Situated in a rural part of the North East and surrounded by gorgeous scenery, St Mary’s Inn seems like the perfect retreat whether you’re looking for an afternoon bite or a weekend stay.
Set off some winding country roads and part of old hospital grounds, the building retains rustic charm but inclues sympathetic modern touches from the artwork to the beer garden style courtyard.
There’s plenty parking space out front and seating if you’d rather enjoy your beverage in the sunshine. Inside you enter straight to the bar, which leads to separate rooms, there’s a large area with a typical pub feel, ideal if you’re wanting a quiet drink. A room that is a little more intimate, perfect for a party or dining and another section which leads onto the courtyard, it was bright and airy with beautiful exposed beams, copper pans and a log fire which are found throughout the building.
You’d expect your typical pub lunch grub but prepare to be impressed, with their well selected offerings of good wholesome food, consciously created with local ingredients, including organic vegetables and freshly caught fish, you know you’re getting looked after.
Being a non-meat eater I usually find dining in such places a chore as the menu is dominated by a variety of meat dishes with one (or two if I’m lucky) vegetable options. I found St Mary’s Inn to have a split menu, evenly divided which is definitely a bonus. We sat down for afternoon tea to a delicious tier of bitesized treats from brushed gold macaroons to rhubarb and custard pots and of course scones with clotted cream and home-made jam.
I was impressed by the presentation and the thought that went into the desserts, the service was spot on with a member of staff available whenever needed. It has a friendly, relaxed environment and serves craft beers, specialty lagers and a large selection of wines.
If you’re looking to stay the night St Marys Inn offeres bed and breakfast and also welcomes dogs in the pub and courtyard!
St Mary’s Inn
St Mary’s Lane, St Mary’s Park
T 01670 293293