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The best Sunday lunches in Northumberland

Tuck in with loved ones
There’s nothing more comforting than gathering with loved ones and tucking into a hearty lunch on a Sunday.

There’s nothing more comforting than gathering with loved ones and tucking into a hearty lunch on a Sunday. And whether you’re looking for a traditional roast dinner with all the trimmings or something a little lighter, there are plenty of restaurants in Northumberland to explore.

If you’re ready to fuel up with a Sunday lunch on your Northumberland getaway, take a look at some of our favourite pub grub, fine dining, and alternative recommendations. From festive Christmas Sunday lunch options and classic winter warmers, to dog friendly venues, seasonal spring and summer menus packed with local produce, our region offers the best Sunday lunches to enjoy.

Round off your week in Northumberland with a Sunday lunch

Sunday is the perfect day to take a step back and have a rest. Perhaps you’ve had an adventure-packed week of sightseeing on the Northumberland coast or you’ve spent the weekend perusing museums and galleries. 

Either way, why not let Northumberland’s best restaurants treat you to a Sunday lunch packed with ingredients reared and grown locally in the Northeast? Locals and visitors alike are sure to be impressed by the quality the county has to offer — but where to start? Read on for some inspiration.

The best pub lunch options in Northumberland 

A pub lunch is a surefire path to cosy comfort and a full belly. No matter the season or the weather, these venues provide some of the best pub food in Northumberland.

The Pheasant Inn

If you’re searching for a classic roast dinner followed by heavenly sticky toffee pudding, then The Pheasant Inn is your ultimate destination. 

Located one mile from Kielder Water, it’s the ideal spot to stop after a morning walk around the beautiful reservoir and country park. With its warm and welcoming atmosphere, it’s no wonder this family-friendly venue is a popular pub lunch destination for locals and tourists across Northumberland. So book ahead to avoid disappointment! 

Lord Crewe Arms

Historical and atmospheric, the Lord Crewe Arms Restaurant and Bar is the perfect setting for a comforting Sunday lunch made with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. First built in the 12th century, the Lord Crewe Arms has been a favourite place to stay and eat in Blanchland for centuries.

And what of its pub lunches? There’s plenty to try, and the Lord Crewe Arms Sunday Sharing Platter is a great option for couples. With two or three courses to choose from, you’ll be set for the rest of the day. Why not head down to the Crypt Bar for a romantic candle-lit drink after? 

Explore more of our favourite pubs and bars in Northumberland.

Which restaurants in Northumberland offer fine dining Sunday lunches?

Are you in the mood for something sophisticated? Northumberland is home to some renowned restaurants serving up Sunday lunches fit for royalty.

Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa

Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa is a luxurious venue for weddings and gatherings but it also provides excellent Sunday lunches for those just visiting — with an open fire in winter that completes the traditional ambience. Enjoy a sumptuous twist on the classics with dishes ranging from roast leg of Northumbrian lamb to seared salmon fillet and spicy couscous with a caper and sweet chilli dressing.

Alternatively, explore Doxford’s daily lunch menu, which includes the likes of duck parfait, followed by seabass. Round the meal off with a delightful cheesecake or chocolate fondant. 

Close to Alnwick, it’s the ideal location for Sunday lunch after visiting Northumberland’s most famous castle.

Eshott Hall

Another elegant lunch spot, Eshott Hall is a great venue for those exploring Alnwick and Morpeth. Eshott’s Lounge Menu is brimming with classic dishes reimagined with a touch of luxury. 

The venue’s chefs are proud to use local, seasonal ingredients in their creations — including those sourced from the hall’s own kitchen garden. Whether you’re staying at Eshott Hall or just popping by for Sunday lunch, its scenic surroundings are some of the finest in Northumberland. 

Looking for alternative Sunday lunches?

Sometimes, a full roast dinner isn’t what you fancy. Fortunately, Northumberland has plenty of restaurants ready to cater for alternative Sunday lunches. 

The Whittling House

With its impressive coastline, it’s no wonder that there are plenty of seafood restaurants in Northumberland. The Whittling House focuses on Northumbrian produce and offers an array of seafood options alongside a more traditional Sunday roast menu.

From haddock chowder and scallops to a prawn and crayfish cocktail, it’s a haven for seafood lovers. Plus, The Whittling House is dog-friendly (by prior arrangement) so you can bring your furry friend along, too. 

Find The Whittling House in Alnmouth, and book a snug corner for couples or a large table for groups.

The Potted Lobster

Another must-try seafood restaurant in Northumberland is The Potted Lobster in Bamburgh. As well as serving delicious fresh dishes made with locally sourced fish, it’s a stone’s throw from the stunning Bamburgh Castle and beach. 

This family-friendly restaurant also offers dairy-free and gluten-free menus, making it the ideal choice for those with dietary requirements.  

Ad Gefrin

An Anglo-Saxon museum and whisky distillery might not be your first thought when deciding where to go for Sunday lunch but Ad Gefrin is an experience like no other. As well as discovering the magic behind Northumbrian whisky and gin, you can visit Ad Gefrin’s Bistro. Try a classic Sunday roast made with local ingredients or go for something a little different from their daily menu. 

Light bites are available for when you want something smaller to nibble, whilst heartier mains are also on offer. From risotto and lamb stew to roasted butternut squash, you’re sure to find something to enjoy.

Explore Sunday lunch options in Northumberland

The best restaurants in Northumberland take pride in sourcing ingredients from the local area. Combined with skill and experience, these chefs bring an unmistakable Northeastern flair to the classics — whether that’s a full Sunday roast or something a little less traditional.

No matter if you’re local to Northumberland or just visiting us for a weekend, don’t miss out on a delectable Sunday lunch. Explore pubs, restaurants, and other places to eat with Visit Northumberland.

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