Review: The Forth, Pink Lane, Newcastle

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MY nights out in Newcastle invariably involve a trip to The Forth.

With its shabby-chic interiors and casual, laid-back atmosphere, it’s unlike any of the bars in Sunderland and is a favourite Toon haunt of mine.

Pre-gig at Newcastle Arena and in need of fuel for a night of dancing, I decided to find out whether its food menu would pass muster also.

There’s a really good choice of lip-smacking dishes to tickle your fancy on regularly-changing menus.

To start, or to share as picky bits, there’s a selection including mini West Country beef burgers (£3.75); olives and sun blazed tomatoes (£3.50) and hake fish fingers with tartar sauce (£3.75).

Main meals include handmade burgers, priced from £8.25, such as a delicious-sounding pork and chorizo burger with caramelised red onion chutney, and lentil and spinach burger topped with houmous.

There’s also a selection of dishes inspired by British classics such as slow-cooked beef and red wine pie with crushed pea mash (£9.50) and wild salmon fishcakes with lemon and chive creme fraiche and salad (£7.75).

As Echo chum Jane and I were dissecting our dating dilemmas, it took us ages to decide on our food choice, but we eventually went with one of the sharing boards: cured meats, serrano ham, scotched quail eggs and olives for £9.75.

It took a while to arrive, but to be fair the pub was really busy.

Presented on a rustic chopping board and loaded with delectable goodies, it was worth the wait.

Our starter was so substantial that we steered clear of stodgy main meals and ordered a couple of sides to tide us over: watercress, spinach and parmesan salad (£3) and skin-on chips (£2.75).

For those who can squeeze in a pudding, you choose from yummy options including apple and strawberry shortbread crumble with custard (£4.50); lemon cheesecake with lemon and lime syrup (£4.25) and raspberry and chocolate brownie trifle (£4.75).