Marina meal with a boat­load of food

Sunday Sun - - Eating Out -

AS we pulled up to the car park at Hartle­pool Marina I cast a ner­vous glance at the eatery we were head­ing to.

Mrs E had promised me she’d been told it was a friendly place with great food but at first sight it looked a lit­tle on the posh side for me.

Af­ter all Sun­day lunch should be a big plate of great food washed down with a de­cent drink – and I wasn’t sure that’s what we would be served.

But from the minute we walked in I re­alised I hadn’t been fed a line.

From a quick pe­ruse of the meals be­ing served around the room it was clear por­tion size wasn’t go­ing to be a problem and the food looked great.

The room was small but very

THE CON­SER­VA­TORY

Slake Ter­race, Hartle­pool, TS24 0RU Tel: 01429 277377 Food served: Noon to 4:30pm

Rat­ing: 16/20 Char­ac­ter........................... Qual­ity................................ Ser­vice................................ Value................................... light and airy and there was plenty of space be­tween the ta­bles. We were shown to a ta­ble in the win­dow which gave us a lovely view of the Marina along­side the fa­mous Trin­co­ma­lee fight­ing ship which was birthed nearby. We were given the set menu which was starter and main for £11.95 or to in­clude a sweet as well for £14.95. I fan­cied the chicken liver pate which came with melba toast and red onion mar­malade – all v e r y tasty Car park..................... Kids al­lowed...................... Real ale..................................... Wine by the bot­tle........................ Credit cards..................................... Veg­e­tar­ian food............................. Dis­abled toi­lets............................. al­beit a lit­tle short on the toast part.

Mrs E had al­ready spot­ted a rather large burger which she was plan­ning on hav­ing for her main so opted for soup of the day, which was tomato and basil which came with a large slice of crusty bread and but­ter.

The soup was clearly home­made as it was packed with flavour­some fresh tomatoes and was also very good, as was the bread.

As I said Mrs E had spot­ted the burger – or maybe it was the large amount of chunky home­made chips which ac­com­pa­nied it.

The menu had an en­tire se­lec­tion of ‘gourmetg burg­ers’g but af­ter much soul search­ing she opted for the ba­con and cheese burger made with 100% beef served with home­made chunky chips.

I couldn’t pass up the roast beef which was served with roast pota­toes, mash and a large York­shire – my idea of heaven.

Both of our meals were ex­actly what we’d hoped for.

My beef was ten­der, the York­shire crunchy on the out­side and soft in the mid­dle and the veg cooked just right.

As for Mrs E, she man­aged to pol­ish off the whole of the burger de­spite its size, al­though she did let me have one of the chips to try – they were per­fect.

Like the York­shire, crunchy and soft in just the right places.

De­spite the size of the meals we still had room for pud.

I had sticky tof­fee pud­ding which came moist and sweet with an amaz­ing tof­fee sauce and a lovely vanilla ice-cream.

She-Who-Must-Be-Fed – even when she is say­ing how full she is – had a cheese­cake with sum­mer berrie berries. Her ve ver­dict was creamy and tangy from the berries, whi which is just how it should be be.

All in all we thor­oughly en­joyed our meal.

We had to pay to p park which never im im­presses me but apart from that it was all we hope hoped for.

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