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Enjoy the taste of France with 3 courses for £21.95 at The French Quarter

Searching for a new spot for lunch in Newcastle? Look no further... Bon Appétit!

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 09.09.2023

When it comes to our fast-paced lifestyles, it seems like we’re always in a rush to grab some lunch. But maybe it’s time to embrace the European style of dining.

Leisurely, laid back and sociable, why shouldn’t we try to take some well-needed time out for a good ol’ catch-up over a spot of lunch?

And that’s exactly what The French Quarter is all about. This Parisian-style restaurant and wine bar is on a mission to prove that French dining doesn’t have to be fussy and formal – which is just the certain je ne sais quoi that Newcastle has been missing.

The idea is to bring people together, enjoy and discover delicious, traditional and authentic French cuisine whilst sipping on some speciality wine – sign us up.

Located in a rustic railway arch, The French Quarter is a true hidden gem for lunch in Newcastle and invites us to indulge in their love of all things French.

With this in mind, of course, we had to visit The French Quarter on our lunch break and here’s what to expect…

THE VIBE

With its relaxed atmosphere, friendly team and weekly changing menus, this restaurant and wine bar serves up authentic and classic dishes from France to the heart of Newcastle. The two-storey venue is part café, part wine bar, part bistro, and part market all rolled into one, hence The French Quarter.

Under a contemporary arched roof, it’s decked out with fancy tiles, wooden furnishings, flickering candlelight tables and botanicals, as soon as you step through the door, you’ll instantly feel transported to France. There’s a real sense of home away from home here but with an added stylish and sleek touch.

It’s the sort of place you could spend the whole day losing track of time, whether it’s a date day or catching up with the ladies. And that’s down to the friendly team who make you feel like part of their family, you’ll never feel rushed and they really know their stuff about the dishes. Plus, they are always on hand to recommend the perfect glass (or bottle) of wine to compliment your dishes.

THE FOOD

If you’re searching for a new spot for lunch in Newcastle, then look no further. The French Quarter has proven popular for serving homely and authentic French cuisine made from recipes passed down through generations of The French Quarter founder and French man, Cédric’s family.

Choose from a carefully curated menu of small plates, from exquisite regional cheeses and traditional stews to impeccable desserts that melt in the mouth. Browse the extensive wine menu, ask for a recommendation, or sample a few different tipples with a very reasonably priced wine flight.

We love a good deal here at High Life North and The French Quarter serves a traditional formule du midi menu with the option of 2 courses for £17.95 or 3 courses for £21.95. What we love about this menu is that it changes weekly, meaning The French Quarter is the perfect spot to return to for lunch in Newcastle as no visit will be the same.

For starters, Rachael decided to embrace the full French dining experience and try frog legs cooked with parsley and garlic for the first time and she wasn’t disappointed. They were juicy, flavoursome and tasted just like chicken. Beth went for the homemade fish rillette served with sour toast dough toast which was full of Mediterranean flavours and freshened up her pallet before tucking into her main.

For the main event, Rachael and Beth ordered the pan-fried coley served with Mediterranean vegetables and Espelette pepper butter sauce which captured the much-loved freshness of French cuisine. Molly went for the delicious oven-baked dish Alpine dish of potatoes, bacon, onion and Reblochon cheese served with green leaf salad, which was creamy, fluffy and light.

Molly has a sweet tooth so saved herself to try the ‘French toast’ with salted caramel and vanilla ice cream and she said it’s ‘one of the best desserts she has ever had’ – we’ll just leave that there…

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