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Tavistock Italia @ The Three Horseshoes

Downhill · European · ££££
42 Reviews

About Tavistock Italia @ The Three Horseshoes

A love affair of Italian and British culinary culture has created the Tavistock Italia gastropub brand. With two North-East England locations in Birtley and Sunderland, this group has an undisputed passion for Italian gastronomy and English gastropub culture. The Three Horseshoes in Sunderland’s Downhill is a union of these two cultures, producing impeccable Italian cuisine set in a cosy and inviting pub complete with style and attention to detail. Located on Washington Road, this rustic gastropub is open for lunch and dinner, and is the perfect spot for a relaxing glass of wine or beer, or a full blown Italian feast. Reserve your table now to get in on the action.

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Tavistock Italia @ The Three Horseshoes
Washington Road, Downhill
Sunderland SR5 3HZ

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Chef's Choice



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.


Pollo alla Valdostana

Breaded chicken breast topped with tomato sauce and melted mozzarella.


Sirloin steak cooked to your liking and served plain or with a sauce from the selection below.

Filetti di Spigola

Seabass fillets simply grilled or cooked in foil with shellfish and cherry tomatoes.



Italian savoiardi (aka ladyfingers) dipped in coffee layered with a mascarpone mixture, dusted in cocoa.

Panna Cotta ai Frutti di Bosco

Traditional Italian dish consisting of set cream with mixed fruits and berries coulis.

Torta Ricotta & Pere

Italian pear flavoured cheesecake made with fresh ricotta.
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Further Information

Delicious and inspired are two phrases that spring to mind when thinking about dining at The Three Horseshoes in Sunderland. This rustic Italian gastropub has got the locals seriously loving it, with everything from the iconic St Peter’s Basilica on one of the dining room walls to the cosy fireplace, no small detail has been overlooked in this charming Downhill establishment. Passion for British pub culture combined with Italian cuisine is what sparked this Washington Road spot and we are glad for it.

Open for lunch and dinner, The Three Horseshoes offers a delicious and inspired a la carte menu with tasty dishes ranging from housemade pizza and pasta, to mains like stroganoff di manzo (fillet steak cooked in creamy mushroom sauce with rice), gamberoni (pan fried king prawns in a garlic and chilli sauce), and pollo alla contadina (chicken breast wrapped in parma ham). Italians have a strong connection to simple, fresh and delicious food and this passion is translated at The Three Horseshoes. Situated in Downhill, this Sunderland Italian establishment is a fusion of British and Italian culture and has everything you could want in gastropub dining – book and see why.

42 Tavistock Italia @ The Three Horseshoes Reviews

Susan F.2 days ago · 2 reviews

We had a wonderful time the food was exquisite we had the family with us which included our latest edition who is only 6 months old, she was unsettled when the main course arrived, the staff were marvellous offering to take care of her whilst my daughter-in-law ate then took her meal away and cooked a completely fresh one once the baby was sleeping what stars can’t waut to return for our Christmas Day Dinner 12/10 ⭐️

Katy M.13 days ago · 1 review

Great food great service! Will definitely be back again. Filet steak in pasta dish was delicious. Staff very friendly especially at the bar, waiters all lovely too.

Susan H.a month ago · 1 review

Four of us went last night to celebrate a birthday, we all enjoyed ourselves. Atmosphere was lovely and relaxing, the decor has some nice Italian touches, the food was very tasty, very well presented and excellent value. The staff were very attentive and fun. This was my second visit and I'm looking forward to my third.

Karen C.2 months ago · 2 reviews

Service and food amazing as always! Atmosphere and staff entertaining and full of fun. Something for everyone, responsible prices and good value. We will be back soon

diane j.4 months ago · 2 reviews

First visit here but have been to Birtley Tavistock Italia. greeted by friendly staff and served drinks promptly. Ate a starter and main course. Hot tasty potato skins with dip, followed by king prawn risotto; beautifully presented and tasted delicious. The house wine (red) was very pleasant. We were not hurried between the courses as in some places who need the table quickly. Staff were very chatty but not intrusive. Music also was 60s/70s which suited us but not too loud. Would recommend without a doubt.

Susan F.7 months ago · 2 reviews

Had another fabulous meal at this fine eaterie, everyone loved their meals - the children's favourite the potato skins, main course the beef just melted in your mouth and if you had enough room for desert the chocolate cookie and ice cream were to die for- will we be back YES and sooner rather than later 10/10

Jayne R.5 months ago · 1 review

Fast and friendly service; food was good quality and served in decent sized portions - we both left feeling very satisfied and will certainly return. We were very kindly given a post-meal aperitif of a shot of amaretto - a lovely gesture, but unfortunately, we could not indulge in as we were both driving.

Andy C.12 days ago · 2 reviews

Nice place and food was mainly excellent (one of our two main courses was ok but a bit bland). Staff were really friendly but were a bit stretched as there were only two of them. Having said that, we didn't have to wait over long for anything. Overall, a very enjoyable meal at a reasonable price. We would return and recommend to anyone.

Neil H.8 months ago · 1 review

Excellent food, excellent service, lovely atmosphere. A fantastic Sunday lunch. As a first time customer I was pleasantly surprised by the decor and layout. Plenty of space between tables so we could sit and not feel like the next table could hear every word spoken or watch every mouthful consumed.

Terence H.6 months ago · 1 review

This is an excellent Italian restaurant, with efficient and courteous staff. My wife maintains her pizza was one of the best she has experienced outside Italy and my starter of garlic king prawns and main of goulash (made with strips of fillet of beef) were both outstanding. Highly recommended.

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