Monday 14 October 2019

Cookhouse And Pub Holystone Family Meal - Review

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I love autumn time, it is definitely my favourite season, I enjoy wrapping up warm, crunching through leaves and being cosy. Autumn is always a time for craving comfort food and I always think pub meals are proper comfort food that you just can't beat at this time of year. So at the weekend, we headed to our local Cookhouse and Pub in Holystone, North Tyneside.   

We have visited the Cookhouse and Pub Holystone a few times over the last couple of years but this was the first time we have visited with all three children. After a busy morning of swimming lessons and shopping, we headed to the Cookhouse and Pub with rumbling tummies on Saturday lunchtime, along with my dad who was joining us (my husband was at work). We were warmly greeted and shown to a seat in the conservatory area which is bright, modern and perfectly cosy on a crisp autumn day. 

Activity sheets and crayons were provided for the children along with little pots of popcorn for them to nibble on whilst we pursued the menu. They were also offered vegetable sticks but they passed on these. 

Cookhouse and pub holystone conservatory seating area

Cookhouse and Pub have just launched a new autumn menu, with new additions such as a vegan fake and ale pie to sample. As it was only lunch-time we skipped starters on this occasion all opting to just order mains. 

white plate with scampi, garden peas, chips and tartae sauce

I am a creature of habit and went for an all-time favourite, breaded scampi with chips, garden peas and tartare sauce (£8.79) - pure comfort on a plate. My teen was pleased to see chicken tikka curry on the menu which was a very generous portion of curry served with basmati rice, plain naan bread, poppadum and sweet mango chutney (£8.29). 

cookhouse and pub chicken tikka curry

Sticking to the pub classic theme my dad ordered sausage and mash served with garden peas and lashings of gravy (£8.49). 

three sausages, mash, gravy and garden peas in a white bowl

Kids meals were good value at just £4.99 for two courses, you can add a third course for just 75p more. Kids drinks were also super reasonable at just 80p for a bottle of milk or 60p for a bottle of squash. Every single time we go out for food the children order the same thing - Sophia likes beef burgers and Jacob likes chicken nuggets. Luckily both were on the menu and came with sides of chips and a mini corn on the cob. 

child meal of chips, chicken nuggets and corn on the cob

Service was quick and friendly and there was a lovely relaxed vibe to the pub with groups of families, couples and friends dining. 

child meal of chips, corn on cob, burger in wholemeal bun

All of the meals were hot, tasty and just what we all needed, we had clean plates all round as even the children demolished their meals for once. Despite eating more than they normally do all three children had room for dessert - isn't that always the case? 

The little two ordered doughnuts and pancakes off the kid's menu, whilst myself and the teenager ordered the half baked cookie dough (£4.79). The children were invited up to the bar/kitchen area to help make their own puddings which they were super excited about. They got to select which sauces and toppings they would like on their pudding plates along with their choice of pancakes and doughnuts. 

child make own pudding of pancakes, fruit, sauce and sweets

Sophia came back with a plate full of chocolate buttons, a flake, marshmallows, chocolate beans, strawberry laces, wafers and chocolate and caramel sauce to dip her mini doughnuts in. Jacob is healthier and packed his full of sliced strawberries and bananas with a few buttons and marshmallows and an assortment of sauces to go with his pancakes. They absolutely loved being able to create their own puddings and pick and choose what they wanted on their plates. 

black dish with melted cookie and ice cream pudding

My cookie dough was pretty good too, warm and gooey with a scoop of melting vanilla ice cream on top - it was very morish. 

We had a nice cosy hour and a half at Cookhouse and Pub Holystone, we all enjoyed our meals and we all left with full tummies and the children asking when can they come back to make another pudding. 

outside the cookhouse and pub at Holystone

Cookhouse and Pub 
Edmund Road 
North Tyneside 
NE27 0UN

Open daily 10.30m - 11pm (10.30pm on Sundays) menus and full details can be found at

Disclosure we received a complimentary meal & drinks for the purpose of this review, however, all opinions are my own. 



  1. That chicken looks so crisp and so tasty. Also that cookie dough! Sounds like good pub grub

  2. Now I am hungry, the food looks delicious

  3. Sounds very similar to the experience we had when we went to our local cookhouse and Pub, also at the weekend. I love the little things of offering the children popcorn and vegetable sticks, just the little things that make dining easier when you have little ones x

    1. It really does make such a difference having colouring sheets, snacks etc x

  4. Wow the food looks very tasty. I would love to dine here.

    1. It was really good, they have them all over the country x

  5. Strangely we drove past here yesterday and said I wonder what it is like. I am sure we went but it used to be a different restaurant. The food looks lovely, we must pop in next time we are passing

    1. Yes it did used to be different and changed a coupe of years ago. It is really nice, they do some really good deals too x


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