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Eat and Drink
October 2022
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Sunday roasts are back on the menu

With crispy roast potatoes, lashings of gravy, and plenty of Yorkshire puddings, there’s nothing quite like a long lazy Sunday lunch – and here’s where to get your fill across the North East.

Piercebridge, Darlington DL2 3SJ
01325 374286

Set almost centrally between the towns of Darlington, Barnard Castle and Bishop Auckland, The Fox Hole is the perfect pub for a Sunday lunch. With a welcoming and relaxed bar, elegant dining room and their al fresco terrace if the weather allows, take a seat and enjoy carefully-sourced dishes made using the finest local ingredients. Vegetarians can tuck into a nut roast whilst meat eaters can sample roast chicken, loin of pork or rump of beef served with roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire puddings and ample amounts of gravy.

lston Road, Forest-in-Teesdale DL12 0XH 
01833 622336 
As autumn comes to play long walks are de rigueur as you kick up the fallen leaves – and if you’re taking a hike near High Force, make sure to stop at High Force Hotel for a well-earned rest and refuel. Served in the cosy, wood-panelled (dog-friendly) dining room, the Sunday lunch offering here follows tradition, serving the finest cuts of local meat, homemade Yorkshire puddings, crispy roast potatoes and freshly cooked seasonal vegetables with a generous serving of gravy. The puddings are delicious too.

Sunday lunch o set table at The Fox Hole The Fox Hole
Internal shot of dining room at High Force Hotel High Force Hotel
Sunday roast at Beadnell Towers Beadnell Towers

The Wynding, Beadnell NE67 5AY
01665 721211

In the heart of this Northumbrian coastal village, Beadnell Towers is the perfect destination after a day exploring the beach. For those wanting to fuel up, opt for three courses from the weekly changing Sunday lunch menu. Diners can expect the likes of pressed ham hock terrine or spiced carrot and coriander soup for starters, followed by Northumbrian dry-aged beef, rare breed pork loin or Northumbrian leg of lamb, all served with cauliflower cheese, clapshot (Scottish mash), roasted beetroot and fine beans. For dessert, choose between sticky toffee pudding or dark chocolate and Alnwick rum mousse – plus, their bar is dog-friendly too!

60 Chillingham Road, Heaton NE6 5LQ
0191 276 1112

On the burgeoning foodie street that is Chillingham Road, this neighbourhood restaurant was born out of a shared love for good food and wine, and the team here are all about bringing exceptional flavours alongside homely comforts. Their Sunday lunch kicks off with dishes such as king prawn and oak smoked salmon cocktail, chicken terrine and Yorkshire asparagus and goat’s cheese salad, followed by Northumberland sirloin of beef, 12-hour braised lamb shoulder, or Northumbrian pork belly served with proper crackling. Non-meat eaters also have a good choice here with baked cod fillet and handmade ricotta tortellini on the menu.

Red Row, Beamish DH9 0RW
01207 232569

Perched high above the Beamish conservation valley, the Red Row Estate is a glorious 37 acre sprawl with lavender fields and woodland, and is home to the Black Horse Beamish. Varying every Sunday, the lunch menu offers diners traditional roast loin of pork served with cox apples, homemade sage and onion stuffing and crispy crackling, as well as thyme and lemon roast chicken and 28-day-aged roast sirloin of beef, all served with a medley of root vegetables, Yorkshire puddings and gravy. Leave room for dessert though, as you won’t want to miss out on their salted caramel tart served with mint choc chip ice cream.

Hedley on the Hill, Stocksfield NE43 7SW
01661 843607

A traditional pub with hearty Northumbrian food and plenty of country charm is what you’ll find at The Feathers Inn. After a brisk walk in the surrounding countryside, head to this village pub for a warming Sunday lunch and start with pea, ham and mint soup, or order their homemade charcuterie board with pickles, celeriac remoulade and toasted sourdough. Next, choose from slow-roast Hexhamshire pork with apple sauce, rump of Haydon Bridge beef or vegan almond, apple, sage and onion no-meat loaf.

61 High Street, Great Broughton, Middlesbrough TS9 7EF
01642 711377

This historic country restaurant and pub run by South African-born Johan and his wife Elina, offers tradition and old world charm and is the perfect place to cosy up when the weather starts to turn. Freshly-prepared meals are served alongside a traditional Sunday carvery which changes weekly. Start with deep fried brie with salad and cranberry sauce or the duck liver pâté on warm toast. From the carvery, tuck into a roast topside of beef, pork and crackling, or roast turkey (all served with homemade Yorkshire puddings), and there are plenty of vegetables, roasties and gravy which you can pile on your plate as high as you wish.

Sunday roast at The Feather Inn The Feathers Inn
close up of lunch at The Jet Miners Inn The Jet Miners Inn
Sunday lunch at Barrasford Arms Barrasford Arms

Barrasford, Hexham NE48 4AA
01434 681237

Headed up by owner and chef Michael Eames, the Barrasford Arms serves freshly cooked and award-winning pub food using ingredients from local suppliers. Choose to unwind in the cosy bar or take a seat outside in the spacious beer garden overlooking the North Tyne Valley, before browsing the Sunday lunch menu which includes roast sirloin of beef (served pink or well done) or roast chicken accompanied by a Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, red cabbage, swede mash, green vegetables and lots of gravy.

