Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Swat of Bother for US Guests

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Swat of Bother for US Guests

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The Keelman Grange Road, Newburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 8ND Tel: 0191 267 0772 I WANTED to entertain my American cousin and aunt in a good British pub on their first visit to Tyneside. So recalling some of the highs and lows of eating out, I decided a return visit to the Keelman was in order.

The Keelman can be found situated in the grounds of the Big Lamp Brewery in the village of Newburn.

Established in 1982, Big Lamp is the oldest micro-brewery in the North East, and the Keelman serves a selection of its locally brewed ales, including Big Lamp Bitter, Sunnydaze and Prince Bishop Ale, all very reasonably priced.

On a previous visit I had enjoyed great food and hospitality, so it was a natural choice to impress the relatives.

We were shown to our table in the conservatory and waited for our guests to arrive. We had booked a table in advance.

We ordered a glass of chardonnay (pounds 2.30 for a small) and a pint of Big Lamp bitter (pounds 2.02) and scanned the menu.

Our guests arrived and they had fallen in love with English tea (pounds 1) and lager (pounds 2.98 for a pint of Bitburger) For a Sunday, the menu had a great variety of starters and main courses.

But we were all saving ourselves for our pudding so it was straight to the main courses.

There was a choice of beef, lamb, and the chef's roast of the day on the menu, along with half a roast chicken, mince and dumplings, and beef and ale pie, among others.

And we noticed that veggie guests wouldn't starve as there were lots of options.

We had a splendid view of the well-kept beer garden and even at 1pm it was completely packed.

It had a been a lovely sunny day so it was warm in the conservatory. The pub had the doors wedged open to keep the room cool.

The four of us opted for main courses only.

Two had a traditional beef dinner (pounds 7.45), one opted for a salmon dish (pounds 8.45)and one went for scampi (pounds 7.45).

And when the food was served, all the problems began. …

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