Enjoying dinner at Fells Kitchen means enjoying delicious food in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. You will find Fells Kitchen in the heart of Low Fell. If you are looking for authentic Italian food this is the place to visit.
I have heard lots of good things about Fells Kitchen in Low Fell and recently we got the chance to visit for dinner. Although it is meant to be Spring the weather has been miserable. We set off in pouring rain. The drive took a little while as we hit rush hour traffic over the Tyne Bridge. It was worth making the effort. The meal was gorgeous and brought some sunshine into a miserable day.
Fells Kitchen is found on Durham Road in the heart of Low Fell. The upper storey restaurant is tucked in the middle of a row of retailers above a Chinese restaurant. It is not easy to spot but keep your eyes open for it as it is worth a visit. There is off-street parking available which is free after 6pm. We were lucky and got a spot right outside. The restaurant is a short walk from Lowery’s Lane Car Park if you can’t find a space.
Climbing the stairs into the restaurant we got a warm welcome. At the top of the stairs the sign sums up the restaurant with the slogan “Good Food, Good Wine, Good Times”. This set the tone for a lovely evening.
We were quickly shown to our table. The place was reasonably busy considering it was mid-week but the service was really friendly. Nothing was too much trouble.
The interior of Fells Kitchen has a lovely modern feel with a hint of rustic. It is all one space, the reception area opens up into a dining room. Brick walls run the length of one side with wood panelling and contemporary lighting. A large screen shows the days specials and the dessert menu.
Comfy padded chairs surround the tables and these are lovely to sit in, enhancing the dining experience. The atmosphere is friendly.
There are two menus available at Fells Kitchen, the regular menu and the vegan menu. We are not vegan so we didn’t look at this menu but it is good to see this on offer. The menu features a good range of options. Starters are small plates and sharing plates. Mains are the chefs recommendations, pizza, pasta and options from the grill. There are also a range of sides and a kids menu.
The food is traditional Italian fare. Expect lots of flavour and large portions.
Whilst picking from the menu we had a drink. It was really difficult to choose as all the dishes sound so nice. My husband had a Peroni, a traditional Italian beer. I went for a glass of white wine which is always welcome. My son had a soft drink. We were given plenty of time to choose our food and didn’t feel rushed. We even got a rare photo of the three of us together.
As an appetiser we began with the cheesy garlic bread. (£3.95)This came on a thin crust pizza base. The base was light and crispy. The garlic was not overdone, just a hint came though which went perfectly with the cheese. It smelt so nice that a couple of slices disappeared before I got to take a photo.
My starter was garlic mushrooms. (£4.50) These are a classic starter and one of my favourites. The dish was perfect. Perfectly cooked mushrooms in a light creamy garlic sauce on home made toasted bread. The balsamic salad dressing has a hint of orange which perfectly complements the mushrooms. My husband and son had a taste and both thought it was delicious. This was a surprise as my son is not a mushroom lover.
Pork and beef meatballs (£4.50) was my sons choice. Two meatballs rest on home made toasted bread. Tomato sauce with a spicy kick completes the dish. The meatballs melt in your mouth and my son said it was really tasty although a little spicy for him.
On to the main course and my son and I both chose pasta selections. My son went for the Lobster Ravioli (£9.95) in a crab and prawn sauce. The dish was a delight, large ravioli parcels with a thick sliver of lobster inside. The creamy sauce had plenty of prawn and crab living up to its name. The taste was gorgeous and my son struggled to finish, the portion was so generous.
My choice was Fells meatballs (£8.95). These lightly spiced beef meatballs in a fresh tomato sauce come with a choice of pasta. I chose tagliatelle as I love the wider strands.
I love home made meatballs and often make them myself. The key to a good meatball is cooking them until they are meltingly tender and the sauce is lovely and thick. These were spot on, Italian cuisine at its best. Warm and comforting and made to be eaten with family. The addition of black pepper (lots) and parmesan cheese just added to the perfection.
My husband loves a good steak and it is no surprise that he opted for the Rib Eye. (£17.95) This comes with triple-cooked chips & grilled garnish. For an extra £2.00 you can add your choice of sauce and he went for a classic peppercorn sauce. The steak was massive and perfectly cooked. Needless to say it did not last long.
The side dish of onion rings was also huge. The rings themselves were massive and came in a crisp batter which was a delight. We shared these between us.
After our mains we were so full we didn’t have room for dessert. Even my son was full. If you have a teenage boy you will know that this does not often happen. It is a shame as the desserts look delicious. For £3.95 you can choose between a Chocolate Brownie Sundae, Sticky Toffee Pudding Sundae, Apple Crumble with custard or cream and Waffles with assorted toppings. Again it would be another hard choice.
If you are looking for a family friendly restaurant with authentic Italian food and a lovely welcome Fells Kitchen is the place to go. It is the type of place where you feel that nothing would be too much trouble. The staff are welcoming and friendly. They keep an eye on you and often come to check if you need something before you realise.
The food is perfection on a plate. Traditional Italian, made with locally sourced ingredients it is bursting with flavour. The portion sizes are more than generous and you will leave feeling full. I am really glad we made the visit and we would definitely go back.
568a Durham Road
Tyne and Wear NE9 6HX
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Our meal was complementary but thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.