There’s nothing I love more than a good, hearty Sunday roast with all my family. Thankfully the North East has a huge number of fantastic restaurants that serve up a cracking roast! From traditional pubs, to former monasteries, breweries and castles, this region has such a wide range of places to go for Sunday lunch. Here are a few of my favourites:
Blackfriars has become my go-to restaurant in Newcastle city centre – whether it’s date night, a celebratory dinner or a slap-up Sunday roast, this historic restaurant boasts a wonderful Sunday lunch menu. Think North Sea fishcakes for starter, succulent chicken with crispy skin and all the trimmings for main, and a cheese board that will satisfy all your cravings! Check out my restaurant review for Blackfriars here.
Wylam Brewery – The Tap & Kitchen
If this isn’t the coolest place in the North East to have Sunday dinner, then I don’t know where is! You’ll find Wylam Brewery at the Palace of Arts in Exhibition Park, which was once a military museum – now it’s a working brewery and home to some of the North East’s favourite beers and bar snacks. Not only that, but their belly pork and crispy crackling Sunday dinner is to die for! Booking essential for this one I’d say. Sound good? Find out more info in my Wylam Brewery blog post here.
I absolutely love The Beehive in Earsdon – it’s one of those places that you return to time after time just because it reminds you of happy times with your family! Although this is an old pub dating back to the 18th century, and a favourite with locals, it’s recently come under new management. Fear not, it’s good news because their Sunday roast was even better than ever. Despite the wait (it was a busy bank holiday weekend and everyone wanted Sunday dinner in the beautiful beer garden), I thoroughly enjoyed my beef and pork medley roast.
The Staith House
Over recent years, The Staith House really has put itself on the culinary map of the North East and beyond. Situated on the North Shields Fish Quay, this restaurant is the ultimate gastropub, serving up locally-sourced fish dishes and one heck of a Sunday roast. If you’re looking for real quality in your Sunday lunch, or if you’re celebrating something special, I’d say The Staith House is a really good shout.
The Northumberland Arms
I can’t put into words how much I love this pub in Felton, Northumberland! But I suppose I’ll have to try… Picture the most idyllic little rural village, complete with a lovely stone bridge over a rushing river – that’s Felton. Now picture a 19th-century coaching inn that has been transformed into a wonderful, contemporary restaurant serving a first-class Sunday roast – that’s The Northumberland Arms! Both the roast loin of pork and the topside of beef were fab, but it was the roasties that made this a five-star Sunday roast for me. Read more about The Northumberland Arms here.
The Jolly Fisherman
Now this seaside gem in the gorgeous harbour village of Craster is best-known for its seafood – namely its famous crab soup! But The Jolly Fisherman also serves a yummy, homemade Sunday dinner that tastes just like the roast Grandma used to make. They choose the meats for their Sunday dinner each week, depending on what’s local and fresh – what could be better? Oh, that’s right, the wonderful sea views!
A meal out at Bradley Gardens with family also proves to be a very special occasion. The Glasshouse Café is set in the chicest of greenhouses in the midst of these beautiful walled gardens in Wylam. Whilst I must admit I’ve never had a Sunday lunch at Bradley Gardens (it’s on my list, I promise!) I’ve had some wonderful lunches there through the week. If their daily lunchtime specials are anything to go by, I’d say their Sunday lunches will be delicious! I particularly like the sound of the roast chicken breast with chipolatas and a red wine sauce. Have a read of my Bradley Gardens blog post here.
The Lord Crewe Arms
I’ve eaten many Sunday roasts in my time (as you can probably tell from this guide), but I really feel like Sunday dinner at The Lord Crewe Arms in Blanchland opened my eyes to a completely new way of enjoying this traditional meal: the Sunday roast sharing board! I love a good historical restaurant and this Abbots guest house set looking over the North Pennine moors won The Good Pub Guide’s Inn of the Year 2018 and is just the place to treat you and your family. Choose whether you want two sharing courses or three, and prepare to be delighted by the innovative dishes the Lord Crewe chefs create with local produce – expect everything from shots of spicy vegetable soup and haggis sausage rolls for starter, to platters of Yorkshires, vegetables and meat (including the tastiest chicken I have EVER eaten). Dessert is certainly something to look forward to – we had mini sticky toffee puddings, buckthorn possets and chocolate mousse. Read more about my wonderful experience at The Lord Crewe Arms here.
The Garden House Inn
Whilst I was at university, my parents and I stumbled across this lovely inn in Durham, lured in by the look of the lovely conservatory of this 18th-century guest house! What a find it was – the Sunday roasts served at The Garden House Inn are arguably the very best in Durham city, all washed down with an ale or glass of wine from their large selection. The slow-cooked pork belly was absolutely delicious – crispy crackling and tender meat. The 12-hour beef featherblade is just as good if you’re not a fan of pork!
I hope you find this guide helpful and enjoy eating your way around some of these fantastic restaurants!
(If anyone has any recommendations for Sunday lunch in South Tyneside/Wearside then I’d really appreciate you getting in touch!)