Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Eating Out: De Vere Slaley Hall

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Eating Out: De Vere Slaley Hall

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Byline: By Richard Ord

De Vere Slaley Hall, Hexham, Northumberland. Tel 01434 673 350.

To think David Beckham may have been sitting at the very dining table where we were enjoying our Sunday roast - it's enough to put any self-respecting Newcastle fan off his food.

The England team have made Slaley Hall their North East base whenever they're in the region, but looking at the way our boy was spilling food down his front, I suspected it was David Seaman's seat he was occupying.

It's easy to see why the national side picked the impressive Edwardian hotel for their base before big games in the North East - the venue has everything the modern footballer could want from a hotel, including a full-size soccer pitch in the grounds.

But what of the average family looking for a pleasant day out and a hearty Sunday dinner? No worries.

You can dine like a prima donna hairband-wearing soccer clothes horse without breaking the bank.

The hotel puts on a massive feed for the family at pounds 16.95 a head, which sounds expensive but in terms of value for money it's pretty hard to beat.

Despite the grandeur of the surroundings - the hotel is set in 1,000 acres of picturesque Northumberland forest with two championship golf courses - the atmosphere is relaxed and the restaurant family-friendly.

We enjoyed a pre-meal drink in the hotel bar before being invited by the maitre d' to our table in the restaurant area. Be warned, if you're thinking of following our lead, the drinks are not cheap - a gin and tonic will set you back pounds 4 (that'll teach me to try to be sophisticated.)

The restaurant design is typical modern hotel; Edwardian it is not. Creeping metal vines up the pillars, etched glass partitions and a mix of the minimalist and practical leave you in no doubt you're dining in a modern hotel.

One side of the restaurant area looks over the golf course and there are plenty of window seats to choose from. …

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