Don’t you think Sunday is for feasting, stuffing your faces and maybe that odd spring cleaning? Last Sunday, I was walking by the Quayside area in Newcastle on a hunt for a Sunday roast. Passed by Colonel Porter’s Emporium, peered in their windows, walked in and my jaw dropped. Talk about a decor!
Finding great restaurants in Newcastle Upon Tyne city centre serving outstanding Sunday roast with an incredible atmosphere can be tricky (for me at least). So when I do come across a good one (literally!), I had to share it with you.
This place is practically an Instagram goldmine.
Leather chairs, antiques, stuffed animals on the walls (Fake as I have been told), wooden floors, flamingos, chandeliers. Every detail of each room looked well thought out!
But the gem is the bar area – I have walked into a secret garden with this gorgeous tree in the centre, hanging flowers spreading across the ceiling.
You’ll find all sorts of animals on the walls, ceiling and keep a lookout for the grizzly at the main entrance room!
This area has the old vintage English almost colonial style, with the hanging chandelier, the Union Jack and bookcases. It looks like a movie set.
My companion for the table, I shall call him Sir Pooh after Winnie the Pooh.
After literally 30 minutes of exploring and taking pictures, we got around to ordering our Sunday Roasts (I had a very patient and amused waitress).
You have a choice of Rib of Beef, Breast of chicken, Loin of Lamb or Nut Roast.
I opted for the traditional Roast beef with all the trimmings. I was impressed how the waitress asked if I like my meat pink or well done! It’s a sign they take this seriously!
A hunk of beef, served with crispy yet fluffy Yorkshire Pudding, a side of creamy mash potato, two pieces of garlic & thyme roast potato, maple syrup roasted parsnip, and a hefty serving of cauliflower cheese, braised red cabbage and a bowl of broccolini with peas and carrots.
The beef was tender on a slight pink side more towards medium with lashings of delicious thick gravy. The vegetables were a delight, it still has a bite to it – some places tend to serve their vegetables very soft. And fluffy Yorkshire pudding – it’s a very important part of this dish!
However, I do wish they serve more roast potatoes, two pieces were mean even though the mash compensated for it as it was so bloody good!
OK, that’s enough talk, time to get stuck in.
I have to brush up on my Ps and Qs the next time, I didn’t realise I’ll be dining with royalty!
Find them at the bottom of Grey street just near the Quayside.
In fact, take a stroll down the river and wander around the Sunday market, a perfect end to an afternoon of indulgence.
And if you are planning to visit. Make sure to book early as their kitchen closes at 6 pm on Sunday.
Or if you venture in for a cocktail, you have to invite me! I think a cocktail night here is a must…
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I’ve been there once and i really had an amazing time. The food and service were excellent and i will definitely go back there. Really nice review (lovely pictures as well) for a place that not many people know.
PS: Laughed so hard with Sir Pooh!
haha I can’t resist naming the bear! Oh nice! What did you have?
I had the lamb, which was cooked perfectly but the hero of the dish for me was the mash potato. It was as you are saying creamy and really tasty. To be fair I enjoyed everything and I agree with you, they need to put more roast poatoes .
I am really sorry, my plate was the beef as well.