Food & Drink Reviews
Restaurant/bar: The Jam Jar
With its relaxed ambiance and mix of tile, bare brick and dusky grey walls, along with huge fire places and modest wooden tables, this is the sort of place to let your eyes wander at the remarkable aesthetics and applaud the three guys behind it all: Josh Rose, Jonathan Edwards and Robert Clarkson.
All Northumbria University alumni, the three lads found they seldom had places to entertain their friends who came up to visit from back home, and something was missing. After travelling the globe and undertaking a mass renovation project, the trio found their niche and the Jam Jar finally opened.
The menu focuses on quality over quantity and pays homage to simple comfort foods and American classics. At the Jam Jar all ingredients are sourced within a twenty-mile radius which showcases the incredible local produce the north-east has to offer.
I chose curried parsnip soup (£4) which was lusty, gratifying and the ultimate autumnal starter. My other half had a healthy portion of fresh-caught sole goujons (£5) which had a meaty texture and crispy bubbly batter – I’m not normally one for seafood but these were really yummy.
For the main course there was a choice of traditional classics such as mac n cheese (£7), fish n chips (9.50) and the Infamous Jam Burger with ‘slaw and Fries (£9) or slightly more fancy favourites including mussels with cider, bacon and tarragon (£8) and roasted fig and goats cheese salad (£8.50).
I opted for the pulled pork with ‘slaw and fries (£8.50) which was served in a brioche bun with the juicy pork roasted to perfection and served with superb home-cooked chips the way ya mam used to make them way-back-when.
My other half had the flat ironed steak with salad and fries (£10) which was cooked medium-rare (theonly
way a steak should be!) and was full-flavoured, tender and mouth-wateringly succulent.
To round off our meal I had Eton mess (£4) while my other half chose the key lime pie (£4) - both were absolutely scrummy.
We also had the bar’s speciality cocktails – fruity raspberry vodka and refreshing whisky and mint concoctions served in, of course, quaint jam jars, all the while being treated to a soundtrack including the likes of Indeep, Bob Dylan, Talking Heads and The Notorious B.I.G.
There was a mix of hippy, preppy and trend-awareMade In Jesmond clientele at this cool venue, fit for all, which should prove a perfect stop-off for any night out. Verdict: Treat yourselves, you Jammy buggers.The Jam Jar, 88 Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle. jamjarjesmond.co.uk