Review: Pitcher and Piano, Newcastle Quayside

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NO Bank Holiday in Newcastle seems to be complete without a visit to the somewhat landmark bar Pitcher and Piano.

Its waterside location and glass-fronted facade lends itself well to drinking in the sunshine and the place was booming on our visit.

As it is also on the doorstep of last weekend’s Evolution Festival, the place was a mix of clubbers dressed to impress and more shabby-chic festival-goers – so there was some great people watching on offer.

Despite the hustle at the bar, we managed to get seats in the eating area, a chic little spot with its own serving staff, separate to the bar.

The menu is a very social affair with plenty of sharing options and tapas-style grazing dishes including chicken and chorizo skewers and mini Whitby scampi and chips.

We were sorely tempted by the Great British picnic sharer - homemade scotch egg, pork pie, Wiltshire Ham, a wedge of Butler’s secret mature cheddar with breads, cherry tomatoes, pickled onions, chutneys and relishes – for £12.95.

But, in the end, we went with more substantial separate meals.

My bacon, brie and cranberry ciabatta was yum and didn’t skimp on the cheese, as is often the case with this option. With chips, it was fairly priced too at £6.50.

My friend Laura, meanwhile, chowed down on a chunky falafel burger with minted yoghurt, which comes in at £7.75.

It was huge and definitely required two hands round the bun to stop the burger and lashings of dressing escaping.

As a side dish we had the cherry tomato and halloumi skewers. For £4.25, I expected more cheese, but they were tasty all the same.

We washed our meal down with a bottle of wine. There’s a vast selection on offer in the drinks menu from quality champagne Krug Grande Cuvee at £160 a bottle, to more purse-friendly options.

We went with the latter and enjoyed a perfectly pleasant Monte Verde Sauvignon Blanc, which came in at £13.50 a bottle or £3.60 a glass.

As we’d lined our stomachs with some good grub, we didn’t see the harm in indulging in some cocktails too.

My Finish in the Pink (£6.50) – Wyborowa vodka, shaken with rosé wine, raspberries, strawberries, lemon and apple juice – was a treat for the tastebuds.

Its delicious blend of flavours, fresh and fruity, with a kick, will have me pitching up at this bar again.