Thursday, 7 May 2009

Acorn House....

....Mum and Dad stopped over night last night on their way to Lille. They booked a table at Acorn House restaurant after meeting the Head Chef Arthur Potts Dawson in Newcastle during the 'Eat' Festival.

I remember reading about this restaurant when it first opened. It got a lot of media coverage due to it's eco-friendly sensibilities and seasonal local produce, (and if there were ever two buzz words right now to gain attention, they are 'eco' and 'local')! When we walked in, the place was near empty and the room was much more modern and sterile than I had hoped for. In fact throughout the meal, other than our own table, there was a distinct lack of atmosphere.

The service was attentive and informative, but often quite slow considering the numbers inside. The food however was fantastic - and aside from dad's raviolli - was hearty in portion. I started with black pudding, caremelised apple and dandelion which was incredible. To follow, gnocchi with oxtail and mint was probably more suited to a cold winter night, but proved equally as enjoyable. Mum, Dad and Alicia all enjoyed their food, and whilst it was not super cheap, it certainly wasn't over priced. Oh, and we get to feel all warm and smug for eating local produce and drinking carbon neutral wine. Yes, you read that right! I'm sure as numbers increase inside, (perhaps at a weekend?), the atmosphere will match the quality of the food. Take a visit for yourself.

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