Restaurant review: Marshall Meadows

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Marshall Meadows Country House Hotel opened its doors for business in 1991 as a family-run hotel.

I visited the hotel the week it opened and found it to be an enjoyable experience.

Twenty-three years on, the family-run principle is just as evident now under the stewardship of the Hester family.

The unique selling point of this hotel, of course, is that it is right on the border.

Located just off the on the A1, England’s most northerly hotel is less than two miles from the centre of Berwick and is set in 15 acres of managed woodland.

The hotel is licensed to carry out civil marriages.

Where simply ticking boxes in terms of customer care is now seen to be less than adequate, the Hester family are committed to providing a total ‘country house experience’.

Care, commitment and quality come to mind when evaluating the level of service.

The Berwick area has a wealth of high quality meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables and preserves, and the cuisine philosophy at Marshall Meadows is to use this produce in an inventive way to provide a menu suitable for all tastes.

My own recent experience was as a diner on a particularly stormy Friday evening. I am type 2 diabetic, so eating out can be a challenging experience.

I made my condition known to the duty manager and was pleasantly surprised that the menu did cater for my requirements.

My starter was a reassuringly hot plate of vegetable soup with warm crusty bread; this was followed by a generous Seabass fillet with sautéed potatoes and asparagus. To finish, I had a cheeseboard.

I am already looking forward to my next visit.