WHILE my work has taken me away from the North East, my family and roots firmly remain.
Ten years ago my parents moved to Thropton village, a real coup for me as visiting afforded easy access to kayaking on the Coquet, walking in The Cheviots, and climbing on the local crags as well as abundance of Mountain Biking on the extensive network of trails nearby.
It was during my visits that I witnessed the demise of the Three Wheat Heads Inn in Thropton village. With the rich history of the 300-year-old Coaching Inn and its physical location at the heart of village, I was saddened to see its decay and eventual closure in 2010, particularly when one considers the boost in popularity of the outdoor activity opportunities abundant in the surrounding countryside and the number of people getting out and about to enjoy them.
This evening I returned to Thropton and my folks suggested we eat in the Three Wheats as it has recently reopened under new management.
I’m writing because I was blown away by the quality of the food served to all of our party, and feel that while Thropton is off the beaten track for most; your readers would enjoy and benefit from knowing about this new venture.
An Indian chef and Greek chef have generated a superb menu that is quietly confident combining Asian, Southern European and local dishes and produce to create some great surprises.
The restaurant provides a spacious and pleasant environment and I am looking forward to going back to eat there in the daylight to benefit from the backdrop of Dove Crag and Simonside.
On this autumn evening however, it was the delicious wholesome food that provided the highlight to our evening.
On reading the menu I wasn’t overly excited by the options, but soon afterwards the arrival of a mouth-wateringly tasty lamb curry, a sensational grilled chilli-garlic prawn dish blended with the light flavours of a herby rice and a refreshingly zesty salad, moules marinieres and a rack of lamb that was juicy, tender and succulent had our group waxing lyrical about their respective meals.
In a time of austerity, recession and double dip recession I wish the team at the Three Wheats well as they strive to overcome the challenges so many North East folk are faced with.
Perhaps your readers can benefit from visiting to refuel after a walk, climb, bike or paddle.
Department of Physical & Adventure Education,
University of Chichester,
Bishop Otter Campus,