The latest eatery to join Newcastle’s ever-growing food scene is Colonel Porter’s Emporium on Dean Street. A quirky, cluttered, magical bar and restaurant quite unlike anywhere I’ve ever ventured!
Taking it’s name from the creator of Newcastle Brown Ale, the venue classes itself as a Tavern, Botanical Garden and Rhum Bar.
It’s rather dark and dim inside but that only adds to it’s charm. Every inch is covered with vintage props, old British trinkets and knick knacks, it’s mesmerising to take it all in.
The low lighting and periodic decor is cosy and comforting. In addition to a team of incredibly pleasant staff, you feel entirely welcome and very relaxed as you slide into one of their mismatched booths and table settings.
You honestly can’t take your eyes off the walls, ceilings and floors in this place. There’s even a hidden room behind a bookcase. Yep! Some Harry Potter-esque brilliance! You can hire out the hidden room for parties and celebrations as it’s equipped with it’s own bar and restrooms.
I’d (obviously) slobbered over the online menu for hours prior to visiting so I was pretty sure about what I was going to choose. But as I finally peeled my eyes away from the wonderful furnishings and focused on the menu, I became undecided once again.
I certainly knew lobster was going down. I’d only munched on fruit for my lunch in preparation for such an event. But now that the idea of having a starter was on the cards, I didn’t know whether said lobster would present itself in my first or second course.
There’s an impressive array of dishes on the menu, from Parmos and Mac and Cheese to Beef Cheeks and Duck. All quite reasonably priced too. You can order a 1lb lobster, but the price isn’t specified.
Whilst we intermittently gazed at the menu and the scenery, we were brought a cute little teacup filled with goats cheese popcorn. A canny little touch and absolutely addictive!
I don’t actually know how to describe the lobster tacos. If you like lobster, you will appreciate this dish so very much. Fresh, juicy, meaty chunks of lobster in a miniature thin, crisp taco and accompanied by chunky guacamole and seafood dressing. The lobster was divine, and generously added to the tacos too. Everything on the plate worked so well, I quite frankly did not want it to end.
The side salad was actually a proper salad too, not just a few lettuce leaves. It had spring onion, cucumber, red onion, mini radishes and shredded carrot.
The fettuccine was seasoned to perfection. Once again, there was an abundance of chunky crab meat throughout the soft laces of pasta.
There was so much flavour from the buttery, white wine sauce but the seafood was most definitely the star of the show. It was a huge portion too, but there was absolutely zero chance of me leaving a crumb. I’d highly recommend this little diamond.
I did, admittedly, have some serious food envy from the Lobster Roll knowing how good the tacos were. Served in a brioche roll with a mixed tomato salad and fries. Credit to the wonderful Lady from a Tramp for her photography of the Lobster Roll…
Colonel Porter’s Emporium certainly impressed. The menu has some intriguing and unusual dishes that I absolutely cannot wait to go back and try. But I’m also planning to return in order to spend an afternoon making my way through their cocktail menu. It’s such an amazing place and the perfect venue for drinks, catch ups and enjoying the acoustic background music that flows throughout.
It’s definitely the most unique newbie to arrive in Newcastle and purely to understand how mesmerising it is, nip in and have a cheeky glass of wine by the fire. Or at the bar. Or even the lovely garden terrace. Oh and don’t forget to ask if you can take a peek at the secret room behind the bookcase…
Lots of love, LB x