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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Our Guide to the Best Family Friendly Sunday Lunches in the North East

I've enjoyed being fully self-employed for just over a year now. For those who don't know, I spent three years prior to this working as a Walk in Centre receptionist. In order to avoid extortionate childcare costs I would work long shifts every Saturday and Sunday and one of the biggest things I hated about this was missing out on Sunday lunch.

Our Guide to the Best Family Friendly Sunday Lunches in the North East

I love a good Sunday lunch and I only wish we had the funds to dine out every Sunday. There are a few places I regularly visit that aren't on this list too (Arcot Hall and Aphrodite in Cramlington) but I'm sure I'll get around to featuring them at some point. This list will hopefully grow over the coming months and years and will become a fantastic resource for those looking for a family-friendly place to enjoy the best meal of the week.

North East Sunday Lunch Reviews 


Our Guide to the Best Family Friendly Sunday Lunches in the North East - Child's Sunday lunch at The Cherry Tree, Jesmond
The Cherry Tree, Jesmond - review here

The Cherry Tree is a neighbourhood restaurant in Jesmond serving delicious Sunday lunches in an elegant setting, often accompanied by live music. The children's menu is £8.95 for 2 courses but worth every penny. The staff are super welcoming and will really look after you. The adult Sunday lunch menu is definitely worth the £19 price tag for 2 courses. The Cherry Tree is the kind of place you can relax and spend a whole afternoon enjoying good food and company.

Our Guide to the Best Family Friendly Sunday Lunches in the North East  - Child's Sunday lunch at Whitworth hall, Durham
Whitworth Hall, Durham - review here

Whitworth Hall in Durham is a formal setting with linen table cloths in a traditional setting. There is no children's menu as such but little one's can order half portions from the main menu. Sunday lunch for grown ups is £14.95 for 2 courses which is fantastic value and the food is all superb. Service was a little slow on the day of our visit. Make sure you leave time to feed the deer in the hall's gardens. 

Our Guide to the Best Family Friendly Sunday Lunches in the North East  - Child's Sunday lunch at Liberty Brown, Sunderland
Liberty Brown, Sunderland - review here

We were pleasently surprised with Liberty Brown. The food was tasty (although I'd skip the soup) and I love how there are usually lots of activities/character visits/face painting to keep the kids entertained at no additional cost. Sunday lunch is priced at around £10 for adults and there are usually lots of options and £7.95 for kids which is fantastic as this covers 3 courses, a drink and bambinocino. 


Our Guide to the Best Family Friendly Sunday Lunches in the North East  - Sunday lunch platter, The Fox Hole Pub Piercebridge
The Fox Hole, Piercebridge - review here

Sunday lunches are served as huge sharing platters at The Fox Hole and priced at £18.95 for 2 courses (kids are half price). This way of sharing lunch is fab for families as you can pick and choose what you'd like. We opted for all the meat when we visited. This was served with jugs of homemade gravy and plenty of veg. I often recommend the Fox Hole as my favourite Sunday lunch in the North East. 

Our Guide to the Best Family Friendly Sunday Lunches in the North East - The Cook and Barker
The Cook and Barker, Northumberland - review here

The Cook and Barker is a beautiful inn located in the quaint village of Newton by the Moor near Felton in Northumberland. It's everything you'd expect from a country pub and more. Sunday lunch is priced at £17.95 for 3 courses (discounted for children) and I like how everything is brought out in dishes to your table. It feels as if you could be sitting around your mum's kitchen table when you dine here. Everything is homemade and yummy. 

Our Guide to the Best Family Friendly Sunday Lunches in the North East  - The Botanist Roast Beef
The Botanist, Newcastle - review here

A lot of people are a bit snobby when it comes to the Botanist and their Sunday lunches but I think they offer fantastic value for money. You won't get a more magical setting in the city centre and there is often live music to add to the atmosphere. Sunday roasts start at £11.95 for grown ups and are just £6.95 for kids including a special seaside ice cream dessert. The roast beef is served nice and pink, the veg and yorkshires have always been perfectly cooked for us and the kids adore visiting here. Oh there's a very good cocktail menu to work your way too. 

Our Guide to the Best Family Friendly Sunday Lunches in the North East  - Jesmond Dene House Roast Beef
Jesmond Dene House, Jesmond - review here

Dining at Jesmond Dene House offers a real sense of occasion. The elegant dining room is beautiful and although it may feel fancy, children are welcomed with open arms. Sunday lunch at Jesmond Dene House is honestly an absolute steal at £22 for 2 courses (children's meals are priced at £9.50 for 2 courses). The food served here is some of the best the North East has to offer. A word of warning though, watch out for all the extras - extra side dishes, bottled water for the table, service charge.......it can all add up and if you're on a budget it's something to be mindful of.

Our Guide to the Best Family Friendly Sunday Lunches in the North East - The Broad Chare Pub
The Broad Chare Newcastle - review here

Although we didn't dine with kids on this occasion, there were plenty of families in the restaurant during our visit and I would certainly return with our three. Expect high quality meat, homemade yorkshires and roasties, a decent wine and beer list plus very good service. The pub is warm and welcoming with a good atmosphere. 

Let me know if you have a favourite place to visit for Sunday Lunch in the North East.

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  1. Ohh! I really fancy a roast dinner now! I like the look of the The Fox Hole one. What a great idea x

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