Why we love The Earl of Pitt Street: Run by Remy Martin award-winning restaurateur Mark Lagun, who also happens to be the father of Pasta Evangelists co-founder Finn Lagun, The Earl of Pitt Street is a totally unique space which evokes, in Mark’s words, “if Vivienne Westwood styled an Alfred Hitchcock movie”. As one of the last surviving pubs that once circled the brewery where Newcastle Brown Ale was born in 1927, Lagun, like Pasta Evangelists, celebrates heritage, tradition and community spirit. “It was important for us to not let the building become another student accommodation block,” says Mark.
“We’ve still got the Newcastle Breweries’ blue star logo here because we’re very keen to keep that link with brewing. It’s also very important to me that the locals still have a nice pub in the neighbourhood – everybody’s welcome.”
About the dish: Mark's lamb ragù with gnocchi is inspired by family friends, Claudio and Maria, who live a couple of miles outside of Verona, and served the dish, with freshly made dumplings, at an al fresco dinner one evening, with freshly-cut rosemary from the garden. The dish was about to pilot on the Earl of Pitt Street's menu on the day the government issued the guidance for restaurants across the country to close, so we're now bringing it to you in a different way.