Just before Christmas, myself and the ladies in my family had our annual festive night out at the latest hotspot in the Newcastle, Cookhouse and Pub, Holystone.
We were lucky enough to be invited to review after their recent renovation and rebrand. I was rather looking forward to the visit after doing my research and finding out the companies beliefs and ethics are that bringing good things together makes them even better, from fish and chips or brownies and ice cream to a cheeky gin and tonic. I was totally down for all that, my favourite dishes! Along with freshly prepared dishes and delicious drinks, Cookhouse and Pub offer a friendly service and great value.
We went along to the Cookhouse on a snowy Thursday evening and were welcomed in by the polite staff. The place has a very cosy feel to it, perhaps it’s the log burning fires that are dotted around bursting with warmth or the dim mood lighting and homely fixtures. I must say it’s been renovated to a fantastic standard, presenting a modern and fresh interior yet remains traditional in a sense.
We were shown to our table and greeted by our waiter for the evening, Tom. He was so friendly and could not have helped us enough. There were a few menus on our table, the festive menu, the main menu and then the drinks menu.
The festive menu was put on for of course the seasonal period and had a great range of Christmassy dishes to warm everyone’s cockles.
The main menu is jam-packed full of pub grub favourites for example steaks, fish, burgers yet also has a range of modern dishes like exotic salads for the calorie counters! We were spoilt for choice.
Whilst much deliberation was going on for our food, I had a browse at the drinks menu which again has a huge selection of beverages including cocktails and gins! My eyes lit up when I spotted my favourite drink, Passion Fruit Martini (£6.00). So we ordered a few cocktails and finally decided on what we were having to eat.
For starters, we decided to get a mixture Solo Grazers and a Sharing Grazer since there’s actually a ‘Pick n Mix’ option! Wanting to try almost everything, we selected on six dishes:
Sweet Potato Fries, which were topped with feta and rosemary. (£3.69)
Moroccan Style Lamb, Houmous and Mint (£4.89)
Garlic and Chilli Prawns (£4.99)
Spicy Pork and Beef Meatballs (£4.89)
Feta, Olives and Houmous (£5.99)
Baked Camembert (£6.99)
After a short wait, they all came together on a sharing platter which was amazing since there were four of us! I really loved each dish, they were so tasty but my two favourites were definitely the Moroccan Style Lamb, Houmous and Mint and Garlic Prawns. The houmous was so fresh, I can always tell the difference between fresh houmous and shop bought as my Mam used to make her own plus I’ve been to Greece where the houmous there is the best in the world. Legit.
Great first impressions with the starters, although our eyes were bigger than our bellies since we ordered so much food. Thankfully, the timings were perfect between each meal so we were still able to scran our mains!
For mains we choose, a dish from the festive menu, the Grilled Salmon with a Crab & Prosecco Sauce Served with crushed potatoes and green beans, which obviously sounds delicious (I haven’t got the price for this as it was part of a set menu!). Giant Beer Battered Haddock and Chips (£8.49), Tender and Lean 8oz Sirloin Steak which was served with onion rings, chips, peas and grilled tomato (£12.99) and lastly a C&P Super Salad with Salmon (£9.49).
I had the fish and chips, which when they say giant… they mean GIANT! It was huge and very yummy. The batter was soft, yet crispy on the outside. It wasn’t greasy nor was it heavy, the fish was very tender and succulent. The chips were absolutely divine too!
I also managed to get a bite of everyone else’s dishes too, the grilled salmon in the crab & prosecco sauce was very creamy and really complimented the salmon. The steak was done to perfection, medium, pink and melt in the middle. And lastly, the salad was superb. I know people get put off getting a salad in pubs as well, they’re normally just a bog standard salad, however, this really isn’t it’s packed with quinoa, brown rice, edamame beans, pomegranate seeds, feta and fresh mint meaning there are a really deserve range of flavours in the mix, it was very filling!
After having no complaints with the mains we managed to squeeze desserts in! Being a huge brownie lover, I choose the Triple Chocolate Brownie (£3.99). We also thought we’d try the Selection of Three Mini Puds which was Lemon Mousse, Mini Mud Pie and Mini
Apple Crumble with custard (£5.99) and Salted Caramel, Brownie and Popcorn Sundae (£4.49) plus a C&P Hot Chocolate (£2.80).
They were all mouth-wateringly good but my brownie was by far the best. The chunky rich Belgian, white and milk chocolate combined with the vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce was orgasmic! By this point, we were full to the brim and it was time for a nana nap.
We had such a lovely evening at Cookhouse and Pub, not only was the food 10/10, but the staff were fantastic and the atmosphere was really relaxing. I can not recommend the establishment enough! The food is astonishing value and I can only imagine taking a family of 5 there would be sticking to a budget and having a good quality meal at the same time.
I can’t wait to take the other half! They are a few other Cookhouse’s around the UK, check out if there’s one near you!