Finding somewhere for a family cross-generational meal can be tricky but the Blue House in Haswell has you covered.
My cousin recently celebrated turning 40 and we all went out for a family meal – siblings, cousins, partners, uncle and aunt and our nana – so we needed somewhere that offered something for everyone.
I’d never been to the Blue House before but after checking out their website beforehand I was pleasantly surprised to see such a varied menu which offered great value too.
I know I can’t be the only one who likes to pick out their food options before actually getting to the restaurant – I was pleased to feel spoilt for choice for a change!
They offer lunch menus, light bites and wholesome evening meals. The restaurant is family-owned, wheelchair accessible and often also has live entertainment.
We went on a Tuesday evening but I’ve heard good things about their Sunday lunches.
It was a really foggy night so I couldn’t get an outside picture (sorry) so this is what it looks like (picture from the front of the menu).
The menu is HUGE and I didn’t know what to order! In the end I plumped for the steak and ale pie with chips and seasonal veg. You can have potatoes if you’d prefer.
Steve had the gammon steak with massive onion rings, a runny egg and chips.
Others had: lamb roast dinner, cod and chips, lasagne salad and chips, hot roast beef sandwiches and the chip shop special.
Our food didn’t take too long to arrive after we’d placed our orders – which was impressive given we were a table of 10.
The portions are generous and I had been pre-warned by my nana that I wouldn’t need more than one course. We had birthday cake for dessert afterall.
Sometimes with a large party some people are left waiting for food while others are served quicker – that wasn’t the case for us. Our meals came out in quite a quick procession which meant we could all dive straight in.
My food was piping hot and smelt inviting.
The puff pastry sat on top of my pie was huge! I lifted it off and the inside was full to the brim of juicy tender chunks of beef and thick gravy.
The chips and accompanying vegetables were nice and there was just the right amount for me. Although I’m not a fan of swede so that remained untouched – bleurgh.
Inside the pie the gravy was really good – thick and flavoursome – just how I like it. The pastry was flaky and light and I saved it till last.
The meat was seriously tender and melted in my mouth – the absolute best bit of the dish.
For less than a tenner it was good value for money pub grub.
Once our plates were cleared and we’d had a little rest, the staff brought out the birthday cake and dutifully sang happy birthday to my mortified cousin.
Our server was warm and welcoming and even kept us up to date with the Champions League score. She was genuinely engaging with my cousin’s 6-year-old who is footy mad which was a nice touch.
Some of our party were late due to heavy traffic and we had an extra person than we originally made the reservation for but the staff were extremely accommodating and we heard no grumbles.
My overall thoughts on the Blue House
On Trip Advisor the Blue House is ranked #57 of 325 restaurants in Durham and scores almost top marks by reviewers and after my first visit I can see why.
The menu is very extensive and really does try to cover all bases and even the pricier items seemed more than fair to me.
There’s ample free parking and you will be looked after as the staff are really friendly. It’s not the kind of place you’d go dressed to the nines but it’s really clean and the atmosphere is cosy.
I must also mention that my nana was very impressed with the cleanliness – particularly how streak-free the mirror was – some mad polishing skills for sure! She’s a big fan of Four in a Bed so she notices things like that!
Anyway I digress…
If you’re after good value pub grub in a cosy casual environment, that caters for all members of the family – this is the place for you. It’s not fine dining with all the bells and whistles but it’s hearty food at a fair price.
The portions are very generous and the prices proportionate.
So if you’re in the Durham area it’s worth a visit. It gets busy so booking a table is recommended – although they did manage to reserve us a table with only a days notice but it was a Tuesday night!
Where is the Blue House?
The Blue House,
Haswell (which is near Shotton)
What are the Blue House contact details?
Telephone: 0191 526 0307
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