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“amazing new restaurant”

Tavistock Italia Retro Restaurant
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
North East
Level 6 Contributor
158 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“amazing new restaurant”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

The Italian Farmhouse at West Rainton near Durham is one of our favourite local eating spots, so we were delighted to discover that the same formula was being repeated at the Roker Hotel. We decided to try it out virtually as soon as it opened and we're glad we got in fast because I suspect it's going to be very busy!
The place itself has been transformed with an eclectic and trendy design. The fact that pizzas are the star of the show is highlighted by the word literally in lights against the back wall, in the dining area which is hung with dozens of white lampshades. The real showstopper however is the biggest pizza oven I've ever seen, which could probably accommodate a small family.
Staff are knowledgeable and friendly and the menu is simply superb. We decided to share a range of cicchetti - Italian tapas -for starters so our party enjoyed everything from chicken livers (my husband and his friend said they were the most delicious thing they'd ever tasted) to arancini - deep friend risotto balls stuffed with cheese which came with a beautiful salsa. Three of us had pizzas because this is clearly going to be a speciality - and we weren't disappointed.
They were simply amazing and - dare I say it - actually better than some we've had in Italy.
This restaurant is going to be a fantastic addition to Sunderland and we can't wait to go back,.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank you for your review, we are very happy to hear you enjoyed it so much. We hope to see you again in the near future.
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English first
Sunderland, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Perfect location for a summer stroll”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

Although this restaurant doesn't have views of the sea from inside the dining room, the sea is directly opposite and is perfect to walk off the extra calories from the delicious desert I had. The early evening menu is excellent value for money and I would recommend it highly. You must order before 6.30pm to take advantage of this offer. The food was excellent as always. I will be returning again soon.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Christine H
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Ladie's Lunching on Tuesday”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

There was only three ladies lunching on Tuesday (after a sad occasion of releasing a balloon in memory of a loved one at the beach) and decided to go to the Roker Hotel. What can I say? It was okay but that's all. We all ordered fish and were so disappointed that the skin was still on! We honestly thought that the Roker Hotel would not serve fish with skin on! How naïve! We informed the waitress that we were disappointed and she said that if we had asked for skinless fish they would have served us with it, but how were we to know! It didn't state that on the menu! However, we were a little disappointed and they did offer specials which didn't really appeal to us but we will give it another chance and return at a later date.

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United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Sunday lunch”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

Went for Sunday lunch here last week and it was lovely; I chose the pork and usually always moan at other restaurants, but this time it was beautiful soft and succulent. Partner had the lamb and there was lots, also got top marks!

Staff helpful & friendly, baby high-chairs ready available too. All in all a cosy & friendly restaurant that we will be going back too, and sunday meals just under a tenner for 2 courses was good value for money.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Sawitratedit
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sunderland
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Lovely meal”
Reviewed 25 June 2014 via mobile

We recently visited this restaurant and found the members of staff extremely friendly Sofien, Channel and Chris. It was not particularly busy and each course was served very quickly. The quality and presentation of the food was excellent. Price of the 3 courses mayhem menu was very reasonable. We will shortly be back.

Visited June 2014
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Thank jmackem
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