The Head of Steam – Quayside

Again I am in Newcastle for work and trying to find a nice quick dinner before collapsing in my hotel room with a bit of Netflix.

This time we decided to try out The Head of Steam, located right on the Quayside. It serves craft and local cask beers, ciders and a pretty decent range of wines. The setting is really nice and the pub is decorated very nicely. The atmosphere was relaxed and the staff were friendly.

The cocktail menu was also vast, and we went for the Hendrick’s Tea Pot, filled with Hendrick’s gin, Elderflower cordial, tonic water & fresh cucumber. The teapot was stunning, and a quick look on ebay suggested they weren’t cheap!

The menu is large and serves a bit of everything, from burgers to squid, and pasta to salad. However it was the specials that caught my eye. 

I love seafood and decided straight away to go for the crab & prawn linguine. Sauteed with spring onion, chilli flakes and lemon zest it was perfect for the warm summer day we were experiencing. It also came with a couple of slices of garlic bread, which is always a winner. It was a huge bowlful and really hit the spot. The only criticism was that the bottom of the garlic bread was overdone to the point of being pretty burnt. The dish itself was really lovely though.

My boss went for the Thai beef salad, with sirloin steak and Thai herbs and spices. Although the presentation made it look dull and unappealing, apparently it was pretty tasty.

I was going to sample the dessert options, however no one else wanted one, so I refrained.

The light bites and sharers menu is definitely worth a browse, and I wouldn’t hesitate to come back and sample some of it. Although if this trip is anything to go by, the specials menu is definitely the winner for me!

You can find The Head of Steam Quayside at 11-17 Broad Chare Newcastle upon Tyne Tyne & Wear United Kingdom NE1 3DQ

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