Bonemill Lane, Fatfield, NE38 8AJ

IT’S been a long-standing star on Washington’s restaurant scene and is a well-loved Italian eatery – yet here we are reviewing a far more English offering.

Fiume has become one of the Burn household’s go-to places for a fantastic Sunday lunch, and it never seems to disappoint.

Located by the river at Fatfield, it’s the perfect location to enjoy a hearty feed on a Sunday afternoon, whether you’ve worked up an appetite from a walk along the riverside or are stopping-off for scran after a lunchtime drink in one of the nearby pubs.

And it’s clear that plenty of other people share our opinion. Sunday lunchtimes are bustling in the upstairs restaurant, families – many in big parties, couples and groups of friends of all ages.

While the restaurant still offers its Italian menu on Sundays, those seeking a traditional thrill can enjoy a Sunday roast for £9.95, two courses for £12.95 and three for £15.

We popped in for the first time this year last month – and found a choice of three starters, four mains and three desserts.

Starter options were salmon salad, wild mushroom and blue cheese crostini and soup of the day.

I’ve had soup of the day on many occasions and it’s always fantastic, served in a big bowl with two lovely big chunks of bread and is very filling.

This visit we didn’t fancy the one on offer, so instead opted for the salmon salad and the mushrooms.

The luscious salmon starter…

The salmon is tossed in a lime and garlic mayonnaise and served on a bed of leaves. It was delicious, however it was a bit on the small side. I can’t fault the flavours and quality – I just wish there had been a bit more of it.

The mushroom dish featured a cool selection of wild mushrooms cooked in a blue cheese sauce, served on homemade toast. The sauce was incredible – rich and creamy with a fantastic punch of the blue cheese.

Wild garlic mushrooms didn’t disappoint…

We chose roast beef (which was marked as served rare) and garlic and rosemary roasted leg of lamb for our mains, from a menu which also included pan fried chicken breast and the vegetarian-friendly option of wild mushroom and vegetable risotto.

The beautiful seasonal veg which comes with dinner…

The roasts came with a big homemade Yorkshire pudding along with mashed and a roast potato, while a selection of perfectly cooked seasonal veg is served separately. Some Sundays they also bring cauliflower cheese which is incredible, but sadly on our recent visit they didn’t.

The meat is always fantastic, and true to form it didn’t disappoint. The beef was beautifully cooked – the perfect pink colour while lamb was tender and flavourful.

Two courses is enough to fill you up, but we decided to share a dessert. From the choices of warm chocolate fudge cake, profiteroles or ice cream, we chose the fudge cake with a scoop of ice cream.

If you’re feeling like a guilty pleasure, go for the chocolate cake…

It was nicely warmed – not enough to instantly melt the ice cream, which is important if you don’t like soggy cake – and we agreed it was absolutely delicious.

If you’ve yet to try Sunday lunch at the Fiume, it’s well worth a visit. Our advice is to book in advance to avoid disappointment – this is easy to do through the restaurant’s website:

*This article originally appeared in Issue 2 of Washington Way magazine. Prices correct as of February 2020.