This story starts in Ireland in the 1850s, when a young Sir John Fitzgerald decided to move to England – and to Newcastle – where the head office of the leisure company he established remains to this day.
From the start, Sir John Fitzgerald pubs and bars have been a family concern, and family ties remain key to the continued success of the group.
With venues including Shiremoor House Farm and The Pavilion in North Tyneside, The Plough in Cramlington, Fitzgeralds in Sunderland, and The Bacchus, Fitzgeralds and Café Royal in Newcastle, the company’s portfolio offers great places to eat across the North East.
Each venue boasts a range of dishes featuring exquisite meat, rich game, freshly caught seafood and the freshest vegetables – all locally sourced, where possible, as part of the company’s commitment to supporting the region’s economy.
These high-quality ingredients deserve the attention of chefs who have undergone training at the Sir John Fitzgerald Chef School.
The training school not only enables chefs to learn their craft; it also encourages them to develop their individuality and creativity.
This winter, the tasty treats crafted by the chefs of Sir John Fitzgerald venues include Blagdon Farm sausages with bubble and squeak, red wine gravy and crispy onions, as well as fragrant Rendang curry with rice, flatbread and steamed chicken or Asian vegetables.
Further temptation comes in the form of blue cheese lasagne with sorrel salad and tarragon pesto, a venison cottage pie with celeriac mash and crispy kale, and a chilli pulled-beef burger; not to mention a fresh-lobster roll with thermidor sauce and french fries, or the chimichurri mushroom burger.
And all of these fresh new dishes sit among staples such as traditional fish and chips and a range of steaks that are cooked to your liking.
Looking for something a little sweeter? Head to the Sir John Fitzgerald bakery – an exciting new addition to Café Royal in Newcastle. Nelson Street’s contemporary café bistro is now supplied with freshly baked croissants, pastries, tray bakes and cakes throughout the day.
All in all, there’s something for everyone’s tastes with Sir John Fitzgerald.