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Thursday, 22 October 2015

The Bank is back - a stylish restaurant and bar in Low Fell

Low Fell is somewhere in the North East I have driven through a few times but have never actually visited so when I heard the story behind The Bank Bar and Restaurant and was invited to their relaunch I couldn't wait to hear more.

Photo credit - Round Table Solutions

As it's name suggests, The Bank restaurant and bar was in fact a Lloyds bank in it's former life and the imposing building dates back to the 1840's. The interior is stripped back, modern and warm with cozy corners, wood burning stoves and soft lighting. I love the subtle hints to the building's past with the oversized glossy back front door and a traditional bowler hat theme running throughout.

Photo Credit - Round Table Soulutions

Kevin Brown who owns the grade II listed building has joined forces with original head chef Lee Walker and general manager Adam Lewis to give the building a new lease of life after the restaurant was sadly closed by it's previous owners in 2014. They have a vision to provide seasonal and local food to their customers old and new whilst staying true to their roots and remaining affordable. I was extremely impressed with everything The Bank had to offer and I will be back soon to sample their Sunday lunch with the family which I think is a steal at three courses for £15 (I have my eye on Garlic and Rosemary Braised shoulder of lamb).

Without further ado, here are some snaps from our evening which will hopefully give you a flavour of what The Bank has to offer:


The bar downstairs serves a selection of bar bites (minted lamb burger and fish finger sandwich both stand out) local craft ales, beers from around the world, cocktails and wines.

The wine list has been expertly curated by wine merchants Corney & Barrow. Priced between £3.90 for a glass of house red and £135 for a bottle of vintage Dom Perignon, there is something for all budgets and tastes.

The upstairs restaurant is elegant, warm and inviting and I think it is the perfect space to hold a small private party or wedding. Thanks to Gareth Beddard, a local musician from Northumberland who provided the perfect soundtrack to our evening.

Starters include plump King Prawns and charred BBQ chicken.

I can highly recommend the Monkfish wrapped in parma ham on a tomato and chorizo cassoulet - packed full of flavour and spice (sample pictured).

A pretty champagne sorbet between courses

The Bank pride themselves on their steak which is locally sourced and aged for at least 21 days. 

The fillet steak is superb and also recommended - definitely up there with the best.


Desserts aren't forgotten and the menu features so many of my favourites including poached pear and amaretto ice cream and sticky toffee pudding.

Dark chocolate and orange tart.

At the end of the evening we spent some time chatting with the staff which I think is the best way to get a feel for somewhere. They were all enthusiastic, knowledgable, passionate and welcoming and the owner Kevin really was a real gentleman. 

Whether you are looking for a quick sandwich or drinks in the bar, a family Sunday lunch in the restaurant or an extra special meal for two, The Bank in Low Fell certainly fits the bill. Make sure you follow The Bank on facebook to keep up to date with news and visit their website to check opening times, discover future events and browse their menus.






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31 comments

  1. I'm really excited that they do weekend brunch, I think that's probably what we'll go for next time!

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    1. I really want to give their Sunday lunch a whirl!

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  2. This place sounds awesome and I love how they have kept the bank theming throughout.

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  3. I wish we had gone but packing was a priority! Can't wait to hear about the Sunday lunch :)

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  4. Oh wow! That food looks amazing, I love the champagne sorbet!

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  5. What a lovely sounding restaurant, the food looks delicious, I would definitely pop in if I was nearby. x

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  6. This looks LUSH. Definitely going to pop this on one of my places to visit! xxx

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    1. Oh yes Laura, it's gorgeous. Nice cocktails too xx

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  7. What a lovely place. The food looks delicious especially that dark chocolate and orange tart! x

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  8. I love it when places play on their history for a quirky twist! What a great name.

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  9. I love to see old buildings come back to life. And the food looks pretty good too :)

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  10. It looks really lovely and cozy. I think we will have to sneak a date night here. The food looks just amazing x

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    1. Perfect spot for date night Rebecca - I wish it was in Cramlington!

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  11. The bar area looks really cool and the food divine!!!

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  12. This looks like ana amazing place! I would love to go there!

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  13. We have a pub that used to be a bank, we also have a pub/restaurant that used to be a church. I love it when these old buildings are converted for a different use. The food looks stunning I have to say

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    1. It really was gorgeous - I think more banks should be turned into restaurants :D

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  14. This looks like a great place and the food looks amazing! I really wish we lived somewhere where there were more interesting places like this to eat

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  15. This looks like a really nice place to go - the food looks yum!

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  16. How brilliant they kept the theme of the bank when changing the use x

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  17. This place looks amazing - I love the theme! The food looks absolutely delicious too. Kaz x

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  18. This place looks so good! I love the design and the food looks so delicious.

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  19. Looks amazing. When the girls were little (and raucous) nice lunches went out the window, so I'm really loving getting back into dining out - feels like such a treat now! x

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