Friday night. Long week at work with soup for lunch, desperately trying to resist the cake the office staff repeatedly bring in, it was time for a blow out. How apt, that we happened to have a table booked at The Purple Bear in Newcastle. The timing was great – we were in the mood for a proper burger and delicious cocktail and the burger joint did not disappoint.
From the moment we walked in, the decor suggested a down to earth, friendly atmosphere. Whether you wanted to pop in for a drink, lunch or dinner, it was suited to all. Groups of mates were sitting at the table near us on our date night and the place had an inclusive ambiance. Set just away from the main shopping street in Newcastle City Centre, Northumberland Street, The Purple Bear is a hidden gem. Walk down the alleyway next to trusty M&S, down the spotlight staircase and you will get to a wooden floor boarded, beer and burger joint with the loveliest staff ever. We were immediately met with a smile and a welcome from the owner, who led us to our table, a nice little booth in the corner of the restaurant – perfect for a Friday night date night.
The menu was a meat eater’s dream. Aptly named, Swine and Dine, the menu offers grill options as well as classic and more unusual burger options. The drinks list wasn’t too shabby either. I opted for a Hugo cocktail, a deliciously refreshing prosecco cocktail with gin, elderflower and lime. My partner was on antibiotics and our waiter reassured us of the extensive ‘virgin cocktail’ list available too.
We pored over the menus while sipping our cocktails and took a canny while to decide what to order, as every option looked gorgeous.
We opted for the ‘Russian’ which comprised of two beef patties, cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, salad and tarragon dressing, with a generous side of fries, and the ‘Panda’ which had two beef patties, peanut butter, chilli jam, American cheese and a generous order of fries. As if that wasn’t enough, we ordered a portion of beer battered onion rings and a portion of mac and cheese.
Honestly, it was a flavour explosion. The smokey, meatiness of the ‘Russian’ complimented the crispy onion rings and the gooey peanut butter and chilli jam went perfectly with the soft mac and cheese. The portion sizes were generous, the beef patties were cooked to perfection and the flavours were to die for. Unusual, filling and utterly satisfying, we would thoroughly recommend The Purple Bear as a pit stop for shoppers, a lunch meet up with friends or a date night with a loved one. The food is too good to miss out on. Get yourselves there!