Next we tried the rump steak skewers with green peppercorn sauce and oh my god were they good! Tender strips of good quality rump meat were covered in a beautiful sauce. Simple but oh so delicious! Even LD was a fan.
Marinated courgettes with goats curd, lemon, rocket & toasted pine nuts were beautifully presented and tasted exquisite. Something as simple as a good marinade can turn the humble courgette into a thing of beauty, when the pickling is done right. Goats curd and a simple salad were the perfect accompaniments, not since our trip to Vallum Farm have I had such a good goats cheese salad.
The Mr’s favourite was the Moroccan lamb meatballs in a tomato, fennel, cumin & coriander sauce. These were the sort that melted in your mouth and brought back memories of holidays in Greece (we’ve been to Morocco too, but these balls definitely tasted like slow cooked Greek food to us!)
Hoisin chicken wings with spring onion, radish & sesame had a delicious sticky coating and were succulent. Smoked Haddock & leek macaroni cheese bites had a good hit of smoky fish, with the cheesy goodness of pasta and a crumb coating.
LD was happily tucking into his mac & cheese, which came with fries and child-friendly cucumber sticks and was more than generous for a kids portion!
We were extremely impressed with the quality of food coming out of the kitchen, so we asked the waiter who the Head Chef was. “Oh, we call him Kenco – do you want to meet him?” was the answer.
Kenco turned out to be Anthony Ender, a chef who five years ago by his own admission “couldn’t cook” and started out as a barista (hence the nickname Kenco). Chris Finnigan (formerly head chef of Branches Ponteland and Lane 7) trained him before handing the reigns over to Kenco permanently. It just goes to show that if you’re passionate about something and you put enough effort in you can do just about anything. Watch this space as Kenco is a force to be reckoned with!
We rounded things off with Porters House Board – a selection of cured meats, chicken liver pate, roasted padron peppers, black pudding bhajis, french fries, brown ale bread, pickles, fries & dips (£20). Great quality charcuterie alongside great cooking made for some perfect nibbles. I could imagine this working very well when shared with friends over a few drinks.
Last but not least – desserts. LD had a selection of ice creams (£3) and I went for Black Forest Cheesecake -Vanilla cheesecake, cherry compote, whipped cream (£4.95). It’s hard to find fault with a meal so expertly prepared, and the cheesecake was no exception. Beautifully presented, delicious and a great way to end a very enjoyable meal.
We were very impressed with Colonel Porter’s, clearly the staff know what they’re doing both inside and outside the kitchen. They have offers like bottomless prosecco and nibbles from 5pm – 7pm (£25) and ‘spin the wheel’ drinks offers to tempt the drinking crowd, but really this place is worth a visit for the food alone. Go check it out, you won’t be disappointed.
We were provided with a complimentary meal for the purposes of this review, however as always the opinions expressed in this article are honest and true to experience.