Found in the County Hotel in Newcastle, opposite Central Station, The Hudson is a classy bar and restaurant that offers a wonderful selection of cocktails and fresh, traditional, British, seasonal menus throughout the day. Although there are many bars and restaurants in Newcastle that are mind-blowing, The Hudson goes all out to achieve the accolade of number one for luxury.
As soon as you enter the restaurant you can feel its spectacular opulence. Waiting for us, was a comfy seating area that was candle lit to coincide the grey marl design. The interior was of a fine quality and certainly deserves credit; The Hudson is a beautiful setting and is a great place for a date… We went on a Thursday and it was beginning to get to get fuller as the night went on.
Hannah, a pleasant waitress, handed us the menus and we decided to choose from the Restaurant Month menu. To drink, it was a near on impossible choice. With such a vast range of cocktails and wines, I decided on the premium Estandon Lumiere De Provence Rose, Coteax Varois as it had been a while since I had a brilliant rose wine. Arriving in a stylish bottle, it had a bright, shiny, pale pink tone. Silky, fresh and smooth on the palate, with a lovely balance between the wine’s notes of citrus and pink grapefruit flesh, I could’ve been sat inside a restaurant along the French Riviera.
Now we had our wine, we both could feel that we were about to be in for a treat – we were ready to begin our order of indulgence. As it was Restaurant month, The Hudson had an amazing offer of three courses for £15 deal running. I look back now and think that was an impeccable bargain. From the choice of six starters, I went for the Rolled Goats Cheese – lightly scorched goats cheese, asparagus, beetroot and chive salad and my colleague opted for the Crispy Chicken Wing served with risotto, a pan fried scallop and jus (£4 Supplement). When the starters arrived, they were presented beautifully. If you enjoy a food pic on Instagram, you will definitely have to add pics of The Hudson’s dishes to your profile. The goats cheese was creamy and was sprung to life by the beetroot. Along with the spring onion, chive and asparagus it combined brilliantly together although a slice of toasted sourdough to go with it would’ve been wonderful. Having said that, I can see why they haven’t as it’s a healthy choice and also maintains the gluten free factor. The crispy chicken wing with risotto was again beautifully food sculpted. The scallop however, was the highlight of the dish. I could have eaten several more they were divine.
For our main course, we had five options to choose from. Without any hesitation I chose the 8oz Hadrian Fillet Steak served with grilled vine tomatoes, topped with garlic butter accompanied by the Hudson herb salad (£10 supplement) and side orders of twice cooked chunky chips and béarnaise sauce. My colleague went for the Mini Sliders – a trio of mini burgers; beef, Cajun chicken and breaded fish goujon served with herb salad & mayonnaise. My eyes lit up when the plates came to the table! The steak was ordered rare and was magnificent. The béarnaise sauce was good but I recommend sticking with what you have as the garlic butter creates a taste sensation that will mesmerise your mind… You’ll soon realise everything you’ve ever desired food wise just became a reality. It was a special main. The mini sliders were also just as special, again the beef was outstanding and the pick of the three.
Finally, having a choice of four desserts, we decided to try the Trio of Desserts – pomegranate cheese cake, double chocolate chip brownie & sticky toffee pudding. Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow! I’ve had a few chocolate brownies lately and this one was unreal! All three desserts were top notch; I could eat all three again as I reminisce over them.
What a night at The Hudson! Great customer service as our host, Hannah, knew the menu and timed her availability perfectly. If you chose anywhere for restaurant week, I hope you chose The Hudson. If you went anywhere in January, I hope you chose The Hudson. If you go anywhere from now on, I hope you choose The Hudson. An elegant restaurant with je ne sais quoi, you must go.