Having just finished most of our Christmas shopping, my partner and I deserved a reward.
We left the hustle and bustle of Meadowhall with our final few gifts and decided to escape somewhere we could relax and enjoy some good food.
The Angel Inn, in Blyth, seemed like the perfect location - a quiet country pub on a cold winter evening was exactly what we both had in mind.
And what a brilliant decision it turned out to be.
Its website promises a traditional English Inn with home cooked food and it definitely lived up to its promise.
With it being just a few days before Christmas we went against our instincts and didn’t book a table.
When we pulled into the car park it was a decision I feared we would live to regret, however once inside I realised I need not have worried.
The vast dining area meant that despite it being a busy week night with some big parties eating, we still managed to find a table in a quiet corner.
After a quick glance at the menu it was clear that the Angel Inn is all about traditional pub grub.
This was to the delight of my partner who likes nothing more than a mixed grill, steak or well cooked piece of gammon.
It didn’t take him long to decide that he would treat himself to the five piece mixed grill, which was impressively priced at only £10.95, while I opted for the hot and spicy cajun chicken (£7.95).
Most of the meals came with a choice of chips, new potatoes or jacket potato, salad and petit pois.
After ordering at the bar, we were not waiting too long before our huge plates of freshly cooked food arrived at our table.
As my partner’s meal was put down in front of him, he wasn’t disappointed. His oval plate was filled with steak, sausage, gammon, liver and a pork chop and was so big that his crispy, cooked to perfection, chips came in a separate bowl.
My chicken was equally impressive in size and the jacket potato was crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle.
We both thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful, with us both commenting that the meat must have been straight from the grill and onto our plates.
I would have preferred my chicken to be more hot and spicy, but that is just down to individual taste.
After letting our main course settle, we decided to share a death by chocolate dessert (£3.95).
It arrived looking like a picture - a big slab of rich, moist chocolate cake, with chocolate sauce and a scoop of delicious vanilla ice cream.
We left suitably stuffed, but with smiles on our faces at having had such a heavenly meal at the Angel Inn.