A wonderful dinner, rounding off a great day in the spectacular Tyne valley. Good menu choices and a small but perfectly-formed wine list got the juices flowing, and the food didn't disappoint. The lightest, freshest fritters of smoked haddock with a perfectly-judged gribiche sauce and a smashing, meaty terrine of ham hock which came with lightly pickled carrot and the best focaccia I think I've ever tasted - vaguely caramelised-tasting with a hint of rosemary. This was followed by a rib burger in a feather-light home-made brioche bun and sensible, classic seasonings. Excellent chips. The other dish, a hefty plateful of local venison, nicely gamey - tender slices of quickly-seared loin and a lip-smacking daube of the haunch, full of flavour without a hint of dryness (which less skilled chefs can fall foul of) alongside a quenelle of beautifully smooth, buttery mash, deeply-roasted parsnips and a pile of deep emerald Savoy cabbage. Rounding things off, a good chocolate brownie and an exceptional Sticky Toffee Pudding with an ice-cream studded with Pedro Ximenez sherry-soaked raisins. Perfection. All of this served by the lovely Karen and her charming team. We will be back and recommend to everyone we know who's heading up to the Hexham area. Thank you!