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Forget your typical greasy spoon fare – The Sausage Emporium takes the hallowed sausage sandwich to a whole other level. Devoted the handcrafted sausages, this popular Newcastle eatery makes all its products from scratch and for a local twist on the classic British comfort food, look no further than the Wylam Ale sausage sandwich – infused with beer from Wylam Brewery in neighbouring Heddon-on-the-Wall, served in a hearty seeded bun and available with toppings including avocado salsa, red onion or gherkins and sauces such as chipotle chilli ketchup and whole grain mustard.
The Sausage Emporium, Arch 6, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, +44 0191 340 3082
It might be more of an American classic comfort food, but Longhorns Barbecue Smokehouse’s gargantuan Dirty Longhorn sandwich is bound to put a smile on the face of any local lovers of meat. The sandwich is packed with a smorgasbord of the restaurant’s delicious meats – all of which are sourced locally from across Northumberland and Durham, spice rubbed and slow cooked over hickory wood for up to 24 hours. This Dirty Longhorn includes badass brisket, Memphis smoked hog butt, Andouille sausage, hog rind, fries, slaw and Hey Zeus sauce all stuffed in a brioche bun.
The traditional dish of pie, peas and mash is a staple of Northern cuisine and for a gourmet take on an old classic, hungry Geordie diners should look no further than The Red House – a lovely gastropub set within a gorgeous old building on Newcastle’s Quayside. All of The Red House’s delicious pies are handmade by the award-winning Amble Butchers in Northumberland. They are available in flavors including steak, minted lamb and chicken, gammon and leek and served with mashed Desiree potato, peas (choose from mushy, minted or pease pudding) and a healthy splash of gravy.
A truly quintessential British dish, the humble fish and chips is one of the nation’s most beloved foodstuffs. Usually consisting of battered cod or haddock and deep-fried chunks of chipped potatoes, the classic dish became popular in the mid-19th century. A particularly tasty version is served at Jam Jar – a hip, quirky place specialising in comfort food classics located in the lovely Newcastle neighbourhood of Jesmond. It consists of beer-battered codling served with a side of chips, mushy peas and tangy tartar sauce.
Jam Jar, 88 Osborne Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, +44 0191 908 7158
Every Sunday across the nation, many Brits gather to eat a Sunday roast – a simple, but beloved dish of roasted meat, Yorkshire puddings, vegetables and gravy. The Forth on Newcastle’s historic Pink Lane serves one of the best Sunday roasts in the city. Choose from Norfolk pork with crackling, West Country beef or Shropshire chicken served with roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and gravy and other sides including cauliflower cheese and creamed leeks.
The Forth, Pink Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, +44 0191 232 6478
Though perhaps more traditionally associated with Cornwall, pasties have found a home in Newcastle thanks in part no doubt to the long-standing locally based national bakery Greggs. For a gourmet take on the classic, head on down to Grainger Market – a gorgeous Grade I listed covered market dating back to the 1830s – where you’ll find popular bakery The French Oven. Here there’s a range of pasties to choose from, stuffed with fillings like peppered steak with rich beef gravy, goat’s cheese and roasted vegetable and chicken and mushroom with white sauce.
The French Oven, Unit 27-28, Grainger Market, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, +44 07921 082 953