Casual Dining Vs Fine Dining – Enjoy Both At Matfen Hall This Autumn

  • By Matfen Hall
  • September 25, 2023
  • Dine

When visiting the jewel in Northumberland’s crown, you are provided with a host of restaurants, bars and lounges to choose where to dine. However, when in any of our beautiful destinations, you are not simply eating a meal; you are enjoying a truly memorable experience.

While Emerald Restaurant serves evenings of fine dining, Cloisters Restaurant and Bar offers a more informal setting to indulge in a variety of styles of cuisine. Here we look at how you can enjoy both during your stay at our magnificent country estate.

Fine Dining in Northumberland: Your five star culinary experience in Emerald Restaurant awaits 

As soon as you step into our premier dining destination, you are made acutely aware that you are in for a special evening. The sophisticated decorations, intricate ceiling and stunning views of our vast parkland that greet you instantly creates an ambience of elegance and grandeur. 

Prior to ordering, our dedicated team will welcome you, escorting you to your table and encouraging you to relax into the restaurant’s grand but inviting atmosphere. This level of impeccable service will be demonstrated throughout your evening as our highly-trained staff tend to every detail – no matter how small – and meet every need.

Each dish served in Emerald Restaurant demonstrates why it is one of the best restaurants in Northumberland. Our team of chefs work tirelessly to create unforgettable courses that showcase the freshest flavours of the season. Crafted to precision, our exquisite menus appeal to all of the senses. A 6 course Tasting Menu experience, in particular, allows you to indulge in the very finest food, created with carefully-sourced ingredients. 

Fine dining and wine go hand in hand. Boasting an extensive list of some of the world’s finest wines, dinner in Emerald Restaurant is a wonderful opportunity to try something new as our Head Sommelier is able to recommend the perfect pairing of wine with your chosen meal.

Whether you are dining with us as part of your stay or to mark a special occasion, our premier dining destination is the ideal place to enjoy an unforgettable culinary experience.

Casual Dining at our country house hotel: Enjoy memorable dining at Cloisters Restaurant and Bar

Informal but no less chic, our unique dining location allows you to explore a range of menus – from steak and seafood dishes to innovative twists on classics – while sitting amongst the original architecture of our courtyard. 

With both a daytime and evening menu, Cloisters Restaurant and Bar allow guests and visitors to enjoy à la carte breakfasts, delightful lunches and exquisite seasonal meals. With locally-sourced ingredients and a state-of-the-art kitchen, talented chefs create memorable dishes that match such a luxurious space.

Highlights of the latest menus include our 30-day dry-aged 12oz sirloin, 16oz Chateaubriand and our Half Lobster Tail.

Boasting an expansive glass roof, our newest restaurant allows you to dine below stunning sunshine or beneath a blanket of stars, while culinary experiences on our mezzanine area provides idyllic views of The Great Hall’s magnificent stained-glass window. 

Serving a range of wines, beers and spirits, our bar also provides a selection of Laurent-Perrier Champagne, allowing you to elevate your meal at Cloisters Restaurant and Bar into something truly special. The adjacent lounge also allows you to retire to somewhere even more comfortable to finish your drinks.

Attentive and friendly, our team are on hand to ensure your time in our stylish dining destination is as relaxed as it is memorable. Providing recommendations for both food and beverages, our level of service will certainly enhance your experience.


Our magnificent estate’s dining destinations provide culinary masterpieces to suit every occasion and, when enjoying an autumn escape to Matfen Hall, you can explore each restaurant, bar and lounge at your leisure.

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