Top 50 Gastropubs


The Broad Chare

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland

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.

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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 chef-patron Terry Laybourne, who cut his teeth working across some of the country’s top restaurants and now owns several venues in Newcastle.

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.

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