“ SEAFOOD / MODERN EUROPEAN. Fisherman's Lodge, Jesmond Dene, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE7 7BQ Tel: +44(0)191 281 3281 Registered Office: +44(0)191 281 6801 Fax: +44(0)191 281 6410. Aside from the main restaurant, there are 2 private dining rooms (s „
Disgusting. This was so disappointing as we had read fabulous reviews. The barman/waiter was literally leering at me and I felt really uncomfortable whenever he was near. The starter was a crab "tower" that had obviously been in the fridge for goodness knows how long and it tasted horrible. When the main courses arrived, my hubbys was the wrong thing (he ordered lamb and was given lobster!). My main was reasonable but all in all, this was a very disappointing meal. It was our anniversary night out so you can understand why I'm writing this negative review.
The drive to the restaurant is beautiful, especially at night. The staff are very friendly and time passes by very quickly. Despite the service was excellent, I was a bit diassapointed with the food. I had read a lot of reviews saying how amazing the food was, but it was allright. My expectations were too high. The presentation of the food was good though, but the flavors were quite bland. If someone really wants to go there, I suggest going over lunch. It is a lot cheaper when u eat lunch there. If u really like it then you can go out for a tea some day.
It's simple: This is the best restaurant I have ever been to, easily, hands down, there is no contest.
For our five year anniversary my boyfriend surprised me and took me to the Fisherman's Lodge, a restaurant we have been drooling over for some time. The Fisherman's Lodge is located in the beautiful valley of Jesmond Dene on the edge of Newcastle Upon Tyne, just a five minute drive from the city center.
Given its location the Fishermans Lodge is very quiet and exclusive, you certainly couldn't walk there so you don't get people just popping in from the street. The restaurant is famous for its fish and has won a number of fine dining awards. This is the kind of place where they are willing to cater for your every whim so just ask!
We arrived by taxi at around 8pm and we were settled onto the sofas in the lounge/bar area. This was very cosy, comfortable and quiet with a big open log fire. We ordered a couple of pre-dinner drinks (this is the kind of place where you have to actually specify what kind of gin you want) and perused the menus while nibbling on the cananpes they brought us: seared raw tuna, goats cheese and farmhouse pate. All were delightful! The menu and wine list are incredible and we must have spent 20 minutes deliberating over what to order.
The waiter took our order about 20 minutes after we arrived and eventually we were ushered into the dining area at about 8.30. Here we were offered a choice of homemade fresh breads; wholemeal, white rolls, parmesan or sun dried tomato with authentic French butter on the tables.
The dining area is small, cosy and stylish, composed of two seperate rooms which makes the experience much more intimate. The walls are a dark smokey grey which sounds like a strange choice but combined with the soft lighting and music it really works very well. The restaurant wasn't full and there were a good few tables left empty throughout the night. This may have been because of the wedding reception taking place in the banqueting suite.
For a starter I chose a trio of crab. This was three small dishes presented on a long thin glass platter. It almost looked too good to eat! The first dish was a brown crab mousse, the second a crab and ginger samosa and the third dressed white crab in mayonnaise. It was divine. My partner has seared scallops and king-prawns on a bed of blue cheese risotto which was also gorgeous.
For mains with both had the fillett of Northumbrian Beef with seared foie gras, wild mushrooms, caramelised onions and a Madeira jus. It also lived up to the expectations but I do wish we'd both chosen something different!
The Fishermans lodge is definitely the kind of place where you should expect to dine slowly and to relax with a nice bottle of wine, we were there for three hours which was a perfect amount of time to enjoy good food, good company and to be waited on hand and foot.
I didn't have a pudding because by this point I was suitably satiated but Paul had a trio which consisted of a Vanilla and toffee parfait, caramel milkshake with White chocolate truffles. This selection was really too sweet for me as I don't have much of a sweet tooth but he really enjoyed it.
The munu is availble on line if you want to have a look. Some of the other options included smoked salmon served five ways or Lindisfarne oysters to start and other options on the main menu include lobster, halibut and seabass. The wine menu is also something to get very excited about and it is enormous. There is a whole page devoted to vintage Dom Perignon dating back to 1959 at £1250 (yes you read correctly) a bottle or would you rather a nice bottle of red at £1450 A BOTTLE. There cellars must be nothing short of enormous and very well alarmed to house that selection.....
Finally we retired to the bar at around 10.30 for coffee and homemade sweets (fudge and chocolate pots) untill out taxi arrived at 11 to whisk us back home.
Truely this is the nicest meal I have ever had it one of the most romatic and beautiful locations ever. I feel like a very very lucky girl. But of course you might be wondering about the price..... Our bill was £130 total and we tipped £10 because the staff were wonderful, accomodating and helpful throughout the night. Two courses are £40 and three £50. We had a bottle of red wine which was around £17 (one of the cheapest bottles available), pre-dinner drinks, bottled water on the table and coffee at £3.95 a pop. So yes very expensive but very very worth it. I can't image that I am going to have a dining experience quite anything like this for some time.
The Fisherman's Lodge is also available for conferences, weddings and parties if you really want to push the boat out. Additionally there is a prix fix lunch menu which is much more reasonable at £22.50 for three course. The menu is availble online if you would like some more information at http://www.fishermanslodge.co.uk/
Fishermans Lodge, Jesmond Dene, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE7 7BQ.
Tel: 0191 281 3281. Fax: 0191 281 6410.
I first dined at The Fisherman's Lodge nearly four years ago. It was early December and the north east had had its first fall of snow. The restaurant is set in the centre of Jesmond Dene, a beautifully wooded area with a river running at the side of it. The scene on my first visit resembled that of a Christmas card.
Since that visit I have returned with my husband two or three times a year for special occasions.
Early this year the restaurant was sold and has just reopened after a radical refurbishment. Previously the decor had been traditional, the appearance is now extremely modern and tiled flooring has replaced plush carpets. The transformation really works and the food remains as excellent as ever. We were there on November 1st and were pleased to see that most of the staff along with the chef had remained.
The table d'hote menu costs £34.50 for three courses plus cofee and petit fours. Examples of starters - Red Mullet Risotto or Deep Fried Oysters with Spinach. Main courses - Seared Loin of Tuna in black pepper and coriander and for sweet a rich chocolate tort with kumquat marmalade.
We chose the al a carte menu. My starter Tempura of King Prawns with chilli jam, my husband Tian of Fresh Crab and Avocado. Both were delicious and beautifully presented. For my main course I had Grilled Supreme of Halibut with Macadamia Nut Crust and Coconut Emulsion...sensational. My husband had his favourite Lobster in Garlic Butter.
Although seafood is in abundance here as the name would suggest, there is plenty to tempt non fish eaters - Chateaubriand, Char Grilled Northumbrian Beef with Wild Mushrooms and a vegetarian dish Italian Blue Cheese Polenta with roasted Provencale Vegetables to name but a few.
Neither of us had puddings because we have learned on our previous visits that the Petit Fours served with the cofee are plentiful, strawberries dipped in chocolate, brandy snaps and mini Vienesse cakes.
The wine list has a number of house recommendations and we chose a Chilean Chardonnay at £16.75 a bottle.
The entire evening was wonderful and I can't wait until we go back again. When is the next birthday by the way?