Mr Lynch is one of my favourite haunts. It is a two minute walk (if that) from Jesmond metro, within walking distance of both Jesmond and the City Centre. The staff are very friendly and laid back; be prepared for an exchange of life stories at the bar. The dim lighting gives it a warm, relaxed and cosy vibe. The tables are all scattered so don’t be afraid to sprawl all over the armchairs and enjoy the chilled out music. It’s easy to spend the whole afternoon there; there’s a football table for those who can drag themselves off the sofas!
I don’t advise dressing up for this bar unless you are going on a Friday or Saturday night and, even then, don’t overdo it! Jeans will do.
Mr Lynch serves a huge variety of cocktails so fruity that it’s easy to forget they contain alcohol and equally as easy to convince yourself that they count as one of your five-a-day (so, really, you need five right?). If you’re a lover of mojitos you’re in luck, as Mr Lynch offers 8 different types. They also serve novelty cocktails, served in anything from a gravy boat to a flower pot (…I’ve been assured they wash it out first). Beware the toblerone cocktail; it’s lush but avoid having it before a meal. I’ve made this mistake and, believe me, a burger is not enjoyable way to wash down a glassful of baileys, chocolate and cream. The Raspberry Ripple is by far the most alcoholic cocktail yet dangerously easy to drink; not advisable if you’re having a ‘quiet one’. Selected cocktails are £3.95 with a valid student card, except Friday and Saturday nights.
“They also serve novelty cocktails, served in anything from a gravy boat to a flower pot (… washed out first)”
I won’t lie, the food is not the most impressive that you will find in Newcastle. The meat tends to be a tad on the dry side and overall hasn’t quite got the wow-factor. Having said this, I can recommend the good old fish-finger sandwich or the gammon egg and chips. The chunky chips are homemade and delicious, although sometimes they give you fries instead so just check what they’re serving on the day. Mr Lynch isn’t the place for you if you’re looking for a fancy meal out with mind-blowing food however, if you’re looking to have a cosy catch up with friends or somewhere to wind down during revision time over a quick bite to eat, it’s perfect. I’ve been back to eat so many times simply because I love the atmosphere and can curl up on the sofa over a juicy cocktail and plate of cheesy chips. As well as main meals, they offer sharers and light bites if you just fancy a snack.
I know this isn’t food-related but one of the things I love most about Mr Lynch’s is the live music on a Saturday night. The sofa area is there to listen and relax, but there is also a dance floor should you wish to throw some shapes when your fav song comes on. Give Mr Lynch a go, whether it’s just for a drink or a bite to eat. It’s popular with students for a good reason. Give it a try and you won’t be disappointed!
Archbold Terrace, Newcastle-upon-Tyne,