The Story of

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Born in 1806, Isambard Brunel became one of the most ingenious and prolific figures in engineering history and is still considered a revolutionary to this day. Not only did he build dockyards, railways and steamships but some of the most iconic bridges ever seen, the Clifton Suspension Bridge & the Maidenhead Railway Bridge. Among his most notable designs were the three steam powered, iron hulled ships, which transformed the face of naval transportation, the SS Great Western, the SS Great Britain and the SS Great Eastern. When the SS Great Britain was launched in 1843, she was the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic, dubbed ‘the greatest experiment since creation’ and was captioned as “the ship that changed the world”.

In 1846 due to a gross navigational error, the SS Great Britain ran aground and was left high and dry in the sands on Dundrum Bay. The story goes that Brunel himself arrived at the coast to oversee the resurrection of the ship from the dangerous tides of Dundrum Bay and whilst staying in the Dundrum Hotel he fell in love with the scenic coastal area and decided to stay for a significant time after the ship was rescued. The SS Great Britain was returned to service and continued on to spend the next 30 years transporting emigrants to Australia, bulk transportation of coal to the Falkland Islands and then eventually was brought back to her native shores to be restored and can this day be seen in Bristol Floating Harbour and it’s anchor can be seen proudly on display at the Harbour in Newcastle, Co Down.



Focusing on bold and creative gourmet dishes, Brunel’s use only the freshest regionally sourced ingredients to create dishes that both challenge and inspire, showcasing seasonal local fayre at its very best.

It is our mission to deliver exceptional quality, reasonably priced dishes, served in a relaxed environment by professional but friendly staff.

John McTeer

Head Chef, Brunel's Restaurant

Local Newcastle boy John McTeer has come home to lead the Kitchen at Brunel’s Restaurant. John attended Primary & secondary school locally. He then went on to study at Coventry university. John tried his hand in several career choices, including carer & finance, but found his passion was in the kitchen working in several pub kitchens including the Anchor Bar. John was the originally named Head chef in Brunel’s, in 2013, but the pull of the bright lights of London beckoned. John took up the position of commis chef at Angela Hartnett’s Merchant Tavern in Shoreditch. He progressed up to Head Chef in 5 ½ years. In this time the restaurant gained many prestigious awards including two AA rosettes and a Michelin plate.

To further his culinary skills, he joined the team at Café Murano as sous chef where his love for Italian cuisine blossomed, but still hungry for knowledge and to expand his skills he transferred to The French House in Soho, under Neil Borthwick. During his time in London, he had the opportunity to work along side many great chefs and celebrities, including Jamie Oliver’s CEO cook off, with Jamie Theakston and Spice girl, Emma Bunton, too many critics 2015, Celebrity Masterchef with ‘The Chase’ Jenny Ryan (The vixon). Wilderness festival, Pub in the Park, Smoked & uncut. It really is an honour to have this extremely talented chef home in Newcastle and leading the way in his culinary Journey with Brunel’s Restaurant.