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Review: Danielle's Bistro


Hexham, United Kingdom

Danielle is a very special find in a special town

  • By SilverTraveller Anushka

    1 review

  • Nov 2011
  • Hexham Northumberland
  • Casual
  • Mediterranean

133 people found this review helpful

I met up with family for an early pre-theatre meal at Danielle's Bistro, hidden up a quiet side street just off the main drag in the Abbey town of Hexham in Northumberland. We chose the £14.75 2 course set menu as we had limited time to spend. Our only regret is that we didn't have longer to dwell in the cosy, beautifully lit, welcoming restaurant setting. Two of our party chose the curried parsnip soup for starter and it was a creamy, delicately spiced, warming delight with fresh proper brown seeded bread in big wholesome chunks and real butter. The other two of us chose the king prawn and chilli sauce starter. We were surprised not only by the size and quality of the prawns on a triangle of garli buttered bread, but also that it was served hot, not cold as is usual. This was amazingly delicious. What could better that? Well the two hard working waiting staff served us with melt-in-the-mouth Angus Beef in red wine with mash, a tenderly cooked breast of chicken, a generous salmon fillet and ricotta ravioli in a mild tomato and tarragon sauce. The accompanying vegetables – mange tout, green beans, carrots and roasted potatoes were cooked to perfection. As we had four different main courses what an achievement for the chef to get every single one right. I should also mention that we were the first to arrive about 6.15pm and by 7pm the place was full. And yet the chef completed our order including cups of steaming hot filter coffee with mints by 7.45pm and we had settled the reasonably priced bill with full stomachs and happy hearts. I will be adding this restaurant to my list of favourites without hesitation. Their Christmas lunch menu with be £9.95 for 2 courses – how could anyone go wrong at that? Except, if you didn't book ahead and they couldn't find a table for you.My only word of warning – the toilets are upstairs so not suitable for disabled or wheelchair bound customers. Do head up to Northumberland, take a look at the ancient town centre Abbey, take a walk along Hadrian's Wall and dip in and out of the quaint shops. But make sure you eat at Danielles. You will not be disappointed. Bon appetit!

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