After our first trip to the newly opened Head of Steam on the Quayside last Friday night, I was very much looking forward to returning to trying out their special Restaurant Week menu. You can read more here, which also features some snaps of the interior.
This visit was all about the food, although having Dinky with us enabled me to check out how child-friendly the pub is. With baby change facilities, high chairs and staff who made a fuss of her, she was made to feel very welcome. Good start!
With 2 courses for £10, or 3 for £15, I’d been pleased to see one vegetarian and vegan option across starters, mains and desserts when initially doing my research on where to eat during this special week at the venue. When it came to visiting, however, there didn’t seem to be a vegan dessert option. I enquired about this and was told there was a Raspberry Crumble with dairy-free ice cream to be had, so – unlike Lane 7 who we’d visited earlier in the week – there were the promised 3 courses to be had. The menu is subject to change depending on availability, as a word of warning.
On dish I was keen to try again after sampling them at the launch party was their Goats Cheese and Beetroot Burger. I hadn’t realised that there was a vegan option of this unusual patty combo, and will be recommending it to Mr. Canny for our next visit.
The Teen decided he didn’t want the Restaurant Week Menu and ordered a Halloumi and Pesto Baguette, chips and a drink for £7.99 from Head of Steam’s Lunch Menu instead. Other options included a Fish Finger Sandwich, Philly Steak or Mediterranean Vegetables, served on white, brown or baguette bread. Good value for money, especially for the portion size, and sure to be one of most popular lunchtime choices for punters. Their Mussel Pot is also included in this offer, along with a Northumberland Mac n Cheese. He said he would definitely choose that the next time we hit the Quayside for lunch.
My starter of Ginger, Sweet Potato and Coriander Soup (gf without the bread) was satisfying, with the cranberry bread accompanying making a nice change to the traditional white or brown normally served up alongside. It seemed like a popular choice round the pub too, probably due to the unseasonably cold weather we’d experienced on this particular day. Gale force winds in August? I’ll put my shorts and vests away now then!The Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Curry (vg and gf) main had seen a delicate hand when it came to the spice and was all the better for it. Served with white rice, I’d have personally preferred brown or wild rice instead, and it didn’t taste particularly of the lime the menu promised. The curry itself was so filling with the chickpeas and potatoes there really wasn’t a need for a carb on the side.With dessert options like Ferrero Rocher Cheesecake, Fudge Crumble and Cookie Dough Pie available for those who don’t eschew dairy, there was a good selection available.The cherry compote served with this take on a rhubarb crumble was a great complement, cutting through the sweetness with its tart jammy flavour. Great to see dairy-free ice cream available in a mainstream establishment too.
With a round of drinks the bill came to £28, which was good value for money. I certainly felt I’d had my moneys’ worth where their Restaurant Week offering was concerned. Head of Steam Quayside certainly hasn’t disappointed me and, like its sister establishments The Cluny and Central Bar, gets a big thumbs up on the provision of vegetarian and vegan food from the Canny Food family.
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