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Cooking up a treat at the Char Mausum.

OUTSTANDING Asian cooking with a surprising Northumbrian twist is certainly on the menu at one of the region's most salubrious restaurants - once you look past the exterior facade.

The Char Mausum (Four Seasons) - just off the A1, a few miles south of Morpeth - has been wowing customers old and new with its delicious cuisine.

Hardly surprising as from the moment you step through the door, you are sure to feel relaxed and very welcome. The cream-toned decor is unfussy and tastefully modern, the restaurant is headed up by Mohammed Iqbal, a knowledgeable and charming host and his staff unfailingly polite.

But while the ambience certainly sets the scene for an enjoyable night out, it is the food itself that really marks The Char Mausum out as a very, very special restaurant.

The cuisine is definitely Indian, with every region represented but seasonal specials also celebrate changes in the year.

Of course, the old favourites take their spot on the menu - but there are also new and exciting dishes.

Perhaps a venison or rabbit tikka takes your fancy? Or a pheasant tandoori or Rajasthani game curry? And if the fruits of the ocean are more to your taste, Char Mausum can cater for that too with marvellous mussels, crab and cod creations all available for you to savour.

For whisky lovers a special night at Char Mausum will be an absolute must.

The Whisky Dinner is a three/four course banquet on Sunday, May 29 featuring such treats as Crab Malabari (crab meat with coconut, chopped curry leaves, mustard seeds, tomatoes and onions), Simla Mirch Chicken, Tandoori mixed grill or lamb chops. And for pudding, chocolate and chilli cheesecake.

This will be the first time the restaurant has hosted such an event.

Each course is washed down with a very special whisky - for example 17-year-old Glenfarclas.

The Char Mausum offers a takeaway service for those who prefer to eat at home.

And another thing to note - most tables are taken every night, so it is best to book.

The Char Mausum is on Station Road End, Stannington, Morpeth, and is open Monday-Sunday from 5pm-11pm, tel: 01670 789011.

There is plenty of parking space available outside the restaurant.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 7, 2016
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