Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Review of The Newbridge Coleraine

Hey lovelies, hope you're all well and starting to get ready for the Autumn cosy season, I know I can't wait.
So today I thought I would do a little restaurant review of The Newbridge in Coleraine. This review has been done over two visits. One for a lunch with the girls and one a dinner with the family. I wanted to try both sittings to give a broad overview.



So, The Newbridge is the brain child of the same people who own one of my favourite north coast restaurants Tides down on the coast road in Portrush.
When looking at both menus there are some elements that The Newbridge has brought over, but it is clear to see they are going for a little more of a high class very presentation driven aesthetic which is great to see in Coleraine.

So onto the food itself. My girlfriend's took me in March for my birthday and it was a quiet early lunch sitting through the week. They have an offer on at lunch where you can get 2 courses for £9 but be aware you do have to buy sides separately and these range from £1.50.

For starters we had:
Nachos- I was soo happy to see these were the exact same as Tides as these have to be the best homemade Nachos around. Great portion size and full of flavour.

Garlic Bread- Now this is one that actually wasn't great. It was basically 3 crusty rolls with a garlic mayo on the side. This definitely was one of those rustic style dishes. There wasn't much flavour to the bread itself and to me it was more of a bread to have with soup.

Black Pudding Scotch Egg- Norma really fancied trying this one, It was a little scotch egg made with black pudding and I have to admit the presentation of this was outstanding. Norma felt the black pudding was too strong but as she said that was her personal taste.

Our mains were a mixed bag. Myself and Elaine had the Roast chicken supreme and I have to admit we were both blown away again by presentation. The chicken itself was lovely but unfortunately my carrot fondant and puree was cold but Elaines was hot.

Norma had the chilli chicken penne pasta and again this was very similar to Tides and she was happy with this as it's a lovely dish full of flavour and tasty.

We were all pretty full up so we decided to share a chocolate fondant. Now I have to admit I am a bit of a chocolate fondant lover and I had high hopes of that initial cut being all gooey and warm. We weren't disappointed at all. Again presentation was perfect and it tasted fab. Lovely rich chocolate and just the right size portion.


So overall it was a nice meal. The menu itself wasn't great, all three of us felt there wasn't a lot of choice but what we did have especially the main and dessert was lovely.

So this leads me to last night. It was Scott's birthday and he was hankering to try the black pudding scotch egg. So we booked in for 6pm as we didn't want it to be too busy. The dinner menu is 2 courses for £12 and again sides are extra. I still think this is great value for money.

Unfortunately there wasn't really anything suitable for Dad as a starter so we decided to take the main and dessert option. Scott took the scotch egg and unfortunately was a little underwhelmed with it. He felt it lacked flavour and the texture wasn't great.
Onto mains and Dad jumped at the battered cod and home cut chips and as you can see from the lack of picture he tucked into it quick and was full of praise. The fish was lovely and light and the batter was light and crispy. He said without a doubt he would eat it again. Scott had Garlic Chicken and again presentation was spot on. It came with asparagus and mushroom all set on black garlic aoli. He took salt and chilli chips as a side as a side but he actually said there would be would be no need for a side as the roast chicken and vegetables were very filling.


I had the  chicken escalope which I must admit failed woefully on presentation. It was literally a butterflyed piece of chicken with half a roasted onion on top. I opted for pepper sauce on the side and salt and chilli chips. The chicken was pretty dry and I really do think when you look at some of the other dishes in comparison with presentation it was world's apart.

Overall our mains were nice but for me personally I wouldn't choose the chicken again.
Now on to my fave bit of the dinner any time, who doesn't love a good dessert to finish everything off. I have to admit we were all left a bit underwhelmed with the dessert choices, but in the end up Dad and I went for the poached pears with honeycomb,cinnamon crumble and ice cream and Scott went for the sticky toffee pudding. Dad really enjoyed his pears he said the dessert was lovely and light and a nice end to the meal. I on the otherhand unfortunately couldn't eat my pears. They were cold and whatever they were poached in was very strong. I did enjoy the honeycomb and ice cream, so just something to remember that it's a fully cold dessert if you thought it would be warm.


Scott said his sticky toffee pudding was grand. It had a rich tasty cake but the sauce itself was very runny and not overly sweet.


So overall from both experiences it's clear to see they are very focused on presentation, which yes is great but I do think it can take away from the actual food itself.
In terms of pricing it really isn't bad value whatsoever and it is a lovely airy bright place with great service.
There are some gorgeous sounding dishes to try and I definitely think if you want a nice, good value for money meal out with good service then definitely give The Newbridge a try.

If you want to check out their website pop along here to their facebook page.

Let me know if you have ever eaten here and what you thought. Till next time my lovelies, have a fab week.
Ali xxx
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