Here we go again, it’s no secret I am a sucker for a joint with a fantastic interior, but you’ve got to make sure the food is up to par…
Last Sunday (1st March 2020), I headed with my family to The Mill House in Birtley. The place is gorgeous, with two car parks so there is enough room for everyone, and you’re welcomed by Sharon who could not be more friendly when welcoming you in (the reception into a place is make or break for me, if it’s not right it instantly puts me off… We walked out of a restaurant in Prague for that very reason!).
Anyway, there were four of us, me (non-meat eater) and my mum, dad and brother (all carnivores) after setting the ground rules that nobody may touch their dinner until suitable photographs are taken AND, in the interest of blogging… I get to request samples of all foods. I think it’s fair 😉
For starters we ended up with a great mix
My brother is a stickler for a Prawn Cocktail, I couldn’t say no to the deep fried brie, my mum tried the gin cured salmon and cucumber tonic and my dad went old school with the soup of the day (It was the cream of artichoke with truffle)…
You can see from the photos it’s looked delicious, but the taste verdict equaled how it looked, the brie is the perfect amount and melts in your mouth. The salmon is deliciously fresh and you can taste (and smell) the gin but it’s not overpowering in the taste. The soup was well balanced and delicious, I’m pretty sure my dad inhaled it and I got zero look in on the bread… Which was the same for the prawn cocktail, despite the ground rules apparently there was “no chance” of sharsies.
On to the main event
I am Sunday dinner obsessed, that and Christmas Dinner (Sunday Dinner of which it’s acceptable to eat 3 plates of, + sprouts) is possibly my favourite meal. Roast vegetables, Yorkshire puds, mashed potato, those delectable greens and obv, allllllllllllll of the gravy.
I went with the nut roast, with a portion of extra mash, and the others went beef and lamb between them. The portions are huge, but the food is so good it’s difficult to stop eating (we qualified ourselves out for dessert; which means another trip… shame 😉)
I’m still thinking about it as I type this and the photos are giving me all the Sunday dinner feels – What’s the verdict from the other Shehata’s?
“this mash is so smooth, it’s really buttery and creamy innit” – Which is probably more words than my brother has said to me within a full sentence so far in 2020. My dad described it as the best Sunday lunch he’s had in a long time AND we had to pull the veg out of my mum’s hands (to which she stated, “it’s the veg that really makes a dinner isn’t it?” – She’s right, of course.)
If you’re going for Sunday lunch I’d recommend booking and going hungry!