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Brunel's Restaurant at The Anchor Bar

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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Modern Irish brasserie food with bracing sea views

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At a glance

Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

Brunel's is a first-floor venue above the ever-popular Anchor Bar, just off the Newcastle seafront. Craft beers and a decent wine list are among the attractions, the star turn being the modern Irish brasserie food, with seafood a trump card. Start with butter-poached langoustines and roast carrots, garnished with buttermilk froth and gingerbread crumb, and follow perhaps with roast coley and chorizo risotto, with capers and pine nuts in a sherry dressing. Rump of Mourne mountain lamb is a fine cut that doesn't need the distraction of hazelnut purée, but gains from its accompaniments of sea beets and samphire. Chocolate fondant comes with the sharpening touch of black cherry sorbet.

Opening hours

  • Days closed: Monday to Tuesday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 3
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Paul Cunningham

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern Irish
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 20
  • Wines over £30: 10
  • Wines by the glass: 10

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 15
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 50
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 25
  • Off-site parking available: Free at Donard Park

Additional information

  • Seats: 50
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 25

Getting here

Top of Main St,reet follow road to right. Restaurant immediately on right above The Anchor Bar, accessed via red front door

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