And now for something completely different….Forget fine dining, forget amuse- bouches, forget anything that even looks like a salad – this is dinner at The Red House, Newcastle and they are specialists in a pie and a pint! We are heading there with our fabulous friends Gino, Cosmo and LN for dinner after already enjoying a glass or two of prosecco.
There are a wide range of ales and pies on offer. The Red House has a beer menu that includes several local beers on tap and around 40 more bottled varieties from around the world. Between the five of us, we try almost all of the beers on tap. The pie selection is almost as wide ranging and are supplied by award winning The Amble Butcher.
Each diner chooses a pie, a type of mash, a style of peas and a choice of liquor (personally I call it gravy). The following pies are selected: beef, mushroom & red wine; minted lamb; chicken, chorizo & sweet potato; steak; and spinach, goats cheese, sweet potato & onion chutney. Some of us have creamy mash, others have confit garlic mash or dijon mustard and honey mash. There are minted peas, mushy peas and Gino is extra adventurous by having the pease pudding. Everyone chooses either the red wine liquor or the meat liquor – though there is also a vegetarian parsley liquor on offer.
The pies are superb – beautiful pastry and the fillings are both interesting and tasty. We carry on sampling the beer and we are having a great night with our lovely friends.
The Red House is very good at what it does….completely unpretentious, simple comfort food for beer drinkers. If you are in Newcastle and you like beer, pies and a lively atmosphere then this is the place to be.