You can go to any City Centre or shopping mall and you will see motley crews of squawking children dragging their semi-depressed human carers along behind them. When you take them anywhere they have a list of demands longer than your average Die Hard villain. On top of all that, they insist on being fed at regular intervals during your attempted day out. Finding a suitable ‘child friendly’ diner can be difficult especially, if like me, you avoid fast food restaurants like the plague.
Some places get it right and others get it horribly wrong. We take a look at one restaurant that’s ‘right on the button’ when it comes to the arduous task of not only feeding, but entertaining our kids.
Accompanied by my own clan of pint-sized terrors; Jack -7 and Matthew -10, we descended on the handmade burger Co. at the Gateshead Metrocentre. Fortunately, this smooth operating diner comes armed to the teeth with distractions and entertainment, especially on weekends.
To be honest, at first glance the handmade burger Co. doesn’t really look that child friendly. The restaurant’s stylish interior which boasts attractive lighting, comfy booths and slick décor looks more like a venue where you would bring a date rather than a hoard of marauding children. However, looks can be deceiving and all guards were immediately dropped as soon as we were greeted by the uber friendly staff armed with bowls of sweets, balloons and colour-ins. We were also introduced to ‘Moo Moo’ the mischievous mascot who provided hugs and high jinx in abundance.
The recently amended menu comprised of a vast selection of meal options boasting over 40 different types of sandwich. Obviously, the crux of the menu consisted of traceable 100% prime scotch beef, burgers which were made from scratch and hand-pressed there and then. But there was so much more on offer- 16 flavoursome varieties of chicken burger, a very decent veggie menu, a rare breed beef offering from Jimmy’s farm (Jamie Oliver’s mate from the T.V) and of course The kids menu.
For a very reasonable £5.95 the kids were offered a choice of junior burger, any junior side and a soft drink. Jack opted for the ‘Junior Fish Finger Classic’ with a side order of chips and a diet coke to wash it all down with. Matthew opted for the ‘Junior Beef Cheese Classic’ burger and a side of onion rings. I chose the fiery sounding ‘Hot Chilli’ burger (£7.45) with a side order of ‘Fresh Cut Chips’ (£3.15), a side order of ‘Handmade Coleslaw'(£2.95) and a well deserved bottle of Peroni.
“The food arrived promptly and collectively which is paramount when dining with kids”
The food arrived promptly and collectively which is paramount when dining with kids as their not renowned for their patience (Like you didn’t already know!). The junior portions were beautifully presented, of good size and packed with flavour. My hot chilli burger was a juicy, medium cooked 7 oz piece of marbled magnificence garnished with a fiery salsa, jalapeño and mayonnaise dressing served in a freshly baked sour dough bun.
The fresh cut chips were thick like ‘proper chips,’ doubled fried making them crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside; a welcomed change from ‘run of the mill’ French Fries. The freshly crisp homemade slaw and the crispy battered onion rings did not fail to disappoint either.
Amazingly the main, sides and drinks had filled the kids so well that they even passed up on the chance of a tantalizing dessert (an absolute first!) I left with content, full kids, no further grey hairs and a not so depleted wallet.
Handmade burger Co, for an excellent, good value and hassle free dining experience;
We salute you.
For a chance to win a family meal for 4 at the handmade burger Co.
48B Garden Walk, Metrocentre, Gateshead,Tyne & Wear, NE11 9XZ
Monday – Friday: 11:30 am -10:00 pm.
Saturday: 11:00 am -10:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Tel: 0191 460 5086
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