When it comes to pub grub I’m a firm believer that it’s better to have a small menu with everything done brilliantly than trying to be all things to all men. So when I heard that The Waterline had revamped their menu, concentrating on pizzas and burgers ‘done better’, well, I had to check it out!
The Waterline has an envious location, just yards from the Millennium Bridge on the Newcastle side of the river Tyne and it’s usually the first place that springs to mind for a drink on a hot day as the small outdoor seating area is a real sun trap!
As part of the recent improvements, the family of owners have even added some fancy new rattan furniture to the patio but I had no need for it on the day of my recent visit as it was absolutely throwing it down! Oh well, at least the food brightened my day!
I ordered the Hot Chick Burger, described as ‘Crunchy cornflake chicken, American cheese, iceberg, pineappleslaw, pickled onion, shirracha hot chilli sauce’. Thankfully it wasn’t too hot for me and although the pineappleslaw made the brioche bun quite soggy, it was really tasty, I’m one of those weird people who loves pineapple in savoury food.
My boyfriend James went for the Godfather pizza (Parma ham, salami, chorizo, pepperoni, jalapeños and olives) which I was secretly pleased about as I remembered the Waterline had a wood fired pizza oven and always made brilliant pizzas so I was hoping for leftovers. I should have known better though, he barely made eye contact with me while he devoured the whole delicious looking thing!
Alongside the new food menu, there is also a daily specials board and tempting cocktail menu so I made James promise to be the designated driver next time!
Will you be heading to NewcastleGateshead Quayside over the summer? If you are I hope the sun shines for you because when it does there’s no where better to be!
By Rachel Kershaw