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The Townhouse Leamington Spa

townhouse decor


The Townhouse pub is situated on George Street not far from the South Side of the river in Leamington Spa, it’s not on the main shopping road so would require a bit of searching if you’re not local to the area.  The deco inside has a real vintage feel about it and has my favourite J.H Lynch prints of the Mysterious and exotic lady known as ‘Tina’.  I love the exposed bulb light fittings although they do make your eyes go fuzzy if you look directly at them!



Tables are adorned with retro candles with hardened red wax, something you might expect to see in an Italian resteraunt (or my kitchen).  The furniture is mis matched which only adds to the quirky vibe that the Townhouse exudes.

Neither myself or Mr Gourmand had visited the Townhouse before but we had heard good things about the place from friends who had visited one of the open mic nights so we figured we would give the place a try.

Staff were very friendly and accommodating and the pub is family friendly although there is a step at the front door so bare this in mind if you have a pram or pushchair with you.

Broccoli bake


Mr Gourmand and I took advantage of the £5 lunch offer which consists of a very decent sized meal and a drink.  It’s always a risk when you visit somewhere new for lunch as to what you are going to receive so we ordered blindly.

With a good selection of food available Mr Gourmand opted for the Broccoli and Cauliflower cheese which was served with chips and salad.  The Broccoli and Cauliflower cheese was bathing in a delicious creamy cheese sauce and topped with what seemed like a whole packed of melted cheese on top.  The meal was extremely delicious and satisfying.



I really fancied something different to what I would normally order and picked the Roast Beef and Horseradish sandwich served with chips and a side salad.  The Roast Beef was pink in the middle which is exactly how I like it, the slices were thick and plentiful.  The horseradish sauce was creamy and had a good heat to it which is just what I like, there is nothing worse than mild, smooth supermarket horseradish that has no flavour.

The beef was served on a warm ciabatta which had been buttered, I just managed to finish it all but I did let Mr Gourmand sample the beef as his eyes were drooling at my huge sandwich.

£5 doesn’t usually get you much even in a fast food eatery so if you’re in the Leamington Spa area, need lunch and have a spare £5 to spend you won’t go wrong visiting The Townhouse.

Blossoms Indian Cafe – Byker

The last place you would expect to go for a ‘Sunday dinner like grandma used to make’ would be an Indian cafe, my grandparents are not Indian yet the Sunday dinner tastes exactly the same as it did when I used to visit for my Sunday roast.

£4.oo doesnt get you much these days but what it does get you is a home cooked roast at Blossoms.

I went for the Roast Beef which was served with mashed and roast potatoes, mashed swede, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, peas and a huge yorkshire pudding.

Mr Gourmand had the Roast Pork which was served with the same vegetables.

The Sunday dinner comes in small and large, believe it or not we had the small! There is more than enough to keep the hungriest of diner satisfied, please don’t go to Blossoms expecting luxurious surroundings with cotton napkins because it’s not that sort of place, if you like cheap, delicious home cooked food this is the ideal place for you.

Blossoms Cafe is situated at 111-113 Shields Rd, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 1DN

The Lounge – Leamington Spa

The Lounge can be found at 130 Parade, Leamington Spa.  We actually first visited The Lounge in April before we moved down here and have visited a couple of times since.

As my visit took place on a Sunday, I thought it was only fair to sample the Sunday roast which was Roast Beef (£8.95).  The beef was perfectly cooked and served rare in the middle, just how I like it!  The beef was accompanied by Roast and Boiled potatoes and a Yorkshire pudding which was home made.

My Beef was served with a selection of local seasonal vegetables and a whole jug of home made gravy that had been made with the meat juices.

Once my vegetables were added to the plate I had a mountain of food in front of me.  I managed to get halfway through before Mr Gourmand had to pick up his fork and help me out.  The Sunday Roast at the Lounge is delicious and well worth a visit but make sure you have an empty stomach first!

Mr Gourmand decided to go for the Lounge club ciabatta (£6.95) which was a mixture of chargrilled chicken, bacon, tomato, egg mayonnaise and salad.  The Ciabatta was served with a dressed mixed salad, coleslaw and crisps.  Mr Gourmand was very impressed with his sandwich and went as far to say it was the best club he had tasted.

If you look closely you will be able to spot the side order of beer battered Onion rings (£2.25) which were delicious, It’s not always easy to tell if onion rings are home made or not, I can spot the frozen ones a mile away but these onion rings were definitely freshly made.

What I like about the Lounge is nothing is frozen, everything is bought in fresh each day, orders do take a little longer than some pub chains but it’s worth the wait to get something that has been made to order.

Sunday Lunch at No28

After some very good food served at No.28 (you can read about it here) we decided to make an effort to visit for Sunday lunch

No28 is situated on 27-29 Nelson Street right in the centre of Newcastle city centre.  It’s a little hidden gem with quirky furniture and fantastic food.

A Sunday lunch at No28 costs £7.95 which is great value for money for a home cooked no frozen veg meal.

Mr Gourmand had the Roast Pork which came with apple sauce and crackling, it’s a meat he doesn’t get to eat at home so whenever possible he will usually choose it as a Sunday Lunch meat.

I picked the Roast Beef which was delicious and melted in the mouth.  We both had carrots, savoy cabbage, broccoli, green beans, Roast potatoes, Mashed Potato, Mashed turnip, Roast Parsnips and a huge Yorkshire pudding.

I couldn’t finish my meal so Mr Gourmand helped himself to my Parsnips and Roast potatoes.  My only criticism with my food was that it was a little salty, Mr Gourmand hadn’t noticed this with his meal but after tasting mine he did agree that either the gravy or mashed potato tasted like salt had been added to it.