Liberty Brown, Sunderland
Far from being anti-Sunderland, I’m actively venturing over to the ‘Dark Side’ to try out new places. Having visited The Joiners Arms and signed up for their mail shots I received an email with vouchers for their sister establishments, one of which was Liberty Brown.
I knew exactly where this was, having visited when it was Old Orleans. I wasn’t enamoured with it then, in all honesty. The location is strange too, with a view of the car park. It reminds me a lot of TGI Fridays in the MetroCentre for positioning. The interior was nice though, and I could tell that the same designers had worked on Liberty as The Joiners. The same snazzy lampshades and other ‘quirks’ were definitely there.
Our voucher gave us £10 off two main courses, which meant one was almost free. The place seemed to fill up pretty quickly, and the bar area was full of people drinking cocktails.
I believe their cocktail menu is the same as other venues. On perusal I found a few I recognised from As You Like It, another bar/restaurant from the Apartment Group portfolio. I like the Bubblegum Daiquiri, which comes with a packet of popping candy.
There was no drinking for me as I had the car, so soft drinks were ordered. The food menu was pretty standard – Fish & Chips, pizzas, pastas and some BBQ options. I chose a Goats Cheese Pizza, Jnr ordered F&C with a side portion of onion rings and Raf had their Spicy Meatball Linguine.
The portions were good, especially Jnr’s. Like The Joiners F&C, it should be called Whale & Chips instead based on the size of the fish. He struggled finishing his meal, which makes a change.
It seems Liberty benefits from being part of a chain, and everything was consistently good. I think it is reasonably priced (£35 with our discount, including wine), and the service was attentive and friendly. It’s a shame it isn’t in a better location, but it still seems to attract a decent audience regardless. It’s not ground breaking cuisine, but still canny regardless.
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