A stylish new restaurant-bar in Northumberland is bearing fruit after impressing customers with both stylish looks and a stylish menu.
Adam & Eve in Alnwick is the result of an ambitious lockdown project and now has on board a chef with a background in Michelin-star venues.
The culinary talent, Adina Lonsdale, is focused upon sourcing the best local produce available and ensuring that it is “beautifully presented on the plate”.
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And first customers are finding there is certainly plenty that looks good at the recently-opened restaurant which is in Clayport Street in the centre of the market town.
With time on their hands during lockdown, the owners took pains over the new venture and spent around £200,000 converting the premises which previously has been various pubs including, most recently, Mr Fox.
The result - described as a neighbourhood public house and garden - is a unique look which merges the contemporary with the historic.
It makes use, for instance, of wooden flooring which was salvaged from an old whisky barrel house belonging to award-winning whisky maker Chivas.
And this connection has inspired the restaurant's scotch selection.
In addition, the lighting on show has been reclaimed from former American and Japanese warships and wood panelling is sourced from old cattle barns.
Besides Adam & Eve's rustic interiors, other attractions include the outdoor area with its garden filled with plants and glowing lights.
But the star of the show is set to be the farm-to-table menu whose dishes include cider-braised pig cheek with caramelised apple, roasted root vegetables and black pudding, and a beef burger with Admiral Collingwood cheese whose accompaniments include crispy beer-soaked onions, burger sauce and hand-cut chips.
There are also the likes of sautéed squid with chorizo; parmesan-crusted sole and Sunday roasts alongside vegan dishes such as truffle and mascarpone risotto with squash, pumpkin seeds and sage plus gluten-free options including pan-seared scallops.
Head Chef Adina said: "Put simply, we are dedicated to showcasing the freshness and quality of Northumberland and produce from the region, using as many local suppliers as we can from both the field and the sea.
"We are focused on new ideas, alongside those dishes that we know our customers love to see on a menu and have them coming back for more."
She added of the new venture: "It's been a journey that took longer than we ever thought but worth every moment of our time.
"It’s a team effort."
Adam & Eve has come up with some creative cocktail ideas too, such as a new take on the traditional Old Fashioned which includes, besides whisky, Holy Island Rum, Crewe de Banane and orange and plum bitters - plus a dried banana slice garnish.
For more information about the venue see here.
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