Quality Hotel Boldon
Boldon Business Park, Witney W
Boldon, EN NE35 9PE
Phone: (44) 191 5191999
Fax: (44) 191 5196035
Part of the Sizzling Pub chain, The Grange Hotel is a funky joint to grab some beers, catch up with friends or even come to with the family. Try out their food menu which lets you choose small, regular or king size portions. Some recommendations are fried chicken in sour cream, spicy prawns in red pepper sauce, melted cheese pie and for dessert, Spotted Dick which is a light pudding with currants. In their own words, there is no need to 'splash the cash', as everything is reasonably priced and served in generous portions.
Opened in 2008, T J Doyles has effortlessly carved a niche for itself and has quickly gone on to become one of Sunderland's most beloved watering holes. This may be a traditional Irish pub but don't expect smoky interiors and old world decor. The ambiance is modern and sleek, with polished table tops and bar tables, and a wood finished flooring. Each table is spaciously spread out from the other and lit up with pretty yellow wall lamps, throwing shadows on framed artwork. Short takeout and delivery time apart from delicious food are just a few reasons why TJ Doyles is here to stay.
This little-known, dual-level restaurant tries it's best to get a share of Britain's foodies. Black, white and earth seems to be the theme here, and the emphasis is on space, with its large interiors and open sun garden on certain days. The food is mainly Italian with a hint of contemporary Chinese. The desserts are worth a mention, and the early bird specials are introduced to attract its clientele. A particularly noteworthy feature is that orders may be faxed in advance, for those hard-pressed for time.
This large pub is part of the Fitzgerald's chain, and as such offers the usual range of pub grub and drinks at reasonable prices. The clientele is nicely mixed, and this creates a cosmopolitan but friendly atmosphere. Known locally as The Chilly, it is situated right next to the exit from the Chillingham Road Metro station. The decor is smart without being flashy, and its size means that you are almost always guaranteed a seat. There is a spacious lounge area, and a couple of pool tables and a darts board to ensure that you won't get bored. A decent sized function room is available upstairs. This is ideal to book for private parties, and is sometimes used to stage live music by local bands.
This is a restaurant of strange contrasts. One look at the decor would make you think they were trying to put you off coming at all. Plain wooden kitchen chairs and benches facing wooden tables topped with Formica make you think you have wandered into a transport cafe or staff canteen from the 1950s or 60s. Speak to anyone who has ever eaten here, however, and you will hear nothing but praise for the quality of the food. The menu stretches from dishes that will offer little challenge to the western palate, to exotic things like jellyfish. The fact that Fumi is popular with the small local Japanese population has to be seen as a strong recommendation.
This rather unusual restaurant overlooks the Tyne, and boasts great views of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. The main dining area is light and airy with an eye-catching wall decoration in the form of a brightly colored mural that combines with the ginger, coconut and chili flavors of the food to offer a vibrant evocation of West Indian life.
Arlecchino is the Italian word for harlequin, and from the bright diamonds outside the restaurant, to the paintings and murals of clowns and pierrots that decorate the interior, you are not allowed to forget it. As well as being excitingly different to look at, the restaurant provides a menu that is also a little unusual. The expected pizzas and pastas are available, but with duck, partridge, and goats cheese dishes on the menu, there is something for the diner who likes to experiment. A limited number of pavement tables are available in the summer.
They say you should do what you are best at. Well, the Cluny seems to be best at everything, and manages to juggle the separate skills of being a cafe/bar, a live music venue, and a visual arts exhibition space with great aplomb, and without any of these things detracting from the others. Situated on the edge of the city center, it is not the easiest place for non-locals to find, but it is worth taking a street atlas and making the effort. If it just a drink or a meal you want you will find the place cool and uncluttered, with a good selection of wines and beers, including some ales from the local Mordue brewery. The menu is varied and contemporary, and not too expensive. As a venue for bands it is attracting top local names, and a sprinkling of nationally known artistes as well.
Sidney's was voted the best new restaurant in the north east of England by the Newcastle Journal newspaper. This unusual bistro style eatery, with its warm orange walls, and a level of attentive service is well worth a visit. The menu is varied, innovative, and contemporary, and the restaurant holds occasional themed evenings when food or wine from a particular region is highlighted. Dishes are prepared largely from fresh, seasonal ingredients and a large selection of the menu is perfectly suitable for vegetarians.
At the heart of the regenerated Quayside, in the Malmaison Hotel, this art deco-style brasserie is a must for lovers of fine food. The atmosphere is relaxed, the discretely screened booths offer an air of intimacy, and the waiters are, to a person, extremely knowledgeable about the food and wine. The menu is based on the classic French brasserie model, but is delivered with a contemporary spin that makes this a truly cosmopolitan dining experience. Try the à la carte menu, or if you are in need of economizing on time or money, the express lunch or the fixed price dinner which are attractive alternatives that do not sacrifice quality. Check website for more details.
Part of the recent prestigious development at the eastern end of the Quayside, Gusto Bar And Restaurant (formerly Est Est Est) is in a large modern glass-fronted building with a bright spacious interior that has dining areas on two floors. The varied menu boasts a wide selection of dishes at prices that fall in the mid-range of Newcastle's Italian restaurants. When full the restaurant generates a lively buzzing atmosphere that offers an alternative to some of the quieter more sedate establishments in the area. Perhaps not the place for a quiet twosome but just the place for meeting friends or celebrating a birthday, promotion or whatever takes your fancy.
If you have returned from your Spanish holiday pining for paella or if you would just like to try a taste of Spain then La Tasca is for you. The glass-fronted building occupies a prime site in the redeveloped Eastern Quayside area and boasts a fine view of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. The Spanish feel of the place is achieved with warm orange colors on the walls, a dark wood floor, and reproductions of paintings by Picasso and other Spanish artists. A wide selection of tapas are available many of which are suitable for vegetarians. Paella is available in the evenings only. There is an extensive list of almost exclusively Spanish wines.