The Cluny, Lime Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle

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GOING underground is hungry work, as I discovered after a trip down Newcastle’s Victoria Tunnel.

The miners of old would consume thousands of calories in a day, so my friends and I reasoned that three hours exploring the former waggonway and air-raid shelter had earned us a decent feast.

A trip down the Tunnel costs just £4 and earns you 20 per cent off at the nearby Cluny, as well as a fascinating trip back in time.

The Cluny is well-known as one of the best small music venues in the region, but also does a canny sideline in scran.

It was Sunday, but we’d missed the lunches, which are served up until 3pm.

The rest of the Cluny’s menu will take you a lot less time to explore than the dark underground network running under Newcastle.

There’s light bites including soup and mini-mezze, salad bowls and homemade chips, priced from £2.50.

If, like us, you fancy something a bit more substantial, you can choose from “world famous” Cluny burgers, gourmet hot dogs, pie of the day and pub classics, including sausages and mash, meatballs and chilli.

Despite being tucked away in the Ouseburn area of Toon, The Cluny is clearly a popular haunt for diners.

We were warned we could wait up to 40 minutes for food, so comforted ourselves with bags of cashew nuts and fizzy pop for me a pint of meal-in-a-glass Guinness for him.

Luckily for our rumbling tums, food arrived after about the 30 minute mark – veggie chilli for me and a chicken fillet burger for my pal.

I’d already been warned the chilli was not the spinach, chickpea and mushroom offering on the menu.

Instead it was a colourful combination of veg served on a pile of rice.

Warming and delicious, I couldn’t finish it all, but I was left wistfully looking at carnivorous menu choices, including wild boar hotdog and minted lamb pie.

My friend loved his chunky chicken fillet, squeezed into a bun and accompanied by salad and fat homemade chips.

Everything on The Cluny’s menu will leave you with change from a tenner and our meal for two, plus drinks, came to just £17.40.

An iconic music venue, The Cluny is also the showcase for some impressive gig memorabilia and offers a range of real ale, British lagers and ciders.

Jane O’Neill

Twitter: @janethejourno