Shilling Newcastle Quayside Review

Shilling Newcastle Quayside Review

Offering nose to tail dining and in-house butchery, Shilling has landed on the Newcastle with a bang. As part of a local Durham company expansion, we headed along to support the ‘Durham Massive’. Read on for our Shilling Newcastle Review.

The last time I visited Rumpoli’s in Newcastle was the night my Husband and I got engaged which was, so many years ago – More than I’d like to admit to. As the building has a bit of a special place in my heart it was nice to see the Shilling team have kept it rustic and stripped back to a bare minimum. Scrubbed floors, exposed bricks and statement lighting really make the restaurant have a unique vibe. There’s no dripping opulence like some of it’s neighbours but you feel more at home.

Shilling Newcastle Review

With casual dining downstairs and a more formal dining room upstairs, Shilling opens its doors early to entice you in with hot coffee, tasty cakes and even tastier lunches. The drinks menu is both creative and considered so even popping in for a cocktail or two is a great idea.

We visited at lunchtime on New Years Eve for a relaxed 2 courses, choosing to share a couple of bar snacks in place of starters.

The star of the whole visit had to be the Spiced Pork Samosa + Apple Ketchup (£4.50). The unassuming pastry parcels were light and crispy and packed full of moist spiced pork. With undertones of curry the sweet apple sauce complimented the meat in an exciting twist on the usual pork and apple sauce combo. We could have easily eaten more of these!

Shilling Newcastle Review

The Victoria Shilling Pork + Leek Scotch Egg (£4.50) was again a real winner. The juicy pork surrounded a perfectly cooked boiled egg with a soft yolk, all enveloped in a crisp but not greasy crumb. Nothing like the grey,bland scotch eggs you used to get at school – or maybe that’s just a Durham thing!

Shilling Newcastle Review

Shilling Newcastle Review

The bar snacks were served plain and simple. No frills or frivolity which makes them perfect in my eyes. Saturday afternoons hiding from the shopping masses with great company, great drinks and really solid well produced snacks. Spot on!

The Soup + Sandwich (£7.95) is the now synonymous velvety smooth cauliflower soup with truffle oil and a Butchers Special sandwich which on my visit was big meaty substantial sausages. A generous lunch, I could only manage half of the soup as the sandwich was just so hearty! Definitely a great winter warmer of stylish cosy comfort food.

Shilling Newcastle Review

Shilling Newcastle Review

As if we hadn’t been impressed so far, the Toad in the Hole (£8.95) was incredible. Again the thick and succulent sausages made in house are baked into a light and fluffy Yorkshire pudding and served with creamy soft mashed potatoes. The dark rich gravy is bloody delicious and really should be served up with a portion of chips on that bar snack menu, it’s that good!

Shilling Newcastle Review

Shilling Newcastle Review

For a lunch on the quayside, we found the prices to be pretty reasonable for the quality and will definitely be back to try the fine dining side of the Shilling brand. It’s nice to see a local company expanding and doing well.

2 Comments

  1. 22nd February 2017 / 2:55 pm

    I have walked past here a few times lately and was wondering what it was like. your food looks delicious, every dish looks tasty and is amazing value! I am so going to visit here next time I can escape for lunch with the little ones in tow xx

    • Katie
      Author
      24th February 2017 / 6:46 am

      You’ll love it!

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