S&N News

Scottish & Newcastle Branch

From: Andrew Armstrong   4 Ash Gardens, Kirn, Dunoon, Argyll PA23 8DH   Tel: 01369 704617   Mob: 07808 717 427 e mail : armstrongandy55@googlemail.com

                                                                                                                                                18th February 2015

Dear Members,

The first function for 2015 will be held at our traditional meeting place The Riverdale Hall Hotel, Bellingham on Sunday 22nd March, Noon for 13.00. (Here for their website and HERE for a map)

As the majority of you are all very familiar with the hotel I do not intend to elaborate further. The menu is very similar to previous years sticking to the traditional Sunday lunch format with locally sourced ingredients.

A copy of the menu is enclosed for your perusal. Please mark your choices on the attached order form and return it to me as soon as possible, together with your cheque made out in favour of the RFA Association Scottish and Newcastle Branch. The costs will be as follows:

Two Courses with coffee      £17  

Three Courses with coffee   £20.50

These include a gangway fee for gratuities and postage expenses

Please also note that the menu includes the option of a cheese board which has a £2.00 surcharge.  If you choose this option cost will be £19.00 for two courses or £22.50 for three courses.    

Could you please let me have your orders by Friday 13th March. This will assist us with clearing cheques etc. We will of course do our very best to accommodate any late additions or cancellations.


From the south, via Wark: On approaching Bellingham you will cross the Tyne (the hotel can be seen on the left from the bridge). Take first junction on the left, opposite the RC Church, turning onto Kielder Road. The hotel is a few yards along on the left.

From the north: From the centre of Bellingham take the B6320 following the signs to Kielder. At the RC Church take the right turn opposite onto Kielder Road, thence as above.

Gill and I look forward to catching up with you all at Bellingham.

Yours Sincerely,

Andrew Armstrong

This letter and all the associated documents can be downloaded as a PDF here :- S&N Spring Luncheon 2015 (277.84 kB)

The Menu:-

Riverdale Hall Hotel

R F A Lunch


Bacon clad pork, apricot and chicken liver loaf served on a fresh, leafy salad with red onion chutney

Prawn, leek and lemon risotto cooked with a rich stock and dry white wine finished with cream and fresh dill

Mushroom, garlic and brie tartlet set on a peppery rocket salad drizzled with balsamico

Fan of sweet honeydew melon and chunks of fresh pineapple drizzled with lime syrup topped with a locally produced sorbet

Main Courses

Roast free range turkey – sage and onion stuffing, pigs in blankets with cranberry and orange compote and a rich turkey gravy

Roast topside of beef served with rich onion gravy, roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding

Bacon clad pheasant breast with a mushroom and chestnut stuffing served with potato croquette and a Madeira wine sauce

Gently grilled salmon fillet placed on buttered spinach served with a duchess potato and creamy prawn sauce

Roasted vegetable lasagne served with baby leaf salad and basil pesto


All main course dishes are served with a selection of fresh seasonal vegetables and potatoes



Fluffy and tangy lemon meringue pie with a jug of pouring cream

Decadently rich dark chocolate and Brazil nut brownie served warmed with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream

Tiramisu – Our version of the Italian classic. Sponge soaked in coffee Liqueur layered with mascarpone cream

Brandy snap basket served with locally produced ice cream

A selection of cheeses accompanied by chutney, celery, grapes and a selection of biscuits – £2.00 extra

Food Allergies & Intolerances

Before you order your food and drinks please speak to our staff if you have any allergies