Lola Jeans Bar and Kitchen opened its doors on Market Street in Newcastle City Centre earlier this year with the aim of providing a down-to-earth neighbourhood retreat where it is encouraged to come as you are. The fantastic vibe and relaxed atmosphere is a stark and welcome contrast to Godfather, the restaurant that it replaced.
Named after the owner Paul’s daughter, Lola Jean, this inspiring venture has already firmly laid down roots in Tynemouth where its original venue is a hit with locals and tourists alike. Upon entering the spacious bar and kitchen, I really had to take a moment to appreciate the thought and effort which has clearly gone into making this place just right. Wherever I looked my eyes were drawn to a quirky yet tasteful piece of art, furniture or object.
“Down-to-earth neighbourhood retreat where it is encouraged to come as you are.”
The ‘Pièce de résistance’ of the venue’s interior is the stunning flower skull mural on the back wall which was designed by Paul’s uber talented fiancé, Lindsey. A decent, melodic soundtrack played in the background and the seductive scent of fresh lavender filled the air adding to the serenity and indeed charm of the place. Some venues get the whole eclectic thing spectacularly wrong; however Lola jeans have created an eclectic haven that is not only visually stunning but comfortable and functional to boot.
I noticed that Lola’s cliental was as eclectic as their interior which was really refreshing to see. On one table, a crowd of ladies who had been Christmas shopping and enjoying a bottle of fizz, another table some older guys who had just finished work and in need of unwind; and another saw some students languidly putting the world to rights.
The drinks menu is as well thought out as the food menu with an array of cocktails with influences from around the World and of course the North East. The food menu has a plethora of American influenced dishes which is no surprise as Paul is an ex professional ice hockey player who spent a great deal of time across the pond playing in the American hockey league.
As it was around lunchtime my dining partner and I settled for just the one course. Jess ordered the Lola’s Classic Burger (£8.95) – Signature beef patty, candied streaky bacon and crispy shallots, with a side order of Triple Cooked Chips (£2.95) and I opted for the Signature Steak Platter (£12.95) – Prime rump steak seasoned, served with triple cooked chips, classic slaw and a selection of dips.
The burger was of excellent quality beef with a perfect fat content, seasoned superbly with a clean taste and a coarse feel to it. The candied streaky bacon gave the burger a complex sweet and savoury taste and the tripled cooked chips were like, well… proper chips. The kind of chips you could quite easily have with just a fried egg. I would gladly return to Lola’s for the chips alone!
The steak arrived sliced and generous in portion, accompanied by the deliciously creamy slaw, salad, flat bread and of course the chips, it was cooked to perfection, tender and succulent. All of which was washed down with a few Gin and Tonics. The Overall meal was excellently prepared, good valued and interesting and I look forward to sampling other drinks and dishes from this fascinating bar and kitchen.
With its lovely service and relaxed vibe, Lola Jeans is a welcome addition to Newcastle. This will be far from our last visit.
1-3 Market Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6JE
Photographs courtesy of 44Creative
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