The Bottle Shop Bar and Kitchen
The Bottle Shop Bar and Kitchen has opened on Waterloo Square near St James Boulevard in the city centre, offering a range of artisan, premium, handmade craft beers. The bar, which is based in the former Electric East restaurant and has created six full time and four part time jobs, has launched in partnership with London-based craft beer company, The Bottle Shop, as the first of five bars which are planned to open in the North within the next five years. The Bottle Shop Bar and Kitchen features 12 draft lines 10 keg and two cask more than 40 bottled beers and a selection of wines and spirits. Craft beers from around the world including Swedens Omnipollo brewery, and Green Flash from California, will be exclusively available at the Newcastle venue. Since opening, beers on tap have included Bristols Moor, Sussex Burning Sky, Denmarks To Øl and Kernel. Beer from local favourites Wylam Brewery is also served on tap and there are plans to host beer and food matching events with the brewery in the coming months. Coffee is provided by local supplier Pink Lane Coffee. In the kitchen, Matthew Stephenson has been appointed as the head chef, having previously worked at North East venues Pan Haggerty, Lola Jeans and Slaley Hall. The food menu, which changes daily, features a selection of tapas dishes with recommended beer pairings, and bar snacks such as bacon and smoked cheese doughnuts with maple syrup have already proved to be a hit. Hot roast sandwiches and pies are also on offer, as well as hearty three-course Sunday lunches with indulgent desserts such as pear and blackberry crumble, treacle tart, and chocolate and raspberry brownie.