Every city has its secrets. When you first arrive in a new city it’s sometimes a good idea to explore and get lost. If you’re lucky you will find one of those secret but life-changing venues known only by the locals and those fortunate enough to stumble on such a find. Located Minutes off the busy A1 Western Bypass at Red House Farm, The Northumbrian Piper is definitely one of those special venues.
The Piper has long been one of Gosforth’s best kept secrets. But now they’re shouting loud and proud about exactly what they have to offer. Set in beautiful grounds consisting of gardens and a woodland area, this spectacular venue boasts an outside area which is large enough to facilitate a Marquee event for up to 200 people. Shrouded by large trees, this stunning setting helps you forget that you’re actually in the city creating that ‘escape to the country’ feel.
The Piper’s building originally dates back to 1848 and therefore is steeped in history. There’s even been the odd sighting of a spook within the building’s historic rooms. When you enter the Piper, you instantly get that it’s a family run, friendly establishment which is clearly cherished by its local community. The interior is split between a bar and a spacious dining area. There’s nothing pretentious about this venue, it’s simply an old fashioned pub with a modern twist; the place has a real character about it.
“…An old fashioned pub with a modern twist; the place has a real character about it”
I recently visited The Piper in order to review their Sunday lunch menu and overall dining experience. Their Sunday menu consisted of a selection of homemade traditional offerings for all three courses which included; a homemade soup for starters, a choice of three meats or a vegetarian option for the main and some splendid looking puddings for dessert.
For Starters I ordered the duck liver and port pâté (£4.50) which arrived beautifully presented and accompanied with fresh rustic bread and salad. The two extremely generous wedges of pâté had a velvety smooth texture and boasted a deliciously rich flavour; a worthy starter for any meal and actually large enough to share.
Next was the main course (£9.00). I ordered the roast beef with roasties, Yorkshire pudding, seasonal vegetables and Gravy. This certainly did not disappoint. The extremely generous portion of beef was lean, succulent and deeply flavoursome. The Yorkshire pudding was freshly made and light. The roasties were crispy on the outside yet fluffy on the inside and the veg was beautifully fresh and tender; complimented with a generous smothering of excellent gravy, clearly made from the stock of good quality meat.
With almost no room to spare, I opted for the decedent chocolate fudge cake (£3.95) for dessert. Served with a rich chocolate sauce and two scoops of ice cream, this scrumptious dessert was smooth in texture, light and intensely flavoured, rounding off the meal perfectly.
I’m delighted to have discovered such a pleasant venue providing good quality food along with excellent service and have absolutely no problem in shouting about this hidden little gem.
MONDAY – THURSDAY 12PM – 11.30PM
FRIDAY -SATURDAY 11.00AM – 12.00PM
SUNDAY 12PM – 11.30PM
MONDAY TO SATURDAY 12PM – 9.00PM
SUNDAY 12PM – 5.00PM
Fawdon House, 1 Fawdon Close, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 2AH
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