Newcastle-Upon-Tyne or as it is more commonly referred to, Newcastle, is a city I have only briefly seen from the window of a train. I was long overdue a visit.
I'm not entirely sure that Newcastle is known for its food culture, it's football, loud and scantily clad women, Geordie accents and impressive bridges yes. From what I can gather the food scene is on the way up like most Northern cities, no longer are good eateries confined to that London place. Like many major cities you'll find a lot of chain restaurants decorating the main streets but tucked away down the quayside, chares (small streets) and less obvious walkways you'll find a range of different independents and some upcoming or well-known chef eateries (NB this doesn't include Jamie's Italian which is right up there in central position with the rest of the chains).
It was only a matter of time before I visited Newcastle as the chap is fond of the ol' football and despite coming from Leeds is an NUFC fan. I did a fair bit of research before we visited so not to end up eating somewhere too disappointing, and I've found a fair few Newcastle bloggers in the process too, which is always going to be handy for any upcoming visits (of which I am sure there will be plenty more).
Quite a few places were recommended to me by some locals. I really wanted something that we didn't have in Leeds, for instance an overindulging burger place or a chain. Amongst the recommendations were a sausage restaurant and the Broad Chare. Whilst reading through some blogs I stumbled across The Bridge Tavern. Its menu seemed very similar to The Broad Chare... but a few quid cheaper and featuring a micro brewery. On this occasion The Bridge Tavern won and it became our choice of pre-match grub. I've since read that the chef from Broad Chare has migrated to The Bridge Tavern so this could explain the similar offerings.