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Blackbird dining

September 2nd, 2010 (10:15 pm)

Tonight saw dinner at the Blackbird, Ponteland. I never entered it in its nursery pub days, despite its historical associations; it was once Ponteland Castle (though probably strictly a fortified house rather than a fully keeped and baileyed establishment), was the site of a summit between Alexander III of Scotland and representatives of Henry III of England in the 1260s, and was sacked by the earl of Douglas on his way from Newcastle to Otterburn and the battle of Chevy Chase in 1388. It's now been reborn as a gastropub, though the drinkers were crowding into the bar area.

Food was good, though the choice for vegetarians like me was limited to the filling and well-flavoured mushroom and stilton risotto. I think that a Blackbird veggieburger would be a welcome addition to the menu, having sampled a fellow-diner's chips (presented in a small frying sieve) and admired the mushy peas.

Dessert was a worthy jam roly poly with vanilla custard and raspberry ice cream, and an image is included in this post for your consideration.

From Public Miscellany

I shall have to try the beers another time: they included Wylam Brewery's Admiral Lord Collingwood, as well as Hobgoblin.


Posted by: The Mezzo Mongoose (miss_next)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)

I'm not altogether sure that custard ought to be day-glo green... or is that just the photo/my monitor? :-)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)

A bit of both. The original image was very, very blue, and I've recovered a lot of the colour, but haven't been able to successfully rescue the custard, which was a creamy white. It's not green on my monitor, happily.

Posted by: Josh (schreibergasse)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)

Pudding: OM NOM NOM

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: September 3rd, 2010 09:52 am (UTC)

Indeed - the texture of the sponge was light years away from the industrialised processed fare one is used to, for a start; and the ice cream was the best I've tasted in a pub-restaurant.

Posted by: Evil Asian Genius (eag)
Posted at: September 3rd, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)

Oh, that looks good...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: September 3rd, 2010 09:52 am (UTC)

It was, it was...

Posted by: Kargicq (kargicq)
Posted at: September 3rd, 2010 06:46 am (UTC)

Mmm... I think we'll have to add that to our list of places to visit!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: September 3rd, 2010 09:53 am (UTC)

I'd recommend that you do so. I don't know whether they have a children's menu, but that is probably more evident at lunchtime than it is on an evening.