourishing garden is teeming with seasonal fruit, vegetable rows and wild herbs. The menu here is simple: delightful dishes crafted with the freshest seasonal produce, harvested straight from the kitchen garden.

To start…

Our pre-dinner drinks arrive and for me it’s the Millionaire’s Mojito (£12). Made up of strawberry, mint, lime, rum, and prosecco, this refreshing cocktail goes down a treat (it’s a Friday afternoon, it would be rude not to). For my dinner date and designated driver, it’s a classic Coca Cola. But when it’s served in a pretty glass with ice and lemon, you just can’t beat it, can you?

The Glass House, Wynyard Hall Drinks

To kick off our foodie journey, we share the House Foccacia served with whipped garden herb butter (£5). Layering the creamy homemade butter on top, each bite of warm focaccia is perfectly light and airy, and packed with subtle hints of flavour.

With our appetites ignited, we eagerly await the arrival of our mains as we discuss our weekend plans.

The Glass House, Wynyard Hall Food

The mains…

The Glass House Burger (£18) is my main of choice. Hoping it tastes as good as it looks, I’m confident with my decision. The chef pairs this succulent burger with perfectly crisp smoked pancetta, Monterey Jack cheese, and fresh gem lettuce, all housed in a soft brioche bun. A portion of crunchy skin on fries and a refreshing garden slaw is served alongside the burger. As I tuck in, I quickly confirm it’s a winner.

The Glass House, Wynyard Hall Food

Each bite offers the iconic flavours one would expect from a classic burger. And the skin on fries? Wow. Simply the best I’ve tried. Crispy and crunchy with an oh-so fluffy centre, they’re everything fries should be.

I look over the table and notice my partner equally enjoying digging into his main. For him, it’s the Local Lamb Rump (£24), served with tenderstem broccoli, sugar snaps, sautéed new potatoes, garden courgette and basil purée, accompanied by a side order of triple cooked chips. The generous portion of lamb cooked to his liking has achieved the perfect melt-in-the-mouth texture. While the lamb is the star of the show, the al dente vegetables are equally as flavoursome and there’s not a bite left in sight.

The Glass House, Wynyard Hall Food

Exploring the gardens…

With smiles all round, satisfied bellies and a second round of drinks on order, we take quick foodie break before browsing the dessert menu.

The Glass House, Wynyard Hall Kitchen Garden

We pass the time and work off our mains by strolling around the garden, admiring the seasonal produce. It doesn’t stop at food; the kitchen garden is at the heart of everything they do and the drinks menu shows just that. I think of the mint from my mojito, witnessing it in its former glory as we wander around the garden.

The decor…

We head back inside and once again admire the decor as we take our seats. As you’d expect, the interior here exceeds expectations. The Glass House offers a contemporary feel with subtle nods to Wynard’s architectural splendour.

The Glass House, Wynyard Hall Kitchen Garden

The modern space features warm oak furnishings, earthy tones, hints of blue, and provides an abundance of natural lighting. It’s a truly serene spot that whisks you away into a calming oasis which mirrors the plot-to-plate experience seamlessly.

The Glass House, Wynyard Hall interior

A sweet finale…

To sweeten the deal, we both opt for the Classic Crème Brûlée (£9) which comes with a generous helping of estate wild gooseberry compôte and a delicious buttery shortbread. The tanginess from the gooseberry compôte balanced with the creaminess of the crème brûlée complement one another perfectly.

It’s the perfect end to the perfect meal.

The Glass House, Wynyard Hall Food