Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Festive Faves Re-Invented

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Festive Faves Re-Invented

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Local lad Kristian Tomlinson is drawing up a feast of festive goodies in his role as head chef of the recently opened Slug and Lettuce bar on Newcastle Quayside's Exchange Buildings.

The Slug and Lettuce provides a cool, relaxed and informal setting with comfortable sofa seating areas.

And with Christmas just around the corner, it is the perfect place to meet and take a break from the stress of festive shopping.

The Slug and Lettuce food is fresh and cooked to order and the bar has recently launched its new autumn/winter and Christmas party menu, which includes traditional foods with a twist such as stuffed turkey fillet wrapped in parma ham and coated in a red wine and cranberry jus.

A rich variety of delicious canapes, including spicy tom yum king prawns and handmade onion bhajis, are also available to ensure your Christmas celebrations go with a bang.

With a wide range of drinks suitable for every occasion from wake-up coffee to festive fun, The Slug and Lettuce is a great place to chill out and celebrate.

Head chef Kristian, of North Shields, has worked in the catering profession for the last eight years as a chef de partie, sous chef and head chef for bars and hotels throughout the UK.

He recently returned to Newcastle to take on this new role, and as well as consulting on the new menu, he creates his own speciality dishes on a daily basis. Committed to creating quality dishes, Kristian sources much of his ingredients locally and loves to challenge customers with his culinary expertise.

He said: " It's great to be back in my home town and I hope everyone will come down and try out some of my new tasty recipes. I'm sure no-one will be disappointed."

And for those of you preparing for the festive season, here are Kristian's top tips to ensure your Christmas is a culinary delight:

1. If you are not confident about cooking turkey, ask your local butcher for a cooking bag. Place the turkey inside it and prick with a small knife before cooking. …

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