Morritt Hotel in Teesdale, County Durham - Restaurant review

PUBLISHED: 00:06 15 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:38 20 February 2013

The Morritt Hotel

The Morritt Hotel

It started off with the most delicious champagne and canapés and ended with divine chocolate treats - now that's what we call lunch.

It started off with the most delicious champagne and canaps and ended with divine chocolate treats - now that's what we call lunch.

Business colleagues and friends from all over the region joined executives of North East Life, including managing director Liz Page and co-editor Sue Campbell, and the magazine's commercial team for our first Commercial Lunch at the Morritt Hotel in Teesdale, County Durham, last month. Businesses and organisations representing disciplines ranging from property to advertising, law to antiques and tourism to furniture attended to enjoy the event, and a superb lunch.

Guests were able to network and catch up with business in the Morritt's beautiful Garden Room prior to lunch, before moving through to the restaurant, lead by the hotel's owner and host, Barbara Johnson. North East Life Project Manager, Trevor Lee, welcomed everyone to the event and spoke about the terrific growth of the magazine since it was launched earlier this year. The magazine, he said, is beating its rivals by a large margin.

Trevor said: 'It is great to be able to tell our business colleagues here today that North East Life can easily claim to be the North East's biggest selling regional magazine - independent figures which cannot be refuted show a huge growth in its popularity and, of course, we are delighted.'

Barbara Johnson warmly welcomed guests to the lunch and said how pleased she was to be hosting the magazine's first commercial lunch. She introduced guests Paul Livesey,Wine Development Manager, and Peter Hall, Area Sales Manager, from wine merchants,Waverley TBS. The lunch menu was created by Morritt head chef, Lee Stainthorpe with his team, and comprised a beautiful piece of Seared River Trout with saffron and dill risotto, Gressingham Duck with rosti potato and vegetables, a wonderful apple Charlotte made with apples from Barbara's own trees at home or a local cheese platter, then coffee or tea and those wonderful chocolate treats.

At the start of each course, Paul Livesey expertly described the wine being served - a wonderful list of excellent wines chosen to complement each dish, from a dry and fresh Pinot Grigio Chardonnay to a late harvest Sauvignon. Hearing each wine explained was a great accompaniment to a great meal.

The end of the lunch was marked by the entrance of Lee Stainthorpe and his team, who were thanked with rapturous applause by all present. Sue Campbell then spoke briefly about the strengths of the magazine. 'My co-editor, Andrew Smith, and I are committed to great features, superb photography, informative and lively writing and to giving the discerning North East reader - and advertiser - a magazine which reflects their interests, their business and, importantly, their region.' The day concluded with thanks to the Morritt and our host and supporter, Barbara Johnson, for a wonderful occasion.

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