23 June 2017

Sunday Lunch at The Stables, Beamish, County Durham

***Review***
The Stables Bar, Restaurant and Brewery can be found at Beamish Hall, in County Durham. The boys enjoyed a taster session of the Beamish Wild Holiday Camps recently and while we were there we also sampled Sunday Lunch. Here's how we got on.

Sunday Lunch at The Stables, Beamish, County Durham - trying out the vegetarian alternative to the traditional meat Sunday Roast.

The Stables


The Stables Restaurant & Brewery is located in a converted 18th-century stable block at the back of Beamish Hall, a  four-star 12th-century country house hotel on the borders of County Durham and Tyne & Wear. 

Sunday Lunch at The Stables, Beamish, County Durham - trying out the vegetarian alternative to the traditional meat Sunday Roast.


Set around a wide courtyard, with original stone floors, exposed beams, solid furniture, roaring winter log fires creating a lovely ambience, I think that on a summers day sitting in the courtyard would be idyllic, whilst on colder days the roaring fires much more popular.

Sunday Lunch at The Stables, Beamish, County Durham - trying out the vegetarian alternative to the traditional meat Sunday Roast.

Sunday Lunch at The Stables, Beamish, County Durham - trying out the vegetarian alternative to the traditional meat Sunday Roast.

The Stables uses local suppliers and producers for fresh, seasonal stock, and also produce everything in house from scratch wherever possible, including a daily range of artisan bread with yeast from the microbrewery - a great example of minimising waste.

It is also situated next to one of the best outdoor playgrounds in the region. The boys loved playing in the adventure playground park even after climbing crates and trees, den building and shooting arrows at targets. 

Sunday Lunch at The Stables, Beamish, County Durham - trying out the vegetarian alternative to the traditional meat Sunday Roast.


Vegetarian Sunday Lunch


I'm often disappointed as a vegetarian when I see a great review for Sunday Lunch but then see that the menu only caters for meat eaters. Well thankfully at The Stables this is not the case. It was great to see a vegetarian alternative to a Sunday Roast dinner that didn't mean missing out on all the trimmings. Sunday lunch without Yorkshires, roasties and gravy is just lunch in my book. At home, we'll often make a vegetarian alternative to a Sunday roast with all the trimmings.

Sunday Lunch at The Stables, Beamish, County Durham - trying out the vegetarian alternative to the traditional meat Sunday Roast.

Our Menu Choices

Both me and hubby opted for the Vegetarian Roast (£10.95) which was a Cranberry & Chestnut Stuffing Roast. There were other options if you aren't looking for a roast but we were both looking forward to ours arriving. It was a very generous portion and came with roast potatoes, new potatoes, gravy and the all important Yorkshire. 

Sunday Lunch at The Stables, Beamish, County Durham - trying out the vegetarian alternative to the traditional meat Sunday Roast.



A huge dish of vegetables was also served to our table. These were bright and vibrant in colour as well as cooked perfectly for our tastes - not too soft and edible without too much effort. It also looked great on the table.

Sunday Lunch at The Stables, Beamish, County Durham - trying out the vegetarian alternative to the traditional meat Sunday Roast.


Although the boys were tempted by the kids' menu of dishes such as sausages, cheeseburger, fish and chips or sandwiches (£3.95),  I persuaded them to try a half-portion (£5.95) of a Sunday Roast - it was Sunday after all. And they weren't disappointed. Both the chicken and the beef came at a fairly large size for a child, with a giant Yorkshire and lashings of gravy. With the accompanying vegetables, there was certainly enough on their plates to fill them full of more energy.

Sunday Lunch at The Stables, Beamish, County Durham - trying out the vegetarian alternative to the traditional meat Sunday Roast.

Sunday Lunch at The Stables, Beamish, County Durham - trying out the vegetarian alternative to the traditional meat Sunday Roast.

There are starters and desserts which look and sound really good but the main was so filling and we had more activities to do so we didn't get time to try them out. A reason to return though another time (not that I think we'd need one!). So instead we enjoyed a delicious Latte before continuing the day outdoors. 

Sunday Lunch at The Stables, Beamish, County Durham - trying out the vegetarian alternative to the traditional meat Sunday Roast.



The Stables serves food on Sundays from 12 noon to 8 pm.

What's your favourite choice for a Sunday Roast?

Deb x

Disclosure: We received complimentary Sunday lunch for a family of four as part of our review of the Beamish Wild Holiday Camps.

