I decided to try the Bridge Tavern after it had been brought up in conversation by a couple of friends, who had ventured there for drinks and admired the food menu. It’s on a road just off the quayside and is under a ten minute walk from Monument metro station. It’s a bit confusing because it’s got The Newcastle Arms written in huge letters above the door, but do not be deceived because below this there is a teeny tiny sign that confirms it is, in fact, the Bridge Tavern.
The vibrant atmosphere is welcoming and we were met with a buzz as soon as we walked through the door. My boyfriend and I went on a Saturday night and the bar was heaving. We were led to a cosy table in the corner that was surrounded by bookshelves but still carried the buzz from the bar. It was an exciting place to eat as there was so much going on around us.
“The menu offers an extensive and quirky range of sharing platters, bar snacks and light bites”
The only downside was that sometimes it was hard to carry a conversation because it was so loud. Our table was constantly surrounded by drinkers who were using our table to rest their drinks on. Having said that, we felt snug on the sofa surrounded by books. The staff were efficient, although I felt sometimes that they were rushed off their feet, which made it tricky to catch their eye. In terms of dress-code, there were lots of dresses and heels, shirts and smart trousers. I, on the other hand, was wearing jeans and a sweater and still didn’t feel out of place. So, in short, you can wear anything.
Something that may be of interest to all you ale-lovers is that they brew their own ales on the premises. There is an extensive selection on offer at the bar. In terms of food, the menu offers an extensive and quirky range of sharing platters, bar snacks and light bites, for those who are not looking for a hearty main meal but simply a little something to nibble on whilst enjoying a drink. I ordered the beer battered haddock, triple cooked chips and mushy peas. The haddock fell apart in thick, white flakes at the slightest touch of the fork. The batter was crispy and golden (a relief as there is nothing worse than soggy batter). The chips were salty and delicious. The meal would give any traditional fish and chip shop a run for its money. The food on offer is audacious, yet not too adventurous that it loses its sense of traditional homely pub food.
“They brew their own ales on the premises”
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience of the Bridge Tavern. It was an exciting place to sit and eat whilst being surrounded by the buzz of a Saturday night. I’d recommend going in a small group as conversation would likely be lost with a larger one. The food was delicious and there was something on the menu for everyone, offering traditional British comfort food with a twist.
Foody Foddy’s rating: 8/10.
9 Akenside Hill, Newcastle, NE1 3UF
Last modified: 16th November 2015