We all know that good Indian restaurants can be few and far between, so when we find a really good one, we should embrace our discovery and take pride when offering the venue as a recommendation. We recently visited the Cinnamon Club – contemporary champagne bar and high class Indian restaurant based in Trimdon Village Durham, a 30 minute jaunt from Newcastle City Centre.
The Champagne bar and restaurant was established in June 2014 by two North East businessmen with 35 years experience in the hospitality trade under their belts. The once derelict public house has been completely transformed and now boasts an elegant champagne bar, spacious restaurant, private function room and outside seating area.
“We are a destination restaurant home to a beautiful champagne bar providing customers with a wide choice of food and drink. “
From the outside, the sleek venue has a real sophisticated look about it; with its smart, brilliant white exterior and elegant red carpet entrance leading into the club’s Champagne bar which simply oozes opulence. The 120 capacity restaurant is spacious and has a modern décor, yet with a traditional Indian twist.
I was extremely impressed by the meticulous attention to detail demonstrated by the Cinnamon Club; from the pristine table arrangements complemented with fresh flowers to the immaculately dressed waiters sporting white gloves, the restaurant had a real sparkle about it.
Once seated, we were offered a generous selection of freshly made pickles chutneys and poppadoms which we gleefully snacked on whilst we perused the menu. I also thought it most befitting to order a very delectable glass of fizz! The extensive menu boasted a myriad of traditional Indian, speciality and executive dishes. Cinnamon take particular pride in their dry spice grinding technique which is a difficult and time consuming cooking method but certainly worth the effort as it makes every dish a bespoke masterpiece.
“Cinnamon takes particular pride in their spice grinding making every dish a bespoke masterpiece. “
For starters I opted for the Cinnamon Club Platter Chefs Special Selection (£4.95) which consisted of sheek kebabs, barbecued paneer cheese, chicken tikka and tandoor smoked salmon. My companion Jessica ordered the chicken chat (£3.95). Both dishes were generous in portion and superbly flavoursome. The meat, fish and cheese had a real depth of flavour about them – rendered by the smokey tandoor.
For the main course I chose the tandoori half chicken (£8.45) as I believe that any Indian restaurant’s cuisine can be generally gauged by the quality of its tandoori. Jessica opted for the executive chicken korma (£8.75). As I expected the tandoori was perfect – succulent with the correct balance of spices and with flavours penetrating right to the bone. Jessica’s dish was “like no korma she had ever tasted before.”- Rich and creamy blended with almonds and strawberries giving it a deliciously complex sweet and savoury taste combination.
“Cinnamon Club brings together winning ingredients of exquisite food, exceptional value and first class service in our beautiful countryside location.”
With very little room to spare, we felt obliged to sample the dessert menu as we were informed that the chefs had received specialist training in order to prepare superior desserts. I decided upon the Champagne lemon sorbet (£4.95) and Jess the raspberry cheesecake (£4:95). Both offerings were beautifully presented and scrumptious, a perfect end to a perfect dining experience.
I would definitely recommend anyone take a trip down the A1/A19 in order to visit this amazing bar and restaurant which are able to turn any night out into a special occasion. But don’t just take my word for it, The Cinnamon Club have been nominated at this years’ posthumous British Curry Awards where the nation’s finest curry restaurants will be honoured. And the accolades keep coming for my now absolute favourite Indian restaurant, with a recent glowing review from the Evening Chronicle newspaper… A winning formula indeed!
For offers, events and a virtual tour, visit The Cinnamon Club website here>>
Salters Lane, Trimdon, Durham, TS29 6JQ
Monday – Thursday: 12:00 – 14:00
Friday – Closed
Saturday, Sunday: 12:00 -14:00
Monday – Sunday: 17:30 – 23:00
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