Tuesday, December 16, 2014

As You Like It, Newcastle - You’ll love it. Promise

As You Like It is one of my top Newcastle hangouts.  Whenever I’m back, I’ll pop in for a girly dinner, a family lunch or a date (if I’m lucky).

It could so easily be a pretentious hang out with its stunning bar area, vintage pieces, lavish furniture and wooden floors.  There’s an amazing mezzanine balcony restaurant overlooking the main floor which also houses a pretty fancy dining room for private dining experiences.  Yet there’s something fabulously friendly about this place which makes it such a delight to visit every single time.

As You Like It is part of Apartment Group which is responsible for creating unique venues like Madame Koo’s (which is a club in a cave essentially), House of Smith – cool club and hangout; and Nancy’s Bordello, a swish, dimly lit boudoir style bar near the Quayside.  Basically, they know what they’re doing and at As You Like It, they’ve really tried to please everyone.  There’s a huge choice of food on the menu from sharers like bbq pulled pork flat breads to nachos smothered in cheese, guacamole and sour cream.  There’s starters like the handmade pumpkin torterllini which I’d absolutely recommend and mains ranging from Newcastle Brown Ale beer battered cod strips served with proper chips, to pan roasted sea trout and even thai red chicken curry.

From the grill you can choose from rib eyes to sirloins and there’s also a list of six big burgers beefed up with various toppings including streaky bacon, bbq pulled pork and spicy beer mustard.  The Mafia burger comes with pepperoni, sweet roasted piquillo peppers, cheddar cheese and crispy Serrano ham.  How could that ever be bad?!

With kids clubs on Saturdays, live Friday night music, The Boxing Day Ball and a club downstairs, As You Like It hits the spots every time.  And if you’re just there for coffee and dessert, then the raspberry crème brulee with shortbread finger gets my vote every time.

Boxing Day Ball tickets are now available, with DJ’s, live music, casino tables and a magical outdoor Winter Wonderland (£20 for bar tickets include cocktail on arrival and midnight bacon butties, or VIP tickets are £39 and include 3 course dinner).  As You Like It is also open Christmas Day with a great value 3 course dinner at £59.95.

If you’re visiting Newcastle over the festive period, get this one on your list.  (Don’t forget to book, they’re always busy!)


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