The Tyneside Bar Cafe new menu is perfect to enjoy with friends. The new small plates and sharing platters are a delicious treat.
The Tyneside Cinema is something of institution in Newcastle. Formerly a newsreel theatre, now an independent film cinema and digital arts venue, it can be found right in the centre of Newcastle. The Grade II listed building is impressive.
Generations of film lovers gained inspiration from visiting the Tyneside Cinema. I remember visiting the cinema as a student years ago, both to see a film and enjoy a delicious hot chocolate in the coffee shop.
It is much more than a cinema, it is also a charity with the aim of making independent film available to everyone. They do great work in the community, particular with young people.
The Tyneside Bar Cafe is tacked on the side of the Tyneside Cinema and it offers a selection of delicious food from locally sourced, carefully-chosen ingredients. With a warm and cosy vibe, the cafe is perfect for networking. The WiFi is free and plug sockets are provided. It also has its own cinema space where you can enjoy good food along with a film.
Recently we were invited along to sample the new menu. After the hustle and bustle of the Christmas markets, the Tyneside Bar Cafe was a welcome oasis to enjoy a bite to eat. They also have a selection of real ales on tap which gives you something different to try.
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Cinema food normally puts in you mind of overpriced hot dogs and stale popcorn but the Tyneside Bar Cafe is different. It offers delicious food made fresh to order. Whether you want brunch, to choose from the all day menu or the evening menu, there will be something that you love.
The new evening menu introduces small plates and sharing boards to enjoy with friends. We tried the Moroccan sharing board (£21).
The board had plenty to tempt and was full of flavour. My favourite was the Lamb tagine with the harissa squid a close second. I am not normally keen on squid but this was crispy and morish. The giant couscous, pumpkin and butternut squash falafel and flatbread hummus made fitting accompaniments. The board is perfect to enjoy with a glass of wine and a friend after a hectic afternoon shopping.
There are other boards to choose from including the Meat Sharer (£21) and the Vegan Moroccan Sharer (£19). Alternately you can mix and match your choices in a selection of small plates which vary from £7 to £9. The haggis Scotch egg is gorgeous!
There is also a new children’s menu which they can colour in after choosing. There is a good range of options, and a main with a side and pudding is £7.95.
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As well as revamping the evening menu and the children’s menu, there are new options on the desserts menu. These have a lovely seasonal feel and are around £5. Choose between Warm Plum Sponge with vegan ice cream, Sticky Toffee Pudding with butterscotch sauce, Spiced Apple and Pear Crumble or a decadent Brownie Sundae.
The Sticky Toffee Pudding is gorgeous, and the vanilla ice cream lifts the dish to perfection.
You will find the Tyneside Bar Cafe in the centre of Newcastle on Pilgrim Street.
10 Pilgrim Street,
Newcastle upon Tyne,
Tyne and Wear,
Tel: 0191 227 5522
We loved the new menu, it has something for everyone. The sharing boards are perfect for a treat before going to see a movie, whilst the small plates allow you to choose a selection of dishes to try.
As well as these selections they have a selection of cinema classics. Hotdogs, beef burgers and nachos have been given a classy and up to date twist.
If you are in town shopping or going to the Tyneside cinema to see a movie it is definite worth popping in.
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