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Tavistock Retro Italian

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Penshaw View | Birtley, Chester-le-Street, England
+44 191 447 4487
12:00 - 16:00
17:00 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 - 16:00
17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
Tue - Sat 12:00 - 14:30
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2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed early bird menu of pasta courses and garlic bread and a couple of glasses of wine. Reasonable bill and service. Menu change s reqularly and had previously been for a leaving do earlier in year. Now refurbished. Car parking available too.

Thank Deirdre Q
west yorkshire
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here midweek, at first thought we were in the wrong place but we were directed to the a Restaurant area. The staff were friendly and helpful and the decor impressive. The food was hot tasty and not expensive, with just enough time between courses. The only negative was when we ordered desserts my husband asked if he could have... More 

1 Thank Jean0879
Birtley, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Now an Italian Restaurant, the food is nice but it was much better when it was a proper pub, The Board Inn. The front bar is merely a waiting zone for your table. No after meal relaxing zone. Bit disappointing.

1 Thank Michele C
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We've visited this restaurant on many occasions over the last few years and have always found the food, service and choice of food very good indeed. The staff are both helpful and friendly.

Thank annfreda
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221 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and i had lunch at this restaurant and have to say it was fabulous.We arrived with the early bird menu still in operation 12 - 2pm and ordered a starter and main course(starters 3.95 and mains from 4.95).The food was served two brushettas and a pasta and pizza, 1.5 pints of lager and were fabulous.The bill was 22.50... More 

Thank BazzaChester_le_St
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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169 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with an old friend. Lovely food... main and dessert while we caught up with each other. Worth a try.

1 Thank Olaivas
Northern Ireland
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Visited here with my husband. We ordered from the early bird menu. We both had the bolognaise and asked for penne pasta instead of tagiatelle which wasn't a problem. The early bird price was £4.95. I wasn't expecting much. How wrong was I. Easily the nicest pasta bol I have ever had. I couldn't finish the portion. The taste was... More 

2 Thank lullable
Goole, United Kingdom
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52 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

My family and I visited here for an evening meal and I must say it was rather good. I had mussels, cooked nicely but perhaps the sauce could have done with being a bit thicker. I then had prawn and chorizo pasta which again, very nice but I wasn't blown away. I've had better Italian food but by no means... More 

Thank mycarsacloud
Southampton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

My wife and I travelled up to Tyneside to attend a function. We booked into the Washington North Travelodge for an overnight stay. We asked Shirley in reception if she could recommend an eatery nearby. Shirley advised that we may like to try the Tavistock Retro Italian located just a few minutes walk from the hotel. We decided to give... More 

Thank Foxer62
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Lovely welcome as we didn't book and it was very busy. The food it fabulous. The staff go out of their way to make sure you enjoy it. It looks a bit dull when you walk into it through the pub but once your out the back its fantastic

1 Thank angelamarsh1968

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 16:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Penshaw View | Birtley, Chester-le-Street, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Durham  >  Chester-le-Street
  • Phone Number: +44 191 447 4487
Previously known as "The Board Inn

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?