Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Where to go during Sunderland Restaurant Week

The sixth Sunderland Restaurant Week starts on Saturday and runs until Sunday 24th March and if you’re wondering if you should head into the city to check it out, then wonder no more because I’m here to tell you why it’s worth making the trip.

Disclaimer: All of the food and drink in this post was gifted in exchange for an honest review.

On Tuesday I was very kindly invited to a blogger’s event to try out four of the venues taking part in this year’s Restaurant Week, organised by Sunderland BID.  

For a bit of background, Sunderland Restaurant Week is a bi-annual event where pubs, restaurants and cafes all over the city offer two and three course meals for £10 and £15, with some of the smaller venues doing light lunches for £5. 

With more than 30 eateries taking part this year, it's a great excuse to try somewhere you might not have been before and treat yourself to some delicious food for a bargain price!

We started the evening by meeting at P’s and Q’s, which is a really quirky bar with stunning decor and a very impressive cocktail menu. Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of the inside, but if you live nearby I’d recommend checking out their Instagram because it’s worth a visit just for how pretty the interior is alone!

But, back to the important stuff – the cocktails. I always find it difficult to say no to a sweet drink (and P's and Q's had a lot of them) so when I saw Candy Floss on the list, made with marshmallow vodka, I knew that was the one I had to try!

It was absolutely delicious but if you don’t drink then you’re also more than welcome at P’s and Q’s as they can make mocktails on request. It was nice that the drivers in our group were catered for and their drinks looked and tasted just as good as the alcoholic versions. 

Then it was time for starters, so my group headed to Amore which is a relatively new Italian restaurant with a super cosy feel. They're launching a new menu in a couple of weeks so it was great to get a sneak preview of some of the new dishes they'll be serving. 

The staff brought out a selection of starters, including belly pork, calamari, mussels and bruschetta, but I have to give a special mention to the tempura asparagus with sweet chilli sauce. We all agreed it was probably something we wouldn’t have picked from a menu, but it was absolutely delicious and something I’ll be ordering again the next time I’m there.

The staff couldn’t have been more friendly and Kam, who owns Amore, told us that soon they’re going to start a pick-up service for people who live nearby which is definitely worth keeping an eye out for if you’re local to the city, especially if you get a rainy night like we did!

Luckily we only had to head across the road for our main course to try the burgers at No2 Church Lane, which I’ve been meaning to check out for a while now.

They have a really fun menu with punny names like the Tyrannosaurus Mex, Sweet Home Avocado and Come Swine With Me and as someone who loves a novelty, this was music to my ears.

They have a massive selection to choose from, with everything from breakfast to pizza to fish and chips - all in burger form - and six veggie and vegan options too.

I went for Watch Out Seitans About – a seitan burger topped with BBQ jackfruit – and I also upgraded for the vegan pizza fries. Being dairy-free, it’s such a luxury finding somewhere that actually has interesting and well-thought out vegan alternatives. 

The pizza fries were delicious and more-ish and I would get them again in a heartbeat, but they have lots of other loaded fries options if you fancy something different.

Our final destination was 808 Bar & Kitchen for dessert and if you love fake flowers and fairy lights as much as I do, you’ll be in heaven.  

They brought out a selection of dishes from their pancake menu with almost every topping you could think of and they also cater for their vegan customers, with chocolate fudge cake and ice cream – making a nice change from the tasteless sorbet which is usually the only dairy-free option on many dessert menus.

And if you make the trip there, make sure you check out the loos, because it's probably the nicest restaurant's bathroom I've ever been in and perfect for an outfit pic before your night out. 

By this point we were all well and truly stuffed but I still managed to fit in a Pornstar Martini before rolling myself and my food baby home.

I had a brilliant time getting a sneak preview of what’s on offer at Restaurant Week and I’ll definitely be back to try out the full menus. 

It's also really easy to plan your trip to the city, with free parking in city centre council car parks after 5pm, while anyone who wants to enjoy a cocktail can book a ride home with Station Taxis, who sponsor the event. To find out more or download a voucher, you can click here.  

Which restaurant would you most like to try?



  1. Wow, fallen in love with your blog! Thanks for sharing all this!!

  2. Oh my gosh those cocktails look absolutely amazing!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

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