The Living Room, Grey Street, Newcastle

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You can be spoilt for choice when dining over the Toon.

It’s home to a plethora of pubs and restaurants offering good grub, but The Living Room has always managed to remain a firm favourite for us.

It’s all thanks to good location, great surroundings, top service and, of course, even better food.

Ahead of a night at the arena, we decided to get our day off to a tasty start with a Living Room lunch.

Unlike some other eateries, lunch isn’t limited to a paltry selection of paninis.

Here, you can dive into a choice of light meals such as eggs Benedict (£6.45) and mains that include winter warmers such as chicken, tarragon and sweet potato pie (£8.45) and confit Gressingham duck leg (£8.45).

For the waistline-watchers, there’s also a decent selection of calorie-controlled dishes that come in under the 500 calorie mark, including aubergine and tomato bake and grilled Moroccan lamb skewers.

Feeling in need of something hearty, I went with the smoked haddock and pea risotto.

For my £7.95, I was presented with a well-sized portion, rich with flavour. The risotto was just the right side of creamy so it wasn’t sickeningly so.

Perched on top was a perfect slice of filleted haddock that blended seamlessly with the rice. A poached egg that took only the lightest of pokes to pierce to reveal its gooey yolk was the cherry on the top.

I’m not the greatest of wine connoisseurs and never know which one to go for when presented with a long list from which to choose.

But, this being a bar, the staff are well trained in the art of drinking.

Our waiter offered his advice on which wine would complement our fish choices – and he was spot on. A fruity French number priced £13.50 for a carafe, the Viognier was full-bodied and brought out the delicate flavours of the fish to impressive effect.

Katy Wheeler