The Broad Chare is up there with one of my favourite pubs in Newcastle. Located on the busy city Quayside yet with all the charm and ruggedness of a countryside pub. Downstairs is an area for relaxing and enjoying one of there changing cask ales (or an expensive glass of wine if you’re me!) where upstairs hosts a beautifully furnished. “proper British” restaurant.
As it was recently Alex and Ash’s birthday we had a great excuse to go out for dinner last Thursday. All day, I could think of one thing and one thing only… scotch eggs! Last time I visited we ordered a selection of the infamous Broad Chare Bar Snacks to share- great for trying a bit of everything but MASSIVE error because you only get 1/4 of a scotch egg! Not this time mister…
One thing you notice about The Broad Chare is the menu is very simple with only 4-5 main courses to choose from (plus the specials and changing fish dishes written up on the blackboards around the room). However this smaller menu doesn’t make making a final decision on what to eat any easier!
Eventually I decide to have potted shrimp from the “Small plate” section with a side of Monkfish Cheeks (off the Bar Snack list again). 3 of the group go for the ground rib steak burger and Alex Steritt opts for Duck Hash.
Monkfish cheeks were delicious, really good crispy batter not at all greasy and the fish was flakey and tender inside. Tartar sauce= perfection.
Potted Shrimp had a great flavour to it with a hint of citrus and it was lovely and buttery. I’m not 100% sure of the texture, I was expecting it to be set almost like a pate but it was much more like a dipping sauce- perhaps it melted? Either way it tasted great, toast was warm and cut in big chunky slices and the watercress salad freshened it all up.
The burgers didn’t receive the all time best reviews from Alex, Ash and Lara (but they are burger connoisseurs) and the Duck Hash was delicious, very filling and the devilled sauce was hot! To much disappointment we were too full for puds, leaving the “Monkey Bread” undiscovered. Another great meal at The Broad Chare #worldsbestscotchegg