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16 places we love eating Sunday lunch: Newcastle and Sunderland

Sick of searching for the ‘best Sunday lunch near me’? We’ve got you.

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 28.10.2023

SUNDAY SERVICE

It’s one of our nation’s most loved traditions: a roast dinner with lashings of gravy, roast veg and all the trimmings at the end of every week.

And they only get more popular as the weather turns colder. There’s something about getting all the family together and hunkering down with proper hearty, feel-good food that sends the winter blues flying.

The North East is blessed with so many pubs and restaurants that serve up an incredible Sunday lunch. And better yet, many of them are within walking distance of a Metro station – so you can also partake in an end-of-week drink or two, should the mood take you.

Did you know? Metros are still really frequent on Sundays. Trains run at least every 15 minutes in the daytime, so you can still get out and about and enjoy exploring Tyne and Wear – and the best Sunday roasts it has to offer.

Now, where to go…

The Schooner Gateshead

THE SCHOONER

South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF

This cool, independent free house has made its name by securing a place in the Good Beer Guide four years in a row, but the home-cooked roasts here are exquisite (including the two vegan options).

Closest Metro station: Gateshead Stadium (14 minutes)

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Lovage Jesmond

LOVAGE, JESMOND

115 St George’s Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2DN

 You’d be forgiven for not jumping to Jesmond’s Mediterranean restaurant when we said “Sunday roast”, but Lovage’s sabbath day offering combines exotic small plates and British classics with such aplomb, they’re recommended by the Michelin Guide.

Closest Metro station: West Jesmond (8 minutes)

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The Salt House Kitchen

THE SALT HOUSE KITCHEN

6 Queen’s Avenue, Seaburn, Sunderland SR6 8DA

If your ideal autumn vibe involves bracing walks along the seafront before retiring in front of a crackling log fire with a home-cooked Sunday dinner, then The Salt House Kitchen is for you.

Closest Metro station: Seaburn (21 minutes)

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Dobson and Parnell

DOBSON & PARNELL

21 Queen Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3UG

After a brisk autumn stroll along the Quayside, why not treat yourself to the kind of indulgent Sunday lunch Newcastle city centre prides itself upon? Dobson & Parnell’s sophisticated two or three-course menus gives us plenty to choose from.

Closest Metro station: Central Station (9 minutes)

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Brinkburn Street Brewery

BRINKBURN STREET BREWERY

1A Ford Street, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 1NW

Another hidden gem in Newcastle that offers a cracking Sunday lunch for a mere £10.95. This comfy warehouse hideout serves a variety of meat, including beef, chicken and pork belly, as well as butternut squash, sage vegetarian loaf and delicious local produce.

Closest Metro station: Byker (12 minutes)

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Spent Grain

SPENT GRAIN

67 John Street, Sunniside, Sunderland SR1 1QH

This intimate, city centre restaurant serves up three-course Sunday roasts with panache. Just remember to book ahead.

Closest Metro station: Sunderland (3 minutes)

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Nest Heaton

NEST

258–260 Chillingham Road, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5LQ

If you fancy a… well, fancy Sunday roast, you’ve come to the right place. But don’t feel like you need to dress up. This neighbourhood restaurant is all about making quality dining relaxed and accessible.

Closest Metro station: Chillingham Road (15 minutes)

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How do you do

HOW DO YOU DO

Hudson Street, North Shields NE30 1JS

You may feel like you’ve fallen down the rabbit-hole walking into How Do You Do for the first time, thanks to the pervading Alice in Wonderland theme. But the Sunday roasts are a thing of beauty – enjoyed with a cocktail and an unbeatable sea view.

Closest Metro station: North Shields (14 minutes)

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The badger Ponteland

THE BADGER

Street Houses, Ponteland Road, Ponteland, Newcastle upon Tyne NE20 9BT

Hearty, seasonal roast dinners are what’s to be found at this traditional country pub, housed within an 18thcentury building that exudes rustic charm. Indulge in everything that Sundays were made for here: wholesome food with the people that matter.

Closest Metro station: Airport (21 minutes)  

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The Broad Chare

THE BROAD CHARE

25 Broad Chare, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DQ

The Broad Chare offers all the best bits of a traditional ale house – good beer, honest food, friendly company – with a fresh, modern touch. A proper pub with a proper good Sunday lunch, Newcastle in all its glory to explore just outside after.

Closest Metro station: Manors (9 minutes)  

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THE RIVER VIEW, SOUTH SHIELDS

THE RIVER VIEW, SOUTH SHIELDS

3 Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1EA

Head to the first floor terrace of this bright, modern pub, and enjoy a hearty Sunday lunch with a view. (Psst – it’s tradition in these parts to finish things off with the homemade sticky toffee pudding).

Closest Metro station: South Shields (9 minutes)

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TRÄKOL

TRÄKOL

Hillgate Quays, Gateshead NE8 2BH 

This Michelin Guide-recommended restaurant promises to elevate your Sunday lunch expectations forever. Ingredient-led and flavour-driven, these are the kinda roasts you’ve never seen before.

Closest Metro station: Gateshead or Central Station (both 12 minutes)

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THE QUEEN VICTORIA

THE QUEEN VICTORIA

206 High Street, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1HD

Nothing beats hearty, home-cooked roasts on a Sunday afternoon during a cold, autumnal weekend. Unless, of course, they’re served with a slice of live music after. That’s how they Sunday at this modern pub on Gosforth High Street.

Closest Metro station: Regent Centre (10 minutes)

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MAMBO WINE & DINE, SOUTH SHIELDS

MAMBO WINE & DINE, SOUTH SHIELDS

Winchester Street, South Shields NE33 2PS

This family-owned cocktail lounge and restaurant take pride in the fresh, stylish dishes they create onsite, and Sunday is no different. All the roasts are great here, but the slow-roasted, salt-aged beef is particularly divine.

Closest Metro station: South Shields (4 minutes)

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THE TANNERS ARMS

THE TANNERS ARMS

1 Byker Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2NS

The reputation of the scran to be found at this quirky pub on the borders of the Ouseburn Valley precedes it. The chefs here love slow-cooking their meats, as well as creating plant-based delights, with a menu that changes week to week.

Closest Metro station: Manors (8 minutes)

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HIBOU BLANC

HIBOU BLANC

13 High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1UW

Hibou Blanc offers a traditional Sunday lunch, Newcastle style: aka, without the fuss. Settle down for a leisurely afternoon, as the live music starts playing from 3pm.

Closest Metro station: Monument or Central Station (both 5 minutes)

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If you’re interested in travelling by Metro to any of these pubs or restaurants and want to find out more information about tickets and timetables, visit Metro’s website.

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