St Mary's Inn

Review: St. Mary’s Inn, Morpeth

The launch of a new menu at St. Mary’s Inn calls for a table for two…

Nicole Wood

Journalist at Luxe

St. Mary’s Inn is a hidden gem located on the outskirts of Morpeth, offering friendly hospitality, flavoursome food and a truly comfortable place to lay your head for a night or two.

As the warmer weather creeps in, so does a new seasonal menu, and we’re delighted to be invited along to try it.

There’s something about this time of year that makes mid-week plans more enjoyable, and following a busy Thursday at Luxe HQ, it’s straight into the car and on the road, aiming to arrive before our 6.30pm reservation.

The venue

St. Mary's Inn exterior

A 30-minute drive down the A1 and we reach our destination, nestled within the beautiful Northumbrian countryside.

Recently refurbished, with comfort in mind, St Mary’s Inn is the perfect staycation and dining spot for couples, families or business travellers, with dog-friendly rooms available.

Whether you’re looking for fine dining, a quiet drink, or your next staycation, this relaxed, yet luxurious venue is a real box ticker.

To start…

Quite simply, there’s something to suit every palate.

When it comes to starters, think of the likes of Doddington Cheese Soufflé with Truffle hazelnut dressing and Crispy Pig terrine with chive emulsion, accompanied by a free-range Hen’s egg.

Starter at St. Marys Inn

However, we decide to opt for something to share and go for the St. Mary’s Inn Sea Salt and Rosemary Focaccia (£5). A delicious split pea hummus, black olive tapenade, green olives, and extra virgin olive oil come alongside the warm and fluffy loaf. To complement our starter, the chef kindly added a selection of charcuterie meats and toasted almonds for us to sample, and it’s safe to say, it all went down a treat.

Before moving on to our mains, the chef is eager for us to try the BBQ Asparagus dressed in wild garlic emulsion and served with a free-range hen’s egg and watercress. This crisp, fresh, and tasty dish is one of the three starter options available on the Market Menu, but more on this later.

BBQ Asparagus

The main event…

Deciding between the most incredible stone-baked pizzas, classic dishes, options from the grill, or one of their famous pies was almost impossible.

After much deliberation between the new season spring lamb, Korean fried chicken burger or the courgette and basil risotto, my taste buds decided they wanted to feast on the classic St. Mary’s Inn Steak Pie (£16.95). The visual masterpiece arrives paired with garlic-infused creamy mash and lashings of thick onion gravy.

When I say the portions are huge, I seriously mean the portions are huge. As I cut into the flaky pastry, layers upon layers of succulent steak reveal themselves. If you’re a lover of rich and indulgent dishes, then you’re going to fall head over heels for this classic.

It’s the 30 Day Dry Aged Bavette Steak (£23.95) that wins over my dinner date. Served with perfectly crisp triple cooked chips, a delicious roast bone marrow, caramelised beer onions, watercress and a generous helping of peppercorn sauce. With an approving smile, eyes wide and head nodding, I know he’s made the right choice.

St. Mary's Inn steak

Sweetening the deal…

With no room left to breathe, we almost pass on desserts. But after a generous amount of time to sit and chat about our day, we somehow find ourselves eyeing up the menu.

We go for a shared approach and opt for the sorbet of the day to cleanse our palates, before indulging in the most heavenly chocolatey spectacle known as St. Mary’s Inn Reason to Love Chocolate (£9.95).

St. Mary's Inn dessert

We drizzle the hot caramel sauce over the heart shaped chocolate casing and crack our spoons against the hard shell to uncover more gooey chocolate, biscuit pieces and sweetness in abundance. It really is a chocolate lover’s dream!

Gracing us with more kind gestures, the chef sends us a selection of homemade chocolates to try and while this time we really did have no room left to breathe, we tucked into them with a cuppa later that evening and all I can say is… wow!

Homemade chocolates

The Market Menu

As well as the main menu which was already boasting with an array of delicious options, diners also have the choice of the Market Menu which is available Monday – Saturday, 12 noon till 7pm. The seasonal menu is small but mighty and offers two courses for £16 or three courses for £22, as well as a range of delicious sides.

The decor

Before we step foot inside, the grandeur of this impressive building wows us. And inside? It gets even better. The decor here is simply stunning. Elegant, modern, and yet, oh-so cosy. Think colourful spaces, cosy corners and real roaring fires.

We’re guided through the cosy pub and shown to our table which is a stunning corner shaped booth at the window. A sophisticated teal corner-shaped sofa wraps itself around the marble table which is dressed beautifully.

From the lighting and accessories, to the colour scheme and big open windows, every aspect of the interior complements the dining experience splendidly.

Final thoughts

Great food, beautiful location, stunning decor and relaxing environment… it’s not a case of will we be back, but more of a when.