21 June 2017

Cool Citrus Coleslaw - This Summer's Perfect Slaw Recipe

***RECIPE***
The summer solstice is here. Today is the longest day of the year, with more hours of daylight than any other in the UK. Ofter termed midsummer, in fact, the summer is only just beginning. And summer food to me means salad. 

Not a warm salad that we’ve enjoyed over winter, but a dish that is crispy, fresh, tasty, light but also filling. So here is a delicious recipe for a cool citrus coleslaw.


Cool Citrus Coleslaw - with Red cabbage, carrot and red onion - this Summer's Perfect Slaw Recipe


20 June 2017

Will the Veggie Burgers at Smashburger Smash it?

***Review***

It's always nice to receive an invitation to try somewhere new, in this case, Smashburger in intu Eldon Square in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.


19 June 2017

A Family Holiday to Loch Ness - Part 2 - Waterfalls & Battlefields

On day two of our family holiday to Loch Ness, in the Scottish Highlands, we come across waterfalls and battlefields, as we head into nature at the Falls of Foyers and also get a history lesson at Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre.

Family Holiday to Loch Ness falls of foyer, culloden battlefield, dores, fort augustus


16 June 2017

Our Four Favourite Strawberry Recipes


***RECIPE***

Do you have a garden full of strawberries and not sure what to do with them? Here you'll find our four favourite strawberry recipes plus lots more ways we want to try eating strawberries with this year's harvest.

Nearly everybody loves strawberries, making these bright red berries one of the most popular berry fruits in the world. They are also native to many parts of the world and can even be grown in gardens up north here in the UK!


Our Four Favourite Garden Strawberry Recipes


15 June 2017

Going on a Bear Hunt with Ready Brek

***Sponsored Post & Giveaway includes Affiliate Links***

Have you seen the Ready Brek packs that are on the supermarket shelves at the moment? They have a great tie-in with Walker Books and the children’s classic book ‘We’re Going On a Bear Hunt’. 

We have been lucky enough to have some of the new Ready Brek packs which include hints and tips about spending time outdoors and going on a bear hunt sent to us along with Bear Hunt adventure and explorer books. And you could win the same too. Simply scroll to the end of the post to enter!

We're Going on a Bear Hunt with Ready Brek and Walker Books


14 June 2017

Family Day Out at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Manchester

***REVIEW***
With a weekend in Manchester planned for the family, the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre was a place on the list that the boys were looking forward to visiting. They have been to LEGOLAND Windsor, and as the Manchester site is not a theme park, I made sure the boys knew this before we headed there for our family day out, but I needn’t have been worried. 

Although my eldest, now 10 is probably reaching the top end of the age group LEGOLAND Manchester is aimed at, he and his brother (8) had a brilliant time. Four hours later we only left because the visitor attraction was closing!

A Family Day Out at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Manchester

13 June 2017

12 June 2017

A Family Holiday to Loch Ness – Part 1 - Jacobite Cruises and The Loch Ness Centre

Scotland. The UKs northernmost country, a land of mountains, glens and lochs and famous cities. Amazing landscapes, culture, history, and nature. All of these awaited us on our recent trip to Scotland.

The Highlands in Scotland, in fact. A place I'd only ever been to once before but have always wanted to return. Our first visit resulted from making the most of the amazing weather on a weekend in Glasgow to Newcastle, meaning we took the long route home via Ben Nevis, Loch Ness, Aviemore and Edinburgh, with an overnight stay in Drumnadrochit. This time we planned a week-long stay. That wasn't the only difference though, this time we'd have two children coming with us too - their first experience of the Highlands.

We picked the western end of Loch Ness, Port Clair in between Invermoriston and Fort Augustus as our base. The luxury Loch Ness Highland Lodges were everything I expected and more, and with some great tips and ideas from Visit Inverness and Loch Ness, we were ready to go.


8 June 2017

Free Family Events & Activities in North East England in June

***FREE EVENTS***
There is plenty to celebrate in June. The month that marks the end of Spring and the start of Summer. Although there are no Bank Holidays or School Holidays we do though celebrate Father’s Day and the Queen’s Official Birthday, and Summer this year begins on the Summer Solstice of Wednesday 21. 

With free family events and activities throughout North East England in Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland, Durham and Middlesbrough - where will June take you this year?

Free Family Events & Activities in North East England in June

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