We took refuge in The Bottle Shop Bar & amp; Kitchen, a little off the beaten track , but worth the risk of fizzy hair. Hidden in Waterloo Square just off St James' Boulevard lies this gem.
Chloe and I arrived and were shown to our table before we began browsing the cocktail list on the wall.
My sister would love The Bottle Shop bar & kitchen. It is loaded with craft beers, she is the beer drinker I'm more of a cocktail/wine drinker. But have no fear The Bottle Shop caters for both.
I opted for the Lavender Ice Tea which had blueberry vodka in, might be my new favourite kind of vodka!'
For starters we opted for some picky bits.
From the bar snack menu we got,
The sausage roll with black pudding and HP brown sauce.
Scotch egg with a gooey yolk.
And from the tapas menu we ordered the 'piece de resistance',
Bacon and smoked cheese doughnuts with a pea puree dip and pea shoots.
I don't think I'd be able to pick a favourite from the 3 starters, they all tasted so good.
We had a little wait before the main course came. Talked over how good the starters were and all things wedding related, as Chloe is getting married shortly. I am so excited.
Chloe ordered Sam's fish finger sandwich with tartar sauce, mushy peas, watercress and chips.
I went for the classic cheese burger.
7oz steak and ale burger, baby gem, tomato, honey and thyme melted onions, bacon. With a choice of blue cheese or smoked cheese. Of course I went for smoked cheese (I really don't like blue cheese, yuk).
We both go food envy when our main course arrived so we went 'halfies'. I had half of Chloe's fish finger sandwich and Chloe had half of my burger.
So I can tell you they were both delicious, but ,I think my burger might have been the winner.
For pudding there was only one thing I was eyeing up on the menu, Eton mess.
Perfect sorbet, cream, meringue, strawberries, raspberries, cracked black pepper and baby basil. The flavours mixed together so well, I had to stop myself from licking the plate.
My partner in crime had the lemon mille feuille with blueberry compot.
This time, we did not share. We kept our puddings to ourselves. But the fact that we both cleaned our plates meant that we both enjoyed them, a lot!
The prices at the Bottle Shop were very reasonable bar snacks were around £2 each, the small tapas style plates were priced at 1 for £5 and 2 for £9 going up to 5 plates for £20. Our main courses were under £10 and the puddings were £5 each. The food is very well priced, and, it was top quality!
To roundoff this blog post, I want to leave you with a quote that was written on the wall in the Bottle Shop.
"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoared gold, it would be a merrier world" - J.R.R. Tolkien.
Lunch At The Bottle Shop Bar & Kitchen - Newcastle
* This meal was complimentary purpose for review. All opinions are my own and honest.