DINERS look set to enjoy a cracking Easter at some of Tyneside’s top venues.

Scalini’s, at Great North Road, Gosforth and Osborne Road, Jesmond, The Sandpiper, at Cullercoats and The Runhead, Ryton, have each unveiled three-course menus for Easter Day Sunday 16 April.

And the choices on offer at the venues, owned by Newcastle-based leisure operator, Malhotra Group plc, embrace everything from traditional British roasts and puddings to Italian pizzas and pasta.

Both The Runhead and The Sandpiper are serving a choice of starters followed by a full carvery and desserts, such as Eton mess and sticky toffee pudding, while the two Scalini’s restaurants are giving their menus a continental twist.

At the Jesmond branch, starters of chicken liver pâté with plum and onion chutney and battered chicken breast with a lemon mayo dip will be followed by a choice of roasts, seared tuna steak with a green bean salad and a poached egg, or beef brisket, slowly cooked in Guinness.

Desserts will include syrup sponge, chocolate fudge cake, sticky toffee pudding and citrus tart.

At Scalini’s Gosforth, diners can opt for minestrone soup with sea salt and rosemary focaccia, potato skins, fritto misto – calamari and whitebait with garlic basil aoli – or quattro formaggio garlic bread.

This will be followed by a choice of meats from the carvery, Fiorentina pizza – with spinach, egg and Parmesan – or crab spaghetti with peas, spring onions, chilli and garlic in a white wine and butter sauce.

Lunch will be rounded off by either tiramisu, Limoncello cheesecake, pear and almond tart or chocolate fudge cake.

The Easter Sunday menus at The Runhead and The Sandpiper are priced £9.95 for one course, £11.95 for two and £14.95 for three courses.

At Scalini’s, one course costs £10.95, two cost £13.95 and three courses are £16.95.

For further information, or to make a reservation, visit www.scalinisrestaurant.co.uk, www.therunhead.co.uk andwww.thesandpiperbar.co.uk.