Review on Cafe Lowrey

Out in the leafy fringes of Tyneside commuter land not far from the airport, this lively double-fronted bistro in a modest shopping precinct continues to do great work for the local neighbourhood.

The premises started life as Café 21 (part of Terence Laybourne's stable), although it is now owned and run by long-serving chef, Ian Lowrey. Apart from a new name, nothing much seems to have changed: red quarry tiled floors and Victorian style dark wood chairs reinforce the bistro mood, likewise the blackboard of daily changing dishes.

The kitchen turns out earthy, full-blooded offerings in the shape of grilled black pudding with crispy onions and mustard sauce, fishcakes with buttered spinach and parsley cream sauce and confit of duck with Lyonnaise potatoes. There are also forays to faraway lands for things like bang-bang chicken or spicy beef salad with soy and chilli, while desserts head homeward for the likes of sticky toffee pudding and treacle tart. Good value global wines also do their job admirably.

Cafe Lowrey is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, AA Guide

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Modern European


Ian Lowrey

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.00pm Tue-Sat

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card, American Express

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Facilities at Cafe Lowrey

  • Disabled access
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 70 covers
  • Family Friendly


Private parking is possible at a location nearby


Cafe Lowrey
35 The Broadway
Darras Hall
NE20 9PW

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