We all love a good pub meal and to be honest its been that long since I have been out that I jumped at the chance of reviewing the recently renovated Cookhouse & Pub in Holystone, Newcastle.
Situated on Edmund Road it was really easy to find and well signposted – we are from the other side of the river but it was a clear enough journey straight through the tunnel with the traffic flowing well so that started the night off well. The pub itself has a very relaxed vibe with an open plan kitchen and casual restaurant.
Open 7 days a week and serving food from breakfast through to dinner, Cookhouse and Pub would be great for any occasion. The staff met us with a smile and pleasant attitude, were attentive all night and explained about the renovations and history of the pub as well as talking us through the menu with complete confidence in their food.
No meal is complete without a good starter and we picked from the tapas menu, baked Camembert with bread sticks, Jerk chicken and lime skewers and Moroccan style lamb with hummus and mint. Each were brought out individually plated with more than enough to share between two. I could live on melted Camembert so this was most definitely my favourite out of all three.
At Cookhouse and Pub, there’s something for everyone with a menu that features grazers, flatbreads and specials, alongside grills and pub classics. For grazing, opt for small plates of jerk chicken and lime skewers and mac ‘n’ cheese bites, whilst groups can tuck into a whole baked sharing camembert topped with rosemary, paired with a carafe of wine or some cocktails. Comforting and familiar classics such as lasagne, hand battered fish and chips, burgers and grills are sure to satisfy. Lighter dishes (all 600kcal or less) include an aubergine and butternut squash bake, firecracker noodles and a chicken and chorizo parcel pie.
For mains we both opted for the steak, mine with Bearnaise sauce and S chose the Diane sauce. I tried to be good and picked the sweet potato fries instead of plain chips in the hope of easing some of my conscience, by the point though I was half way through the bottle of red wine so really didn’t care about the calories anymore! I was just looking forward to the steak which was delicious and cooked to perfection!
Never one to shy away from a challenge we opted for dessert too! I chose the trio of desserts which consisted of mini chocolate brownie, apple crumble and lemon mousse. They were each delicious and just big enough to have a decent taste of each but nothing too much to ruin the meal by feeling stuffed! S opted for the apple crumble with custard and said it was nice but nothing special, standard apple pie and custard you can’t really go wrong with!
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We were invited for the meal for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are my own and genuine.
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