Review: Hop & Cleaver

20 Aug

Arguably, Newcastle’s Quayside is one of the most attractive part of the city (for a tourist like me at least).

As well as a setting that never fails to impress me, it boasts some of the best cafes and restaurants that Newcastle  has to offer.

One of those is the Hop & Cleaver.

Despite being in plain site, you could be forgiven for missing the Hop & Cleaver, its unassuming facade not giving much away.

Yet inside lies a real gem. Much like its neighbour, The Red House, its nooks and crannies make it cosy and its exposed brickwork gives some of its history away. Unlike its neighbour though, it’s more open and modern, complete with craft ales and flashing sign.

The boyfriend and I have been dying to try this restaurant since we moved up here so it seemed the perfect choice for a pre-birthday meal (his not mine).

Neither of us were disappointed.

I was a bit boring and chose the burger, although it was a mighty fine choice. The boyfriend, meanwhile, opted for a smoked sausage and chicken wings crate. We were both VERY impressed!

The only thing that let the meal down was the side of onion rings. They were ENORMOUS which I was pleased with but were a bit too oily for my liking. The special vanilla dip with it was really interesting, although the boyfriend wasn’t massively keen.

My sweet tooth couldn’t resist the chocolate brownie for dessert (the pull of bourbon vanilla was too much for my weak-willed Weight Watcher brain). It was worth all the millions of points it cost me though – it tasted just as delicious as it looks!

Both for taste and value for money (less than £40 for 2 courses and drinks) I would rate the Hop and Cleaver five out of five. The service, at times, was a little slow but all staff were very friendly. 

We went on a rainy day but the restaurant also has a lovely looking outdoor area which I expect is popular in the sunshine.

If you get chance you should definitely go.


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