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4 of the best Sunday dinners in the North East

The best of the best, right here in the North East.

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 21.10.2021

The Blackbird, Ponteland

On a cold, crisp Sunday, all we can think about is indulging in a hot roast. And what better way to get that cosy fix than inside a rustic, country pub nestled in the heart of the Northumberland village of Ponteland? Sundays are known to be the day of rest, so relax and let head chef Ralph and his talented kitchen team serve you a top-quality roast with the most.

You’ll be spoilt for choice with plenty of options on the menu, including a trio of meats, roast turkey and stuffing and topside of beef stuffing, all served with roasties, mash, Yorkshire pudding and vegetables. And if you’ve got any room left for dessert, sticky toffee pudding, apple crumble or a warm chocolate brownie will each satisfy your sweet tooth. 

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The Northumberland Arms, Felton

Nothing warms the soul more than a bit of comfort food. So, after a refreshing walk among our gorgeous Northumberland countryside, why not stop off at The Northumberland Arms for some traditional pub grub? 

Serving superb Sunday dinners with roasties, mash, Yorkshire pudding and veg, you’re only left with the hard decision of whether to go for lemon and thyme roast chicken, a platter of meats, or slow-cooked pork belly. Oh, not forgetting the option to add pigs and blankets, too – and it would be rude not to, right? So, get warmed up and cosy in front of the snug stove in this gorgeously rural setting, fill your boots (and your plates) and gaze out at the stunning views over the 16th-century bridge across the River Coquet outside from your cosy bolthole. And relax… 

HLN TOP TIP: Get the sticky toffee pudding for dessert – you won’t be disappointed.

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The Queen Victoria, Gosforth

Nothing beats proper pub vibes on a Sunday afternoon during a cold, autumnal weekend. And this recently refurbished pub on Gosforth High Street promises to deliver, with a great choice of drinks and delicious foodie options on their menu. 

Whether you fancy succulent home-roasted lamb cooked in garlic and rosemary, or sirloin of beef, all plates are served with roast potatoes, turnip and sweet potato puree, honey roasted carrots, rustic Yorkshire puddings and market-fresh vegetables. Which will all leave you suitably satisfied and content, whatever your Sunday evening plans. 

HLN TOP TIP: Speak to one of the Queen Vic’s friendly mixologists if you want something bespoke to wash your carvery down with – they’ll make your bev just the way you like it.

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Dobson & Parnell, Newcastle Quayside

After a brisk autumn stroll along the Quayside, why not treat yourself to one of the best Sunday lunches in Newcastle’s city centre? Dobson & Parnell’s delicious two or three-course menus gives us plenty to choose from.  

With Yorkshire game and pistachio terrine, apricot jam and toasted brioche for starters, roast rump of beef or belly pork served with a Yorkie pud, roasties, veg mash, cauliflower cheese and greens for your main, and apple and blackberry pavlova for pudding, indulging yourself here won’t be difficult. 

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