Enjoy a fine meal …then sleep on it

Whats On North East recently joined us at Chapters for one of our “Gourmet Nights”.

It’s great going out to eat, but a recent visit to Chapters Hotel and Restaurant in Stokesley proved to be something extra special.
Formerly a coaching inn, the hotel dates back some 250 years and its Gourmet Nights – which include an evening meal, overnight stay and breakfast – sounded the perfect way to unwind and relax.

Arriving in the reception area we were greeted by the manager and he instantly made us feel very welcome. First we headed to our room – and what a lovely touch, sparkling wine on ice with petit fours.
The room was spacious with a wonderful mixture of modern and traditional furniture creating a beautifully elegant environment. Then it was time for food.

We’d booked into the brasserie but were also given the option of the themed Moroccan night in the restaurant. Sticking with our original choice, we took a look at the menu’s mouthwatering selection of dishes.
My husband decided on carpaccio of local beef, horseradish cream and beetroot crisps to start; I opted for duck liver parfait which came with mango, pickled ginger chutney and toasted brioche.
The presentation of both dishes was superb and few words were spoken as we devoured our first course. On to the mains and we both chose the fillet of local beef with wild mushroom diane sauce. Everyone must try this sauce – it was delicious. I only wish they would sell it as I would gladly have taken some home. This was served with twice cooked hand cut chips and dressed house salad.

Dessert was a true paradise for chocolate lovers. Choices included nemesis of chocolate, a crème brulee, chocolate soufflé, chocolate mousse with wild berries and chocolate ice cream – all beautifully presented in individual dishes. My husband decided to try the selection of local and continental cheeses with home-made chutney and jam. All in all a fantastic meal – inspirational combinations of ingredients and delicious flavours.

After a wonderfully relaxing night’s stay in our hotel room, it was time for breakfast. Again, there was plenty of choice from a light meal to a full cooked plateful. It’s not often you’d think of booking a night in a hotel when it’s so close to home, but I’m converted. It’s a great way to really unwind and relax and enjoy some fantastic food. It’s perfect for a special occasion or if you just fancy some extra TLC, but there’s still plenty to enjoy at Chapters even if you can’t stay the night.

Our meal was included in the Gourmet Night price, but starters begin at £4.95 and include delicious treats such as Yorkshire Blue cheese twice bake souffle and steamed Shetland mussels – both at £5.95.
Main courses include pan roasted rump of local lamb at £15.95 and saddle of venison with sauteed king prawns at £18.50. I’m not sure if it’ll be just a meal or a relaxing overnight break, but I’ll definitely be making a return visit to Chapters soon.

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