Lunch at The Earl of Pitt Street, Newcastle
We have previously blogged about The Earl of Pitt Street, having visited with a friend for Sunday lunch earlier in the year. We were very impressed, and have returned many times since if we’ve fancied a decent roast while in the Toon. Since then the sister establishment, Electric East, has closed and Mark is lavishing all of his attention on The Earl. Having not eaten here mid-week we decided to give it a whirl to see what delights were available, especially as neither me nor Mr. Canny could face another burger. It seems this is the standard offering for veggies and vegans these days, along with every type of bean known to man!
The restaurant upstairs was quiet save for a couple of businessmen having a long (boozy) lunch in the corner under the fantastic Hitchcock print that hangs on the wall. Having spent the last few days seemingly existing on chips during the house move I wanted a salad. This is not something you’d hear from me very often! We asked what the vegan options were for Mr. Canny and were told that the chef can normally accommodate with advance notice, which was a little disappointing. He had his eye on their Thai Green Curry with vegetables, but some form of dairy is clearly used in its prep. There was a Mozzarella and Roasted Veg Ciabatta on their Lunch menu, which he asked for without the cheese. This was served with some salad, although Mr. Canny wouldn’t have been against some chunky skin-on chips had they been placed as a side.
I had flirted with the idea of a starter and main for £16.50, knowing full well that I’d not be able to eat later in the day due to indigestion and heartburn. Because Mr. Canny was limited in terms of what he could eat I felt guilty, so chose two starters instead – the Cheddar and Ale Soup (£4.95) and Goats Cheese and Tomato Salad (£5.95).
It was the mention of fried cauliflower that intrigued me, and little florets bobbed in the silky soup instead of croutons. It wasn’t overwhelmingly cheesy, thankfully, and I could have probably stuck with the one course because of how filling it was. The salad was overdressed with truffle pesto for my liking, as I prefer to add the dressing to avoid a plate swimming in oil or balsamic vinegar. A few more sun blushed tomatoes also wouldn’t have gone amiss to help me polish off the goats cheese that was in abundance.
I enjoyed my lunch, but felt slightly let down by the treatment of Mr. Canny. We’re struggling to find restaurants that have dishes suitable for vegans or those who suffer from a lactose intolerance. The menu states if you have allergies to tell staff, but not to phone ahead if you’re a vegan on the website. I was thankful we didn’t have to resort to Olives and Chips for his lunch, though, and at £21.45 it was a decent affair.
Thanks for reading,
P.S A review is coming soon of a chain restaurant we turned up to on spec and were impressed by how well they catered for him.