Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Reasons to Be Jolly If You Visit Quayside Eatery; Jolly Fisherman ON THE QUAY 95 QUAYSIDE NEWCASTLE NE1 3DH TEL: 0191 261 7011 EMAIL INFO: JOLLYONTHEQUAY.CO.UK

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Reasons to Be Jolly If You Visit Quayside Eatery; Jolly Fisherman ON THE QUAY 95 QUAYSIDE NEWCASTLE NE1 3DH TEL: 0191 261 7011 EMAIL INFO: JOLLYONTHEQUAY.CO.UK

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Byline: ANGELA UPEX 4 OUT OF 5 STARS

WHAT'S THE JOLLYFISHERMAN ON THE QUAY LIKE? It was the former Waterline pub on Newcastle Quayside and reopened under a new name after being transformed by a PS700,000 investment.

Renamed The Jolly Fisherman on the Quay as part of the six-figure upgrade, being led by Heineken business Star Pubs and Bars and pub restaurant operator David Whitehead, the former bonded warehouse is now a restaurant with a spacious contemporary bar with booths and seating on the ground floor, which opens out onto a new terrace with seating for alfresco eating and drinking.

My friend and I were visiting on a Sunday afternoon. We had booked ahead, so the team was ready for our arrival.

We had a lovely table in the corner of the room. Some of the table provides diners with views of some of the North East's most iconic bridges and buildings. However, we very were happy in our snug corner.

Candlelight from each table, reflecting off the gleaming glass and silverware, produces the finishing touches.

And there are nods to the North East fishing heritage with paintings of gnarled fishermen, majestic ships and ancient maps, making the setting really beautiful.

ARE THERE STARTERS? The pub serves a set meal on a Sunday (PS17.50 per person for two courses or PS23 per person for three courses). Traditional Sunday roasts and fish courses are available until 5pm. There's a huge nod to local produce as well.

A basket of warm bread, room soft butter and a glass of house white red (PS3.75 for 125ml) started the afternoon off well.

There were half a dozen options and we hovered between choices. We tried the homemade leak and potato soup. The soup, a mini-tureen of fantastic flavours, had a velvety texture and layers of taste. It came with more bread, and was fantastic! My guest agreed it was perfect for a chilly Sunday afternoon.

I tried a skegen cocktail of prawns and salmon. It was served in an elegant glass, swathed in a Marie Rose sauce, with a lemon wedge, salad and homemade bread. It was packed with flavour.

HOW WERE THE MAIN COURSES? The main courses kept this wonderful experience heading for the stars. …

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