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Sunday lunch is undoubtedly the foodie highlight of the week. The classic roast dinner – usually chicken or beef for me – is quite literally contentment on a plate. As we head into the dreary winter months, when cravings for hearty, wholesome food properly set in, I thought I’d round up my favourite local Sunday lunch spots. Look out for more of my discoveries over on Instagram!
Brinkburn St Brewery, Bar & Kitchen
The one for dining out with your besties…
You’ll find Brinkburn St Brewery in the Ouseburn – home to cool cultural venues, indie pubs and some top notch eateries. My Sunday lunch here (priced at £10.95) was sublime in terms of the flavours, portion size and variety of veg. The Hasselback potatoes were a tasty alternative to roasties too, rounded off with a dousing of Byker brown ale and oxtail gravy (albeit a little thinner than I would usually like).
The space itself is pretty eclectic with mismatched furniture and pictures strewn across the walls – there’s even a separate games room. And, of course, you can enjoy a selection of beers brewed on-site. It’s perfect for a lazy Sunday followed by a mooch around the Ouseburn valley.
The one for entertaining friends visiting the city…
Ok, so this is technically in Gateshead but it’s just too good to miss off my list! Housed within popular independent container community, By the River Brew Co – Träkol (Swedish for charcoal, in case you’re wondering) boasts THE best views of the Tyne Bridge and has received rave reviews from respected food critics like Jay Rayner. The restaurant is all about seasonal and ethical cooking, and the team even dry age their meat using Himalayan salt.
The dining space is stylish and modern, and the food on my visit – Belted Galloway Sirloin with wood fired root veg and buttered cabbage (£14) – was delicious. If you do go for the beef – note that it’s served pink. You can also peer into the open fire kitchen and watch the chefs at work, carving the meat and prepping all the Sunday lunch goodness.
The one for lunching with your beau…
A steak lover’s favourite – Tomahawk on the Quayside serves up roast beef Wagyu topside on its Sunday lunch menu, alongside garlic and herb marinated chicken and belly pork. But if you’re struggling to choose, plump for all three instead with the restaurant’s epic sharing board.
Alongside generous cuts of meat, the large wooden board comes with a jug of red wine gravy each, beef dripping roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese, crackling, braised red cabbage, pork and herb stuffing, and fluffy Yorkshire puddings. Tucking into a large sharing platter feels like the ultimate weekend indulgence – and it’s certainly a challenge to clear every last crumb off it! Considering the portions and quality of the food, this lunch is great value at £16.95 per person.
The one for family catch ups…
Sometimes, the setting is what really makes a dining experience memorable and when you walk through Exhibition Park towards the lake that glimmers in front of Wylam Brewery, it feels like you’re about to enjoy something rather special.
Ideal for an afternoon out with the whole family, Wylam Brewery’s food menu has got your Sunday lunch cravings covered, with the likes of beef, leg of lamb and roast belly of pork (all £12) accompanied by bashed roots, roasties, buttered greens and glazed parsnips. The dining area is really spacious and light, and just an all-round lovely backdrop that feels more like a countryside hideaway than a stone’s throw from the heart of Newcastle.
The one for après shopping…
A mainstay within Newcastle’s city centre for a number of years, Bar Luga still holds its own as a drinking and dining destination on Grey Street. It’s also perfectly placed for shoppers seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of Eldon Square and Northumberland Street.
My roast dinner was delish thanks to a rich, flavoursome gravy, with thick slices of beef perched on top of smooth mash, roast potatoes, honey glazed carrots, savoy cabbage and fine beans. The dessert selection is great too, if you have space to squeeze in something sweet afterwards! Tuck into two courses here for £15 or three for £17.50.
Colonel Porter’s Emporium
The one for a post-night out pick me up…
The final eatery to make the cut on my list is Colonel Porter’s on the Quayside. This quirky rum bar is often overlooked for its food, but its menu is on par with other city centre establishments.
Its Sunday lunch offering (priced at £9.95 for one course) includes beef, turkey or pork and reminds me of comforting home cooked dinners, with plenty of seasonal veg. A Sunday roast wouldn’t be complete without lashings of gravy, so top marks for giving each diner their own gravy boat, too. And with a great selection of rum cocktails to boot, you might just be tempted to sip on a boozy tipple during your Sunday afternoon visit and keep those weekend party vibes alive a little bit longer!
What are your favourite Sunday lunch destinations? Let me know if you have any other top recommendations to share!
*Please note, menus and prices are correct at time of publishing, but may be subject to change. I recommend checking current menus before visiting any restaurant.