Miller and Carter, Newcastle

I’ve been really pants, I know. But I’m back on track with posting and blogging. I promise.

With starting a new job, and just being generally crazily popular, I’ve been a busy little bee.

But I’ve got some exciting visits coming up and some great reviews to share!

I’ll start with this little number. We celebrated Mama’s Day a little early this year. I’d booked to go and see Not Dead Enough at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle the Friday before Mothering Sunday with Mama Jan. We both love crime novels and suspense, plus I’d never really seen anything at the theatre that wasn’t a musical. With rave reviews and a cracking cast including Laura Whitmore and Shane Richie, we were expecting big things.

And it delivered.

If you haven’t seen it yet, I’d highly recommend. With humour and a good story line, we were gripped. It’s based on the best selling novel by Peter James.

The night kicked off, however, with a visit to Miller and Carter. I’ve been before but Mama Jan hadn’t and it’s a lovely place to celebrate something special, so I booked us in for 5.00pm.

Now, it’s hard to please me with a chain restaurant. In my opinion, they’re average at best. Controversial, I know.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some exceptions. And when they’re an exception – they’re normally an incredible one. Just like Miller and Carter.

It’s taken me until today to write my review because the photos induced hunger like no other. I’ve had some great steak. Fantastic, in fact. But this, from what I can remember, probably takes the number one spot.

To start, I ordered a side. Rule breaker. It wasn’t that the starter choices were poor, more so that I just love crab. And one of the steak sides was Tempura Battered Soft Shell Crab – nothing beats that for me.

It was incredibly tasty and very meaty. A huge portion with just the right amount of batter. It could have done with an accompanied sauce or dressing, but it was a side, after all.

For main, there really is no other option than the Fillet steak, cooked rare. There are cheaper options on the menu, but this cut was thick, tender and purely meat. Worth the £24.50, trust me.

I asked for normal potato fries and the blue cheese and truffle oil steak sauce. Each steak comes with fries (normal or sweet potato), a sauce, an onion loaf and lettuce wedge. Now, I think the lettuce wedge needs a special mention. It’s insane how good a wedge of lettuce can taste. Mama Jan found it entirely difficult to tear away from it when her actual steak arrived. You choose a dressing to go with the wedge, I went for Stilton and Blue Cheese.

Seriously, I know that without actually trying it, the goodness is hard to imagine. That’s what makes it so amazing – you just don’t expect it.

The last mention goes to the side of Lobster Mac and Cheese, I can’t go to Miller and Carter without succumbing to it’s rich, creamy loveliness. Thick and fresh lobster with the soft pasta and abundance of cheese, if you’re a seafood/cheese lover, this is a must.

Three of us, two bottles of Prosecco, two courses each including a banging steak. I was more than happy to around £120.00 for the affair, (Prosecco is on offer for £15.00 a bottle on Thursdays and Fridays, you’re welcome). Especially when you’re treating someone as amazing as my Mama.

If you’ve got a special occasion, or even if you’re just feeling fancy, head to Miller and Carter. A calming atmosphere with friendly, helpful staff and amazing food.

And in the perfect location for those heading to the theatre after.

Let me know your thoughts if you’ve been, or tweet me @ProperScrummy to share how spoilt your Mama this Mother’s Day. I hope you all had an amazing day, regardless.

Lots of love, LB x


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