Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 09.14.22NEWCASTLE Racecourse’s on site gastro-pub has under a complete refurbishment including a tempting new menu.

The Border Minstrel, nestled in the grounds of Gosforth Park, underwent interior renovations ahead of the prestigious Betfred Eider Chase raceday which took place on Saturday, 27 February.

The Grade II listed building got its current name from a famous horse from the 1920s, best known for winning The Pitman’s Derby, now The Northumberland Plate.

The refurbishment includes a total transformation of the interior to create an inviting, friendly place to enjoy a drink, snack or pub meal.

The venue, known locally as ‘the pub in the park’, has preserved its architectural design features from the 1920s era, with new designs now featuring a shabby-chic style including exposed original brick work, natural stone and wooden floors and comfortable farm house style seating.

As part of the overhaul, the venue has also announced weekly quiz nights hosted by Metro Radio 2’s Keith Martin and themed evenings will be introduced throughout the year.

Guests are able to enjoy a range of homemade traditional pub favourites and real cask ales and craft beer following the addition of a new menu which features a range of dishes to suit every pallet.  Starters include shredded confit of chicken with pumpkin gnocchi, rocket and chive butter and main course and dessert highlights include pan fried loin of pork with bubble and squeak, poached hens egg, bashed apples and carrot pureé and a warm chocolate and hazelnut brownie with vanilla pod ice cream and toffee coulis.

Paul Rankin, bar and retail manager of Border Minstrel, said: “We are really excited about the new revamp. The Border Minstrel holds so much history and heritage of the racecourse but we have retained the charm and character of the building and updated the feel to offer a relaxed and comfortable setting for guests.

“The gastro-pub now provides a perfect stand-alone dining experience for guests whether they are enjoying the races or just wish to dine out.”

“We’re confident that our customers will be delighted with the refurbishment; it’s still a true local pub, with a strong food and drink offering which compliments the racing schedule throughout the year.”

The Border Minstrel’s will serve Sunday lunch carvery from 12pm to 5:30pm. Normal food serving times are 11am-8pmMonday to Saturday.

For more information about Newcastle Racing & Events, call 0191 236 2020 or go to www.newcastle-racecourse.co.uk.