A taste of history and a modern menu are the perfect ingredients at The Blackbird, Ponteland.
As well as serving up an interesting past, it offers a tasty selection of traditional British pub classics, such as slow-roasted belly pork, lamb rump, fish and chips, a range of burgers, and street food options including bao buns and noodle boxes.
This little gem of a venue – built on the exact spot where Henry III of England and Alexander of Scotland signed a peace treaty in the 13th Century – doffs its cap to years gone by. Originally a castle, then a manor house, it went on to become a pub and many of the original features – such as the Tudor fireplace – can still be seen today at The Blackbird.
Expect character, charm, delicious food, and a good selection of real ales, plus more than 70 different gins.
As well as the outdoor seating areas with views of the village, The Blackbird also has a large Tipi restaurant.
High-beamed ceilings, tasteful decor and comfy quilted chairs – The Blackbird has all the allure of a traditional country pub, coupled with a modern menu and friendly service.
On the Menu
Choose from a selection of starters such as coronation chicken terrine with mango chutney, almond and coriander pesto, onion seed crackers or ham hock and cheddar croquettes with pea shoots and burnt onion ketchup.
Mains include pan-roast salmon, Asian beef salad, beer battered North Sea haddock, Moroccan lamb flat bread and a pie of the day.
Those with a sweet tooth can expect desserts such as warm chocolate brownie, sticky toffee pudding and iced popcorn parfait.
A gluten free menu is available and Sunday lunches (with meat and veggie options) always get booked up fast.
The Blackbird Ponteland is open every day from 11am to 10pm. Food is served Monday to Saturday from 11am to 8pm and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm.
How to book
The Blackbird, North Road, Ponteland, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE20 9UH
Tel: 01661 822684