Revolution: Low Road, Sunderland

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THIS vodka pub chain doesn’t immediately spring to mind when looking for a place to eat in the city centre.

However, it’s become somewhat of a fall-back for me when looking for somewhere quick and reliable to grab a bite to eat before a night out.

Ahead of a Saturday night out with chum Helen, we wanted to kick off the evening with a combination of cocktails and cracking grub, so off to Revs we went.

The menu changes seasonally, so there’s usually something on offer to sate your appetite.

It also caters for different-sized appetites from salads and lighter bites such as a pea and serrano ham soup (£3.95) to more substantial meals such as slow-cooked beef and mash (£10.95), butternut stuffed cannelloni (£10.95) and chicken linguine (£7.95).

On previous visits, I’ve always enjoyed the Revolution mezze sharing platter (£10.95), which comes with nachos, crispy serrano ham, chorizo, sunblushed tomatoes, houmous and olives with bread.

But, looking for something to line our stomachs, we ordered from the pizza menu.

Revolution pizzas have fast become one of my favourite in the city centre – the bases are always light and not too doughy, while the toppings are generous and not laden with grease like their take-away counterparts.

Pretty soon after ordering, our meals arrived on a wooden board that make them perfect for sharing.

We’d gone for the serrano ham, mozzarella and rocket version (£8.95) and the vodka chicken option which came with a zingy vodka salsa, diced chorizo, pepperoni and goat’s cheese (£8.95).

Ordering food means you can also get table service for drinks and despite the bar fast filling up, staff kept on top of our orders.

The only thing to remember when eating here is that Revolution is essentially a bar, so the later you eat, the more likely you are to encounter crowds, people who may have had one too many tipples and loud music alongside your meal.

If you’re counting the pennies, it’s best to visit on Mondays when there is 50 per cent off food all day.

Katy Wheeler

Twitter: @sunechokaty