Newcastle Photographer and Content Creator, Mandy Charlton, Always on a quest for adventure, often seen on buses, trains and planes. On a quest to be happier and healthier. Lives in Newcastle with her 3 cats, Iris, Maggie and Arthur. Loves good vibes, musicals and cakes. Full time professional wedding photographer in the north east of england alongside content creator on Tiktok, Instagram and Facebook

Friday, November 11, 2016

Festive Fridays at Vallum Farm

I love the opportunity to talk about food on my blog, I'm a massive fan of good food served in sumptuous locations and last week I was invited to experience a preview of Vallum Farm's Festive Friday menu in their very own Chef's room along with a handful of fabulous bloggers so this is one article I am absolutely delighted to bring you.

Vallum Farm is located near Matfen in Northumberland and it's worth the drive through the pretty Northumbrian countryside to get there and whilst you'll feel you are in the middle of a most beautiful, peaceful, isolated environment, you're actually only a stone's throw from Newcastle upon Tyne, allow 30 minutes for the relaxing journey.

The Chef's room is the perfect location for small wedding receptions, large family gatherings, and flamboyant parties for select friends, with the current decor I felt we could have been in a log cabin in the highlands of Scotland watching the snow fall on a perfect festive winters evening.

We started our gastronomic feast with a choice of cocktail, I plumped for one which tasted like apple crumble with honey whilst my fellow bloggers who are fans of gin dived into a sensational blackberry based aperitif.

After having no breakfast in preparation I got a little excited when the first platter of starters came out, amazing petite sausage and cranberry rolls, a morsel to delight even the fussiest of tastes, we were then treated to a selection of such delights as a rabbit rillettes with apple chutney, celeriac soup, salmon blinis, and the teeniest cutest scotch eggs I've ever seen.

We then sampled the main courses of braised beef with horseradish dumpling and the creamiest mash I've ever tasted and by that point my tummy was telling me I'd eaten well and wouldn't need to worry about having dinner that evening...and then they brought out the Christmas lunch, turkey, ham, all the trimmings, I felt compelled to try a little of everything just for the article, I know, it's a hard life as a writer but someone has to endure such hardships for the sake of one's readers!

As luck would have it I'm sure the rumour is true about having a separate tummy just for pudding as it would have been rude to refuse the tastiest Christmas pudding I've ever eaten or indeed the tiny Bakewell tarts or the chocolate delice, really we were so spoiled as writers last week, I often go to events where we get a bite of this or a taste of that but Vallum excelled themselves and fellow gorgeous bloggers in attendance Laura, Pixie, Sharon and I all agreed we were full to bursting and would not be eating again for the rest of the day!

Vallum Festive Fridays take place on the 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd December from 6-9pm and I want to say a personal thank you for inviting me to try all of the amazing festive foodie delights.


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