Foody Foddy: Grey Street's Bacchus

My boyfriend, his mum, gran and I (quite the party) were wondering around Grey’s Street trying to find somewhere for a quiet drink when we stumbled across this little gem, Bacchus. None of us had been in before but we peered through the window and saw that it looked popular, so decided to give it a go.

We managed to find a table with cosy high backed armchairs and a sofa. We ordered drinks and, although the place looks expensive, a round of four drinks including two large glasses of wine came only to £14. My boyfriend’s mum said the house white was the best wine she’s ever had! It also caters for ale drinkers and has a huge choice of locally brewed ales available. It’s got a lovely atmosphere, with the balance struck exactly right between feeling cosy and intimate, yet also giving you a break from the student life and allowing you to pretend you’re classy for an hour or so.

“The balance is struck right between feeling cosy and intimate, yet also giving you a break from student life and pretending to be classy for an hour or so

The customers Bacchus attracts seemed to be the slightly older population rather than students, but the only reason I can think of for this is that it’s tucked away in a side alley off Grey’s street and so is slightly off the student radar. It has a great friendly feel and is perfect if you want to get away from the student hub for a little bit. The bar staff were all lovely and easy to chat to while they were pouring the drinks. It was all very welcoming!

Onto the food. As I said at the beginning we were only looking to have a drink rather than find somewhere to eat, but we caught eye of the food menu and swiftly changed our minds, each of us ordering a main lunch. I was torn between the Welsh Rarebit and the melted cheddar, mushroom and leek panini which came with fries. I chose the panini and didn’t regret my decision, although ever since that day I have been intending to go back and have the Welsh Rarebit. The panini was stuffed with real (as opposed to that yellow plastic rubbish) melted cheddar that went all stringy when you bit into it, thick mushrooms and leeks on freshly toasted bread. There was a generous helping of crispy salted fries on the side. My boyfriend ordered the roast of the day panini, which on that day was roast chicken soaked in gravy piled into the panini and served with chips and gravy on the side (very Northern and very delicious). Despite the huge portions and fantastic quality of the food, each panini was only £4.95. You can see now why we couldn’t say no.

“The Panini was stuffed with real (as opposed to that

yellow plastic rubbish)

melted cheddar that went all stringy when you bit into it”

Since then my boyfriend and I have returned twice, but unfortunately on a Saturday were unable to get a table as it was packed. We also found they don’t serve food on a Sunday, which is a shame. However, we will be heading back and hopefully it will be third time lucky!

42-48 High Bridge, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 6BX

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