Eddy Eats impressed by the low prices and high quality of the food at The Bank in Low Fell
New is a word any searcher of Sunday scran like me is pleased to hear.
And The Bank in Low Fell, Gateshead, is sort of new.
It actually opened over two years ago but closed abruptly for a good few weeks at the beginning of the year.
Now it’s back, under new management, with a new menu, new décor and some new staff.
Mrs E and I had been before and were impressed by the grub back then – so we were hoping for more of the same.
Set in a Grade II listed former 19th century school- and later in the 1990s a Lloyds Bank – it’s a popular ‘city’ style bar which attracts a mixture of diners and drinkers.
It’s not a traditional boozer I must admit but it still has a welcome supply of real ales – such as Wylam Jakehead IPA – and it’s not a stuffy bistro where only diners are welcome.
We’d booked ahead and when we arrived we were led to the more formal dining area upstairs. There weren’t too many others in so we had a pick of seats and claimed a booth in the corner. The venue has had a refurb with contemporary design the feel throughout
The Sunday lunch menu is priced at £10 for two courses and £13 for three courses.
For starters I had the soup of the day (tomato) which was tasty with a generous serving of bread alongside, while Mrs E had a tomato and mozzarella salad which she declared was fresh and tangy.
For the mains I plumped for the slow roasted shoulder of lamb with red current jus. It was a delight with succulent meat, crunchy Yorkshire pud and tasty vegetables alongside.
A nice touch was when an extra jug of gravy arrived at our table without prompting.
She Who Must be Fed had the steamed cod with vegetables and new potatoes. She said it was excellent quality and made the price of the meal even more surprising.
We both still had room for dessert and had sticky toffee pudding and lemon meringue. We both tackled a bit of both and they were up to scratch.
The Bank is welcome back on my scran trail and if it keeps the quality up and the prices down like it has now, it will be here for a long time to come.