We are Gold Card members (you can sign up for free here) and when an offer popped into my inbox for a free glass of fizz for everyone on our table plus a complimentary orange sorbet, we decided to book for lunch and use up an old gift voucher that had been lurking in my purse for ages. I had a quick peek on tripadvisor and was surprised to see nothing but 5* reviews in the last 2 months. I was impressed. Perhaps the opening of The Botanist upstairs has forced Jamie's to up it's game? There was a large queue forming as we turned up for our 12noon reservation.
Complimentary glass of Prosseco
We were provided with our complimentary glasses of fizz and I have to say they were rather stingy with the measures - I think this is about 2/3 of a standard measure and it was gone in a few mouthfuls. We couldn't help but feel a little conned.
The Children's menu
The children's menu at Jamie's Italian is award winning and it's clear to see why. There are some fantastic options on there including happy fish fingers (made from sustainable fish), mini sliders and organic chicken lollipops. Mains are served with crinkle cut potatoes and a special salad shaker (which I wish my children would eat but it was sadly left untouched). The price of £5.95 includes a free glass of fresh juice too so provides good value.
Children are giving a special vegetable themed colouring sheet and their own crayons while they wait which kept them occupied.
Curly Wurly Tomato Pasta Bake
Free Range, Organic Chicken Lollipops
Happy Fish Fingers
The kids all thoroughly enjoyed their lunch (especially Jack who was tricked into eating salmon and he loved it). You can add a dessert for only 50p but we were a little pushed for time as had booked tickets at the nearby Tyneside Cinema.
We had a £25 voucher left over from Christmas to spend and I ideally did not want to spend too much more than this as money was tight. One thing that does annoy me about Jamie's Italian is that they don't offer any reduced portion/price set or lunch menus. I ended up spending £12 for a small salad and hubby spent the same on his seafood pasta (although I would say his pasta was worth this as he was served a huge portion).
So, in conclusion. The children enjoyed their lunches however they were not a patch on the kids meals at The Botanist upstairs (which also include dessert for the same price). Although our food was tasty, our meal worked out fairly expensive for lunch so I am not sure if we will return soon. I would love to hear your family friendly recommendations for lunch in the centre of Newcastle.