‘What on Earth is boutique bowling?’ I hear you cry. Believe me, I thought the same thing when an invite to a preview of Geordieland’s latest leisure attraction dropped in my inbox, but now that I’ve been and checked it out I’m very excited to tell you all about it!
Firstly, I need you to banish any preconceptions you have about bowling alleys full of noisy teenagers, smelly shoes and tasteless food… Lane 7 is quite simply in a different class! This is a bowling alley for grown-ups and stylish ones at that!
Lane 7 owner, Tim Wilks has created something rather unique on St James’ Boulevard in Newcastle. There are eight walnut finish bowling lanes over two warehouse style floors, vintage 1950’s Brunswick balls that have been imported from America and a kitchen that offers some of the most exciting, messy and mouthwatering food I’ve sampled in ages!
Head chef, Chris Finnigan, trained for four years under celebrity chef Raymond Blanc so he sure knows what he’s doing and with a kitchen that boasts its own smokery and indoor barbeques you can set your expectations pretty high and not be disappointed!
The American inspired menu offered loads of my favourite dishes but I couldn’t resist the ten-hour braised beef ribs, they were absolutely delicious and I wolfed the whole lot down so quickly that I didn’t even get chance to take a snap! I did however get a pic of my boyfriend’s cheeseburger and fries before he tucked in and he assured me it tasted as good as it looked!
Lane 7 also offers ping pong (officially my new favourite hobby), pool tables and even a private karaoke booth! You’ll also find two bars offering a fabulous selection of drinks including alcoholic milkshakes and for a city centre venue the bar prices are really very reasonable (A pint of Coors is £3 and they also serve draught beers in halfs and ‘growlers!’)
The whole concept is genius and I’ll certainly be back!
By Rachel Kershaw