Sunday lunch at the Rose Inn, Wallsend is a delicious and filling carvery at a reasonable price. Definitely worth a visit.
There is nothing nicer than a Sunday lunch. It does take a lot of time to prepare. Sometimes you just want to go out and enjoy a roast without the effort of cooking. If you are looking for good food in informal surroundings the Rose Inn fits the bill.
We recently went along to try the carvery at the Rose Inn having heard lots of good things about it. You will find the Rose Inn at the bottom of the dip on Rose Hill bank which connects Wallsend to Howdon.
The Victorian building is impossible to miss, the red bricks and grand building stand out against the green background.
There is a small car park and on a Sunday this can be full. The Rose Inn is a popular venue for Sunday lunch and it is worth booking to ensure you get a table. There is another parking area a little further down the road that is for Wallsend Dene. This is a short walking distance from the pub.
It is worth mentioning the Wallsend Dene which is a wildlife corridor that links the river Tyne to North Tyneside. This marks the start of the Waggonway trail that would bring coal from the mines at the Rising Sun country park to the river. It is a lovely place to take a walk after your lunch.
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The inside of the Rose Inn gives a sense of faded Victorian grandeur. The wooden bar with bottles over it takes centre stage. The walls are full of pictures from bygone days and there is a random assortment of mismatched fixtures and fittings which add to the charm. Chandeliers hang overhead and an ornate fireplace dominates one end of the room
The atmosphere is busy and bustling. The tables were full and a large queue was waiting for the carvery. Fortunately we had booked a table and the landlord quickly showed us to our seats
To order your carvery you pay at the bar when you get your drinks. You are then given a ticket showing the number of people in your party. This needs to be shown to the person serving the meals in order to get your food.
After taking our drinks to the table we joined the queue to get our food. Knives and forks are round the corner from the carvery and easy to miss.
On reaching the counter you are provided with meat, roast potatoes and a Yorkshire pudding. The meat choices are beef, ham or turkey or a combination of these. The portions are very generous.
You can then help yourself vegetables and gravy from a vast selection. It is hard to fit everything on the plate. We had a choice of broccoli, carrots, cabbage, mashed turnip, mashed potato and stuffing. It is great value for £6.99 (£4.99 for a child).
A vast array of condiments is available on a side table. Everything from cranberry sauce, mint sauce, horseradish sauce and much more. Just help yourself to the ones you fancy.
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After getting our plates we sat down to enjoy our lunch and ate in contented silence. The turkey was lovely and succulent and the roast beef cooked to perfection. It was well done but meltingly tender. The Yorkshire puddings were light and crispy, obviously home made due to their differing sizes.
Roast potatoes can be difficult to get right but these were perfect, light and fluffy whilst being crispy. There was a good selection of vegetables and the gravy was delicious.
If you are looking for good home cooked food which is great value for money and a large portion size you can’t go wrong at the Rose Inn. The lunch ticked all the boxes. It was great value too, lunch for five of us with drinks came to £46
The atmosphere was friendly and welcoming and the landlord went out of his way to be helpful. We would definitely go back.
The Rose Inn does get very busy so I would recommend booking. Just phone in advance and you can also provide details of any special requirements when you book.
The Rose Inn
Phone: +44 7922 379475
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