The City Tavern in Newcastle has had many names and many identities over the years but it is currently enjoying the best yet to date. With a recent investment and revamp, the stalwart on the Newcastle pub scene is back with a bang.
The pub has had a tidy facelift inside with exposed brickworks, rich colours, tartan and quirky art work. There’s glass and light displays dotted around that would give The Botanist and Pleased to Meet you a run for their money in the Instagram-worthy cool stakes. The terrace on the first floor is a great addition with it’s cosy blankets and most importantly – a drink hatch with direct access to the bar!
On a sunny Sunday morning, it was a pleasure to sit and watch the world go by from the upstairs dining area with a freshly brewed coffee waiting on our breakfast. The all new breakfast menu served daily from 10am has 5 dishes with centre round fresh Duck eggs. There’s nothing better than a fresh, vibrant duck egg so it is good to see a kitchen focusing on an often overlooked ingredient. There’s no greasy hash browns or luke warm beans on the menu and that’s A-OK by us and the other diners who have headed in for breakfast.
A creature of habit, I opted for the Eggs Florentine (£6.95) and an extra Northumberland Sausage which came piping hot and looking pretty damned perfect. There’s that mighty fine moment when you break in to a poached egg and wait for the yolk to ooze out, I wasn’t disappointed! I didn’t even meet any odd looks when I asked for hot sauce to douse my eggs in. If you haven’t tried Tabasco on eggs, you are missing out!
The husband can’t be parted from meat so he chose the fried duck eggs and bacon (£5.95) served on toasted sourdough. 2 sunny side up eggs sat atop of thickly cut crisp bacon. A small side of rocket and the obligatory ketchup was served on the side. Again, those vibrant, bold duck eggs were the star of the show. Just look at the colour of that yolk.
With the all new breakfast menu sitting alongside the existing dining menu, it’s dedicated Vegetarian and Vegan offerings as well as their doggy approved pet menu, the City Tavern is really carving a niche for itself as an unassuming hidden gem.
If you have never tried a Duck egg before, get along to The City Tavern sharpish for a great value and even greater tasting breakfast!
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