The Feathers Inn in Northumberland’s Tyne Valley has been voted the best place to eat Sunday lunch in the North East.
The pub at Hedley on the Hill near Stocksfield has taken the runners-up spot in the Best Sunday Lunch: North category in the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2014 – the only place in the region to be acknowledged.
According to the paper’s readers you have to go to The Parlour at Chorlton, Manchester, the Queen o’t’owd Thatch near Leeds in West Yorkshire or the Scran and Scallie in Edinburgh, to get food as good.
It’s the second year in a row the pub has achieved success in the annual awards. Rhian Cradock, chef and co-owner of The Feathers, says: “I’m really pleased with the Observer Food Monthly Award because the customers are what make it happen. So it’s a big thank-you to them and a big thank-you to our team here who work so passionately to make sure our customers have the best time when they come to us.
“We are proud to represent our region and our village when we are in such publications. Hedley on the Hill is a fantastic place to be and we feel very fortunate to be here.
“We are able to buy the most amazing produce from our local farms as well as welcome people with cracking local ales, all of which we buy from great local breweries.
“It’s wonderful to get quality local ingredients and products and it’s very satisfying to keep down the food and drink miles.”
To celebrate The Feathers will be welcoming back Ralph Hochar from Chateau Musar in the Lebanon on November 11 for a special wine tasting evening.
Wine maker Ralph is the great nephew of Chateau Musar’s founder, Serge. He will be matching six wines to Rhian’s food at the event.
Helen Greer, co-owner of The Feathers, says: “This will be Ralph’s second visit and the only occasion he will be doing such an event in the UK. We just love the Chateau Musar wines and they work brilliantly with Rhian’s food.
“We have always worked hard to get the best quality produce locally and we have great suppliers all around us, but with Chateau Musar we have to go with the quality rather than the miles. There is, after all, no red wine produced in Northumberland!”
It’s a great start to the Christmas Season for The Feathers, which again for 2015 is the Good Pub Guide’s Northumberland Dining Pub of the year.
In addition to Sunday lunch, The Feathers is open for food Tuesday to Saturday and regularly holds special events.
Rhian is holding game master classes for between eight and 16 people until February. Participants can learn how to pluck, truss and butcher different game birds.
The course ends with a three course game meal, matching wines and cocktails on arrival.
The Feathers is also hosting wreath making and Christmas stocking making workshops.