It’s been a while since I did a Sunday lunch review on the blog, but boy do I have a cracker for you today! Last weekend I took my family to Brinkburn Street Brewery’s Bar & Kitchen in the Ouseburn Valley for a Sunday lunch in the coolest of places.
Brinkburn Street Brewery is a local, independent brewery in Byker that describes its beers as its ‘bairns’, and prides itself on bringing together friends to enjoy great beer and cracking plates of food made using local ingredients and herbs from the brewery garden.
‘Born and Brewed in Byker’, Brinkburn Street Brewery is not only home to some fantastic, great-tasting beers, but it also houses the Bar & Kitchen. The restaurant area of the brewery really is a feast for the eyes – it’s eclectic décor, twinkling fairy light and buzzing atmosphere makes for the perfect environment to enjoy a laidback, jolly Sunday roast with friends and family. Dogs are welcome too!
I’d seen pictures on Instagram of the colourful, crowd-pleasing small plates that the Brewery serves up during the week; once I had seen a few snaps and rave reviews of their Sunday dinner, I knew I had to give it a try. Located partly on Ford Street partly on Hume Street, just along from Kiln Ouseburn, the Brewery is situated in the hippest, most up-and-coming area of Newcastle: the Ouseburn Valley. Parking in the area is free (no permit required) on a Sunday, making it the perfect day of the week to visit!
The staff were all very accommodating and even rang us up prior to our booking time to advise us and apologise for the fact that the card machine was out of order, so we’d need to bring cash if possible. I appreciated the gesture – not many other places I’ve been to have afforded us this in the past.
The Bar & Kitchen was thriving with people, ‘cheers-ing’ with Brinkburn brews and tucking into fab-looking plates of food. We were seated quickly and chose our mains even quicker, as the choice you are given is simple: chicken, beef or a veggie/vegan option. One thing I’d perhaps change in future would be the lack of table service – you need to go up to the bar to order drinks, then mains, and go back for dessert if you want it.
That being said, I’d say our main courses were at the table in around 5 minutes after ordering – we really appreciated this speedy service as we were practically drooling at the sight of Yorkshire puddings, medium-rare beef and red cabbage coming out from the pass. Still enough time to enjoy a refreshing pint of Brinkburn Pilsner though!
I opted for the roast chicken, which the menu informed me was a free range bronze breed from Heathcote Farm, Cumbria. I’m a big fan of this concentration on local sourcing and for me, it says a lot about the type of business/community Brinkburn is. The roast chicken came with a Yorkshire pudding, crispy Hassleback potatoes, braised red cabbage (deliciously spiced), an earthy carrot and swede mash, a tenderstem broccoli, kale and petit pois medley and a giant bourbon and beer mustard glazed parsnip. With the addition of crispy chicken skin and Canny Sculler Ale Chicken Gravy, this was a delicious roast dinner.
The roast beef, sourced from Tallentries Farm in Bishop Auckland, was served deliciously pink, with horseradish cream and a separate gravy boat full of Byker Brown Ale and Oxtail Gravy! I thought this idea of having different gravies for each meat was fantastic, and really set Brinkburn’s efforts apart. The trimmings mentioned above were all scrumptious in their own right, but I just loved how each vegetable was given its own spicing/herb seasoning/glaze to elevate its flavour and contribution to the dish!
At £10.95 per roast (£9.95 for the vegan option) and the choice to downsize to a kids’ portion (for under 10s), the value for money is excellent. I’ve paid around this price or even more locally for a Sunday roast, and the attention to detail and flavour was nowhere near Brinkburn’s standard.
What better way to finish off such a glorious meal, than with a pudding that warms your cockles even more? I went for the Sticky Toffee Porter Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream – each spoonful was one of those ‘close your eyes and relish the moment’ type of experiences. The pudding was so rich and full of sticky dates, perfectly complemented by the moreish toffee sauce and ice cream. This is a bargain for only £4 a dessert!
It’s fair to say that Brinkburn Street Brewery Bar & Kitchen is a new kid on the block, in terms of the Newcastle dining scene. But with the standard of food, level of service and strength of ethos that they’ve created, it seems to me like they’ve already got their foot firmly in the door!