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A brand New Restaurant is Growing at Jesmond Dene House

Written by High Life North
Published 24.03.2021

After having their doors closed for over a year, the team at Jesmond Dene House are so excited to finally be able to share some good news with us – they’ll be reopening on Wednesday 19th May, and regular visitors to the venue will notice some pretty remarkable changes.

Namely, Fern: a new dining experience that we at HLN are certainly excited to try. Described as an upmarket neighbourhood dining room and bar’. 

The food will be contemporary, non-fussy and prepared with the love, care and attention that guests have come to expect from Jesmond Dene House. The space promises to offer relaxed, informal Geordie hospitality and memorable dining experiences. Jesmond Dene House has undergone a refresh and refurbishment of the Billiard Room, Bar and public areas at the start of this year too, so we can’t wait to see everything they’ve done with the place.

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To celebrate the opening of Fern, Executive Chef Danny Parker has organised a special event on Sunday 30th May. An Evening with MasterChef Danny Parker will allow guests to enjoy an exclusive dining experience, where Danny himself will be serving the very same menu he cooked on the show in December (with some exciting additions), as well as chatting to the guests about the dishes.

As excited for the opening event as we are (although we doubt it!), Danny has said that Fern will offer guests ‘a seasonally changing à la carte dinner menu, showcasing the team’s relationship with suppliers and the incredible British larder, drawing on inspiration from memories and, of course, embracing the sassy classics. Serving breakfasts, afternoon teas, Sunday lunches, cocktails and evening dinners, the intention is to offer a relaxed area to enjoy for both guests and locals alike.’

After returning to MasterChef, the Professionals: A Festive Knockout in December last year, Danny decided that it was the right time to release the exclusive tasting menu to his guests at Jesmond Dene House.

‘Since the show aired, I’ve been asked on many occasions if we will be serving the MasterChef dishes on our menu,’ Danny reveals. ‘After having our doors closed for over a year, now feels like the perfect time to celebrate re-opening with this exclusive one-off menu – and we have a brand new restaurant to showcase it in.’

Originally from Stockton-on-Tees, Danny joined the Jesmond Dene House family in the summer of 2018 in the role of Executive Chef. The former Head Chef at Kenny Atkinson’s Michelin-starred House of Tides, Danny has twice represented the North East on BBC One’s Great British Menu. And as well as becoming a finalist on MasterChef The Professionals, he was also a finalist in the National Chef of the Year and the Roux scholarship. Pretty decent credentials, eh?


Upcoming events

Father’s Day – 20 June – a three-course Sunday roast in the restaurant.

Takeout Afternoon Tea, until 1 May – Available Thursday – Sunday between 12noon – 4.00pm for collection.

To be kept in the know about Jesmond Dene House’s future events and to book a table at Fern, visit their website, Facebook or Instagram


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