My Picks For Sunday Lunch In The North East

A traditional Sunday roast is one of my favourite meals of the week, if it’s done right. There is something so nice about a lazy start to the day, maybe a walk and a coffee, followed by an afternoon out for Sunday lunch in the North East at one of it’s many fabulous spots. Obviously it’s especially good in winter, when the weather is bad and a hearty dinner by a cosy fire is all you need, but all of these places are lovely for year round visits. I find that most restaurants will do a version of Sunday lunch, but in my opinion a select few do them really well. Here’s my picks for Sunday lunch in the North East.

Sunday Lunch in the North East

Like with my cocktail bars in Newcastle post, this isn’t going to list everywhere, and your favourite might not be on there. For a good Sunday lunch I often think some of the best are the local pubs in towns that you might not have heard of, or be anywhere near, so if you have a real gem then let me know! I do love a recommendation and that’s how some of these places made the list. These are just my personal favourites in a couple of North East areas.

Sunday Lunch in Newcastle

There are only four making the list here, and only two of those are actually in Newcastle the other two are in Jesmond. I know there are some places in Newcastle that get really good reviews, like Blackfriars, and the Forth, but for me my favourite takes some beating so I rarely go anywhere else in the city centre…

The Broad Chare

Long time followers will know that my favourite place for Sunday lunch in Newcastle is the Broad Chare on the Quayside. I’ve never had one anywhere else where I’ve come away saying – that was better than the Broad Chare. The pub itself is great, and you can walk in and sit downstairs which is dog friendly without a booking, but the restaurant upstairs is where I prefer to be.

It’s still got a pub feel to it, but it’s proper table service. The bar snacks are great as starters and my go to is the Scotch egg, followed by the beef Sunday roast, with a side of mash which is just mouthwatering. In spring the lamb is very popular and needs to be shared between two, but personally I’m not a fan of lamb so always go for beef. I can’t speak highly enough of it, and if I’m having Sunday lunch in Newcastle, I’m not booking anywhere else.

You will need to book online for the upstairs restaurant.

Dog friendly downstairs which is walk in only.

Sunday Lunch in the North East

Tomahawk

The only other place I do really enjoy a Sunday dinner is Tomahawk, and it’s where I’ll go if we’ve left it too late to get a booking at the Broad Chare. I’m a big fan of the mac n cheese side here, and obviously the meat is excellent quality with it being a steak house.

Jesmond Dene House

For an occasion, you can’t go wrong with Jesmond Dene House, and I’ve been a few times for Sunday lunch for Mother’s Day with Viv. It’s lovely to have a drink in the bar lounge first, the food is always delicious with seasonal veg, and it’s a nice relaxed atmosphere if there’s a group of you. I always enjoy eating here.

Book online here.

Branches

I really like Branches, and have been for Sunday lunch a few times. It’s definitely more of a restaurant than a pub style lunch, so if that’s what you’re looking for then book a table here. I’ve previously written a full review of the Sunday lunch at Branches here if you’d like to read in more detail.

Sunday Dinner at Branches, Jesmond

Sunday Lunch at the Coast

I may go to the Pavilion for Sunday lunch quite a bit as it’s so local, and good if I’m hungover and just want to roll in somewhere, but my favourite is actually…

The Beehive in Whitley Bay

The beef brisket is just so good, and the gravy is something my nana would have been proud of. The pub itself is gorgeous, being an old coaching inn, and the dog friendly section is very well thought out. It’s one you need to book weeks in advance though because it’s so popular.

For an occasion Sunday lunch at the coast, I would go for the Grand Hotel in Tynemouth. I’ve been here a few times again usually for Mother’s Day, or my mums birthday and it’s always really nice. I’d say it’s a good one to take grandparents too as well.

You have to call up to book on 0191 252 9352

Very dog friendly but specify this when you book.

Sunday Lunch in Northumberland

As I keep saying, Northumberland is somewhere we’ve spent a lot more time over the last couple of years, thanks to it being right on our doorstep and no international travel. Some of the food places I’ve discovered are just incredible, take a look at my favourite ones here. But when it comes to Sunday lunch here’s where I always enjoy.