25 Broad Chare, Newcastle NE1 3DQ
0191 211 2144

At this proper pub which serves proper beer, you can expect proper good food. The menu here offers honest, home-cooked dishes made with local, seasonal ingredients, including roast topside of beef served with Yorkshire puddings and roast pork belly topped with apple sauce. The eclectic menu is a meat-eater’s paradise but don’t miss out on the Neal’s Yard cheese plate or, for those with a sweet tooth, the warm chocolate pudding with hazelnut praline is a winner.

Front Street, Sedgefield TS21 3AT
01740 582580

Serving bistro-style food using good, honest ingredients accompanied by a fantastic wine list, this Sedgefield favourite is not to be overlooked. Although the Sunday roast menu changes weekly, expect to find leg of Yorkshire lamb, Hereford beef rump and Gloucester Old Spot pork served with duck fat roasties, mash, seasonal greens, carrot and swede mash, a Yorkshire pudding and plenty of gravy. If you’re feeling extra hungry, try the trio of meats for a taste of all three, and make sure to leave room for dessert as their lemon posset served with vanilla shortbread is delicious.

Bamburgh NE69 7BL
01668 214243

Found in the heart of Bamburgh Village, The Lord Crewe is just a stone’s throw away from the breathtaking beach and historic castle. After a day of exploring, take a seat inside and tuck into a fantastic Sunday roast washed down with real ales, delicious cocktails or something from the extensive wine list. The roast pork loin is our choice for main course and comes with crackling, a Yorkshire pudding, duck fat roast potatoes and stuffing, as well as seasonal vegetables, gravy and apple sauce. Or, enjoy the vegan roast where a cauliflower steak marinated in herbs is served alongside roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and vegan gravy.

Sunday lunch at Lord Crewe Arms Lord Crewe Arms
Food set out with drinks at Träkol Träkol
Sunday Lunch at HOTEL DU VIN Hotel Du Vin

Hillgate Quays, Gateshead NE8 2FD
0191 737 1120

With a fresh focus on presentation and cooking over fire, Träkol takes Sunday lunch servings seriously. Their ingredient-led and flavour-driven dishes showcase seasonal and ethical ingredients, so it’s no wonder they’re Michelin Guide-recommended. Diners can enjoy Lindsfarne oysters, wild garlic, butterbean and potato soup, as well as cured mackerel and game terrine for starters, while mains include rare breed beef sirloin, Northumbrian lamb, Old Spot pork and nut roasts. Plus, there are a selection of sides such as cauliflower cheese and extra roasties if you’re in the mood for feasting.

Allan House, City Road, Newcastle NE1 2BE
0191 389 8628

Whether it’s a family get-together, a special celebration or simply an excuse to spoil yourself, Hotel Du Vin is the perfect place to indulge in three delicious courses on a Sunday afternoon. Set in a magnificently refurbished Edwardian building on the banks of the Tyne, enjoy the French Market platter (shared between two) before tucking into roast sirloin of beef or roast chicken and stuffing; both served with all the trimmings and proper Yorkshire puddings. To finish off, order the classic crème brûlée, or try the berry and elderflower jelly served with strawberry ice cream.

The Square, Blanchland DH8 9SP
01434 677100

There is no better way to spend a Sunday than looking out over the moors through the window, while you’re cosied up inside, and you can do just that at the Lord Crewe Arms. In the honey-stone village of Blanchland, this historic inn is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious roast. Head up the sweeping stone staircase and discover The Bishop’s Dining Room where our recommendations include the ham hock terrine, the roast chicken breast served with roast potatoes, seasonal veg and Yorkshire puddings, finished off with sticky toffee pudding and toffee sauce.

Sunday lunch at Coach House At Middleton Lodge Coach House At Middleton Lodge

Kneeton Lane, Middleton Tyas, Richmond DL10 6NJ
01325 377977

Inspired by their walled garden, the chefs here work closely with the garden team to bring food from the Estate straight to your plate, and what they can’t grow onsite they source locally from some of the best producers. They whip up delicious dishes such as garden white onion soup, aged Hereford steak tartare or smoked salmon caesar salad to start, followed by 45-day-aged sirloin of beef, roast Yorkshire chicken or old white pork rack with apple sauce, all served with mash, seasonal greens, roast root vegetables, roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings. Feeling extra indulgent? Add a side of cauliflower cheese but don’t over do it and miss out on a dessert – the garden berry Eton mess here is a must!

Sled Lane, Wylam NE41 8JH
01661 852176

The 19th century glasshouse which once grew fruit for nearby Bradley Hall is now part of beautiful Bradley Gardens. Start with a classic prawn cocktail with Bloody Mary sauce, the soup of the day or smoked salmon served simply with lemon. To follow, choose from three different meats – rump of beef, roast loin of pork or chicken breast with sage stuffing – all served with roast potatoes, fresh vegetables and a Yorkshire pudding, and if you can manage a dessert, their soft brown sugar meringue with red fruit compote and thick cream will certainly round your meal off nicely.

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