Food & Drink Reviews
Born and brewed in Byker
I’ve been out with a Byker Blonde several times now and had the time of my life. Yep, Brinkburn St. Brewery’s now famous blonde ale is light and fruity which, funnily enough, is exactly how I like my blondes. And it’s just one of their great tasting beers – encompassing delights such as Geordie Pagoda, Canny Sculler and the potent Groovy Juice – which has made the brewer one of the best-loved in the region.
And they’ve taken things up a notch with the introduction in July of their Bar & Kitchen which has swiftly won a loyal crowd of customers. For not only is this the place to go if you want to try some of the best tipples that the north-east has to offer, but also a place to check out some of the scrummiest food we’ve eaten all year.
Their kitchen serves small plates such as Kentucky fried guinea fowl, Vietnamese-style pork belly and pickled cockle popcorn, as well as their already famous scotch egg specials (which, so far, have included black puddings, cheeseburger and kofta). They also do truly magnificent Sunday roasts and always include options for vegans and vegetarians to enjoy.
And from 1-24 December they’re giving you the chance to tuck into a three-course Christmas dinner with choices of starter, mains and pudding. Starters include the likes of king prawns and smoked salmon with picked cucumber and bloody mary sauce; and celeriac and hazelnut soup with truffle oil (there are two other choices besides these), while mains hit you up with turkey, beef or butternut squash, chestnut and sage filo parcel, with all the trimmings (think: hasselback potatoes, carrot and swede mash, glazed parsnips, pigs in blankets, charred Brussels sprouts etc). Puddings are real stars too with a choice of Christmas pudding baked Alaska; cardamom panna cotta with roast fig; or poached pear with almond cream.
Each meal also comes with a glass of homemade mulled wine or one of their beers on arrival. If you don’t want the full, three-course meal blow-out, you can also opt for items from their Christmas small plate menu.
In other news, they’re also doing gift packs if you want to give a present this year that is sure to leave the recipient happy.
So then: top notch food washed down by some of the finest beers you will ever taste. Fill your boots.
Brinkburn St. Brewery Bar & Kitchen, Unit 1A, Ford Street, Ouseburn Valley, Byker, Newcastle, NE6 1NW. The Christmas three-course dinners (inc. drink) are £30 and booking is essential. 0191 338 9039. More info: brinkburnbrewery.co.uk