Sunday Lunch at The Traveller’s Rest, Durham

As you might have guessed, I literally love nothing more than a good pub roast and a cold pint after a long walk with the dog on a Sunday afternoon.

It’s my favourite day of the week purely because of the food involved. And we’re always looking for new walking routes with dog friendly pubs across the North East to fulfil our Sunday ritual.

Last week was the turn of Witton Gilbert and The Travellers Rest.

It was a long anticipated visit for me since I found out it was under new ownership as of last 2018.

The neighbourhood pub is a warm and cosy spot despite it’s open plan, spacious design. It has just the right balance of modern decor with traditional pub feels – perfect for it’s small County Durham village setting.

I knew our visit would be good as I’ve been a fan of this chef’s work in previous restaurants but it, admittedly, had been a while. It turns out, I’d actually forgotten just how good it would be.

The Travellers Rest in Witton Gilbert is dog friendly. So you can have a little wander around the nature reserve before lunch and really work up an appetite. You’ll need it for all 3 courses…

What if I only want 2 courses I hear you say? Just wait for the photos, please.

Plus, it’s actually a bargain considering the quality. 1 course will set you back £12, 2 courses for £15, and 3 courses are £18. We’ve paid much more for much less.

And I think an incredible Sunday lunch is priceless.

To start, I chose the Tempura King Prawns with spicy nduja and garlic aioli. I absolutely love nduja – the salty, fiery sausage that goes perfectly with seafood. The spice was balanced out by the creamy aioli.

Dan ordered the Gammon Fritters with a pineapple ketchup. These were amazing, especially the sweet ketchup sauce. And they’re also available as a bar snack if you just fancy nipping in for a pint!

Image courtesy of The Traveller’s Rest. Gammon Fritters with fellow bar snack Korean Bites.

The main was a tough choice, between the featherblade of beef, the pork belly or the leg of lamb. Three very strong competitors in my opinion.

They also had a chicken and a topside of beef option.

I decided on the pork belly. Because, crackling.

The pork was beautifully soft with a thick, perfectly crisp layer of crackling on top. Wise move, LB.

However, I also tried the beef and it just fell of your fork. Flaky and tender, exactly what you want.

The roasts came with a huge Yorkshire, roasties and mash. The table received my favourite assortment of veg, green beans, carrots, broccoli and cabbage along with a delicious bowl of creamy cauliflower cheese, crisped in the oven.

The cauliflower cheese is always a bonus and this one was a really good size. More often than not, the portions are pitiful.

I actually didn’t opt for a dessert but when this beast arrived, I wished I had.

These huge profiterols were filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with lashings of salted caramel, chocolate sauce and chopped nuts.

See, you’re going for the 3 courses now aren’t you? Go on, treat yourself.

Two further bonuses to The Traveller’s Rest; Moretti on tap and you can book online. Just click here.

Another absolutely cracking venue for Sunday shenanigans in County Durham. A homely, friendly pub with brilliant food at good prices. I can’t wait to head back for their main menu.

Lots of love, LB x

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