Sitting unassumingly behind a butchers on the site of a former garage, The Fat Butcher Steak House is a recent addition to the Blyth area. A spin off from the large North East butcher chain, the restaurant ticks all the boxes for industrial, trendy bare bones décor in a former garage workshop. Can the food live up to the hype of being one of the newest steak houses in the region?
Managed by the crew behind the Sambucca restaurant in Durham, the Fat Butcher Steak House offers a relatively simply meat based menu. Steaks, Grills and burgers are the order of the day.
Arriving in the middle of what thought we thought would be the Saturday lunch time rush, we were surprised to see only 1 other table dining. With a fairly compact menu our party split starters to whet our whistle.
The Grilled Black Pudding in a peppercorn sauce (£3.95) was pretty decent for the price. Two thick slices of crisp black pudding sat atop the sauce which is a fairly common pairing with black pudding. Relatively basic but tasty nonetheless.
The Halloumi + Spicy Sausage (£3.95) was quite surprising. A full block of halloumi was grilled and served on top of a warm tomato sauce with a few chunks of sausage. Quite sloppy to eat and totally not what we were expecting. The dish could have been improved by getting rid of the tomato sauce and upping the amount of sausage to make it a light grilled starter or sharing plate.
For the prices, the starters were good value on whole and we’d order them again.
You can’t come to The Fat Butcher Steak House and not order a steak was the cry from 1 of the group. The 8oz Ribeye Steak (£7.95) was grilled to medium rare and well rested before serving. The flesh retained its juiciness and didn’t need any additional sauces or dips. Served with shoestring fries, the £2.50 BBQ beans side dish was a bit disappointing as it just looked to be a cheap tin of beans with BBQ sauce slopped in.
The Black + Blue Burger (£7.95) was presented simply in a generous bun with an onion ring garnish. The burger patty was solid and juicy with a freshly grilled char to the meat. The accompanying chunky chips were crisp and brown and went down a treat!
The simple Bacon + Cheeseburger (£7.95) was again well put together and simple in construction. A well cooked,hand formed patty topped with melted cheddar and bacon. The burgers are simply done but done well. You can’t say much more about a canny burger really can you?
Finally, there were a few issues with service despite the lack of customers and items missing from dishes. Given the price we just got on with things. Would I go back? It’s a hell of a long way from home but as it is close to the in-laws I’d not rule it out!