Lola Jeans in Newcastle is the second location of the Newcastle based bar and restaurant chain. The original Tynemouth hot spot boasts a quirky set up, yet fulfilling the beachy relaxed vibe. I was lucky enough to be invited along to the Newcastle venue located on Market Street right in the heart of the city centre to try out one of their Battle of the Burgers winners.
The annual event of these burger battles is hosted at Wylam Brewery where the North East’s top patty champions come to battle it out in flavour. This year Lola Jeans were crowned champions for the fifth year in a row. Previous named winners have included The California for 2015, Baby got Back in 2016, James P Sullivan won in 2017, Duke in 2018 and this year the Clancy Wiggum stole the hearts of patty lovers.
I were invited to try out any of these winning burgers or the 40 Year Old Vegan burger which was beetroot based. I went for the 2018 winner, the Duke. Two beef patties were topped with American cheese, iceberg lettuce, smoked streaky bacon, blackened chorizo, Korean sweet bell peppers and ranch dressing. That mouthful (quite literally) was served with a side of slaw. The burger was super tasty and really had some hearty flavours which were blended perfectly. As someone who usually prefers a chicken burger over beef, I was pleasantly surprised to LOVE this burger. I will certainly be going back and ordering the Duke again. Burgers at Lola Jeans are all priced at £9.95 with the exception of Baby got Back and James P Sullivan costing an extra pound.
Not only was I treated to some top-dog buns, I got to select a side order too. The choices where between triple cooked chips, skinny fries, sweet potato fries, chilli cheese fries, Mac and cheese or pizza fries. Side dishes range from £2.95 to £4.50 with the loaded fries and Mac and cheese being the higher prices. Having read that menu it was an easy choice for me; erm, who says no to pizza fries!? Skinny chips were topped with tomato pizza base sauce, melted cheese and pepperoni slices. They were proper lush!!
Not only that, I got served a beautifully refreshing cocktail called the Matcha Melon Cooler. This is typically charged at £7.50 and is a mix of Russian standard vodka, watermelon, sake, lemon, pineapple, mint and matcha. It was really fruity and cooling just what I needed after that huge meal.
The overall atmosphere of Lola Jeans is super relaxed and chilled out. The striking skulls head wall art is breathe taking and really sets the tone of this bar and restaurant. There is a mix of floral decor and vintage interiors which again goes really well with the vibe. The modern, americanised style of menu serves up burgers, sharing platters, salads, wraps, sandwiches and even tacos.
I cannot wait to see what else Lola Jeans has in store for both locations this year. I hear big things are currently in works which I’m super excited to see. In the mean time, why not try one of these award winning burgers yourselves, trust me you won’t regret it.