Another of the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs northern delegation, the Broad Chare in Newcastle upon Tyne covers all the bases when it comes to a pub visit.
The venue is at the heart of the city’s ever growing foodie revolution and produces some of the UK’s greatest and most innovative dishes, seeing the gastropub maintain a position on the top 50 list for many years now.
Found on the city’s Quayside, the Broad Chare is part of a former theatre box office and a traditional Victorian red-brick building typical of Newcastle’s industrial heritage.
Surrounded by a buzz of activity in what’s become a local food and drink hub boasting significant areas of interest including the Baltic art gallery and the Sage concert venue, the Broad Chare has become a favourite for both local and destination diners.
The Michelin Bib Gourmand holder prides itself on being a proper pub, with good-quality, good-value cooking and beer, so expect to find a bustling community hub full of cheer as well as a spot for a superb meal.
The pub aims to treat both food and beer as equal partners, ensuring that the venue has a genuinely ‘pubby’ feel with separate bar, ‘snug’ and dining areas across the floor. For the more formal diner, a 60-cover restaurant is positioned upstairs, and offers a locally sourced English menu.Make no mistake, there is some serious skill on display from head chef Dan Warren.
The Broad Chare’s menu is a broad church, with previous highlights including Jerusalem artichoke soup with hazelnuts; salad of celery hearts, walnut, pear and Beenleigh Blue; and game terrine with hedgerow jelly and sourdough for starters.
Mains have consisted of dry-aged rib-eye steak with watercress and steak butter; charred celeriac with spelt, spenwood, black kale and truffle; and black pudding, wild mushrooms and devilled sauce.
For afters, expect the likes of lemon posset with spiced plums and shortbread; chocolate, chestnut and rum mess; and many other seasonally inspired sweet delights.
Beer-wise, the Broad Chare offers a range of local cask ales and liquid treats from further afield, as well as Guinness and West Mungo on tap.