Jesmond Dene House

César award in 2013

At the head of a wooded valley yet just three stops on the metro from the city centre, Peter Candler's Arts & Crafts mansion is 'a very good hotel' (the judgment of a trusted reporter). Original features (ornate fireplaces, stained glass, oak panelling) have been preserved in the Great Hall and the two smart lounges; they stand alongside striking contemporary art and retro furnishings. Scott Davidson is the manager. 'The staff strike the right balance between efficiency and friendliness.' Bedrooms in the mansion have muted colours; suites in the recently built New House have a sitting room, big bed, bolder colours. All rooms are 'generously equipped: bathrobes, slippers, bowl of fruit, current magazines, and a useful information pack'. Some ground-floor rooms have direct access to the garden. The cooking of the chef, Michael Penaluna, is much praised. His 'interesting, sometimes unusual, and reasonably priced' dishes might include braised ox tongue, pickled oysters; halibut, couscous, lemon marmalade, bitter cress. 'As we were leaving a young staff member crossed our path and insisted on carrying our bag.' (D and KW, P and JT)

  • Surpassed our expectations. The setting is unexpected, a country house almost in the city, yet only three stops on the Metro to the centre. Although it caters for business visitors as a city hotel, there is no "corporate” feel about it. Our welcome was first rate and our room was smartly designed and decorated in contemporary style. Comfortable seating, masses of storage, and a bright bathroom - almost as large as the bedroom. There was a large entrance hallway with a desk, computer, and all the business side of things - space was well organised and practical. Housekeeping was excellent. Only niggle: dim lighting. Our dinner was excellent: menus were interesting. Some unusual dishes, prices very reasonable, service very good. Dining room attractive, tables well spaced.Breakfast good too.

    Pat and Jeremy Temple, 06/05/2012

  • We liked it a lot. Good reception. Bedroon of reasonable size but with poor lighting apart from bedside and bathroom lights. Meal organisation and service were faultless and the food was good. Excellent breakfasts.

    John and Elspeth Gibbon, 13/03/2012

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Contact Details

Jesmond Dene House

Jesmond Dene Road NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Tyne and Wear England NE2 2EY

Telephone

0191 212 3000

Further Information

Bedrooms

40, 8 in adjacent annexe, 2 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year.

Facilities

lift, 2 lounges, cocktail bar, restaurant, conference/function facilities, free Wi-Fi, civil wedding licence, 2-acre garden.

Background music

in public areas.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

only guide dogs allowed.

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

[2013] per room B&B £130-£400. À la carte £50, tasting menu £55-£65.