By Amy Nicholls from the North East Eats blog. Read her previous reviews of: Bellinis Seaburn, 808 Bar and Kitchen and Mexico 70,

Winter nights, cosy decor and delicious food and drink: that’s what the lead up to Christmas is all about, right? 

Hidden away in an unassuming location, Liberty Brown at The Palm offers a relaxing place to visit in all seasons, with a range of delicious food and drink, including some mouth-watering cocktails. 

The colourful Palm complex offers a variety of themed eating areas to enjoy your food and drinks in: a Havana-style Tropicuba, a beach vibe, a lodge-inspired area, and a garden, complete with fire pits, which, during the summer season, sells delicious street food on weekends.

Amongst all of this, it’s easy to forget that Liberty Brown is there. Above all of the outdoor areas and terraces offering amazing views of the Northern Spire Bridge, hides Liberty Brown. With a separate entrance to The Palm (which has more of a night club vibe from 7pm), the modern staircase leads you up to a beautifully decorated, family friendly restaurant, that is also perfect for evenings out with partners and friends due to the extensive cocktail list that this restaurant clearly prides itself upon.

It was clear the see the bar staff are well trained and the small touches really made a big difference, with even the tap water being served in a beautiful jug adorned with fresh fruit. The cocktail list ranges from the classic to the quirky, with my favourites being the staple pornstar martini and tongue tingling bubblegum daiquiri. We sampled the mocktails too, having a delicious raspberry and amaretto flavoured drink, all of which were really reasonably priced. Don’t like cocktails? No problem. The drinks menu also offered an extensive list of gins, wines, beer, cider, spirits and soft drinks, catering for all. 

The food menu is also extensive, offering a wide range of dishes suited to all needs, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. The menu has sections devoted to steaks, kebabs, burgers, pizzas, flatbreads and classics such as fish and chips (or a vegan fish and chips made from banana blossom – intriguing)! 

During our visit, we ordered the pulled pork burger with chips and garlic mayonnaise, and the vegetarian hanging kebab, served with Caribbean slaw, flatbread, chips and chilli jam. The food came quickly and was piping hot and fresh. It was all flavoursome and filling and the prices made it even more enjoyable. 

We visited this lovely restaurant on a Monday night and even then the restaurant still had a buzz about it, with many tables filled with happy families and friends. With the added bonus of free parking, this restaurant is well worth the journey slightly outside of Sunderland City Centre, although you may want to leave the car at home to enjoy their yummy cocktails. We can’t wait to return on a weekend to experience the party side of The Palm complex, sampling a wider range of their flavoursome food and delicious drinks. 

By SGM

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