Review on The Library Restaurant at Matfen Hall
This is a country house on an awesomely grand scale. Built in 1830, it's a colossal baronial pile complete with its own PGA championship golf course set amid a sprawling estate not far from Hadrian's Wall.
Inside it has rooms of stately proportions – some almost the size of a small house – and formal meals are now served in the palatial setting of the Library restaurant, where wood panelling and a huge ornate stone fireplace dominate the scene.
Clover-fed, organically reared lamb from the estate might appear with a Mediterranean vegetable timbale and basil infused jus and the kitchen is keen on local game (wild mallard breast with confit leg, cranberry and port jus, for example). Starters are equally wide ranging, taking in broccoli and blue cheese soufflé as well as crayfish risotto with lemongrass essence and Parmesan tuile, while desserts could include warm plum crumble with cardamom clotted cream.
For something a little less formal, make a beeline for the self-contained, purpose-built Keeper's Lodge overlooking the eighteenth hole of the golf course, where hearty pub-style food is the order of the day.
The Library Restaurant at Matfen Hall is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Sun
Dinner: 7.00 - 9.30pm
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card