The Lumley Castle hotel, located in Durham, has reopened its Knights Brasserie restaurant after an extensive six-week programme of refurbishment.
The project was overseen by the property’s new general manager, Gordon Cartwright, who said “no expense had been spared” in creating one of the North East’s most “luxurious and innovative” restaurants.
The concept is based around a Cathedral-style refectory with plush leather chairs, soft lighting and unclothed tables made from solid English wood. Bespoke furniture was also sourced from across Europe and North Africa.
The A La Carte menu was devised by executive head chef, Craig Sherrington, who said it presents a “step up in culinary innovation” which “perfectly complements” the Knights Brasserie’s new surroundings.
Cartwright said: “Craig’s menu is bold, innovative and striking. Having spent literally hundreds of hours with dozens of tastings, we have put together a menu that the majority of our guests will have not seen before, perhaps anywhere.
“Yet at the same time they will find instant familiarity and comfort in dishes that communicate just how serious Craig and his team are in providing a really memorable experience.”
He added: “Our extremely popular wine list remains in place and played a really key part in dish creation, with zesty, fruity Sauvignon Blancs supporting our fish cookery while our selection of bold Merlots and Riojas perfectly complement the grill section.
“When we looked at the plant-based dishes, some of our lighter reds and particularly the Pinot Grigio offered superb synergies that we couldn’t ignore.”
Lumley Castle is a four star hotel with 73 individually decorated bedrooms and original architecture. Located in Chester-le-Street, near Durham, the castle has a long history dating back to 1389.