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Village Restaurant Relaunch Proves A Hit

Lorne and David Credit: Mike McKenzie Inset: Tom Kay

Taking over a hospitality establishment in 2020 is a challenge like no other. The Ancell family have taken on that challenge and have had great success in their first few weeks.

Fantastic feedback and positive reviews since the 12th of December when the Red Admiral in Gosforth was relaunched have been hugely welcomed by the new owners.

Guests have been able to dine in style in the warm & cosy atmosphere. Offering a selective but delicious menu, with some quirky but tasty dishes packed with flavour, guests have enjoyed dishes such as ‘Carrots 3 ways –24degree egg yolk, hazelnut and rye crumb’ and ‘Winter berries crumble with hay custard’

The mastermind behind the dishes is Chef Lorne Jeffrey, who brings an exciting twist to Gosforth and the surrounding area. Previously working in restaurants across Europe, he said: “The past few weeks have been wonderful, very busy indeed. I was trained in classic French cooking and so I am now able to bring these techniques to the area; combining these techniques with my experience from working throughout Europe to create exciting dishes that I hope people will enjoy’ Using local suppliers where possible is an important element shared by both Lorne, David & Michelle.

The Ancell’s expressed their gratitude, “It’s been fantastic these past few weeks here at The Red Admiral. The support we have received has been very encouraging, and running a pub and hotel is certainly a job to keep you on your feet. We are also grateful to our guests for their support, they have always adhered to the Covid restrictions.

“Michelle and I are thoroughly enjoying the new venture and we are looking forward to the year ahead with optimism. We have a lot planned for the coming year. We are particularly looking forward to sunnier days as we hope to develop the beer garden serving delicious BBQ & house smoked food. We also have our permanent marquee which can be used for functions and weddings when Covid-19 restrictions end!’

Due to the current tier four restrictions the restaurant isn’t open at present however you can keep in the know by following them their Facebook page >

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