Not long ago, we’d spontaneously popped into The Alchemist, Newcastle for a spot of lunch and I was actually really impressed. I’d never really thought of it as a food spot until then.
Incredible, mesmerising cocktails, yes. But good food? Not really. But after my lunch experience, I was excited to get an invitation to go back and try their new summer menu.
The Alchemist, Newcastle gave me a complimentary experience in exchange for a honest review.
I hadn’t taken a good look at the menu when I’d stopped by for lunch, so I was pleasantly surprised when it was set in front of me the evening of our visit.
It’s really diverse with some really interesting choices, which made it so difficult to decide.
Whilst we deliberated, the waitress recommended some cocktails.
The service was fantastic throughout. She talked us through various drinks, asking what we liked and recommending her favourites. When we struggled with our food choices, the staff were more than happy to help us weigh up the options too. Really friendly and chatty, despite how annoying I’m sure we were when it came to picking what we wanted.
I went for the ‘Lightbulb Moment’. A number that took me back to Year 9 Science, arriving in a measuring cylinder and smoking from the mystical dry ice. It was a refreshing and slightly bitter mix of gin, pimms, ginger beer, raspberry, lemon and mint.
My best friend, Lon, went for the Solero. Which tasted exactly like the childhood ice lolly, with extra booze. An exotic fruit flavoured cocktail topped with a white chocolate cream. It was sickly sweet.
By the time our cocktails arrived, we had finally decided on the scran.
To start, I went for the Duck Gyozas, a fried Chinese dumpling that came with a sweet chilli soy sauce.
Lon ordered the Mac and Cheese Bites which were served with an amazing chipotle mayo.
Both starters were tasty and arrived really quickly.
For the main event, I ordered the Crispy Pork Belly. It arrived with a homemade chorizo croquette, sweetcorn puree, padron pepper and red pepper coulis.
The pork belly was cooking beautifully and the additions of spicy chorizo and charred padron peppers was a real winner.
Lon went for the Cajun Chicken Fajitas which was a huge portion, and smelt amazing.
I think the variation in our two choices shows just how much of a mix bag the menu was.
We were absolutely stuffed after, so we unfortunately couldn’t squeeze in a dessert. But there was some classics including Sticky Toffee, Chocolate Brownie as well as some less so, like Churros, White Chocolate and Lemon Fondant and Caramelised Poached Pineapple.
The prices aren’t too bad when considering the environment. You could get cheaper in Newcastle, but I couldn’t honestly fault our experience.
It’s a gorgeous venue with eclectic cocktails, perfect for date night drinks and a bite to eat or catching up with the girls over drinks.
It’s especially good if you’re in a rush (pre-theatre stop, perhaps?), the service was so speedy and really pleasant.
I was so undecided on the menu, I’d happily go back to try some of the options I considered but didnt choose.
The drinks definitely stole the show however, I’ll absolutely be back to make my way through that list!
Have you tried their new menu? What did you go for?
Lots of love, LB x