I’d never heard of Lola Jeans before going there for a friend’s birthday last week. It’s on a road just off of Grey Street and so would be easy to miss, but this would be a grave mistake, believe me. It’s very easy to get to; free parking is available on the next street along and it’s also a one minute walk (if that) from Monument metro station.
This little gem impressed us from the moment we walked through the door. The dim lighting added to the vintage charm cast by the velvet armchairs, the tasselled lampshades and the grandfather clocks. It was 1920s yet modern, fancy yet homely, classy yet comfy. We were immediately made to feel as relaxed as if we were sat in a (very stylish) friend’s living room. Lola Jeans is able to accommodate many large groups at a time, whilst sitting each group far enough apart so that it does not feel like everyone is on top of each other. We felt like we were the only people there as we had our own private corner of the restaurant. Equally it provides an intimate and cosy atmosphere that is perfect for couples. The flattering dim lighting ensures you are able to enjoy your burger in peace, without the fear that your partner has noticed that you have sauce all around your mouth. Everyone wins. In terms of dress-code, you wouldn’t look out of place if you turned up dressed to the nines in heels and a black dress/crisp shirt and chinos. At the same time they welcomed us in our mum-jeans and wavy jumpers, fresh off the streets of Jesmond.
“The dim lighting ensures you are able to enjoy your burger without the fear of sauce around your mouth”
We ordered cocktails and mine was brought in a porcelain cup and saucer. Rosebuds were sprinkled on top and I could smell them every time I took a sip. I felt like I was in heaven or on some sort of exquisite pamper day! The waitresses accidently brought us one-too-many cocktails but didn’t make a fuss and were happy to give us the extra one for free.
Onto the food… The menu was a meat-eaters dream, though there were veggie options as well. The menu is described as ‘BBQ American’ and is made up of burgers, platters and sandwiches (but the kind which are stuffed with steak and smothered in gravy). They sign off the menu with ‘love LJ xx’, which I thought was a nice touch.
I went for the Lola burger, made up of a thick scrumptious beef patty with a generous portion of crispy bacon, fresh lettuce and fried onions all sandwiched together in a brioche bun and overflowing with molten cheese. I savoured every mouthful, of which there were many as the portions were ginormous! The burgers and sandwiches came with thick triple-cooked homemade chips, which were fluffy on the inside with a crispy coating.
“It was a fantastic experience (for those of us who weren’t counting calories!)”
It was the kind of place where everyone really struggled to pick one thing on the menu as everything looked so appetising, but at the same time no-one was disappointed with what they chose.
It was a fantastic experience (for those of us who weren’t counting calories!). The waitresses were attentive and the food was second-to-none. However, what set this place apart was the vintage decoration and comfortable atmosphere. Foody Foddy thoroughly recommends.
1-3 Market Street, NE1 6JE