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97 & Social Review

August 29, 2015 in Eating Out 0


When I suggested to my other half that we check out 97 & Social in Jesmond he looked a bit perplexed, he said it sounded like an OAP’s community group! It’s a good job one of us has our finger on the pulse, 97 & Social is actually one of the newest and coolest bar restaurants that Jesmond has to offer!

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The venue has a prime location on Osborne Road and it’s owned and operated by the Cairn Group who run a plethora of bars, restaurants and hotels throughout the North East, so they certainly know how to keep customers happy.

There was a warm welcome when we arrived and a personalised reserved sign on our table in the window which I thought was a lovely touch. We both took advantage of happy hour and chose cocktails for just £3.90.

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This fantastic offer is available┬á5 till 7 pm, seven days a week when pints of ale and lager are also on offer for┬á┬ú2 so it’s the perfect place to start your night out. The bar staff were really friendly┬áand prepared the drinks with attention to detail!

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The food menu is made up of sharing plates, small plates and large plates and although we opted for large plates, the┬áportions were on the modest side. To be honest, that suited me fine, I can’t do a huge belly busting meal before a night out, it just makes me want a snooze but when James’ fish and chips (┬ú9.20) arrived I knew straight away that he’d be hungry again in a couple of hours, although he did say they were very tasty. The batter had been made with lemonade which gave it a lovely light texture, think I’ll be trying that out next time we make fish and chips at home.

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My option of ┬ápork ribs (┬ú7.50) definitely stole the show, they were sweet and sticky, the meat just fell off the bone and there was a bit of a kick to them too which was I enjoyed. I’m also pleased to report that the chips were homemade, it amazes me how many places still serve up frozen chips but not 97 & Social!

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It could be said Osborne Road already had enough places to eat and drink before the addition of 97 & Social but I’d argue that every new addition brings more variety and after all, that is the spice of life! So, will I be heading back to 97 & Social? Absolutely!

By Rachel Kershaw
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