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Last Updated: Monday, 13 October, 2003, 11:28 GMT 12:28 UK
Sunday lunch is takeaway hit
Three Tuns Heddon
The Three Tuns is west of Newcastle
Customers are queuing up to sample a new delicacy at a Northumberland pub - takeaway Sunday lunches.

The "to go" traditional English roast lunches are proving so popular at the Three Tuns in Heddon, west of Newcastle, that chef Ann Ling is finding it hard to keep up with demand.

She started offering lunches to regulars who had elderly relatives a year ago.

But the idea took off, and now Mrs Ling, who has worked at the pub for 20 years, says she serves almost as many takeaway meals as she does for sit-down customers.

Hungry customers turn up with their own plate and go away with a readymade meal.

Some people even bring a flask for gravy.

Mrs Ling said: "Somebody just came in one day and asked if we could give them a meal to take home and it sprung from that.

"There's no limit on the size of the plates people bring in and we still charge 4.

"People like to eat traditional home food and that's what we offer."

Mrs Ling says most weekends see upwards of 25 people queuing for their takeaway Sunday roasts.

She says most meals are ready to go in under five minutes.





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