Hotel's 10 reasons to try tasting menu

Hotel's 10 reasons to try tasting menu

Josephine’s Restaurant – the heritage-filled restaurant at fortified medieval hotel, the 14th century Langley Castle Hotel in Langley-on-Tyne, Northumberland, has created a five-course tasting menu and is giving diners 10 good reasons to choose it.

Langley Castle’s chef and North East Chef of the Year 2011, Mark Percival, has created a series of taste sensations, which allows diners to sample some of the finest dishes concocted in his two-AA Rosette kitchen, housed inside seven-foot-thick walls just a stone’s throw from Hadrian’s Wall and in countryside rich in game.

The menu starts with a veloute of spiced parsnip and coconut, served with onion bhaji and apple. The second course is tasty breast of wood pigeon, with fig and hazelnut and this is followed by delightfully cooked king scallop, served with celeriac, capers and golden raisin.

The penultimate course is tender loin of venison, served with haggis sausage roll, parsnip and juniper and orange jus. The final delight is scrumptious chocolate fondant served with peanut ice cream. The whole experience costs £65 per person.

For those uncertain as to why a tasting menu is such a great idea, Langley Castle has put together 10 top reasons to choose this.

Langley’s top ten reasons should resonate with those wishing to add romance, interaction, talking points and intimacy to their meal, as well as to foodies wishing to get to know the chef through their showcase.

Percival says: “Tasting menus originated in France, with the concept of ‘degustation’. Creating a tasting menu for Josephine’s restaurant is a fitting thing to do, as the restaurant is named after a French former owner of Langley Castle, Josephine d’Echarvines. Our current owner, Yvonne Madnick, is also French.

“Diners – both guests and non-residents – are relishing having the choice between our romantic and foodie-focused tasting menu, our three-course dinner menu, our relaxed dining menu, plus Sunday lunches and afternoon teas. It provides options for every occasion, every gathering of family and friends and every mood.”

Langley Castle Hotel has a newly introduced five-course tasting menu, but why should hotel guests and non-resident diners opt for this culinary experience?

To help diners in Northumberland decide whether a tasting menu is for them, we’ve put together 10 top reasons to choose that created by our head chef, Mark Percival – North East Chef of the Year 2011.

Read on and then decide whether this could be one of the best dining experiences, and exquisite culinary occasions, you have ever enjoyed in any restaurant in Northumberland.

1. The tasting menu avoids you having to make difficult dining choices, giving you our chef’s recommendations for the best dishes based on local Northumberland food, that can be enjoyed, with a few international twists on the way.

2. You can head off on a culinary journey, delighting the taste buds with many different flavour combinations, tastes, textures and aromas. What more could you want than a dining adventure?

3. The tasting menu suits the intimate and romantic setting of Josephine’s Restaurant at Langley Castle to a tee. It’s culinary heaven, served in an atmospheric Northumberland restaurant, so guests enjoying a romantic castle break, or loved-up couples from Carlisle, Newcastle and places in between, should give this great consideration.

4. You can satisfy your curiosity about dishes you might be slightly worried about selecting, because they’re not your usual choice and your natural dining default mode is to play it safe. See the tasting menu as a voyage of discovery on a plate.

5. It’s a perfect choice for anyone celebrating something special. The tasting menu also comes with suggested wines that can make each dish a complete gem that you just have to photograph and talk about on social media.

6. It prevents diner boredom. There’s nothing worse than having to wade through a dish that’s boring you after just a few forkfuls. With a taster menu, you don’t have to. You can enjoy the flavour burst and wow factor of the dish, finish that amazing plate and then move on to the next.

7. Because each dish brings something new, the tasting menu creates lots of talking points that are both perfect ice-breakers for those doing business or on a first date, and also brilliant ways of keeping the conversation flowing, with no empty and awkward pauses.

8. The tasting menu is a wonderful way to introduce interaction into your dining experience, with different touchpoints throughout the meal that allow you to speak to the waiting staff, discuss dishes and even ‘Instagram’ your food.

9. Choosing to eat a number of dishes allows you to fully understand the style of the chef behind it, his skills, his techniques and his favourite foods. For foodies, this creates a real buzz.

10. You can derive true sense of place from your food, as Langley Castle Hotel’s restaurant uses fresh and locally sourced produce from the Northumbrian landscape and its coastline. You can eat the view that you enjoy by day and that’s a very compelling reason to choose this menu, especially if you are a visitor to Northumberland.