The Masons, Warkworth

When we go up to Amble/Warkworth to see our friends up there, this is where we always head for Sunday lunch. A big beer garden for in the summer, but cosy, plenty of tables and dog friendly when it’s not nice enough to sit outside too. The food is big portions of hearty good food, and decent gravy. I always enjoy it here.

Walk in only.

Dog friendly

The Whittling House, Alnmouth

You’ll find more details on my thoughts on the Whittling House in the blog post I mentioned before, but it was recommended to us by one of Kieran’s friends who saw how much we enjoyed the Potted Lobster. On the main street in Alnmouth we really enjoyed our lunch here. There is a slightly posher restaurant area, and a dog friendly area in the bar that is still very nice. The food was exceptional and it’s worth a day trip out just for it.

Book online here.

Dog friendly in the bar area.

The Whittling House Sunday roast

Northumberland Arms, Felton

I’ve actually only been here the once, but it was very memorable and every time we drive past we say we mean to go back again. The Yorkshire puddings were huge, the service was great and it’s in a lovely spot by the river.

Cook & Barker, Swarland

This place isn’t far from Kieran’s mams caravan, and she suggested we go initially because it was dog friendly. Since then we’ve been a couple of times as it really is a brilliant pub. It’s very traditional, the staff are lovely, and the food is very good. Another one worth a day trip out.

Email them to book via the website

Dog friendly but request this specifically when you book.

Where To Eat On The Northumberland Coast
Cook & Barker

Beadnell Towers, Beadnell

We had a really nice Sunday lunch here recently, and the food was excellent. We both had beef, and it came with huge Yorkshire puds and a selection of veg with extra gravy as standard. We also had starters – soup and smoked salmon. For this and two cokes, and one G&T it came to £70 which is the most expensive of all the Sunday lunches I’ve had. It was lovely, but it was pricey so it’s not somewhere to go without considering that.

Close House, Heddon on the Wall

You might remember just over a year ago I was invited to Close House restaurant for Sunday lunch, and that was another really good one that we both enjoyed in the summer when we could have a wander around the grounds after too. Despite what people might think the restaurant at the golf club house is open to anyone, you don’t have to be a member or playing golf to go. Read more about it in my Close House blog post here. I want to go back again soon, probably in the summer.

Close House for Non Golfers

Slightly further afield…

But still very much worth mentioning are two other places. Middleton Lodge near Richmond in North Yorkshire do an incredible Sunday lunch. We had it when we stayed in January and it was up there with the Broad Chare. The sides were great, it’s another place that do seasonal tweaks and all produce is locally sources. You can read more about it in my Middleton Lodge review here.

Dog friendly in the outside courtyard, but not in the restaurant.

Sunday Lunch in the North East

And finally the Drunken Duck in the Lake District just outside of Ambleside. This place is so popular you need to book at least a month in advance unless you get lucky. Although it’s dog friendly in the bar, they don’t serve food in there, only the restaurant.

There are some places that you might be shocked to hear I haven’t yet been, but they’ve also either been recommended to me or they have generally very good reputations. These include the Mill House Birtley – somewhere I’ve had food from and thoroughly enjoyed, just not a Sunday roast. Blackfriars in Newcastle and Wylam Brewery always gets mentioned by people, and I’m sure I’d love both if I went. The only thing that stops me is I just end up booking the Broad Chare instead, I must get round to trying them.

Sunday Lunch in the North East
The Drunken Duck, Ambleside

So as you can tell, this certainly isn’t just a list of everywhere you could possibly get Sunday lunch in the North East. I’m really trying to avoid that type of blog post, as I’m a creature of habit and know what I like! I’ve ate at many places for Sunday lunch, and these are the ones that spring to mind for each area – I take my recommendations seriously.

Since I wrote this post we went to Porterhouse in Fenwick food hall for lunch, and although we didn’t get the Sunday lunch it looked pretty amazing. Seeing other people’s has made me want to go back for it there too.

Please don’t be outraged if your go to spot isn’t on here, like I said I know what I like when it comes to a Sunday lunch and it takes a lot to sway me from these choices. These are just my recommendations and top picks, but I’m always open to trying new places. If you have a real gem near you then let me know.

Other posts you might like:

Where to get pancakes in Newcastle

Cocktail bars in Newcastle for every taste and occasion

The seasonal menu at Fern, Jesmond Dene House

Where to eat on the Northumberland Coast

A Luxury stay at Middleton Lodge

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