With branches not on Grey Street, Morpeth and Gosforth High Street, Barluga is the new place to be. The gastro-pub style menu with a mix of comfort foods, modern British classics and an a la carte menu what more could we ask for.
The opening of the Gosforth branch was the Friday before Mothers Day. Barluga has renovated and took over the Old Church on West Avenue opposite the Gosforth Shopping Centre. A breakfast service is available from 9-11 Monday to Saturday and on Sundays 10-10.30. Regular food service is continued throughout the day until 10pm or 9.30pm on Sunday.
As many of you will know Mothering Sunday is a busy day for restaurants and I thought booking two weeks in advance would be plenty of time. Unfortunately I was mistaken and I had rang over 5 different restaurants wanting to book a table for five of us. Luckily Barluga came to the rescue opening only two days prior to Mothers Day. I snapped up the 12pm slot for Sunday Lunch.
The striking decor really is breathe taking when you first walk in the door. A grand staircase opens up the Old Church with an upstairs dining area. Although because of the old structural work on the building there is no lift up to the first floor so any visitors who are older or have difficulty walking stairs, this would be a problem.
Upon arrival we were asked how many mothers would be dining, with mum and grandma both with me they each got a welcome glass of Prosecco on the house as well as a little goodie bag. I thought this was a really nice touch of Barluga Gosforth to do and certainly went down well with those two.
We were taken over to our booth by the bar which fit 5 of us nicely- any more people dining would be a bit of a squash. The waitress handed us menus including cocktails which mum and I totally took advantage of. I had the Sloe raspberry fizz which was priced at £8.50. This was Hayman’s sloe gin mixed with Chamboard and Prosecco. Mum ordered the Rhubarb and Strawberry Collins for £7.50. This was a combination of Whitley Neill rhubarb and ginger gin, strawberry liquor and fresh lemon and soda.
With drinks going down well we ordered our food. Two of us had starters of Crispy Belly Pork which came with an apple sauce, celeriac puree and quail egg. The other starter course was Barluga Shetland Mussels priced reasonably at £7.00. The men certainly enjoyed their starter courses as clean plates were left.
The main event of Sunday roast was spectacular. One Roast Topside of Beef, a Pan Roasted Chicken Supreme, a Roast Pork loin and Crackling all for £12.00 each. Dad and I went all out with the Trio of Meats priced only £2 more. The trio included a cut of beef, pork and chicken alongside crackling and sage and onion stuffing. All the roasts were served with honey glazed carrots, fine beans, Savoy cabbage, roast potatoes, Yorkshire puds and gravy.
There was plenty on the plate which was excellent because I sometimes find that on a busy Sunday, restaurants can be shy on their portions sizes but Barluga Gosforth got it spot on.
Since some of us did not have starters we treated ourselves to a dessert. I went for the Sticky Toffee Pudding with rich butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice cream. There was also the chefs cheesecake of the day which was lemon and ginger I do believe and finally the raspberry parfait lollipops. They were all a charge of £6. The lollipops were a great idea, coming with lemon crumbs, meringue and lemon yoghurt and fresh raspberries. The lollies could be dipped in the little extras for a bit of crunch.
Over all the food was fantastic, great in flavour and we all agreed excellent value for money. the staff were extremely attentive always checking to make sure we were happy and the food was right for us. Mothers Day went down an absolute treat and we even planned our next visit for late night drinks before we had even left. Go check out the latest Barluga blanch on the Gosforth High Street- you won’t regret it.