Arch 2 Brewery and Thali tray
Full disclosure: All food and drink was paid for by us. No influencers were harmed in the writing of this post. The photography reflect my need to eat the food not take pictures so frequent bite marks will appear. If Newcastle food doesn’t look Instagram worthy that is a reflection of my appetite not the kitchen.
The variety in Newcastle food is amazing at the moment. Lots of openings as well as the tried and tested favourites. I’m not saying that Mr SK and I have eaten everywhere but we are giving it a good go. 😁
We took a run out to Arch 2 Brewery in Ouseburn after we have visited the fabulous flea market in Shieldfield. I had wanted to go on my birthday, mainly to sample the Thali Tray but unfortunately I’ve mistimed it as they only served until 3 pm. So last Saturday was an opportunity to go back and see what we had missed.
It was a lovely sunny day and the Arch 2 courtyard looked fantastic. I loved the serious amounts of potted plants and the space had a great relaxed feel.
We were the only ones there as we had pitched up at 12 on the dot but I bet at night time the courtyard is jumping and looks fabulous. Probably a right hipster hangout – not complaining, just thinking that I might be a tad too old 🤷🏻♀️.
Thali tray’s menu is simple which I think it’s probably for the best otherwise Mr SK takes ages to decide on a dish!. We agreed to have the Keralan curry selection with the blooming onion bhaji. Mr SK is an onion bhaji aficionado – it’s always his Indian starter of choice. This one measured up to his high standards. It wasn’t the traditional onion bhaji you’d expect but the blooming onion deconstructed take was excellent. Highly spiced and served with a simple raita.
The keralan curries were also excellent. I preferred the beef as it was a medium curry whereas the chicken was medium hot. The sides of cardamon turmeric rice and onion seed naan bread were the perfect compliment
Mr SK had a pint of barberry blonde which I sampled as well. It went perfectly with the curry and at 3.8% was very quaffable indeed. We did have a moments pause at the £4.30 pricetag but that probably because we are old fogeys who aren’t used to town prices. That said we shared a curry and starter so the food bill was a reasonable £12.50.
Contact: Arch 2 brewery