I could definitely forgive you for not being too familiar with the Factory Kitchen as I'll admit it's somewhere that's pretty much slipped under my radar until now. Hidden inside the Biscuit Factory art gallery, the Factory Kitchen serves up fresh food throughout the day and I guarantee that once you've visited you'll be adding it to your list of favourite restaurants in Newcastle.
Stepping into The Factory Kitchen I was immediately kicking myself for having never been, and that was before I'd even had any of the food. The large cafe is so bright and dreamy with great views across Ouseburn and even comfy seating if you fancy a super chilled lunch.
For the first Supper Club it was lovely to see that almost every seat had a bum on it. It seems The Factory Kitchen has a lot of fans and that supper and art go pretty damn well together.
We had a special Supper Club menu for the evening featuring three courses and a glass of house wine for £20 per person. Each course featured two dishes to pick from and everything sounded so good we struggled to order and almost resorted to tossing a coin!
There's nothing I love more in the Summer than a nice cold glass of wine with my meal and it was great a glass was included in the Supper Club menu.
Simon started off his meal with the Bruschetta with prosciutto, heritage tomatoes, marinated olives and salsa verde. I've never seen such a delicious looking Bruschetta and the amount of delicious colour on his plate was seriously impressive.
I decided to step out of my comfort zone and order the Garden pea soup with chive creme fraiche and homemade focaccia. Pea soup is something that I've always turned my nose up at before, it just never appealed to me. I'm very glad I decided to give it a chance because it was the most delicious soup I've had in a long time. It was so fresh and creamy, served piping hot and although it was perhaps a little unlady like I couldn't resist slathering butter onto my focaccia and giving each piece a good dunk. There may have been pea soup all over my chin but it tasted so good I really didn't care.
We both ordered the same main course, Herb roasted chicken breast with allotment vegetables, country bacon and pink fir potatoes. The meat was beautifully tender and the vegetables tasted so fresh and crunchy. Heaven!
When it came to choosing which of the two desserts to have, I really struggled! It was literally like the chef had created the menu just for me.
In the end I opted for the Bitter chocolate and espresso chocolate cake. The best part was that it came served with a scoop of ice-cream of your choice, meaning that I got to take a look at the huge ice-cream counter. All ice-creams are homemade by the Factory Kitchen and I'd been eyeing them up when we first walked in. There was a great choice of flavours and after a tough few minutes gazing at each one I opted for the Toffee which was a great accompaniment to my delicious cake.
Simon ordered the Almond meringue with vanilla cream and English strawberries, on the promise that I could have a little try of it. In reality I was taking a spoonful of my own dessert followed by a huge spoonful of his. There aren't many restaurants that do meringue right but at the Factory Kitchen it was like heaven. Sweet and crunchy on the outside with a gorgeous chewy centre. The addition of the almonds and strawberries made it even better.
Simon made me laugh when he admitted that to him supper usually means a bowl of cereal in front of the TV when you can't be bothered to cook. Well let me tell you, supper has a whole new meaning to us now and we're desperately hoping that Supper Club at the Factory Kitchen becomes a regular thing. We'll be front of the queue for a table!
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Thank you to The Factory Kitchen for inviting us for lunch. Our meal was complimentary, but all opinions are our own.