We were recently invited to Revolution Newcastle to the launch of their new, weekly event, "Soul On Sunday." I've been coming to Revolution for many years now and I've always been a fan of their cocktails so as soon as we were invited along I jumped at the chance. There's nothing more I enjoy on a Sunday than spending it with family over good food and ending the weekend on a high. Que Soul on Sunday...
Our table was booked for 12:30pm so off into Newcastle I heading with the husband and toddler in tow. Revolution Newcastle is situated on the ever popular Collingwood Street... aka The Diamond Strip. Revolution is set in the beautiful building of an old converted bank and ooze luxury. With its original 30ft ceilings, marble pillars and classic wood features, this building really does have the wow factor.
We were greeted at the reception and took over to our table in the Stoli Lounge which was draped in sunlight and the perfect spot for a bit of people watching.
The menus are printed on to old fashioned style newspaper prints - hot off the press you could say, with a full description and background of the story behind Soul on Sunday. The concept of Soul On Sunday is simple, traditional roast dinners accompanied by good drinks and the sound of sweet soul music of the inhouse band, "Watson & The Elements." The bank plays between 12:00 - 16:00 then a Soul & Funk DJ takes over from 17:00 - 21:00. The vibe was very chilled with groups of friends, families and couples.
For our starters, I opted for the mango chicken and ricotta salad with house flatbread and pomegranate whilst the hubby went for the breaded halloumi with hummus, dukkah, house flatbread and pomegranate. Both were super refreshing and very light. I haven't got the biggest of appetites so when I have a started I, 9/10, always feel super full but this starter was fab and the colours were so vibrant.
Next up, the main attraction, the Sunday roast and boy was it good. We both opted for the roast beef, why change the habit of a lifetime eh?! The beef was served with goose fat roast potatoes (the only way it should be done!) and honey roasted parsnips and carrots - washed down with a glass (or two) of watermelon Bellini which went down way too easily. I still can't get over how much food was served up, there was at least 3 decent slices of beef and that Yorkshire pudding was to die for... well the bite I had was as the child decided he wanted my Yorkshire pudding...
Now, let's not forget about the little man here - he was having a blast. He was dancing around the room to the band, busting out his break dancing moves, needless to say he was in his element. Our son had a child's meal of pizza & garlic bread with carrots and a watercress garnish, guzzled down with a cold glass of milk.
Subtly full from our food, we decided to go for the dessert - much to the dismay of my waistband but hey, you only live once and the desserts were too good to turn down. We choose the warm chocolate brownies which was gooey in the middle and cheesecake. Boy were they good! Although at this point we where fit to burst and after a good attempt we couldn't eat it all?! The little man opted for a simple vanilla ice cream which he pretty much inhaled.
The afternoon was lovely, so relaxed and the perfect end to the weekend. From start to finish the staff were very attentive and there was just the right amount of time between courses. Obviously bringing a toddler out for food can sometimes be quite daunting because if they don't want to be there they damn right let you know but it was certainly a thumbs up from him. To say Revoltuon is dubbed as a vodka bar, I certainly wouldn't let this put you off when looking for somewhere to go during the day for food with the little ones. He was kept entertained throughout and was brought over a colouring book and pencils by our server.
I would certainly recommend this experience to all, we had such a lovely time. My partner mentioned that this is the perfect opportunity to get your friends and family together for some quality food and drinks with a twist. The menu is probably more than what I would generally pay but when you take into consideration there is a band playing it certainly makes it worth the money. Needless to say we'll be back with the child in tow, we had to drag him out in the end as he was having such a good time.
The Soul on Sunday lunch menu prices are as follows:
2 courses for £15
3 courses for £18
Cocktails are £7.95 each or 2-4-1 with a Revolution Card.