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Miller and Carter: For the Love of Steak

As soon as I saw the posters go up in the huge windows of the former Lodge bar, proudly promising the ‘Best Steak in Newcastle’, I was immediately excited about the launch of Miller and Carter, show me a meat lover that wouldn’t be!

The overhaul of the stunning old building near the bottom of Grey Street seemed to take forever as I eagerly awaited the opening, but last Thursday my patience was rewarded with an invite to the VIP launch night where I got the chance to sample some mouth-watering canapés and get a glimpse of the new decor.

I have to admit, I’d never been a huge fan of the Lodge, I don’t know whether it was the music or the crowd but I barely recognised the place as I stepped inside it’s reincarnation. Miller and Carter and Carter is a sophisticated, grand and really rather stylish restaurant that’s definitely made the most of the unique building!


I headed straight for the balcony (where there’s a second bar and more tables for dining) as I wanted to see how many of those enormous and beautiful windows I could fit in the lens of my new Kitvision Edge HD10 (It’s a big like a GoPro Hero camera but much more affordable!).

Although the photo above is the first pic I’ve taken with the camera and some practice is obviously required, I think it captures the splendour of this wonderful new addition to Newcastle’s dining scene.

So, on to the food… My trusty plus one, Zoe, had secured us a seat right by the kitchen where we could see the talented chefs hard at work. We politely accepted their bitesize offerings of prawn tempura and blue cheese salad, but we both knew why we were really there, to see if Miller and Carter could live up to their promise of ‘The Best Steak in Newcastle’.
waiter miller and carter
When a waiter arrived at our table with a wooden board piled high with chunks of filet steak, we could barely contain ourselves, I made a beeline for a huge piece that looked particularly rare and drenched it in the sauce made with beef dripping. Oh. My. God. It melted in my mouth like chocolate, the sauce left a strong but delightful flavour and I think I may have even let out a little whimper as the waiter walked away to feed the other hungry guests. I needn’t have despaired, the canapés continued to arrive and delight us, the smoked barbecue ribs were another highlight, as was the flavoursome rib eye!
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Other local bloggers Eve Purdy, Kayleigh Bell and Sarah Adams checking out Jim’s demonstration. Credit: M&C

As part of the VIP evening, we were given a butchery demonstration by Jim Brand of Fairfax Meadow who explained that Miller & Carter guarantee only the best quality, as all beef is Red Tractor Farm Assured from top breeds and hand picked farms. He told us that the beef is 30 day aged to give it the succulence and tenderness it deserves. There are nine cuts to choose from on the menu, including fillet, ribeye and Chateaubriand; each individually hand cut by master butchers before being grilled to perfection.

If I wasn’t already, I was now utterly convinced that Miller and Carter was set for huge success and I can’t wait to go back and enjoy a full meal from the well thought out menu!
Hopefully I’ve tempted you to try it out too but should you need any further encouragement, then check out some of the other fab posts written by North East bloggers who took part in a week of exiting events in the lead up to the launch…
TIP – If you sign up to the newsletter via the Miller and Carter website, you’ll get a voucher for a free glass of wine!


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Rachel Kershaw

I'm a proud ambassador for all that's great about Geordieland and love sharing the best of what NewcastleGateshead has to offer. I may not be a Geordie born and bred but I've lived here for a over a decade and am proud to call this fabulous region my home!


  1. I love M&C! There’s one in Essex which is on an actual boat…this was my favourite one!! Oh and the steak is amazing!

    • Hi Lou, the one on a boat sounds fab, we used to have a nightclub on a boat on the River Tyne but that’s long gone sadly! I have to say I have been known to deliberately avoid chain restaurants but sounds like M&C have made a conscious effort to make each of their restaurants unique.

  2. Great post, I was going to stay for the night time event but had other plans! Would have been nice to catch up 🙂 Glad you liked M&C too, I can’t wait to go back. Thanks for the link too!

    Chloe x

  3. June jones Reply

    We also attended the VIP evening ,the atmosphere and ambience of the steakhouse was excellent thanks to the hosts Laura and rob Allison. Oh forgot to mention the food which got a ten out of ten from us also ,Allan and June Jones.

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