Just when I think I’ve found allllll the Sunday Lunch spots worth going to, along comes Liberty Brown at the Palm in Sunderland and knocks my whole list to pot.
We were invited along to try the Sunday menu at Liberty Brown in exchange for an honest review.
Now, you lot know how much I love myself a roast dinner. And I really, really thought I had my top 10 list of the best Sunday lunches in the North East nailed.
I haven’t tried them all, by any stretch, but I know what I like from a roast and was pretty happy with my picks.
Then, The Palm ask me to pay them a visit. And I happily obliged but I don’t think I was expecting something quite so good.
Don’t get me wrong, I am beyond satisfied with all of my visits to the Apartment Group venues. They know how to do hospitality, both food and service is always special. It’s just that the Sunday lunch stakes are high…
But they knocked it right out the park with this little number.
It’s a little bit more special at this time of year with the addition of goose fat roasties and seasonal veg, but everything from the mash to meat was an absolute treat.
Before I give too much away though, lets start right at the beginning. We obviously took full advantage and went for the three course offering.
I ordered the homemade flatbread strips, which arrived with an assortment for four dips; homemade garlic sauce, sweet chilli cream cheese, olive oil with balsamic and the one I could have quite happily sat and ate with a spoon, the peanut and beetroot hummus.
All of the dips were delicious though. Dan couldn’t get enough of the garlic – easily better than any pizza place and completely moreish.
After he’d quite finished tucking into mine, he had his own halloumi fries to make his way through. The lime and coriander sour cream drizzled over the top took it the dish to the next level.
We both ordered the beef for our main course and we were asked if we’d live it served pink or well done. Always pink.
And pink it was. Beautifully cooked, melt in the mouth kind of deal.
The mash was seasoned well, the vegetables cooked with a slight crunch, a parsnip that was just the right amount of burnt and a proper stodgy, sizeable Yorkshire.
A special shout out to the goose fat roasties who, if it wasnt for that meat, might have honestly stole the whole show.
The gravy was really meaty and thick too. We both agreed that this little cracker had made it’s way into our top five.
No, honestly. There wasn’t a thing you could fault and despite being so full I could have cried, I wanted to eat it all over again as soon as I had finished.
Just meant I had to have a pudding didn’t it? And there’s really not much decision making needed when theres a sticky toffee on the menu.
Dan reckons it was up there with the best. I’ve tried fewer, so I can’t make such a bold statement but I’m pretty sure he considered leaving me for whoever was in that kitchen knocking up sticky toffees…
As always, the service was fab too. Our server (I really wanna say Gabrielle, and I really hope I’m right) was a little delight.
The Sunday Lunch menu at Liberty Brown, The Palm offers 2 courses for £14.95 or 3 courses for £17.95.
If you’re not in the mood for a roast, you can pick from various other dishes too; mince and dumpling cobbler, burgers or pizzas to name a few.
It really did surprise me with just how delicious it was, and I already can’t wait to return. I love The Palm and all their gorgeous venues in one place.
Next on the list is recently opened Leila Lily’s in Newcastle and I’m really hoping it’s just as good…
Where’s too of your list? Let me know in the comments!
Lots of love, LB x