With such close proximity to Jnr’s school, we had to visit Longhorns BBQ on the ‘soft launch’ day of their new Jesmond branch. We were fans when we visited the city centre eatery way back in January, and weren’t anticipating any change to their winning formula!
The restaurant has over 100 covers, which is double what they have at the Mosley Street location. Many people have complained about the fact they don’t take bookings, which means diners have sometimes waited over 45 mins for a table at peak times. Our own experience wasn’t that extreme, although I did find it frustrating organising group events that we couldn’t guarantee a sitting without a wait. The difference in Jesmond is they have a private dining area, which is not due to open for a couple of months. This will be popular for Christmas party bookings, no doubt. I was told there’s also a plan to set aside some tables for reservations, and that will be trialled.
The interior is similar to Mosley Street, although it feels a lot brighter and more spacious. I much prefer the Jesmond location on account of this, although I’m sure their city centre location will continue to go from strength to strength.
The restaurant was quiet, which was perfect for us. It meant we got a chance to properly appreciate the fit-out. I was surprised to see shotgun shells along the top of the walls, which I was told one member of staff had painstakingly glued on, one at a time!
The menu is similar to the other establishment, and I chose Brisket and BBQ Pork Ribs with slaw and fries. Jnr had their Kids meal, which was a very respectable £5. He decided on Chicken Wings and fries.
The food arrived quickly, and the waitresses were lovely and friendly. It was the first time Jnr had tried Longhorns and, like me, he loves the slightly sweet seasoning that graces their fries. One surprise was the food being served on trays, instead of wooden planks previously used. I wondered if the ‘We Want Plates’ campaign had been successful, but was told they were better for keeping the grub hot. That’s me told! Great to hear that comments have been taken on board by the management.
Our mains got a thumbs up, and I was almost tempted not to bother with dessert. The meat was juicy and flavourful. Portions are large, so take an appetite! Jnr was adamant we were going to try the puds, on the other hand. We ordered an Oreo Cookie Brownie Sandwich ‘to share’, although he kept knocking my fork out of the way! The Oreo Brownie is bought in from Pudding Parlour in Morpeth, and I’ll forgive it not being homemade on account of it being so good. The ice cream is also good quality.
Jesmond is an area renowned for its Italian restaurants and shabby chic cafes. With the arrival of Longhorns in the area Fat Hippo will be given a run for its money on the meat sweats front! I’m looking forward to returning when they start their Breakfast menu here, and I’m sure the students will appreciate this new establishment.
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