The people spoke! The Three Horseshoes in Blyth, Northumberland has been named the winner of The People’s Favourite Roast Dinner in Knorr® Professional’s Great British Roast Dinner Competition 2019.
So who are Kathie and Steve Turnball, and Head Chef Brett Curran, and how have they elevated this charming countryside restaurant and bar situated in Blyth?
1. Tell us about your restaurant. What’s your story and what makes it different?
The Three Horseshoes is a family affair. Because it’s run by a long-standing family-oriented team, and because it’s a family-friendly establishment with a large outdoor dining area and a children’s playground. We regularly host large events for many special occasions, and our evenings of live music and entertainment are legendary in this scenic part of Northumberland.
We truly value customer care and this shines through with all our guests. We are always on hand to make sure every dining experience is as enjoyable as possible.
2. What do people love about your menu? How often is your menu updated? Is there a time of the year when your dishes are most popular?
We offer a fine selection of British and European dishes with a contemporary twist, but of course we are particularly popular with locals and visitors looking to sample a sumptuous Sunday roast.
We change our menu 2-3 times a year. We have staple dishes as well as seasonal ones. During the summer months our kebabs sell really well, served on our homemade flatbread and Israeli cous cous salad.
3. What makes your roast a winner? What’s your favourite ingredient?
We offer an extensive Sunday roast menu including beef, chicken and pork options. The beef roast uses locally-sourced topside, which is slow-roasted at 63 degrees overnight, in order to achieve that perfect pink finish.
We serve it with home-made, creamy mash, lots of butter on the turnips, crispy roast potatoes, fantastic Yorkshire puddings and of course we use the Knorr gravy granules, mixed with some red wine, meat juices etc. We try and make our roast how granny would make it.
Our Head Chef Brett Curran believes there are 3 key ingredients to making the perfect Sunday roast: “Great Yorkshire pudding, great roast potatoes and a great balanced gravy. If you get those things right, then everything else comes together.” Our mash and roast potatoes make our Sunday roast, and without them it just wouldn’t be the same.
4. How do you get customers through the door?
We do advertise through Facebook a lot. Although we tend not to advertise our Sunday lunches as there’s no need! We are always fully booked, every Sunday.