REVIEW: Sunday Dinner @ The Wellington Restaurant – Wynyard Hall.
Posted on April 20th 2018 by Whats on Northeast
Review by Gemma Corking
We decided to skip starters and go straight for mains, in order to make room for the tempting desserts. Complimentary focaccia and sourdough bread was placed on our table with some beef dripping butter whilst we awaited our mains, the bread definitely set the scene for what was to come as it was delicious. I had the lamb and my partner had the beef, both of which came with an enormous Yorkshire pudding, parsnips, carrots, kale, swede and roasties. A special mention needs to be had for the vegetables because my god they were divine – my favourite part of the whole meal. Everything was cooked to perfection, and the gravy was also very tasty – one of my pet peeves with Sunday lunches is the lack of gravy on the plate, there’s a modest amount on the dinners at Wynyard but they’re also accompanied by a gravy boat for the table – why this isn’t standard I don’t know, but it definitely should be (especially when the gravy is as good as it is at Wynyard). We both thoroughly enjoyed our mains, and became very worried at the prospect of fitting a dessert in, but we persevered.
For dessert my partner had sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream and I had the earl grey flavoured crème brûlée with earl grey foam and chocolate shortbread biscuits. I was sceptical because of the earl grey flavouring, as I’m very much a builders tea kind of girl, but the floral undertones from the earl grey, mixed with the vanilla flavoured, velveteen texture of the crème brûlée works so well. My only very tiny criticism is that I would have liked the top of the crème brûlée to be a bit crunchier and have that satisfying crack, but it in no way diminished my enjoyment as it was beautiful. My partner thoroughly enjoyed his sticky toffee pudding, which was a fantastic mix of textures from the a crunch on the top of the pudding, to the soft sponge and finished with high quality vanilla ice cream.
The service we experienced was fantastic – the staff were attentive but not lingering and made light conversation, which I prefer. Our food arrived promptly, and was presented impeccably. The Wellington Restaurant inside Wynyard Hall is a beautiful setting, with high ceilings, enormous oil paintings hanging on the walls and tasteful décor – ideal to make Sunday Dinner a bit fancier. For two courses it is £25 and if you consider the level of service, the venue and the quality of the food it’s very reasonable, and a lovely treat.