About Tavistock Italia @ The Board Inn

The Board Inn of suburban Chester-le-Street is one of two Tavistock Italia Gastro Pubs. This, we can assure you, means great things. It means all the rustic charm and heartwarming ambience that are synonymous with the traditional British pub, fused wonderfully with wholesome Italian cooking. You can find The Board Inn along Penshaw View in Birtley and once you’ve arrived you’ll soon see there’s very little not to love. The food is expertly crafted with love and care while the bar is stocked full of quality wine and beer, making the The Board Inn a lovely choice for dinner as well as drinks. People from all over the Newcastle and Tyneside area love this place and hence it gets packed out fast – best to book ahead.

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Tavistock Italia @ The Board Inn
Penshaw View, Birtley
Chester-le-Street DH3 2JL

Menu Highlights



Pane e Olive v

Home made bread and special selection of mixed olives.

Bruschetta al Pomodoro v

Chopped vine tomato, red onions and basil, topped with Parmesan shavings served on grilled Italian bread.

Bucce di Patate v

Potato skins with a garlic mayonnaise.

More about Tavistock Italia @ The Board Inn, Chester-le-Street

Dear diners, on Saturday 24th June, the restaurant is hosting a live music night from 7pm with a 3-course set menu for £35 per person.

There’s a very clear ethos at The Board Inn and that’s to make sure simple, delicious, fresh Italian food is served in a setting that the folk of Chester-le-Street will know quite well. That setting is, of course, the classic British pub. Loved for so many reasons and here made also to feel like a local Italian bar, The Board Inn is not short on character. From this pub restaurant on Penshaw View in Birtley you can expect exposed original beams, wooden crates of wines lining the walls, dark wooden furniture and soft, dim light. There are varied spaces – including a conservatory – for drinking or for dining, meaning The Board Inn at Birtley is fit for all occasions.

At this gem of suburban Chester-le-Street you’ll find early bird, kids, and Sunday lunch menus, but it’s the a la carte that really steals the show. On it, you’ll find Italian flavours that are sophisticated and beyond the norm in terms of what people may expect from casual Italian dining. The choice of antipasti to begin with is vast and curious, while the pizzas are prepared with traditional toppings as well as some slightly more modern. And it’s the same story with the pasta, as it happens, with variations and ingredients that will satisfy even the pickiest of palettes. A highlight for us is the tagliatelle alla Contadina, strips of fillet steak cooked with wild mushrooms in a rich red wine sauce. From Newcastle to Birtley, rejoice! The Board Inn is the real deal.

135 Tavistock Italia @ The Board Inn Reviews

135 Reviews
Value for money:Great value
Noise levels:Pleasant
Waiting time:Exceptionally good
Irene S.3 days ago · 1 review

Very pleasent staff. Good service and we choose from the early bird menu. Food was excellent rated by all of us. The tiramisu was especially good

Renne C.5 days ago · 3 reviews

Lovely atmosphere - delicious food with the added bonus of friendly, efficient staff. Would definitely recommend The Tavistock @ Board Inn, Birtley. The early bird special menu is great value.

Kevin C.6 days ago · 1 review

Excellent food, great service with friendly staff and very reasonable prices. Best to book in advance as it’s always busy at weekends. Definitely worth a visit.